Review: Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

Posted November 10, 2011 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
Heart of Darkness
by Lauren Dane

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 1, 2011
Series: Bound by Magick #1
Published by Berkley
Pages: 304
 


I was so excited to get to this book!! Ahhh!!! I’ve been a fan of Lauren Dane’s work for a while and I remember being introduced to the magical world that this book follows back with the Cascadia Wolves and De La Vega Cats series. Of course in those books, the Clans were the bad guys. So it was fun to see that world from their perspective now.Meriel is a great heroine. She’s next in line to rule Clan Owen, in the Seattle area. She’s a powerful witch, even though she’s young, she’s smart, educated, has innovative ideas for the future of the Clan. Her mother has always been a bit tough, but Meriel is not resentful of this, she still loves and respects her mother and her authority.

Dominic on the other hand was raised outside of a Clan. He has very little knowledge about his own powers, other than some basic info and skills. But he is powerful all the same. And oh so sexy!

I have to mention that I recently read a post by Lauren Dane and saw that she pictures Emma Stone as Meriel and Michael Fassbender as Dominic. I can totally see him as the sleek, mysterious, sexy nightclub owner!

 

OK back to business. The story is suspenseful and full of hot naughtiness. Basically there’s a group of mages that have been kidnapping witches and draining them of their powers, thus killing them. Kendra from Revelation was one of the witches this group tried to kidnap, of course she got away. Meriel as an integral part of Clan Owen is assigned to investigate this.

After meeting Dominic and realizing immediately he is her mate, sparks fly (and clothes do as well). Their connection is instant, hot, like bees to the honey. He wants to take things slow and she is willing to give him that space. But neither can deny their attraction and their love for each other.

With some surprises up ahead and some twists of fate for where their future together will take them, they manage to face the obstacles together. I think that was my favorite part of the story. Dominic is there for her, he doesn’t do any asshole type things to push her away. He doesn’t fight how he feels. And he is there to protect her.

Another part I loved was the connection between the Clan witches. Meriel’s best friend, and sort of boss, Nell. She’s a trip and I love them together. As well as Dominic and his buddy Simon. *cue massive drooling for the hot alpha were*

I’ve mentioned that this is basically a spin off of a spin off series, but don’t be alarmed! You can jump in this book and enjoy it 100% without reading the previous books. The magick topics in them was not the main plot, and this is the first time everything was explained in detail. Also, along with the hotness and sexiness you can expect snarky comments, great personalities, and just the type of girl you’d want to hang out with. Ms. Dane is great at that! Now if only we could get Simon’s book already! Simon will be book 2. He’s a were, and he will be taken for a ride by Meriel’s half sister, also a witch. I can’t wait!

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About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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jackie b central texas
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I am only on page 70 and aleady looking ahead to the next story, love Lauren Danes other non-paranormal books and at some point need to get to the Cascada Wolves and the De La Vega books.

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Sophia Rose

I was glad you said that this could be a stand alone book. I was enjoying the review and thinking ‘yeah- new to me author’ when you mentioned existing books and I did the ‘ah man’. But stand alone is good then I can find the others at my leisure.

Thanks for the review.

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@Jackie Hope you end up liking it as much as me, I cannot wait for Simon’s book!

@Sophia YES! You can start with this one, you won’t be missing anything world building and setup-wise. But, if you haven’t read Dane before, you need to get a move on! All her books are amazing, I’ve pretty much gone through her whole backlist and love every genre she writes in.

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Megan@Riverina Romantics
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Megan@Riverina Romantics

Great review!

Aylah
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Aylah

I’m definitely going to have to read this series now. I love Lauren Dane’s Non Paranormal Series but was hesitant about these one’s.

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It’s like her Cascadia Wolves but a bit darker and more UFey feeling.