Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.
Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.
When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people...love him?
Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires. She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.
I really liked this book. It was one of those where I kept telling myself "just one more chapter" until I really had to stop. A lot of the book could probably be considered pretty slow because it didn't particularly have a lot of action until the end. But I was so sucked in with the characters and wanting to find out what they were going to do that it didn't matter to me.
Soren is our important vampire. He's a proud and loyal Guardian to the city of Balinese and third most important. Typically an adult vampire only needs to feed every six months, but we find him out one night in Paris after it's been a year. Good thing too because it's this night when he happens to save Faith from being attacked by a couple of demons. After saving her, he can't help himself and he bites her. Unfortunately that leaves him with only two options of his peoples' law: kill her, or claim her. Of course he takes her with him. And her whole life changes. Faith goes along with him willingly because she has nothing and nobody to go back to anyway. Soren is inexplicably drawn to her but has no idea what he's doing or how to woo her. Still, he does his best. Faith is trying to figure out where she stands with him while also trying to reconcile her feelings for him. She is also drawn to him, but for awhile the fact that he's a vampire freaks her out. As a human in that city she amounts to being pretty much his servant, but Soren in no way treats her as such. As pointed out by another, he treats her as his mate. In fact, I think I could consider him very swoon worthy sometimes. Despite some intense reactions to her presence, the Lord of the city takes a liking to her because Soren has claimed her and tries to protect her as well. The underground city of Balinese is vast and beautiful, and quite seemingly self sufficient. There's huge shopping districts, gardens, waters and pretty much anything one might need. But all is not as safe as it seems as evidenced by what happens toward the end. I was actually quite surprised what happened to many important characters and how things ended up. But I liked how they ended up together and what Soren had done to make it so. One the coolest things? Designs appear when mates are claimed and bitten...oh to have that...
I very much look forward to the next book of this series. And while I don't really know if it will center around this same couple (I'm almost thinking it probably won't) I would love for it to.
When I was first sent this book as a request to review, I almost passed on it. Really I think a lot of bloggers I know were in the same boat as I. The back cover, doesn’t do this book justice. I was like really another Vampire book that has the whole fall in love with a human, save her, and sweep her away? Same ole same ole. Uh No! This book is so much more. The underground vampire cities are amazing. This new concept is one that I love! Vampires having their own cities right under human noses? Not only that but these cities are fully operational. They have everything you need, clothes, food (yes these vampires eat not only blood but human food as well), homes and families. Another new concept is that these vampires can be born, as in they can have children. AWESOME-SAUCE.
Now I really didn’t like how the whole city was like in the back ages. I mean women can’t learn to fight without being shunned? Really? What is up with that? All women are good for is having kids and shopping? I hated that. And the human thing? Humans are slaves? I didn’t like that either, but it made the book more intense in a way. Better a slave than dead I suppose.
The book was really well written, one thing I didn’t quite understand though was how quickly Faith excepted the whole vampire thing. Yeah she had her moment of freaking out, but the whole “I’m stuck here better make the best of it.” after being kidnapped and stuck in a city full of vampires? Yeah not likely. No sane women would go down that line of thoughts, but then again if your kidnapper looked like Soren, maybe. Faith is a strong and loyal woman who just wants a place to call home. After dealing with what her parents put her through you can see why she may be more acceptable to being ok with everything.
Soren, oh Soren, is amazing. He is fierce and so protective over Faith. He treats her as a guest and HIS instead of the norm of being a slave. He tries to make things easier for her and gain her trust. He wants her as a mate, and plans to have her in his future. And when Faith finally comes around she is just as protective of him to the point of putting her life in danger to get to him.
I really enjoyed the buildup of their relationship. and all the surrounding characters. Some more than others but they all played their part in making this book turn out the way it did.
I’ve read several historical fiction titles that use the underground ossuaries in European cities, this is the first that incorporates the Catacombes de Paris while using them as the highlight and hidden world for a setting. Jen Colly incorporates the slightly ominous, spooky and endlessly fascinating catacombs.
A slow-growing story, most of the action is concentrated at the end, with Faith’s decisions and choices after all she has learned. She never expected a getaway vacation to Paris would result in such life-changing events. Wandering the streets, Faith is taking in the scenery, and not paying attention. When she realizes she is in trouble, she is being attacked by demons, and her fate seems set.
Enter Soren, an aged vampire who hears Faith’s cry and comes to her aid. An irresistible urge to feed comes over him and he bites her: leaving her with tons of new revelations and him with a choice, kill her or claim her in accordance with vampire law.
From here, Soren claims her: treating her with deference and consideration, allowing her entrée into his world and the city of Balinese, an offshoot of the Catacombes but entirely a complete world in and of itself.
The world-building and character development is smooth and sufficient: giving plenty of information and imagery to allow readers the ability to participate and see the setting. Soren and Faith have some understandable hiccups considering everything she has learned and needs to wrap her brain around. A bit darker than one would first expect, Faith’s disassociation with her former life and her own feelings of isolation seem to push her closer to Soren, although the attraction is palpable and understandable and it keeps readers glued to the pages waiting to see if Faith has found a place and recognizes what she has.
This was a wonderfully engaging read with a slow and steady pace to an action-packed ending. Plenty of intriguing characters, situations and a relationship to get your teeth into, this story is an intriguing start to a new series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Whether you aren't normally into the vampire thing or have been "vampired out", or absolutely adore this genre, please don't set this book aside. It wasn't run of the mill by any means. It was a whole new culture and way of life and the wit poking fun at all the stereotypes/myths was great. I don't know how to give reviews without giving parts of the books away. I get too excited and end up with spoilers. I'll just end the review by saying how glad I am to realize it's a series because I can't wait to get the next one.
1st and last read.... if I'm reading a romance ? It has to be the main course not a side dish...
1st and last read.... if I'm reading a romance ? It has to be the main course not a side dish... Too much in too little, too much story about demons in too little time... I really detest when a writer cares more about the story arc than the romance , if this is just going to be a story arc about some mysterious demons wanting to take over vampire cities fine ,but don't call it a romance if you do... Clean read, a few "passionate kisses" and thing else doesn't happen til the very end almost and then not even a single detail ... Characters and histories and motivations are never really explained ,like why do vampires live in separate complete cities underground ? Why ? We are never told or the history behind it or the reason for almost anything, Soren was ok? Ish but for he was one of those lame applause male types the never really explains anything just expects the female just "understand" everything some how and is stupidly surprised when things go wrong and misunderstands happen... Faith is almost stubbornly slow on her uptake and acceptance of Soren and her new life,and as bad as he is about explaining she is about asking questions... These two were interminably slow w/each other as a couple of sick turtles moving through a January snow , Faith was too reactionary, too untrusting of Soren ,especially for such a slow story ... If your going to make the H and h this slow and hesitant towards each other , please make them both more interesting ,give them more depth and make the story longer ... ( sorry might have spoilers) I never the love or a connection , very slow and plodding place no hurry to give Faith a clue or being them together ,then suddenly they are attacked, Soren mates her w/out telling her,sex happens off screen w/barely any mention and then h goes off to "save/rescue" her mate some how barefoot and clueless and clumsily gets him home... Very clumsy , rushed and pathetic, 75% we are constantly told Soren is all big and bad warrior , then he's almost killed just handing himself over other vamps and his TSTL live mate saves him barefoot and clueless .... No, this wasn't a romance, more about a clueless couple and mysterious demons... Clean romance, a clean vamp. romance ? That really isn't ? No Thanks ... my rating is two stars but 3 out I'd respect ...
I waffled back and forth on my feelings about this one. I went into it expecting a romance and while there is a couple who fall in love, it's more romance light. There's a kiss here and there, and some trust issues that can be expected considering the circumstances, but it's not an all-consuming love story. Nevertheless, the more I read, the more interested I became. This first book does a great job of introducing the reader to the world of The Cities Below. We also get a bit of intrigue and action as tension builds between the vampires and demons. We do get a bit of a cliffy on that front, and even though the romance lover in me was a little disappointed, the paranormal/fantasy lover truly enjoyed this tale of complete vampire cities beneath our feet.
After being attacked by demons and saved by the sexy vampire, Soren, Faith is whisked away to his home only to find that together they will have to find a way to survive the evil and darkness when his home becomes the demons target in this thrilling paranormal romance.
A fast pace and smooth flowing plot keeps readers shivering in anticipation with plenty of suspense, excitement and romance. Jen Colly brings her story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated suspense and action adds excitement and draws the reader deeper into the story. The characters are strong compelling and grab the reader’s attention while the fascinating world ensures that the reader can’t put the book down.
The attraction between Faith and Soren builds throughout the story and the reader can’t help but get caught up in it as the couple tries to find a way to make their two very different cultures mesh and of course Faith has to find a way to cope with having her world turned upside down. But the more Faith learns about Soren, the more the desire for him grows, but what the demons are up to keeps Soren a little busy and things a little tense between them and adds spine tingling tension and excitement for the reader.
When I first read the synopsis I almost decided to pass on this one but I love vampires, it sounded intriguing and underground cities really caught my interest so I decided to give it a chance and I must say that I am pleased that I did. The world is fascinating with some interesting and different elements, captivating characters and the starts off fast and pretty much stays that way throughout. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series and I will be keeping my eye on this author.
Paris is a place I have never visited. Much less a city underground it that is filled with vampires. In "In The Dark" Jen Colly weaves a magical tale that drops you in both of those places and makes you feel like you are really there. The detail that she puts not only into describing the look of the city, but also the sounds of the cities around the characters makes your forget all about that lumpy chair you are sitting on.
In this story she tells what would happen if a vampire tried to do something right. This story is about Faith and Soren and the chance encounter in a small alley on a cold dark night. The repercussions that were caused by this chance meeting sends not only his life spiralling, but plunges Faith into a world she never knew existed. You find yourself enjoying the ride that Jen takes you on and surging ahead to see where it will lead for both of them.
Soren (the vampire) leaps off the page and into your imagination as someone you may not want to meet in a cold dark alley, but there are definite other dark places where you might want to find him in. Faith (the human) has a soft, but hard demenor that makes it hard to not want to root for her. It does have a feel for more mature readers, but overall it is a dark, fun book and I hope to get to read where these two will end up.
Lost in a strange city, Faith finds herself in trouble, only to be rescued by sexy Soren, vampire extraordinaire. But his rescue only leads to her life being turned upside down when she discovers a whole new world beyond anything she had ever imagined.
As the attraction between human and vampire builds, so does the trouble they need to get themselves away from. Together they must find a way to survive.
This was an excellent story that left me looking forward to more. The characterization was great. The author created likable, engaging characters who were entertaining as well. The story itself was fast paced and suspenseful, and the writing smooth and imaginative. The author did a great job of building her world and sharing her magic with us. There was a lot of detail that went into the descriptions and world building, which really brought the story to life.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love the different take on Vampires and the underworld in general. I also loved Faith and the relationship between her and Soren. What I thought was lacking was the ending and the fact that it was not long enough. With a bit more length, the blanks of the story could have been more completely developed. Otherwise, I thing the writing was good and the story was captivating.
This review was previously posted on Corazones Literarios. This book was provided by the author through BBT in exchange for a honest review.
What I like the most of this book is the originallity of this story. I always like new ways to see vampire and strong and well telling background vampire's stories. Definetely, the book cover don't make it justice to it, cause it's so different of the cunrrently, well known vampire's tales out there, and brings something unique and fresh to the readers.
But there's a major thing that restraing me to give it 5 hearts, and is the fact that we need more explenations. I think that the idea is wonderful, but I wish to know more about the underground society; more about their policies and cultures. Also, I felt that everything happend to soon, like the love between the protagonist and the whole danger in the city, which make feel that the developing of the situations and characters are not well into the book.
But somehow I felt connected with the characters, which was really good for me to understand more about the whole idea of the book. I wish that the upcoming books give more details about the society and bring more light into the developing of the characters and their feelings. Also that don't have insta-love. It's just so expected that could ruin the story.
Overall, I recommend this book because is totally different from we normally find about vampires today. It does have danger, love, sorrow and also funny momments. You should give it a try and see where it takes you!
*I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
In the Dark by Jen Colly was…hot! Whew! The cover grabbed me and the synopsis sold it to me. The reader is introduced to Faith, rescued by Soren. I mean, really, can’t you guess where the story leads from here? That comment is not for the purpose of slighting the author. Please don’t misunderstand me, when I read books I’m not so much looking for originality but more for characters that stand out, and Ms. Colly’s cast of characters grabbed my attention. I don’t care if the story may be the same tweaked a bit here and there to make it more the author’s, I care about the CHARACTERS, their story, how they came to care for each other, etc. And I didn’t find myself bored to tears reading this one, because her characters were engaging. I cared about them. I wanted to know what happened, how things turned out for them, etc.
Faith and Soren were so much fun to read about…the growing attraction and budding relationship. *Sigh* If you’re a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, or the Midnight Breed series, give In the Dark by Jen Colly a go. She satisfied my craving for vampires, the adult kind! I would definitely read more from this author!
I very much appreciate when an author builds a world I can fall into and Jen Colly has done exactly that. Faith has made an impulsive trip to Paris and finds herself lost and in danger. Who knew demons were very real? And trusting her rescuer, Soren, could make the small leap from the frying pan into the fire very dangerous. He leads her to an underground city filled with vampires (something else she never believed existed). His goal in claiming her is to keep her safe from the demons. He never counted on falling for the human, and she certainly never thought she'd be happy living in such a dangerous world. The attraction builds along with the danger in this fast paced story. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Faiths life is forever altered when she is attacked by demons in an alley and is saved by a vampire. Soren comes to her aid and one thing leads to another and he has to make a decision kill or claim. Faith is drawn into a world she never knew existed and both are trying to fight the growing feelings between them.
Don't judge this book by its cover - this book has less sex than the Twilight series (and the sex is about as detailed as Twilight), so I'm not really sure why there are nekkid people on the cover... that being said, I thought it was a pretty decent vampire story that doesn't follow most of the regular vampire trope.
Well-written book that holds the readers attention from beginning to end. I read this book in one sitting and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Be prepared to lose yourself in these pages!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.