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Tempt Me with Darkness by Shayla Black
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Jan 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal, 2009, urban-fantasy, romance
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Marrok of Cadbury was one of Arthur's most ferocious knights and a hungry but careless lover. After spending a night with Arthur's half-sister, the powerful witch, Morganna, he spurns her and is cursed by her to an immortal life with no satisfaction. The curse she writes in her Doomsday Book, which Marrok manages to steal, but it is locked and he is doomed to an eternity of life with no sexual relief. Now living outside London, he is tormented by dreams of Morganna in a new form, luring him and seducing him before vanishing. But the dream gives him a clue, and he's set on finding her in her new look.

Olivia Gray has come to London to open a new art gallery and look for her long-lost father, Richard, whom she's never met. A chance meeting with the amazing wood carver, Marrok, through their mutual friend Bram, leads to Marrok believing she's someone called Morganna and abducting her. Locked up in his cottage in the woods, Olivia can find no way to convince Marrok she's who she says she is. She also thinks he's insane for believing he's immortal, but that doesn't stop her from being drawn to him, seducing him and offering an ancient Mating Call that binds them together forever.

Marrok believes Olivia, a descendant of Morganna, is the key to unlocking the Book, but can he trust her? Doesn't duplicity run in her veins? As Olivia falls in love with him, she's sure he's only with her because he believes she can help him be free of his curse and finally die.

Shayla Black's new series promises to be a juicy, thrilling ride through steamy sex, supernatural politics, a war started anew, an evil wizard a la Voldemort but with a perverse liking for sexual torture, and the reforming of a new Brethren, a group of warriors to protect the world from falling into the hands of the evil Mathias. It's fast-paced, exciting, a mix of pleasing originality and tried-and-true formula, a few Harry Potter jokes and some powerful-looking, hulking wizards who suck at fighting and don't know how to fire a gun. Until Marrok trains them. A very promising start to the Doomsday Brethren.

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