“…intriguing, super hot and very fast-paced…”
Reviewed by Zara B.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is a series/serial. The main characters change but the plot does not. And these are short stories that intertwine. Small snippets of different couples dealing with the world they live in now. Reviewer notes that you should start at book 1 because they are not exactly ‘stand-alone’.
While reading Darksider by Erin Kellison was intriguing, super hot and very fast-paced, it left me a little baffled. You see, I had no idea from the cover blurb that this short story was actually part of a larger serial set of stories. Set in a ‘series’ called Revelers, this is story number 3. The entire set of short stories are based on one ongoing large plot, but each have their own couple and immediate situation while keeping an ongoing ‘saga’ type situation in the background. I’ll admit I’m not overly fond of these types of books. I like resolution in the book I’m reading (or at least in a shorter set of books). The catch here is because I didn’t know what was going on and this story does not really delve into much explanation about the world these two live in I felt baffled and lost at times. Though written well, I felt like everyone knew things I didn’t. Terminology that would be important to the overall theme if I knew what it meant. So I’m making a special request to WeReadRomance.com to put in a note saying you should start at the beginning of this series if you really want to know what’s going on.
But…if you can ignore all the extraneous and focus on the couple and their emotional journey back to one another, you will love this story. The hero is strong, yet vulnerable. The heroine is also strong, but vulnerable. The two have a history that ended in a bad breakup but they still have feelings even after all the time apart. The need for the two to take care of each other and their attraction is strong. Sweet, hot and romantic it stuck with me. It also made me want to go to book 1 in the Revelers series and read to see if I can figure out how this new dreamer world works so I can have hope for Harlan and Sera. Plus, it left me needing to know what’s will happen and why another Chimera agent would be tormenting Sera. How did he pick her, etc.? All these questions were left open. Though I’m not sure how well they will be addressed in future books it does make you want to read more to see.
So while I only rated this book 3 stars, it is one I’d recommend. The reason for the lower rating is simple: I felt mislead by the blurb. I also felt a little cheated out of more of a resolution. Short stories are great but I wanted some of the issues raised in this one—that dealt with these two characters—to be addressed more. So if you’re into Sci-Fi/fantasy, you’ll enjoy this one. Just start at the beginning!
About the book…
SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIS DREAM…
Chef Serafina Rochan believes her recurring nightmares of pursuit are a symptom of her anxiety about opening her second restaurant. But when the stalker appears in the waking world, she swallows her pride and calls the one man she trusts to go into her dreams, even if it means risking her heart.
When Marshal Harlen Fawkes receives Sera’s call, nothing else matters. Time has not eroded the power of his feelings for her. After years apart, they go Darkside together and cannot resist the longing and desire their connection evokes. The past and present collide, and Sera abandons all reservations to embrace Harlen again, if even for one night.
In order to protect her, Harlen aligns himself with disavowed friends, and in so doing is drawn deeper into the secrets and perils of the dreamwaters. As the tide of darkness rises, Harlen faces his demons…but not without Sera, who fights just as fiercely for the dream of a life together.