Surrender the Dark
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Meet your new paranormal addiction: the mouthwatering brothers of the Dragoumanos line. As a red-hot series begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him—and the stakes are literally life or death.
Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.
After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.
Praise for Surrender the Dark
“This close-proximity M/M tale is indeed hot. [Tibby] Armstrong builds a forbidding landscape, encompassing themes of family betrayal and scars masking emotional connection.”—Library Journal
“The romance between Benjamin and Tzadkiel is one born of inherent, visceral difference. . . . Readers who enjoy heavy sexual tension and angst will especially like the way their narrative pans out . . . and those who enjoy paranormal world-building will be eager to see where [Tibby Armstrong] takes the series next.”—RT Book Reviews
“Top-notch . . . Armstrong is a talented writer, and the world she created is amazing.”—Gay Book Reviews
“[Surrender the Dark] kept me on the edge of my seat.”—The Novel Approach
“A force to be reckoned with.”—Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
“Magnificent . . . This is a great enemies-to-lovers story. . . . The world-building is extremely attractive and the writing is remarkable.”—Dirty Books Obsession
“Freaking explosive!”—MM Book Escape
Lyandros Dragoumanos will return in Taste the Dark. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
From Publishers Weekly
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I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Enjoyed the book. I haven't read many vampire books but this one was good. The hate between Benjamin the hunter, and Tzadkiel the hunter who killed his family and caused the lose of his eyes, is intense but yet there is an underlying need for the other and a love that binds them together. I would recommend this book.
Good start to a new series
I’ve waffled a bit over this one and it’s not because I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did. It had more to do with what I was expecting and what I actually got while reading the book. The world building and setup of the series story arc as well as the secondary ones were done very well and I’m quite interested in seeing how it all plays out. I could easily picture what was going on my head and though there were parts that dragged a bit for me, it didn’t last long and I enjoyed the flow of the writing. But as much as I liked all of that, the romance side of the story just didn’t grab me like I thought it would based on Tzad and Ben’s shared history. The tension between them didn’t set me on edge with want. There was some heat between them and I enjoyed their bantering and I did like both of them, but that spark was missing for me and I didn't fall in love with them and their journey.
In all honesty this felt more like an urban fantasy novel with a touch of romance than a true blue PNR and had it been touted as UF my rating would be higher because I wouldn’t have been anticipating the romance to be the main focus and just gone with it. But it is what it is and as I said in the beginning, I really enjoyed the world that the author has created and am looking forward to seeing where she takes us with this series.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Provocatively Romantic and Completely Compelling!!!
I had never read this author before, but I have to say I was greatly impressed. The plot was both intriguing and engaging, the writing inspired, the imagery extremely vivid, and the characters complex and well thought out. These characters have a way of drawing you right into the story and making you believe in this extraordinary world the author has created for us. They make it impossible to not become invested in their lives, and rooting for them just becomes second nature. These characters found their way into my heart. Two emotionally and physically damaged men, who by all rights should be enemies, find themselves drawn to each other in ways neither of them fully understand. The question is can they let go of their shared past in order to forge a future together… and maybe heal one another a bit in the process? I have to tell you, I was hooked on this story from very early on and remained riveted to the very end. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in this series, Taste The Dark. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a provocatively romantic and completely compelling read.
*I was given an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.