Series: Guardians of Eternity #12
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The Guardians of Eternity are facing a final battle to save their world—but battles of the heart may be the most difficult to fight…
Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…
Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…
In this final installment of the Guardians of Eternity series, it’s the turn of Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland and Fallon, a pure-blood fey princess, to save the world. There is an evil plan to manipulate the Oracles, the ruling body of the demons, a plan that would lead to the destruction of their world and Cyn and Fallon have been brought together to pool their knowledge and resources to overcome a devious enemy even as they contend with a consuming attraction.
Cyn is a vampire berserker, rough and tough with a life that has been devoted to the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures, not at all the kind of male Fallon is used to. Fallon is a sheltered, well-bred and naive princess, used to the refined males in her father’s court and has no idea what to do with Cyn.
Fallon has always longed for adventure, something she thought would never happen, but now she is beyond her father’s control, she plans to explore and experience life to the fullest before she returns to the Chatri court and her planned married to a prince of her father’s choosing. Cyn recognizes Fallon as his mate but also realizes that having lived her whole life under her father’s control, he has to give her the freedom to choose to mate with him on her own. However, in addition to the enemy they have to battle, they have to overcome their differences and make some very tough choices, to make their relationship work.
I like that even though he was very possessive of Fallon, Cyn did not coddle her but respected her abilities, let her to stand beside him as his partner and even gave her the lead sometimes in their battle against evil, a very difficult thing for a man of his ilk. Overall, Cyn and Fallon were a likable couple, but I was more interested in the action and suspense than the actual romance between them. In fact, I think that the romance took a back seat to the action (not that that’s a bad thing), but combined to make for a very enjoyable read. We even get a secondary romance as Fallon’s fiancé finds love with the kind of woman he least expected, an assertive and confident one. Also, some favorite characters from previous books make an appearance and I especially loved the gargoyle, Levet.
My only complaint is that for a final book in a series, the end was a quite a letdown. I was looking forward to lots of fireworks at the end, especially at the very end (sorry I can’t say more than that, you’ll have to find out for yourself) but in spite of that, I really enjoyed WHEN DARKNESS ENDS and look forward to the spin-off series. Even though WHEN DARKNESS ENDS can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend starting from the beginning to get a complete picture of the world of the Guardians of Eternity.
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