Friday, January 22, 2016

Into The Darkness (Darkness 1)

Sasha has grown up with one surety: she's not normal.

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules. And they don't always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she's tried so hard to hide, while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.

-Goodreads

*****STARS: 5*****

I'm finally reviewing this book because the entire series so far is just
FUCKING BRILLIANT

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So I wrote a non-spoiler on Goodreads nearly two years ago if you wanna check that out, otherwise enjoy the spoiled review lol because I've got to say, this thing was ridiculous and I don't know how I had a life without knowing it.

Sasha's been seeing the shadow men for as long as she can remember. When they start showing up again, it freaks her out, threatening to destroy every normal thing she's worked so hard to put together in her makeshift world: a loving boyfriend, her own apartment, and best of all, a life with no one telling her she's crazy.

The plot was pretty good: woman with special powers dragged into the middle of a brewing war between a race of six-feet-plus shadow warriors, all beautiful beyond compare with a culture of sex and violence.

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I DIED because her and Jared's first meeting with two shadow men, one of them to later be her best friend and companion in this series (I LOVE YOU CHARLES), was both shocking and unique. The men were patrolling when they found Sasha them so of course, they wanted a quickie before heading back to work. Jared got fucked up the ass and loved every wanton second of it. I certainly haven't read about any tall shadows oozing pheromones to get it on, yet, but- WOW! Slightly frightening, and yet I'm extremely turned on.

And come on, that scene is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. She meets two strangers looking to get off, and her boyfriend practically drools over one of the guys' dicks? Pheromones, man. And God, did he go to town on that guy's-

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And in Charles' defense, humans always feel better and more confident with themselves (after their minds are wiped. Gotta be discreet sshh). Of course not all experiences end so smoothly, and that is only because those other shadow dudes and dudettes, the ones who have sex regardless of the humans' preferences, are dildos who get off on the fear and confusion.

Just like how there are good and bad humans, there are bad and morally-decrepit immortals. I could go on and debate about this shit (maybe I will later) but all in all, the shadow men are a warrior people with an incredibly open look on sex. They also come from a culture who see the humans as trigger-happy weaklings just a step above animals. While degrading for many humans in here, not all are seen so awful.

The inspiration for that small rant was in the very beginning of the story, so I was extremely shocked at the gritty sex just there. I fucking loved it. I understand a few wouldn't like it, though, because any type of sex without spoken and mental consent is always a touchy subject, but for me personally, coming from the perspective of a severely horny and open-minded submissive, this series is totally for me. My muse. My everything. XD It's not every day that you find a series to forever love, and this is definitely it for me.

Love not yet love, insane amounts of attraction, hilarity, adorable moments, gritty-gritty goodness, and full-on entertainment.

Sasha was a smart mouth, and not without reason. When she was five, she lost her family in a horrible car accident only she survived. From there, barely decent and not-so-kind fosters took care of her until she was old enough to live on her own. So the girl's had to do a lot of depending on herself, barely knowing what it means to belong or feel safe, not with her ability to see the shadows no one else does. That's why when clan leader Stefan comes, intrigued by the human not afraid of him but aroused, things get complicated. He feels the attraction, but with his clan to look out for, he can't afford to play with some human, a habit he doesn't abide by to begin with, let alone with his own people. He needs a good candidate for a mate, to carry on his bloodline and assure his people's safety and survival. And unfortunately for this not-yet couple, he's already got a candidate pining for more than the blood in his dick.

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OH GIIIIRRRRRRLLLLLLLLL
One of my favorite parts about this was stumbling into another world, with a bunch of people that she could be herself around. Despite being different even to them, it still allowed her that little freedom that she couldn't have with Jared and the rest of the human world. A lot of stuff happens to her, and although some were sad, I'm still more than glad it worked out the way it did. It was for the better, in all obvious honesty. Now she gets the chance to have a life that not many people dream about!

Most of this was Sasha struggling with the fact that a hidden world has been next to her all this time, and for Stefan, just admitting that a human is good for anything is his life lesson. Because both their lives change, and if Sasha doesn't get her shit together and go with the sudden abilities she has, Stefan won't be her only problem.

THIS IS A HIGH RECOMMENDATION. I've never giggled- giggle now, not laugh -so hard with an equally arousing novel. It was somehow light yet heady with the fantasy. I'd caution those who get offended easily, but then again, if you're one of those people, I feel like you wouldn't have made it so far down this review. I mean, I did swear and all that good shit, you know? But regardless, if you're not into any of the details I mentioned earlier, I doubt you'd like the rest of the things I didn't add in. The same goes for ya'll closed-minded people. So before I finish...

WARNING:
Humans get hit with pheromones that entice them to suck a dick, receive from the other end, and go to down in any other way you can think of.
Reading this may arouse you.
Reading this may piss you off because you'll see the pheromones as date rape drugs.
Reading this may give you ideas but-

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Happy Reading =^-^=

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