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(New Species #12)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  10,264 ratings  ·  588 reviews
Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he does not break her heart.

Darkness admires Kat’s courage but he cannot trust anything
ebook, 271 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
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Gail Melton If you go to her FB page or the Laurann Dohner New Species fb page she has some excerpts of several NS that she has partially written.
Also, Smiley wi…more
If you go to her FB page or the Laurann Dohner New Species fb page she has some excerpts of several NS that she has partially written.
Also, Smiley will be the next NS book up after Darkness, she has the cover up but doesn't have a release date yet. This is in the Files section, she has an excerpt of Vengeance's story. No release dates and these are raw excerpts, meaning she hasn't written the whole story and doesn't know who is next. She has stated she has several partials and is waiting for them to tell her who is next.(less)

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Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE for you guys! LD has posted some snippets of books to come. I have three here, and Smiley, Breeze, Flame and LEO <3 on my Smiley review because I can't fit them all on one. There is also one of Kit, but I couldn't fit her in so I didn't bother. These are completely unedited and are not final in any way. I just thought I'd share them with you guys since not everyone can find them on Facebook.

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Alex is The Romance Fox
Darkness, the 12th novel in Laurann Dohner’s fantastic New Species Series….and just as good as previous books!!!

I’ve been a fan of the New Species series from the when I read the first book and having met Darkness in previous books, I was really looking forward to finally reading his very own story.
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He has always been one of the darkest New Species character having suffered immensely at the hands of the Mercile scientists. Trained as a killer and assassin, he has now become Homeland’
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Reality bitch-slap Stars


"I’m going to break you, sweetheart. It’s going to be a pleasure for both of us.”

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“Little pretend-cats shouldn’t ever play with actual feral, bigger ones. Do you understand? I’m not as domesticated as you might think.”

Holy Shit!!! I don't know how I am going to write a review when I am a boneless melted puddle. Wow Darkness is freakin hott!!!!!!! Ok So Darkness is the 12th book in the New Species Series. Kat is a FBI agent sent in to homeland undercover
Sammy Loves Books
Darkness…Oh I can only imagine how beautiful you are


Too bad you were a Grade A Ass for 87% of your book!!! Where was the Darkness I have loved for the past few books? Darkness used to be one of my favorite characters in previous installments. I was beyond excited to get to this book and BAM!! Total let down. My favorite Alpha turned out to be a Total Dick. I fear that this entire review may become a Full On Rant!!!

I am also in the minority, as ALL of my friends have rated this a 4 or 5 star read
Just My Bucking Book Blog

Laurann, I really want Darkness...I just...


Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Darkness is a New Species cat-man who is the major badass at the compound. All of the others are even afraid of him because of his master intimidation techniques and torture skills. He's their go-to guy to get answers from any of the bad guys because he will break fingers, shove things up their fingernails, tear off their fingernails, etc.. to get the truth from them. Hmmm, that's a lot of finger-hurting crap. He seems to have a phalanges fixation.

Kat is an FBI agent who is sent into the compoun
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Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous man who is hurting inside. I just want to fix them, or at least witness another woman fix them.

During Darkness' own story, I saw how complicated he was inside. As much as he may have continued to deny it, he was in pain. He had so much guilt over the deaths of his brothers that he didn't deserve. It was all Mercile's fault. No one fought against havi
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want Ven, he needs a human mate!! I am re-reading Tiger and all I can say is oh. my. Gawd! I want him to end up happy so I am really hoping that he gets his happy ending next!!!
Sophia Triad
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Well, Darkness can torture me anytime he wants :)
I think he is one of the most interesting characters.
Things I loved in the book included
a) the revelation about who Darkness' brother is
b) yes, finally we get to see more Fury and Slade
c) the adorable New Species kids who are growing up. The climbing wall scene was excellent!

Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
And she's back! - 4 Stars!


11/2/14: Back in the mood...


9/23/14: I am having trouble getting into this and I know it's because I'm just not in the mood for this genre right now...putting it on hold to pick up later!


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Can i repeat ... OMG

I really loooooooooooooove this story. Another good one for the NS (okay, i'm a huge fan !)

Kat is a FBI agent on a mission, Darkness is ... well Darkness.
They meet
They fight
They watch each other
They love
... and fireworks !

Of course there is a HEA
Now i'm waiting for Smiley in one month ... it's too long ^^
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Darkness, the first Species with so many commitment issues.
Oh, Darkness, you are a very difficult male aren't you? But your pretend-Kat is here to stay, even if she has too many secrets herself!!

I'm such a huge fan of this series, you have no idea and Darkness was a great installment even if i missed the funny moments and the whole "mine" factor.

This book was a little different than the rest. Focused more on the couple and less on the on-going plotlines, it was both refreshing and unique. But i
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Re-read Jan 27-28, 2017

OK this book was a little hard to read for me...I hurt so bad for Darkness. He is completely shutdown emotionally and no one can reach him ((view spoiler)).

Kat is a hard core FBI agent that doesn't take shit from anyone...especially Darkness.

When these 2 collide, the sparks fly but the walls still don't come down. I was so frustrated until
Bernadett Surányi
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
My first thought: New book, a new book!!!

But after reading Darkness, well I was a bit disappointed. A book from this series can't be that bad, it wasn't indeed. But how could I express my feeling? It just left me empty...

I try not to give you any spoilers during my review.

I almost hate their first encounter at the beginning. It was hot, okay, but so awkward. Things happened between them superfast, and I just didn't enjoy it. I think in this scene Darkness was out of his character, it wasn't his
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
**re-read,(not sure how many times I have read this ) I liked this one better this time around
Ok let me start by saying I love this series, it is one of if not my favorite PR romance series that I weigh other shifter/DNA books by and most sadly fall flat as a pancake so when I stalk Laurann Dohner I get excepted like it's Christmas when I see a new New Species book coming out. I couldn't wait for this book then I read the teasers and I was even more excited and I got this book the second I coul
Loved the book! I think Kat is the perfect mate for Darkness. There seems to be some background story about Trey. I'm hoping he gets his own book. And what about the hint of Flame and Amanda in True's book? I was hoping to hear more about that here. If you remember Amanda is the loud mouth friend of Lauren who is Wrath's mate (Book 6).
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
It was a typical New Species novel.

A lot of scorthing scenes, a lot of denial from Darkness, a strong heroine, Kat!

I appeciated Kat and her courage to bet on Darkness. she was tough, but never afraid of showing her feelings. Very straitforward in everything she did.

Darkness was, just as his name says, dark. Hot, but dark. But, as we're lead to expect, he melted very nicely! LOL

I like Ms. Dohner style. It's like a puppet's show: the charactes talk in a jerky kind of way, just like puppet. But it
Oct 14, 2013 added it
Shelves: new-species
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just finished true I seriously cant wait for DARKNESSS he is totally my type of man. DARK,DANGEROUS,MYSTERIOUS,SEXYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I honestly want the heroine to be a badass and I want her to be scarred too so she can understand his pain.
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
this wasn't my favorite NS book, I just didn't care for Kat or Darkness...maybe it's because I don't really know much about darkness going in, I was looking forward to a book for a more familiar character..needless to say I'm still looking forward to Smiley's book!
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book, I can honestly say is completely different from ANY of the other New Species Novels. From the plot, the internal & external conflicts surrounding the main characters, and the characters themselves.

I loved every single aspect of this book. It was refreshing & everything just flowed well. It was sexy, romantic, frustrating, suspenseful & heartfelt. I loved how the children of the New Species are incorporated here, and I loved all the moments between Darkness & Fury very touching, amusin
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - 12th in the series - Advised to read the rest in the series first, due to all the background history of the NS
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author? - Yes
Rating - 4


It is no secret how much I love this series.

After 12 books, you might expect it all to be a bit samey - and it is in c
Dohner really knows how to push the right buttons to make you seriously hate the antagonist in her books. I wanted to see Kat's boss suffer forever in less than two pages into the book.

The book as a whole was really good, but not GREAT! It doesn't make my top 5 but it's far from bad. Much like in Shadow's story, she's really setting up a great potential match for another couple with Kat's best friend and maybe Book, we'll see.

Darkness was really on again off again through the entire book and it
Britta ★ Nachteule ★

Darkness *swoon*


So it's been almost 2 months since I read this. I won't give in the illusion that I'm still able to give it a proper review so I'll make it short.

I liked Kat! She's really a good match for Darkness and I totally believed her to be a strong women.

Darkness was... just Darkness. From the previous books we know that he thinks, he's damaged goods and no mate-material because of his past, which is a bit different to the other New Species. But as the story goes on
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
3.25+ RATING- I've been on the fence about this series for the last few books. I think I may be burned out on the New Species but yet, I keep reading. Darkness was okay for me but that's about it. I have no real complaints but at the same time have nothing great to say about the book either.

For me, it rates the same as the last few books have. I do have very high hopes that we will get my hearts desire soon which would be one of the Taskforce members falling in love with A Gift New Species. I'v
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A 5 star re-read of one of my favorites!

Well, hellloooo, Darkness, my old friend :)

Loved it so much!!


5 of the brightest stars!!
Originally read in 2016..
My God!!

Totally in love with these guys! Sure I wish there were some of them available for pick up ;)

Off to read some more.
Jan 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
2014 is a long time....
Can I at least get a month, if that's too much I'll settle for a season. I like spring, spring is nice. Summer is good too. Just not winter, the concept of that is too depressing. I might go deprivation mode by summer...pleeeease... with puppies and kitten and all things that are fluffy and cute
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, urban-fantasy
We need to work on our communication skills. We have only two volumes—high or mute.

What the hell was wrong with Darkness. His past was awful. I get it...(view spoiler) I mean it was sick. But he was so indecisive it drove me nuts. Two choices dude. You want to keep her or you
3.5-4 stars

***Warning of slight spoiler info as I plan to tell who Kat works for and her mission at Homeland***

This was a pretty good story. I liked Kat and thought she was a pretty good herine. I liked Darkness as well but he was so determined to keep his heart closed that I wanted to hit him upside the head numerous times.

Kat is a FBI agent who's married to her job. She loves her work but recently she got a new boss and he's a real jerk. Kat lives in a house with her BFF and doesn't have much
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know I keep saying in each book in this series that it is different but what can I say they are different, in this case Darkness had some commitment issues and his liking fr bondage XD

Ok Darkness wasn't the first one in this series with commitment issues, Tiger is the biggest example of that, but in here he just didn't want to get close to anyone, and to enforce that he turned to bondage during sex.

- I liked the fact that he was totally solo that some people thought he was guy just cause he's
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“He turned away. “I don’t want a lecture.”
Fair enough. “What do you want?”
“Do you really want to know?”
Kat scooted a little closer but not enough to touch him. “Yes. I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t.”
He stared straight ahead. “I want to forget.”
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