Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: Darkness Unleashed by Alexandra Ivy

Darkness Unleashed
Guardians of Eternity #5
by: Alexandra Ivy
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: November 2009

As long as he's left in peace, Jagr's content to stay locked in his lair surrounded by books.  A scholar, his knowledge of the various demon races is extensive, second only to his fighting abilities.  After being tortured by a fellow vampire for centuries, he's vowed to never be helpless again.  For protection, he's bound himself to Viper's clan in Chicago.  Unfortunately, that comes with certain obligations, mostly if Viper or Styx call on him for a mission, he must accept it.  The last thing he wants to do is track down a runaway were, but since she's the sister to Styx's mate, he knows he has little choice. 

Finally free of the scumbag who held her prisoner and abused her for the past thirty years, Regan has only one thing on her mind, and that's revenge.  Vowing to destroy the imp who ruined her life, she sets off after him, knowing she won't be able to move on until he's dead.   What she doesn't expect is a blond haired blue eyed sex god to find her and demand she return with him to the family she never knew she had.  Although she's torn between hurting this sexy stranger and taking him to bed, she knows she can never leave until her mission is complete.  What she doesn't count on is the vampire's stubbornness.  They strike a deal--he reluctantly agrees to protect her until she can find the imp and kill him, but in return she must then accompany him back to her family.  She agrees, knowing she can slip away from him whenever she wants.  Although she can't shift, she still possesses all the traits of a full blooded Were.  But as the days go by, she wonders if revenge is all it's cracked up to be, and maybe running away from this sexy demon isn't such a good idea.

In this book, Jagr is an extreme antisocial loner who is tasked with finding and returning Darcy's sister.  He's chosen for the job because he was once tortured too, which makes him better suited for dealing with Regan's issues.  The two form a reluctant bond, Jagr humoring her need for revenge because he knows what it's like.  But the imp that abused her is just a pawn in a bigger game, one whose repercussions seem to stretch over multiple books.  It was a fun, quick read with plenty of attitude and lots of heart.

Carla gives this book a

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