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Love is Darkness

(Valerie Dearborn #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,735 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life filled with light sweetness, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and — if not prepared exactly right — deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention o
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 323 pages
Published August 27th 2011 by Host of the Hills
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The BookChick
Reading this book was about as interesting as listening to my own brain cells die. Oh, now isn't that coincidental...several brain cells died a horrible death in the reading of this book. I'm not sure if this book was supposed to be PNR, UF, YA, Indie or what. But whatever it's supposed genre, it was a horribly painful book to read.

The heroine, and please know that I use the word loosely, was a slut. I hate throwing around such a tabooed word as slut.
*RAH...RAH...RAH...woman's lib...and feminis
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars.
Yes, it took me more than 3 years to finish this book but that is definitely not a comment to the storyline itself. I loved it from the beginning i just lost it somewhere and it took me awhile to complete it.

Valerie Dearborn is a great heroine, witty, mouthy, seeking for normalcy in her life and nowadays alone. After she decides that the vampire hunting lifestyle is not for her, she leaves everything behind and restarts her life.

But that won't last for a long time. Bound to trouble li
Carrie (Badass, Alpha-male, Cowboy Connoisseur )
I am a paranormal romance and all things vampire junkie. There isn't much I haven't read, and finding a book with a new twist on things is hard to come by. With that said, I was skimming through my Kindle one evening looking for a book to jump out at me, I came accross Love is Darkness and thought "hmmmm, let's give it a try". A few hours later and some very swoon worthy moments, I finished the book and went on the search for book number 2. My heart ached when I found out I would have to wait un ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Review posted: 11.06.2016
*Might contain spoilers*
“You want me to be unselfish? A vampire is selfish. We kill so that we can survive, that is the ultimate selfishness.”

I really, really hate Valerie. She's a selfish bitch, who only cares for herself. She's also a goddamn schizo, and she blames everyone else but herself for situations that are not others fault. She's violent (at least that's what I see her as), tries to provoke a 1600 year old vampire with violence. One minute she speaking soft
J.A. Eckert
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Simply put... AMAZING! Now for the details.

Hanson has easily earned a position in my top ten favorite authors, which is not easy to do. I consider myself a tough customer and Caroline Hanson has solidly delivered! Her plot was involved and woven very well. Her pacing was spot on and she did a good job of providing tension and conflict in the form of external and internal conflict in every scene. Character development was great as well, I felt connected with the characters and could really visual
Lucas. A 1600 year old vampire King attempting to restore ballance in both supernatural and human world, while attempting to keep at bay his unquenchable desire for Val, a Hunter's daughter and Empath. She could destroy him with only her emotions. Bring him to his knees with her confusing want for him. Torn between games of politics, rebellions, and a pull so strong it does not end with this book but keeps us waiting for more.

His gaze burned into hers, words quiet and forceful. “You want me to
Hmm, something was missing here...oh yeah, a plot.

I'm not a big vampire book reader, so I'm not sure what even made me get this. I did read a few pretty good ones recently, like The Greyfriar -a steampunk vampire book, and The Immortal Rules -a dystopian vampire book, so I guess I figured I'd keep going until I read one that would make me stop buying them. Found it!

I'm not sure who this book is even geared to - it reads really juvenile, yet there's some pretty graphic sex scenes, so I don't thin
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book came up on a Goodreads discussion thread about books similar to Moning’s Fever series. It is a little indie book from a self-published author. I found it refreshingly engaging, witty, and well written. I’m not sure I’d compare it to Moning’s Fever series because it’s not an epic fantasy novel, but I can draw favorable parallels to the Neill’s Chicagoland series. Love is Darkness however, stands up on it's own two legs as a superb addition to the parnormal romance genre.


Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
All Valerie wanted was a normal life. Raised by her father to be a vampire hunter, she had always known that as soon as she was old enough she would leaving that life of death and danger behind. Starting over on her own is not as easy as she thought it would be, and running from her past is next to impossible.

I really like Valerie as a protagonist. She does not come from a perfect little world where everything is rose colored and happy. Her whole life has revolved around death and fear, and her
Michelle Cummings
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book (except for the kindle typos, but I don't blame the author for that). To me this is a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer (see why I liked it?!) and the Fever series. But it doesn't feel derivative in any sense to me. I found the storytelling phenomenal, the characters engaging and the worldbuilding quite fascinating, and some parts actually laugh out loud funny. (one such quote "probably not a Kindle kind of guy. Just a guess.") I had absolutely no problem steppi ...more
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
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3.5 stars

So, how to resist to a title & cover like this, even if it has the one thing I despise when reading and what usually makes me stay away from a book- the (in)famous curse of a LOVE TRIANGLE? I know I tried and failed, but fortunately I'm not sorry this time.

This actually turned out to be one of the rare books I've read and liked, although it has a *love triangle* in it. I know I always say that I'm not so big on romance and cheesy lines, but
Samantha Young
I’m on an adult urban fantasy kick at the moment and Caroline Hanson’s Love is Darkness was a delicious meal in my feeding frenzy. Hanson’s modern, smooth and polished prose drew me in from the first page. I was immediately engaged by Val and Jack, the tension and chemistry between them was absolutely electric! Val is an incredibly likeable heroine. There’s a lot about her that’s relatable - certain insecurities, loneliness, a drive for something ‘more’. She just wants an ordinary life away from ...more
The description pretty well sums up the book. Valerie Dearborn wants a simple human life, but she keeps getting sucked into the dark underworld of the Others...well, the vampires anyway.

Overall, this was a good book, but not a great one. The characters were reasonably believable, the plot was fast enough to keep me entertained, but there were also quite a few problems that were distracting during the read, including grammar and spelling errors, and problematic point of view switches (one paragra
I think I’ve found a new series that’s *dear* to me!

Correction, I think I must thank Val for throwing it in my face how good this series is. This is the best 99 cents I've spent yet! Of course the price has increased to a whopping $1.99, but I can assure you it's worth breaking the bank for this one.

Valerie Dearborn has spent her life trying to avoid her destiny. As a child, she watch her mother meet a tragic end at the hands of a vampire. That unfortunate turn of events changed her life forev
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars

Another surprisingly decent cheap read. I am again struck by how many good Indy authors there are out there. The first book in the series is a twist on the very overdone subject of Vampires. But don't let that deter you from checking out this very engaging and fast read. A little more UF than PNR, but there are still plenty of hot scenes to take in.
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—de
Samantha **ParaNormal Romance Party**
***4.5 Stars***

1st line in the book---> He wasn't God.

Caroline Hanson does a brilliant job in taking the vampire myth and putting a twist to it. I had been hearing how her Vamps are not the romanticized version many stories portray them as today. Instead, they are more Anne Rice style. Her vampires are deadly, they are selfish, and eat people because its their nature.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Valerie Dearborn is one of the last surviving Empaths in the world. Living in a family of vamp
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! A mixture of drama, wit, sex, and history-Caroline Hanson got it right!!!! Valeria Dearborn had her mother killed by a vampire and now her father has become a renown vampire slayer. Jack becomes apart of their somber lil family when his parents are ravagely taken from him at the hands at a ruthless vampire. Together, Jack and her father try to convince Val to train as a Hunter so she, too, can rid the world of vampires and avenge her mothers death. Instead Val deci ...more
Talk Supe
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
OK, @caroline_hanson I can't be stopped, I will be reading book 2 NOW.

(After I calmed down) Full review at Talk Supe

LOVE IS DARKNESS is a vivid and captivating story. CHanson went all out and didn't spare any details, she gave me lust, blood, gore, love, terror and hate among others. Aside from Val, Lucas and Jack, the villains were superb and the intrigue and conflict were well plotted. The pacing was a steady beat until it finally led to this big blow at the vampire Challenge. My jaw droppe
Lauren Stewart
These characters are fantastic. How I love a book with two equally sexy men and a cute, funny heroine. It was really enjoyable and I have no idea what will happen in book two. In fact, I don't even know what I WANT to have happen in book two. Hmm... :)
Irina Villacis
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

le doy un 4 porque a) me ha parecido un sacrilegio que lo deje en la mejor parte
b) me ha costado un montón terminarlo . de hecho me quedado un monton de veces dormida leyendo el pasado con el presente. me ha confundido y eso que estoy muy agradecida con la autoracon poner fechas y lugares antes de los capitulos perfectamente pulcros.

es el primer libro de la trilogia y tambien el primero que leo de la autora.

resulta que por equivocacion o porque pensé que el primero no tenia nada b
Keren Hughes
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favourite
What to say about this book? Well if it was possible to give it more than 5 stars, you can trust me, I would. Why? Well let me explain:

When I first heard about this book, I took one look at the cover and thought it was SMOKING hot. That was the initial draw for me, because I like a book to have an enticing cover. Yes, I know you can still get a good story even with mediocre cover art, but it always helps if the cover is aesthetically pleasing.

Second of all, I read the 'blurb' on Amazon and it so
Nancy Cavaliere
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, let me just say...OMF'in G!!! I devoured this book! The storyline is SO GOOD, like ice cream on a hot day, its very fast paced, and the character development is amazing! The romance is sexy, fulfilling and has a hint of fear, but in a good way.

Warning Spoilers Ahead-

Our main Gal, Val, is completely captivating with her wittiness, sarcasm, innocence and her sense of right and wrong. I really liked the fact that Caroline made Val so intense, shes almost reckless with her emotions and her pas
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Valerie's family is screwed up. She has a dead mother, a disinterested father, and a quasi-boyfriend who may be hot and dangerous, but frankly pisses me off. So, how is it that Valerie, a girl who wants absolutely nothing to do with her family vampire hunting business, ends up being so immersed that there is no possible escape? The answer is both complicated and simple...lust. Specifically the lust of Lucas, the vampire king. I love how the book description puts it, "after 1600 years of an emoti ...more
This is the first in a supernatural series where the main character's father has a life long obsession with hunting and killing vampire's. Valerie wants nothing more than a normal life and the constant fighting and blood shed have made her determined to make her life as normal as possible. She has no idea how far from normal she is until the king of vampire's takes an interest in her, Valerie has no idea that she is probably the last empathy a live, and Lucius wants her to be his mind body and s ...more
Pam Godwin
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**This is a review of the trilogy as a whole.**

Forget Twilight. This series is one of the best hidden treasures amidst a genre of brooding passive-aggressive vampires. In this densely carnal, twisted take on fey, vampire, and otherworld magic, the heroine Valerie shines beneath the crushing weight of her love for two heroes. Jack, her childhood friend turned vampire hunter, is committed to keeping things platonically frustrating. Lucas, the 1600 year old vampire king, is complicated by his cold
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved and loved this short. Even with the story pretty much being the norm, the author did make enough unique qualities that it keep me drawn in. I love that Valerie aka "Val", really just wants a normal life after seeing her mother murdered by a vampire. Not only does that night bring the destruction of their family, it also makes her existence known to Lucas; king of the vampires. And Lucas is set out on making Val his, he watches Val from a distance; making sure she is safe. Val's chil ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fear, mystery and romance...What a fantastic new paranormal romance! Caroline Hanson has successfully delivered a deliciously engrossing book and carved a spot in my top ten list of writers, (not an easy thing to do), along with Jeaniene Frost, Colleen Gleason, and Karen Marie Moning. This book is the best indie adult book that I have purchased on Amazon (and that says a lot). Yes, there are vampires in this story, however, the empath addition keeps the story unique.

I was a little leary when I
Novels On The Run
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it


Firstly I must thank Caroline for my review copies and also thank Jennifer on facebook who recommended this series to me and Lisa who swooped in with a comment on Goodreads ‘ooooh. you are going to so love this series!’.

Well, after that, I just had to contact Caroline. These lovely girls on fb read the lesser known authors too, when they simply love the authors work.....I am all ears. So I slid some time aside and cracked ‘Love Is Darkness’
Kim Chappell
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, purchased
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Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book by accident at Barnes and Nobles Nook Store and overall I'm very happy that I did. This is the first in a series about a young woman name Valerie. Evidently her mother was killed in front of her by a vampire when she was a young child. Her father became a changed man that was obsessed by killing vampires even to the detriment of Val's well-being. Along the way they pick up an Italian orphan, Jack, who's entire family was slaughtered by a vampire. Basically, Val can not ...more
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“You want me to be unselfish? A vampire is selfish. We kill so that we can survive, that is the ultimate selfishness.” 6 likes
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