Title: Dark Light (Dark Light #1)
Author: S.L. Jennings
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Love. Sex. Magic.
Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.
And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?
Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.
Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.
*Contains strong adult content.
Dark Light is the first book is the Dark Light series by S.L. Jennings. On her 20th birthday, Gabriella's adoptive parents tell her about her identity – she's not exactly human. She doesn't understand how she could have any special powers considering she has been average her entire life – not really excelling at anything. Around the same time all this is revealed to her, she meets a sexy and mysterious guy named Dorian. Something about him is very different from other guys, and she can't stay away.
This is definitely an adult book. It reminds me of 50 Shades of Gray with a paranormal twist. Gabriella is an interesting character who is trying to figure out what she wants out of life. Having the paranormal issues dropped on her just adds more confusion to her life and makes her wonder who and what she really is.
Dorian is the swoon-worthy hero in the book. Gabriella seems to be addicted to him in a way that she can't explain. He is very mysterious and even after knowing him for awhile, she realizes that she still doesn't really know anything about him. He doesn't freely give away any details of his life, and Gabriella is afraid to ask for some reason. I thought that Dorian's part in this book was somewhat predictable – not fully, but to an extent. I mean, we still don't know much about Dorian but Gabriella seemed to be blinded to the things that were right in front of her. With how careful and guarded she needs to be around other people, you would have thought that she would have been asking more questions to get to know him better. Other than that, I loved this book.
This is a wonderfully complex paranormal romance with A LOT of adult content. Dorian and Gabriella have a very steamy relationship with lots of sexual tension and passion. I really can't wait to see what the next book brings. Sounds like it will be out in March 2013 – can't come soon enough!
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