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Darker Than Love

(Darker Than Love #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  423 reviews
An Enemies-to-Lovers Standalone

Once upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Grey Eagle Publications (first published January 14th 2020)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this, as I knew (and hoped!) I would. I can always count on Anna Zaires to bring it and she definitely did here. I have read ALL her books and was dying for this one to hit my kindle. The chemistry between Yan and Mina was delicious and I read this is one sitting - aka was hooked from beginning to end. I did find myself wishing this had been a trilogy like the previous series set in this world, though - even if that would mean we had to wait.

I've complained a lot in the p
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 STARS***

I love a dark romance and a great anti-hero/villain. This ranks as one of the top only being surpassed by this same author’s Tormentor Mine Series.

Mina is brought back into Yan’s life,after a one night stand months ago, by the fact that he feels she betrayed him. Although he shouldn’t have feelings for her they are drawn together. Both of them are trained killers so how can they come together? Both have warped feelings about love and trust due to previous experiences.

I loved watch
A little dark, a lot of danger and plenty of emotion, this book kept me captivated from the first page!

’Ours is not a sweet romance. It’s larger than love. Darker than love.

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When Mina overhears a conversation she should not have, she finds herself in a dangerous situation. But after a night that she’ll never forget, she’s on the run. Months later and she’s now the prisoner of the man who both terrifies her and excites her.

Mina was an incredible heroine. Her past has left her isolated on the
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Yan and Mina's story was fantastic! These two had so many of the characteristics that I'm always looking for in my next story and I loved them!

This is a darker story and I am very picky about what I can enjoy in a dark romance. Mostly it henges on the hero for me. I was nervous about Yan's character. I never knew what to expect with him. I wasn't sure how far he would take his darkness and use it against Mina. It had me on pins and needles. By the end, his dark, obsessive love for her was everyt
ren ♡ [on a semi-hiatus]
Together, we find light within the darkness, and warmth in the cold pastures of our hearts.

I'm really not sure how to rate this book because there were aspects I really enjoyed but there were also parts of the book that left me feeling really confused. First, let's start with the positives... I really enjoyed the espionage and action scenes. There was always something that kept me on my toes. I also really liked the hero, Yan Ivanov, even though he's sort of your run-of-the-mill alp
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
4 Dark Stars

I have my fair read of dark romance and this is maybe the reason why I didn't found this as dark as I anticipated it. It is more about strong emotions, obsessive love, control and possessiveness. Yes it has some major triggers as captivity, attempted rape and violence , but nothing that will shock the life out of me.

Mina is currently working in a part time job as a waitress and she hears by mistake a conversation she should't have between two man, fact that puts her in grave danger.
If you have read Twist Me, Capture Me and Tormentor Mine series it's no wonder why Darker Than Love is a much craving read. Darker Than Love is the spin-off book to Tormentor Mine series. It can be read as a standalone. This book was one of my most anticipated read this year. It's addictive and all-consuming. I'm glad the story lived up to it's expectations.

Mina and Yan first come accross each other when Mina overhears something which she isn't supposed to hear while waitressing. Yan and Ilya, t
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

I had high expectations going into this book. And I’m so happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Mina has known pain lost and suffering. But she’s unbelievably strong. Yet detached which is why her attraction to Yan catches her totally by surprise.

Yan takes the waitress as a precaution. He suspects she’s overheard their plans. A simple overnight kidnapping is all he has in mind. But there’s something about her that calls to him.

These two were meant for each other. But they lead dangerous lives. L
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Wow! Awesome ending and not what I expected. Sigh.
Every once in a while I like to walk on the wild side and these two authors are recognized for creative, in-depth, sexual, and emotional stories that tie you up in knots and even make you gasp a few times.

Although the story deals with the more ruthless and violent side of people, and the connection between Mina and Yan is more physical to start, the authors completely develop this complex relationship. There’s so many levels to
Christine B
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark
Mina was doing her job as she spots two guys that seemed out of place. So she decides to keep and eye on them while she waits tables and serve her customers. Meanwhile Yan notice her immediately and can't take his eyes off her. Yan believes Mina overheard their conversation and decides to kidnap the waitress as she was leaving work in the back alley overnight while they wait on their mission to start the next day. Yan and Ilya are twin brothers and share everything that lands in their bed that i ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! I just found a new favorite author. From the moment I started reading this book, I knew I'd stumbled upon greatness. Review to come... ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

I devoured this compilation between two of my favourite authors, like couldn't put it down I was that invested here.
They smashed it out of the park with this, it was just brilliant from start to finish and I actually liked everything about this which doesn't happen very often for me.
Mina is ex-special ops, she has a tragic backstory and deep secrets she is also a freelance sniper with the code name mink.
Yan and his brother Llya are international assassins for pay after a chance run-in with the b
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! OMG! Darker Than Love is intense, all-consuming, and addictive. Darker Than Love took me two days to read, and that also included reading the prequel, Sweeter Than Hate. I highly recommend reading Sweeter Than Hate first; it will whet your appetite for the darkness that you will experience in Darker Than Love. Plus, Sweeter Than Hate is free on Kindle! I am a huge fan of Charmaine Pauls’ books, so when the opportunity was given to me to read and review her latest book, I was thrilled, to sa ...more
Jade Violet
I already reviewed what turns out to be the first 26% of this book in Sweeter Than Hate not realising that it wasn't a separate intro novella into Darker Than Love but actually a teaser with the first part of the book in it.

The first thing I will say is that Yan is one super possessive, hot ass kidnapper! And Mina is his very beautiful captive and obsession. For just a short recap, Mina was kidnapped by Yan after overhearing him and his twin brother, Ilya, talking about a hit. After sleeping wi
Dora Koutsoukou
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3 ❤️🖤😲🌟s

This was intense, suspenseful, barely dark, sexy and emotional!
Although Yan and Mina were great characters, strong, smart and badass, Mina’s illness was an unpleasant surprise.
It seemed as a foreign element, just to ignite emotions and had nothing to do with the concept of the story.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Utterly perfection. The story blends perfectly between romance, espionage, thriller.

The twists, the drama, the plot. My God! So complex and yet so addictive. Like a high end drugs that get into your system and won' t flush out. I keep guessing what will hapoen next.

I do love the characters. Both of them possessing each other in such brutal, honest and carnal. I love how they finally fell apart and finally gain trust. Their chemistry is explosive.

Miss Zaires writes an unapologetic hero. A hero
Fre06 Begum
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Kitty Thomas
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anna Zaires and Charmaine Pauls blend seamlessly to create this captivating dark romance.

GREAT story with a very possessive H. I don't know what to say that won't give the book away that isn't already stated in the book's description, but if you like captive stories with very possessive heroes who refuse to let the heroine go, this is a great one. I listened to the audiobook because that is how I roll, and the narrators were fabulous.

Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
*Beta Review*

Whenever I hear there is a new Anna Zaires or Charmaine Pauls story I cannot jump on their books fast enough. But the fact that they wrote this book together? OMG!!! THIS BOOK WAS ON ANOTHER LEVEL! I have (not so) secretly loved Yan since all of Peter's books and I was dying for his book to get to the heart of this dark and enigmatic man. And let me just say - Zaires and Pauls' did not disappoint!! Yan and Mina were AMAZING!! Their chemistry was FIRE! 

This story was absolutely fant
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Darker Than Love is the latest collaboration between Anna Zaires and Charmaine Pauls and I yet again find myself in the minority. While I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't love it either. The insta lust was fine for me but I never felt enough connection between Yan and Mina to feel the love. And I can't believe I'm going to say this but there was way to much sex. Now what I did like was that Mina was in the business and although she appeared fragile she was anything but that. She definitely pro ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Kneeling between her spread legs, I look at my work. It's devastation and reverence all in one, an explosive mix of dark lust and beautiful passion. It may be wrong, unconventional, but that's how it is between us. However twisted, this is who we are when we become one, and I'm already greedy for more."

I have read and enjoyed Anna Zaires before, so when I saw she was releasing a new book with Charmaine Pauls, one of my favorite authors, I knew I have to read it.

Set in Anna Zaires' w
Izzie d
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-triggers, arc
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Cécile Smits
I was só happy when i found the ARC for Darker Than Love in my inbox!
Because i was intrigued by Yan and Ilya from the moment i met them as part of Peter’s team.
Anna Zaires has a way of finding the most ruthless,dangerous men that are só droolworthy at the same time,and she makes me want them all!

This time,it’s Yan’s story,and Mina’s.
She’s had a really rough life,but she’s a survivor.
When Yan gets his hands on her,somehow all bets are off.
Even though he’s not a man to do emotions,she somehow gets
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THIS here is what made me fall in love with the Dark Romances. I'm old school reader with spy thrillers in my library. This latest from Anna & Charmaine( both my faves) took me back to Robert Ludlum days where nail biting chases and heart thumping adrenaline kept me turning pages at warp speed. I was smack dab in the middle of a Kill or Die racy drama about heartless assassin Twins - Yan Ivanov & Ilya Ivanov, who kidnap a waitress-Mina Belan a.k.a Mink, who's actually an ex military vet and a tr ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dnf @couple pages after the beginning of III part. (40%)
-I'm so tired and dizzy..
- I'm so weak from what I used to be.
- I'm a bartender but a hitwomen as part-time ( or vice versa)
-I don't have sexual desire in so long because shitty things happened to me but wait, he is "special" so I will have sex with him even when i don't know him and he is planning on killing me.
-He is so big, multiple orgasms!
- My killer six scense fail me and I'm going to die, but I still let him fuck me ever
❊ Cami ❊
Dec 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, dark
I have to say that this story was very similar to "Capture Me" trilogy, except here we have a lust-triangle: H/h/H's brother. So for me it was very predictable and expected :

H meets h, they DK their true identity or their involvement with mafia , H liked the h, they had one night stand , h escaped in the morning, H had been looking after h using his resources, h was working with the H's enemies, H found the h, bound her to a chair, the mafiahead wanted to kill her(cz she's a traitor/spy) , H in
Josie Litton
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The partnership of Anna Zaires and Charmaine Pauls, two of my favorite authors, is off to a fabulous start with DARKER THAN LOVE. I’ve been waiting for Yan’s story, knowing it would be terrific, but never guessing just how riveting Anna and Charmaine together would make it. Without getting into any spoilers, Mina is the perfect soulmate for Yan; the chemistry between them is red-hot, the emotional angst is off the charts, and the pace is breathtaking. As though all that weren’t enough, the resol ...more
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
3.5 stars

This is my first encounter with either of these authors and based on this book it won't be my last. I know that some readers may criticise that the first 25% of this book is the free prequel, but since there is still a good 4 hours of reading remaining in the book it's still great value for money.

There were things I loved about this book and things that, for me personally, could have been better/different. However you can't please all of the people all of the time! I loved that Mina was
moonlight ☾
5 stars

I haven’t read a captive/captor story in so long cause I feel like I’ve grown tired of the trope but I loved this!! It had the perfect amount of romance, action, and suspense for me, and it was hard to put the book down since I was intrigued with everything that was happening. Yan and Mina were an amazing pair! I’m a sucker for anti-heroes who doesn’t completely change but still become a better person than he used to be because of the heroine (as cliche as it is) and for the heroine t
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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him ...more

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