Release Date: March 5, 2013
Page Count: 336 pgs
Published by: Signet Eclipse
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.
It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.
As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…
Wow! This was an emotional roller coaster ride. Darian just can't seem to catch a break.
She's dealing with a broken heart, losing her confidence, feeling out of place, and finds herself in a relationship for the wrong reasons. She is also suffering the consequences of her actions in Blood Before Sunrise. This is the reason the story begins with her on trial, accused of a large number of crimes, but caring very little because she's depressed and her thoughts are consumed by someone that she misses very much.
She is given a much needed distraction when she is tasked with protecting Anya, something that she is understandably reluctant to do. She also has the responsibility of recruiting a task force to assist her. This is where we're introduced to Asher, a new character that I hope we will see more of in future installments. He's a young, mysterious Shaede with a bit of a cocky attitude and a problem with following orders. And although he is a pain in the ass, there is no doubt that he has Darian's back.
In addition to the complications with Darian's love life, her emotional instability, and Anya's refusal to share crucial information, the bad guy is openly flaunting himself and not at all afraid of Darian or her team. And the situation develops into something more personal when Darian discovers that Tyler has become involved. She struggles to put her emotions aside so that she can focus solely on eliminating the threat to Anya and her unborn child.
By the time I reached the conclusion there were still many questions that remained and Darian was left with a lot to sort out in her personal life. I found myself loving every minute of the drama and the action in this story and now I'm anxious for more.
Crave the Darkness was full of supernatural ass kickings, sexy alpha males, and non-stop entertainment. If you love urban fantasy, then you have to read this series.
The Shaede Assassin Series