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The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark,

Paperback, 343 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 21st 2011)
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I hated Brystion the so called 'hero'.


-He was a wanker.
-He was a pig.
-He was a douche.
-He was a dick.
-He was a bastard.
-He lied to Abby and manipulated her.
-He handed Abby over to a psychotic killer knowing she'd be tortured and killed and then he didn't even feel all that bad about it.
-He told Abby the only reason he didn't let her die was because of her powers.
-He dumped Abby after telling her he loved her but he lied it was because he didn't need her anymore.
-He was a rubbish love
Feb 16, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Let's see... Another 3 star rating, so that means I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It's like lukewarm water. It's nicer than cold water, but still not hot enough to be comfortable in.

Sadly, I didn't really get into the story. It's very likely my limited knowledge of the English language contributed to the fact that during some parts of the story, I had absolutely no idea what was going on, but I didn't care enough to read those pages again. The author didn't really seem to feel like explai
Jan 25, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
It’s easiest to cross between worlds at liminal times of the day. Angels travel most easily at dawn, faeries at twilight, and demons at midnight. As for noon… well, you’ll just have to read and find out!

When supernatural beings (“OtherFolk”) want to pass between worlds without these limitations, they can bond with humans, called TouchStones, who help anchor them to the mortal world. Abby Sinclair is contracted as the TouchStone to Moira, a powerful faerie, but she’s keeping a secret: Moira has
Mar 02, 2012 new_user rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I feel deceived. LOL. A Brush of Darkness reviews suggested that I could expect hilarity and action from Allison Pang's debut, even a perverted unicorn. Absent any action, Darkness's protagonist Abby Sinclair delivers some funny lines, but the narrative lacks movement and life and labors under a clueless heroine.

Abby's apartment above Prospectus Intelligentsia Tabernus bookstore reminds me of Mac from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, only Abby's more helpless and inactive. One expects physic
The first three quarters were 2.5 stars, the ending was definitely 3 fully-colored ones.

+ The story was not boring. I had no urge to stop. At no point. (But I wouldn't have searched for the book either, should I have mislaid it somehow.)
+ The heroine is likable, a bit clueless, yes, but intelligent enough and likable.
+ And the hero is hot and a bit self-loathing.
+ There were some very funny scenes woven in. Two or three times I even contemplated the possibility of extracting a quote, but my laz
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Sep 16, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Holly
Holly said "horny miniature unicorn" and I said "OMG I have to read this."
Marg K.
May 10, 2011 Marg K. rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2-star-rating
When I first looked at the book cover, my brain immediately processed two thoughts simultaneously: (1) Ooohh, pertty colors! and (2) Skank Alert! Admittedly, I had to reel in my somewhat judgmental side and read the story description before deciding for or against reading the book. Just because the cover model looks like she's been shopping at HOOKERS-R-US doesn't mean it's an accurate representation of the heroine. And if by chance it is, that might not necessarily be a bad thing either. I mean ...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
'A Brush of Darkness' is the debut novel by Allison Pang. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy (after adding it to my wishlist - mostly because of the awesome cover) and I'm happy to report it was a fun read. However, I did have a few issues...

Although this is marketed as an urban fantasy, it's a bit misleading in my opinion. This book is much more paranormal romance. Most of the book is taken up with the relationship between Abby and Brystion. Lots of sensual, heat filled pages. Although
I had heard excellent things about this book and it turns out that everyone was right. I loved it! I was quite impressed with the fresh and complex world Pang created. The reader is dropped directly into the story and left to figure things out without any excessive infodumps. That style doesn't always work, leaving the reader too confused, but I think this author pulled it off nicely. The heroine, Abby, was relatively new to the OtherWorld, giving the author an easy way to pull the reader into t ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I loved this book. So much so that I am going to ramble about it because you know that is what I do when I heart books. I am so happy to see this book take an urban fantasy and give it a real sex scene. I am so tired of other UFs teasing you with tiny bits of sensuality. It's like reading a YA book, no wait, most YAs have MORE SEX than most UFs. Anyway, I ramble, I appreciate the full sexy sex scenes.

I had to push myself through the beginning. I am still unsure if that is due to the beginning o
Mar 25, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at

If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy books – even just a little – you HAVE to read this book! Yes, it’s THAT good.

End of review.

What, not enough? Okay then…if you want me to tell you more, I’ll tell you more.

I have a few blogging friends who are my Urban Fantasy go-to people. Our tastes are very similar when it comes to that genre, so whatever they like, I’ll like (usually anyway). All of them read and reviewed A Brush of Darkness
Jill Myles
Oct 02, 2010 Jill Myles rated it it was amazing
Just flat out loved this. Made me think of Kresley Cole's style of worldbuilding and the fun voice, but it's definitely urban fantasy (with a touch of romance).

Abby's a terrific character who has a great mixture of tough and vulnerable, and I loved the incubus Brystion, who tries very hard to be a bad guy but keeps letting his heart get in the way.

Of course I'd be remiss without mentioning the unicorn. I now want one of my own (though preferably not in my underwear drawer).

Great book with reall
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally reviewed at

Favorite Quote: ”If an incubus masturbates, does that make him an incu-bator?”

After spending the last six months trying to accept the fact her mother is dead and her dancing career is shattered, Abby finds herself locked in a contract as a Touchstone. When her Fae employer goes missing, Abby must rely on a mysterious and sexy incubus and a mini unicorn with an underwear fetish to guide her through the OtherWorldly.

As Abby‘s investiga
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 22, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I swear my narcissism had nothing to do with my loving A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Even if the main character hadn’t shared my name, I’ve would have enjoyed this smart, irreverent, and super sexy urban fantasy.

There is so much to like in A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Toping the list for me is Phineas (who graces the back cover). He’s an irrepressibly horny miniature unicorn who ends up moving in with Abby. He’s cranky and sarcastic and a huge pervert for such a little
Jan 17, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing read!
"A Brush of Darkness" is now on my top list.
When I received this in the mail, I was stoked. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Although I wasn't sure what the expect from it, I knew it sounded interesting. Soon in, I realized I would be hooked, and now I'm left begging for more!

It took me a few chapters to get relaxed and clued in to the history with the world Pang has written. Once I got use to it, everything started to unravel I couldn't get enough.

Abby Sinclair is a
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Allison Pang is one of the authors that is responsible for my addiction to paranormal reads. She has created a unique world of fae, demons, incubus/succubus, angels, and humping unicorns living amongst humans. This is a book to surely to bring emotions of lust, laughter, excitement and sadness.

There is a world of “OtherFolks” that exists in a linearplane, if you will, but none of the bei
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Another rambling review…. (Eventually, I will succumb to an organized review but until then…)




Non-essential (minor)-

Phineas (LOVED HIM)
And many, many more

UF terms-

Heart (yes capitalized)
and many, many more

I loved the story. I hated the world building. In fact, there really was not much world building. It was throw-you-in-this-new-world-and you-figure-it-out. I am not a UF wimp. I have read UF books befor
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This book is really different and interesting. It focuses on "OtherWorld" people using mortals as touchstones to move between worlds. Abby is knee deep in this world without a lot of knowledge on what exactly is going on. She's not stupid though and the one thing I really liked about her was how she readily admitted that she was a screw up at times. She finds out that different beings are missing including the one she is the touchstone for. She's also very funny and snarky.

There are many paranor
Aug 05, 2011 Dija rated it really liked it
I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon, and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.

As far as first books in a series go, this one was fantastic. Most of the less-than-popular UF series I've read that don't classify as erotica tend to be a bit on the emotionless side. The plot is usually great, but the heroine is always too stoic and serious to be likable and there's very little of the hero in the first i
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 30, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Full of snarky and sexy characters that leave you laughing at their antics and crying with them through their pain.

Opening Sentence: Cat piss and cabbages.

The Review:

A Brush of Darkness falls in a very small group for me: books I can’t get enough of. There is so much going on with this diverse set of characters that it leaves me looking for more. And it is the characters that make this story for me, not the world they are a part of. It’s Abb
Yolanda Sfetsos
Sep 05, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Last week, I picked a group of UF books from my bookshelf... and this is one of them!

Abby works in a bookstore. She's also the TouchStone to the Protectorate.

The day a mysterious incubus--Brystion--drops in asking to see the Protectorate--Moira--because he needs her help, Abby's world gets turned upside down. Not only does she agree to help Brystion find his missing sister, but soon realises that something really horrible is going on, and it also explains why Moira's been missing for months...

Feb 01, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Quickie: This was a fast and very enjoyable read with a few laughs thrown in at the expense of the World of Warcraft game. The world building around fae myths was quite interesting, curious to see what will come of it.

The characters make this story, hands down. Abby, the lead character, has a quick and snarky personalty. Loved the dialog between her and the other characters. Oh and there is a a pervy miniature unicorn, who almost stole the book for me. I'll definitely pick up the next book in t
Kelly Keaton
Oct 01, 2010 Kelly Keaton rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book from the first page to the last, and every one in between. Love finding great new authors!
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The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabou
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Jan 31, 2011 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it it was amazing
Abby Sinclair was a dancer and all of that changed when she was in a car accident so tragic she still is plagued with horrific nightmares. Six months later, she is the Touchstone to a powerful member of the Fae & manager of a magical marketplace.

Everything seems to be going well when Brystion (Ion for short) shows up in her store. It seems his sister (a succubus) is missing and she’s not the only one, together they have to figure out who is taking them & where they have them hidden. That
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause something just don't feel right

What? I'm so sad. So confused. So....bereft.

How could you end it like that Ms. Pang!? How!!!!

Anyhoo. Though this book took me awhile to read, it had nothing to do with the story or the actual writing. I was just busy. I point this out to anyone who actually pays attention to how long it takes someone to read a book.

So while I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book, I did enjoy that the reader was sort of dropped into this world and learned along with Abby. For the pieces of information
Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
Feb 17, 2011 Chelsea [Vampire Book Club] rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-pnr, fae-angels, demons
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

A Brush of Darkness is dark, funny, plenty sexy and a little heartbreaking and surprisingly heartwarming. In short, it’s an urban fantasy must-read.

When I first read the back cover copy for A Brush of Darkness, I stopped at the words “miniature unicorn.” Let’s just say I fall firmly on “Team Zombie.” That’s still true, but the perverted magical creature in this novel is a complete delight. He’s tiny but ballsy and can’t seem to keep from pla
Aug 29, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, read-2015
I will admit that most of my interest in A Brush of Darkness was the unicorn living in Abby's underwear drawer. I mean, how can you read that and not be intrigued?! Sadly, little Phineaus, while awesome, was not enough to make me love this one. Abby is a mostly normal woman, working in a bookstore. She's also the Touchstone for her elf princess boss who has been missing for four months. Then an Incubus shows up, demanding answers from Abby about his also missing sister. Then more people start di ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Allison Pang and she starts right off with a bang! You come into what seems the middle of the story (so I'm hoping for a prequel!) but you are not lost. Abby is still reeling from her mother's death in a car accident and her inability to absolve herself. She finds herself a touchstone (a person who helps those in the other world live in ours) of a powerful elf, Moira, and just trying to feel her way though the maze of manipulation. Brystion, an incubus, comes by to talk ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
Paranormal Romance – Jan. 25th, 2011
4 stars

In this story Abbie Sinclair has recently made a deal with one of the OtherFolk. Beings with magical powers but who are unable to stay in the human world without a human TouchStone. Abbie is the TouchStone or anchor for the powerful Faery Moira. Moira happens to be the Protectorate for the area. Abbie made this poor deal to be Moira’s TouchStone when she was very vulnerable. Her mother was killed in a car crash and sh
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“I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon, and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.” 51 likes
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