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Darkest Caress (Empowered #1)

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Two-hundred-year-old Daegan Blackwell is one of the last remaining Empowered, an ancient magical race. Daegan's duty is to lead and protect his remaining Brethren in the coming war foretold by prophecy. The last thing he expects is to meet the one woman who will either save or destroy him—his destined mate.

Fiercely independent Realtor Olivia Farrell believes darkly handsom
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Paperback, 362 pages
Published June 2013 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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Wendy
A war is brewing under the surface and in order to fight the evil, of the Dark Army, the Empowered soldiers need to find the “lost ones” who need to be taught about their heritage to help in the upcoming war. Daegan Blackwell the leader of the Empowered accidently finds the first “lost one” in Olivia Farell. The connection between Liv and Dagean is very steamy and just damn hot.

A delicious curl of warmth spread through her abdomen. She wanted this. Wanted him.

He looked into her eyes, thumbs wipi
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Dee
This is the second KC book that I have read and it impressed me as much as the first. When I saw that it was a PNR I was excited but also a little apprehensive as Ms Cross is better known for her writing in Romantic and Military Suspense and this is her first venture in the Paranormal world. Well, I need not have worried as it was a smooth and a very well written story and I was grabbed from the first chapter and once I had read a couple more I found it very hard to put down and ended up foregoi ...more
Karla

2.5 Stars and that's pushing it! I've heard so much about this author, and was excited to read a book by her...it fell flat!

First off, I thought the story was all over the place, it didn't flow well at all. Olivia annoyed the crap out of me, but I did like Daegan, he was scrumptious. I found way too many similarities to a popular vampire series, although these characters were not vampires...come to think of it, I'm still not clear what they were. The story never went anywhere, it was the same th
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Kathleen
Darkest Caress is my first novel by the acclaimed Kaylea Cross, known for her romantic-suspense novels, including Deadly Descent.

I THINK this is KC's first foray into paranormal.

Writing quality: Written in third-person POV. Solid narrative style. No typos. Some delightful turns of phrase and perfectly-chosen words. The dialogue flows, with F-bombs scattered around.

Relationship development: Fine for the most part, but head-hopping across six characters diluted the main relationship effect, and t
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Darkfallen
I've been reading a LOT of PNR lately and this book was soooooooo good! I couldn't put it down or get enough of it!

This is Kaylea Cross's first crack at paranormal romance and she hit a home run. I honestly didn't expect it to be as spot on since she usually sticks to the contemporary romance, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the writing near flawless, but the suspense around the lore and the new twist on the supernatural element at work here was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to
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 ~V~
A few months ago i read Kaylea Cross' military romantic suspense series and absolutely loved it!! Of course afterwards, i was on the hunt for more of her books and found out that she had a new paranormal romance series coming out...i was excited because paranormal romances will always be a huge love of mine, but i was also a little nervous. Just because an author writes a really great series in one genre does not meant that she's going to be able to pull off the same success with another genre.. ...more
Nikki
4.5 stars.

First of all I have to start by saying: this felt way too short. It seemed to really fly when I was reading it, or consumed is probably a better turn of phrase. There was so much information to take in of this plot, the story, the Empowered and the prophecies etc behind it all. I just wish that we could have gotten a little more time to process everything. It seemed like the party was just getting started and then things were ending.

This was not your average vampires and werewolves PNR
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Olivia is a real estate agent. She is showing a multimillion dollar mansion fully furnished that is not yet listed to a potential buyer. When she is prepping the house she bumps into him. Daegan a gorgeous man who runs the Trident group.

Daegan & Olivia feel an immediate connection. Daegan knows what it means, but Olivia doesn't. Olivia has a gift she has to come to terms with & to realize what her coonection to Dagan really means for all of them.

This has to be a series. It isn't listed a
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Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
Three shall become six, and together with The Lost they shall battle the Obsidian Lord for the fate of mankind

In this surpisingly good Urban Fantasy with an erotic twist Daegan, an Empowered male grudgingly meets his intended mate, Olivia. Feeling as though it is the last thing he needs right now, he also feels imposibly drawn to the female. Going through the Heat Cycle is a bitch and as Coven Leader to the Empowered, Daegan has to stay viligant....the Obsidian Lord is out there and will stop at
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Guilty Pleasures
Ava's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

I’ve been wanting to read Kaylea Cross ever since my friends recommend her Romantic Suspense series. I decided to start with this new paranormal release because, it’s a brand new series and I LOVE finding a good one, don’t you?

Darkest Caress is a paranormal romance centered around a group (very small group) called the Empowered. They are unique and I’d never even heard of an Empowered, so it took me a few chapters to understand their gifts and abilities. Th
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Tracy
Too Many Contradictions and Inconsistencies
There is a war coming, foretold by prophecy. Daegan Blackwell didn't need prophecy to remind him, though. He felt it in his bones, coursing through his blood. Changes were coming. After two hundred years as a warrior, the leader of the few remaining Empowered, a race of beings with special gifts and abilities dating back millennia, could practically scent it on the wind.

That's why he's at the large mansion overlooking the ocean, touring the huge estate
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Rachel
TLDR Recap:

When realtor Olivia Farrell meets Daegan Blackwell, she believes he’s nothing more than a client, even though she’s undeniably attracted to him. What she doesn’t know is that Daegan is centuries old, and one of the last remaining Empowered in the world…and that he’s also her destined mate. After Liv is attacked by a man with an unusual aura and is rescued by Daegan, she is drawn into the world of the Empowered. Soon she discovers that there is a supernatural war on the way, and Liv’s
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Julia's Book Haven
My main comment I have right now is why isn't the rest of the series out yet? This book was released in 2012, and I very much wanted to read Vaughan's book but it isn't even out :/

It was an interesting PNR read, new story, and I liked the whole genology link to their powers but I doubt by the time the next comes out I will remember anything about this book.
Erin
Not bad at all.

The plot was actually refreshing regarding the mythos.

And though there are fangs, they are not vampires.

I liked Deagan, even though the did some stupid alpha male stuff.

I didn't dislike Liv, and she wasn't TSTL.

I felt bad for Liv since her power basically meant she became incapacitated with blindness/uber migraine anytime bad people are around. That has to really suck as a 'gift' since it means you can't do squat. So.. how is that a gift?

I asked the author if the follow up nove
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GONZA
Un altro trio di guerrieri che vivono assieme, una mate che viene trovata, un bonding che li unisce per l'eternità e un cattivone che vuole scatenare un conflitto mondiale. Un po' d'amore e sesso abbastanza intrigante, niente che non si sia già visto ripetutamente, ma se avete un paio d'ore le passate facilmente.....
Winnie
Original, Suspenseful, Heart Pounding, Romance at its finest… I want book two NOW!
Darkest Caress by Kaylea Cross is the first book in the Empowered Series and I would read a second book from this author. I love the way Cross-writes, its slow building with an explosive end. Her characters are loving, funny and enduring. Her world building seam effortless yet, fascinating… I can’t wait to find out more about the two remaining Empowered males and their mates… Hints on whose book is next… Cade, I lo
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Paris
Darkest Caress is a paranormal romance along the same lines as the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward and the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. Although the cast of characters is much smaller at the moment than either of those series, they all deal with supernatural warriors who fight to save their kind from destruction by some heavy hitting group of bad guys. Of course because they are romances the leading male of each book finds their mate, the one woman in all the world who ...more
Amy R
I am relatively new to paranormal romance but I am not new to Kaylea Cross’ writing. If you have read her romantic suspense books you will not be disappointed in this paranormal romance. She takes the same edge-of-your seat writing and puts it into Darkest Caress. Her characters and story have great depth to them. She writes in third person so you get to feel what many of the characters are feeling, including the villain of the story which greatly adds to the suspense.

In this book we see that Da
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Liv never dreamed she was about to meet the man she would spend the rest of her life with while trying to sell a waterfront mansion. But that is exactly what happens. Daegan shows up to look at the property and right away, the heat sizzles between them. Liv recognizes the sexual attraction, but has no way of knowing that it so much more --that she had just met her mate.

Daegan is more than human. As an "Empowered," he is destined to fight a malevolent force known as the Obsidian Lord and his Dark
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Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
Darkest Caress by Kaylea Cross is the first book in the Empowered Series.

Daegan Blackwell is the Coven Leader of an ancient magical bloodline named the Empowered. Daegan has been fighting to save humanity from darkness for close to 2 centuries. When he meets the real estate agent Olivia Farrell while searching for a new home base, he knows his life is about to change. Olivia is his mate and without her he could be consumed by the same darkness he is fighting. During a time of war Olivia is throw
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Shirley
Have you ever gone into a book not knowing what to expect? I know that I have asked readers that question before, but honestly, for some books, it bears repeating. Needless to say, you can tell where this is going…. Darkest Caress took me by surprise. I read the synopsis and knowing nothing about Kaylea Cross and her other books, took a chance on liking it enough to add to my mountainous TBR list. It didn’t take me long to realize that I now not only have a new series to delve into, but I also h ...more
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: ''She fought to breathe while the fear crashed over her like a dark wave. Aaron's angry voice grew louder, adding to the cruel spikes driving into her head. The phone slipped from her trembling fingers, crashing to the floorboard with a sickening thud. She clapped her hands to her skull, swallowed back the bile in her throat. He was going to get her. Help me..." (p. 40, e-galley)

Kaylea Cross released book one in her Empowered series in April 2012. That book, Darkest Caress, is a
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Robbie Thornton
As a prolific reader of PNR, I'm always looking for something new, and in Darkest Caress, I got it. Trouble is, I'm not entirely sure if I understand it yet. Perhaps that's how it should be, since there is a strong lead in to a second book in this one that tells me this book is only the first in a series, so I"m sure we'll learn more as we go along.

The Empowered are a race of psychically and physically gifted people. They aren't immortal, but they are long lived. Their talents vary, they "feel"
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L.E.Olteano
Yummy :D
Really awesome looking title, really really eye-caching cover - I heart the purple!! - and I jumped at the chance to read and review it when I was done reading. As a rabid enthusiastic reader of PNR, I've come to grow even more so interested in books revolving around diverse creatures. I loved the Empowered notion, brilliant thinking :D

The characters were really cool, I mean I loved Olivia (not because we have so similar names, lol), her independent spirit and her bubbly personality. D
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Lynelle
Olivia Farrell is an average woman who is a realtor and teaches piano lessons on the side. Her life is pretty normal except that she suffers from awful headaches at some of the most inopportune times. So when she is to show an expensive estate she is anxious about the commission she can earn from this sale, but everything changes when she meets her intended client.

Daegan Blackwell is around 200 years old, is the leader and one of the last of the Empowered, an ancient magical race whose duty is
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Rachel
YEAH!

I was so excited to see that one of my favorite writers of military romantic suspense was doing a PNR, that I had to read it right away. I don’t usually write reviews on the books that I read useless my opinion is asked for, but I am hoping that this will encourage others to read and that Ms. Cross will continue this series. I must find out what happens with the others in the book.

This is about the Empowered, a race who has now limited numbers left in the world. There is a prophecy that a w
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Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I cannot put into words how much I loved this book, I couldn't put it down and at work I just wanted my lunch break to come around so that I could finish it, I devoured it and wanted more, now I just need to find out when the other books featuring Cade and Vaughn are going to be released.
I can't believe this author isn't widely known her writing captures your interest and imagination from the get go and you just want to constantly keep reading and never put it down, I can only hope that this boo
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Emmy
The Darkest Caress is the first in the Empowered series by Kaylea Cross. We are introduced to Olivia “Liv” Farrell as she is on her way to show a house that’s new on the market. Liv is a realtor but also teaches piano from her home. Fighting off the mother of all migraines, she gets to the house and meets the mysterious Daegan Blackwell.

Ice blue eyes speared hers. He was tall, over six feet, broad-shouldered. His dark brown hair was cut short, the strong planes of his face clean-shaven. He look
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Nicole
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/05/02/...

I am a die-hard Kaylea Cross fan, have been for about a year now. When I saw she was branching out into paranormals, I was pretty dang excited. Favorite genre + incredible author is bound to be good.

Daegan is part of a supernatural race called the Empowered, with Cade and Vaughn at his side, he is what is left of the Empowered army, set to fight against the Over Lord for the sake of all humankind. But the prophecy says the wa
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Patricia BookExhibitionism
2.5-3

I very much disliked the heroine of this novel: She was perceived as strong and independent by the men, which made it even worse, because she was obviously incapable of recognizing the lack of strength/abilities (both mental and physical) she possessed. She freaked out all the time, she was unable to be reasonable about most things most of the times (aka. she was annoying), and I wouldn't have had big issues with that if it had been made clear that everyone - she and the guys - knew as much
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