Title: Dark Kiss
Author: Amy Lynn Garcia
Published Date: August 27th 2014
Genre: Adult Dark Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
This is the first in a series about Evan Lawson and Mia Galloway. Two brave survivors, one dominant and one innocent. Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, neither of them looking or believing themselves capable of love. A white hot fire ignites and they begin to learn to fight against all odds for this unique, unexpected love. Can their love survive their past demons or will it separate them permanently?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose to review this book, but I’m glad that I did because it was captivating. It has some darkness in it when it comes to Mia’s past, but it also has the contrast of light to it as well. I’ll be upfront now and tell you that it does end of a cliffhanger and I’m wondering how long I can go without stalking the author page on Amazon for the next book.
Let’s talk about Mia. She’s been through a trauma that nobody should ever have to endure at a young age. She’s older in the book, but you will get some backstory about the violence she lived through. It’s crippled her faith in romance and men, but she manages to make a life for herself as a nurse. Her independence is great, but I think she needs Evan to take the reigns from her and give her someone that she can lean on when she needs to. Mia has dealt with her nightmares and her fears on her own but now it’s time to let someone take care of her. It’s a hard thing to do, to let someone else have your fears but Mia learns that it can be okay to do just that. I loved watching her bloom throughout the book. There were, however, a few times where I felt that she rushed into things with Evan. Things that stood out as unclear for me are how she knew his name at the hospital without a reference to looking at his chart, and how she was all of a sudden able to let this man touch her.
Evan is not without his own issues. We don’t learn much about Evan’s past until Mia is living with him and he opens up to her. There is still a lot we don’t know about him due to the accident he was in. I enjoyed Evan’s character. He’s a dominant alpha, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s the struggle he goes through to figure out just which life he wants that I found to be the most interesting. Does he really want to remember all of the things he did before the accident and before he met Mia? Or does he want to just be the man who woke up from the coma with Mia? You’ll see him struggle with this, as well as Mia. She feels that he could turn the switch and go back to being the cold, ruthless man that his staff is used to.
The storyline was very captivating. It held my attention and it flowed well for the most part. There are two scenes in the book from Evan’s point of view and I wasn’t prepared for that. The story starts in Mia’s point of view but then for those two scenes, it jumps to Evan. I had to go back and make sure that I hadn’t missed something but figured out that it was Evan’s voice and not Mia’s speaking. The scenes were well done, but I do wish that there was more warning that the point of view would change and that there was more from Evan’s voice. Maybe in the next book Evan will have more to say.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too. One disclaimer I will put out there is that there is mention of rape. There’s no description of the rape, just that Mia was raped violently and has nightmares resulting from her attack. I hope that if you can, you’ll pick up a copy today and give Amy Garcia a chance to show you how talented she is.
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