Title: Dawn of a Dark Night
Author: Zoe Forward
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5 Stars
In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.
An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.
Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.
She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm's length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision--follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.
***Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, action-adventure, and an exceptionally hot tatted hero.**
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A love beyond words.
This story interweaves magic, mystery, action, and romance to create a spellbinding read that you will never forget. The imagery was beautiful and captivating, really drawing you into the story. The world building was unique and done perfectly. I loved the way the mythology was used in the story and how everything fit together in the end.
The romance was also nicely done and paced. There was no insta love, but plenty of chemistry between the two main characters.
Kira is a gifted healer, but she is forced to hide her gifts away. She cannot deny the call to heal completely though. She uses her magic sparingly to help those in need. Kira is a kind soul and does her best to help others. However, she is no wilting violet. Kira has no problems with fighting back and doing what needs to be done. She has a strong will and is a great match for ashor.
Ashor is an alpha male with a heart of gold. He is interested in Kira, but fears the consequences. I loved the interactions between Kira and Ashor the best. They were so much fun together and their banter was hilarious. Ashor is noble and just. He does what is best for the good of all. Even when there is a great cost to himself.
This is an exciting paranormal romance that will have you on the edge of your seat at every turn of the page!
Zoe Forward writes action-adventure paranormal romances. She lives in North Carolina with her family and an assortment of pets. A graduate of Duke University, she majored in biological anthropology, but always had a special love of archaeology, especially anything Egyptian. Although a deep part of her wishes she had pursued a career that would have her at a dig site in a hot, sandy country, she's a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs...and even one hermit crab in there. When she's not being a vet, a mom, or sneaking out to a movie with her husband, she's at her laptop writing.
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