Title: Dark Secrets
Author: Madeline Pryce
Series: Dark #2
Release Date: July 11th 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
The worst moment of Micah’s life was when Ella nearly died in his arms. Her miraculous recovery should have been the start of their future. Unfortunately, a new demonic heritage, the Shadow Agency’s corruption and Julian, the vampire who turned Ella, are testing their relationship. Despite hotter-than-ever sex and a variety of new places and positions to explore, Micah begins to wonder if a relationship based on lust can survive for more than a few scorching-hot months.
Ella has forgiven, but not forgotten, the fact that Micah once plunged a dagger through her heart. Everything with Micah is passion, excitement and an uncontrollable desire to explore his body in a variety of very satisfying ways. But as buried secrets, ongoing lies and murderous deceptions pile up, Ella is reminded that she and Micah’s relationship was based on a curse. In order to forge a future together, Ella and Micah will have to face down their personal demons—and prove that love and trust are more than just words.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Series Reading Order
Dark Secrets (#2 Ella/Micah – 85k)
Dark Vengeance (#2.5 Castro – 45k) – release date coming soon!Dark Promises (#3 Ella/Micah) – Spring 2015
Genre: review copy,paranormal,vampires,shapeshifters,hot sex,demons
Is it fair of me to compare Dark Secrets with its prequel, Dark Cravings? The first book is only one of three that I have rated with 6 hearts on my blog, All in One Place, and I hoped that I would feel as excited by this installment, but unfortunately, this wasn't the case.
Madeline Pryce's writing still flows perfectly and the secrets her paranormal world is hiding are compelling, but the story itself is full of angst, which makes reading drag at times.
I was disappointed that there is little character development, apart from in Hannah, who reveals a strong set of new talents. I wanted to see more of the badass Ella I loved in Dark Cravings, but instead she has retreated into a shell and I found the changes which happen to her later in the book disturbing. Although I understand why she acts like such, and I know that it ultimately makes her stronger, I felt some of the scenes Madeline Pryce imagines are unnecessarily shocking.
And Micah? My sexy hero is now beyond brooding and even ignoring his mating bond. The information he discovers about his familial background adds another dimension to the plot and the anger Micah experiences because of this, increases the power of his demon side.
Because of the nature of Ella and Micah's paranormal genes Madeline Pryce again writes several intense and rule-breaking sex scenes. The couple sees this as a demonstration of their love for one another and my favourite quote from Micah is still "MINE", I was unconvinced, hoping to see their relationship move on. Although I am fully aware that this an EROTIC paranormal romance and sex is a normal part of every relationship, I felt that at least one of the sex scenes was just 'there', serving no actual purpose.
I am still really interested in Eli and I think the revelations about him could easily be explored in his own story, showing him controlling his new identity, away from the alcoholic man whore he is now!
Dark Secrets is full with paranormal action and new discoveries. Madeline Pryce has a brilliant control over the plot; the reader is always one step ahead of the characters, preempting events because of the dual narration by Ella and Micah. I think in Dark Promises we will witness an explosion of incidents, which leaves me eager to read the series' climax!
About the Author
Madeline Pryce wrote her first novel when she was ten, penned with neon-pink ink in a loose-leaf binder. Captivated by romantic literature, yet intrigued by the paranormal, she continues to develop her own voice, writing the kinds of stories that inspired her as a teen.