Prowled Darkness by Carrie Ann Ryan-Amy’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

As a huge fan of the paranormal romance genre I’m always looking for new authors and series that I haven’t experienced before.  The blurb for this book also sounded like something I would love to read.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Eliana Sawyer’s life was rocked from its foundation twice in as many years. She risked her heart and had it shattered into a thousand pieces when Malik left her with no warning. While she’d normally raise her chin and ignore the pain, she can’t forget what he gave her before he disappeared from her life.
Malik Ward is a prince amongst the lion shifters and knows that one day he will have to take a mate. Only, his people can never mate with humans. Under the mistaken impression that Eliana was only human, he forced himself to leave before they’d crossed a line and he broke his vow to his people. Now that he knows the truth about Eliana, however, it will take more than groveling to win back the one woman fated to be his.
While Eliana and Malik embark on a new sensuous path that might lead to disaster, the realms aren’t ready to allow the final lightning-struck human to be enveloped into their fold. The couple will have to combat those plotting against them, as well as the broken promises and heated emotions they share.
Warning: Contains a Leo with a bite that’s worse than his roar, a woman with one last chance at the life she’s always dreamt of, a flame that could extinguish with the wrong sacrifice, and the final journey in the bestselling Dante’s Circle series.

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AMY’S REVIEW

This is the first book in this series and by this author that I have read. As a series full of stand alone books you should be able to pick up any book and read it without confusion. The author did a fantastic job doing that. As I read I picked up on the history and old storylines from the previous books but, it did overshadow or cause confusion in this book.

I love the uniqueness of the characters in this book and series in general. A lot of shifter books stick to wolves and if you do branch out it’s usually some other form of large cat or bear. Same with paranormal we get vampires or Fae. This book was full of unique and interesting creatures (making me want to go back and read their books.) Mermen, dragons, pixies, and sirens to name a few. Eliana being one I’ve never even read about before.

The blurb really sold me on this book. I love a story about someone being misjudged or pushed away because of issues that are easily solved. I love when the mistake is realized and I really love when the character has to earn back the love and trust of the one they wronged. It really shows you something about the character when you see how easy or hard it is for them to admit wrong and ask for forgiveness. It’s just as equally as interesting to see how quickly they are forgiven.

Malik and Eliana have a past that is difficult and a future that may be just as hard. Will they learn to trust and forgive each other so they can work together to give themselves the future they deserve? This book told their story well and kept me engaged from start to finish. I only wish there had been more. More of everything. It seemed like we rushed through things losing weeks as that time was glossed over so we could move on to new things. Malik, Eliana, and their story was so interesting I just wanted more from them.

While I enjoyed the story very much the ending just didn’t do it for me. It just left me unfulfilled and a little disappointed by how everything fell into place. It was the biggest part of the book and where I felt like it was rushed the most. The epilogue was sweet and made the series come around full circle.

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