Review: Seduced By Darkness

Seduced by Darkness
by Delilah Devlin

For eight hundred years Nicolas Montfaucon has dedicated his life to preventing the rebirth of an immortal evil. But now a terrible storm has assaulted unsuspecting New Orleans—and the beast walks the earth once more. “The Devourer” has been awakened, and there is only one in the besieged city who can help Nicolas defeat the foul creature—a mysterious and beautiful enigma who haunts the handsome Revenant’s erotic waking dreams and enflames his passionate obsessions.

Chessa Tomas is not an ordinary policewoman. A vampire, she works only at night, patrolling a seamy and unseen underworld of roiling chaos. Though Nicolas is sensuality incarnate, Chessa wants no part of him or his kind—but she cannot close her eyes to the unholy malevolence that would consume their world. And Nicolas has uncovered the secret lust that rules her—a steaming, uncontrollable desire he intends to unleash, bending Chessa to his will by making her most forbidden fantasies real.

Nicolas Montfaucon was once a Templar Knight. Now he is a Revenant, a vampire created by the Born, and sworn to guard the world from the demon Devourer.

In the aftermath of a terrible storm, police officer Chessa Tomas labors to guard New Orleans not only against looters and other human predators, but also against soulless creatures of darkness. Who, like her, cannot live in the light of the sun.

Chessa is one of the Born, a vampire by nature, not made. Like all of her kind, she had one single chance to bear a child, but her daughter was killed, and Chessa has rejected the company – and the politics – of Born society, choosing to live instead among humans.

Now the storm has caused a massive flood in New Orleans, and the Devourer has escaped its prison of stone. Nicolas Montfaucon needs Chessa’s help to recapture the demon, and he’ll do everything in his power to convince her, especially if it means seducing her into his bed.

But nothing is simple in Delilah Devlin’s world, and the plans of one man, even if he’s undead, or the wishes of one woman, even if she’s immortal, will be confronted by fate, destiny, and powers greater than all of them united. Nor are relationships ever as simple as the characters might wish them to be, and the author delights in twisting and twining emotions – to the reader’s greatest pleasure.

Those familiar with the Dark series will be glad to learn the fate of some acquaintances from Into the Darkness, but to say more might reveal too much of the plot.

As anyone can expect from Delilah, the sex scenes in Seduced by Darkness are scorching hot, but the master storyteller never allows them to become gratuitous. Like every other scene in the book, they serve the progression of the plot, and complicate the lives of Nicolas and Tessa.

Let the faint of heart be warned: Delilah’s stories are very, very hot. Explicit. Inventive. Everything we’ve always expected from her.

But Seduced by Darkness is much more than a sexy read. Delilah has created a complex and enthralling world of vampires and mages, shapeshifting familiars and true love, and deep entanglements of affection, honor, and duty. The supernatural in her stories is skillfully layered atop the real world – although in this novel, reality is a somber, almost post-apocalyptic image of a flooded city: scenes familiar from newscasts of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. And even though a flooded New Orleans is only the background to greater dangers for her heroes, Delilah manages to convey the despair of those who remained behind, and the unshakable optimism of those who work to rebuild after a catastrophe.

Delilah Devlin has demonstrated once again her skill as a storyteller. None of her main characters are human, but each of them is believable, and the reader not only can relate to their motives and emotions, but is left wanting to know more. Even the arch-villain, the demon Devourer, is a mystery to be uncovered.

And let’s not forget the suspense, the fight scenes, the appealing, well-developed characters, and the tightly woven plot. As always I have only one regret after reading Seduced by Darkness: I have to wait too long for the next book of the series.

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Review by Cherry Blossom

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