Stunning paranormal romance opens this new series

Surrender the DarkSurrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stunning, simply stunning. This book is a triumph, it takes a common trope – of vampires and vampire hunters, along with all associated paranormal species – and creates a unique exploration of their world in a strangely familiar, but still mysterious, modern Boston setting.

In both Benjamin and Tzadkiel, Tibby has crafted an enemies to lovers romance which is not only wholly believable, it is one which the reader wants to triumph. The UST in this book is delicious and when it finally bears fruit, the heat factor rockets through the roof.

The world building is brilliantly executed, there’s never an info dump of exposition, instead the setting is allowed to gently reveal itself as you read it. There’s enough mystery left to keep you reading and the touches of “real world” mythology were very clever.

I can’t wait for the second and third books on this series to come out. Gorgeous cover, gorgeous book and an interesting look at how being sightless doesn’t make you blind to life.

#ARC kindly provide by the publishers via NetGalley in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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Another good paranormal romance from Cameron

Omega StudiesOmega Studies by Casey Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the paranormal world that Casey Cameron has created for her alpha/beta/omega romances. There’s no shifters here but a lot of the dynamics work in a similar fashion.

This is a romance but it has a nice side order of college politics running alongside it. I did think there were a few plot elements which didn’t get properly resolved like Andy’s fate for one, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I found Matt a little too abrasive at first but he slowly grew on me. Derek I liked from the off as he seemed determined to try and not fulfil stereotypes and was willing to listen.
I liked the secondarily characters too and I liked that all the alphas weren’t jerks.

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