- Moonlight Magic Publishing
- Release Date
- March 2016
- Book 3 of A Forest of Darkness
Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance
Ethan was a powerful Master Vampire... he wasn't supposed to need help. Beckoning home the only vampire he'd ever made in order to exact long overdue justice, Ethan's link to this killer was driving him mad. As he focused on his plans for what, and who, might be left behind once he righted the heart wrenching wrongs of his past, a beautiful new vampire in town threatens to distract him from his mission.
Harmony snuck into the rumored supernatural nirvana of Atlanta, GA with weapons and an attitude. Forever searching for the elusive something or someone that could satisfy her restless vampire soul, she was ready for anything that came her way… or so she thought. A murdered lover, a killer who thought he'd redeemed himself, and a sexy man that calmed her itch to move on force her to decide what she's willing to do for love.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jun 02, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
99 people found the following review helpful
He smiles on the surface but the pain invades his thoughts. He wants the man who murdered his mate to pay. She brings him an unexpected chance at love again. She won't share him with his dead lover. He will have to make a choice. Will vengeance bring him the peace he craves or will he choose love?
This is the third book in the A Forest of Darkness series. This series features the paranormal community in Atlanta, Georgia that is run by a master vampire named Anthony. Ethan is a master vampire as well and has a family in the community. It is a unique community in that the vampires in the families and the shifters work together. The shifters provide blood to the vampires and in return the master vampire who runs the city provides them with jobs, money and protection. The first book focused on Anthony and his human lover, Kaia. This second book features two shifters finding love, Sebastian and Jade. This third book focuses on Ethan and his relationship with a vampire named Harmony. While their relationship is a prominent storyline in this book, Anthony and Kaia continue to be a large part of the story. It really is best to read the books in order.
Ethan is a powerful master vampire. He has lived for centuries in pain since his wife was murdered by a vampire hunter. He only engages in brief flirtations with shifters and never lets anyone into his heart. His quest for vengeance fuels him. He has waited for decades to get justice for his wife and now the time is coming near. It seems a simple path until a vampire named Harmony arrives in town and makes him feel again.
Harmony has been very alone for the centuries since being turned into a vampire. She moves from community to community searching for something but never feeling a real connection to anyone or anywhere. The information she hears about how Atlanta is run so differently from other areas, drives her to the area. She doesn't want to be controlled by any other master vampires. She already has a master that keeps some ties to her regardless of her desires. Her meeting with Ethan awakens desires but also fears. She worries about being with someone so powerful. After learning his secrets, she worries even more that he will break her heart.
Ethan is one of the most complicated characters in the series. As the series continues, the author has slowly revealed more about his history and motivations. He is intensely loyal to those he loves and deeply conflicted about how to heal the wounds of the past and get justice for his wife. He is pushed for vengeance by some yet has resisted taking strong action for centuries. Harmony is a complicated woman and a good match for Ethan. She has resisted forming a real relationship with anyone and seems a little lost in how to form attachments. Harmony feels an immediate pull towards Ethan but tries to keep some distance once she learns about his wife and the dangerous path he is on for justice. They challenge one another to take a risk and open their hearts to someone.
While Ethan and Harmony's relationship is a major focus of the story, there are also other storylines that are continuing in this third book in the A Forest of Darkness series. I highly recommend you read the series in order as each book really builds on one another and continues the earlier storylines. Ethan and Harmony are two vampires that have lived lonely lives for centuries. Their meeting is destined and provides them with a chance for a life filled with love. The series has a wonderful set of characters and I can see lots of opportunities for many more great stories to enrich the series.
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Jul 15, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
88 people found the following review helpful
RESISTING DARKNESS, the third Forest of Darkness novel by Kate Wendley, is an entertaining and intriguing paranormal romance that improves greatly on the previous two novels. I give it 3 stars.
In the novel, it seems that each character has some darkness that must be resisted. While Ethan may be strong enough to be a Master vampire, he's not THE Master of Atlanta; instead, the son of his wife's killer is the Master of Atlanta, and Ethan has struggled for seventy years against hating and wanting to kill the man who reminds him so much of his wife's murderer. With some help from a friend, Ethan has learned how to beckon the killer back to Atlanta so he can finally have his revenge. Harmony arrives in town before the murderer, though, and distracts him from his mission.
Harmony has been alive for more than two hundred years, and has been afflicted with extreme wanderlust at least the entire time she's been a vampire. There's something, or someone she has to find, but she's not certain who or what it is. Fortunately, her Master allows her to roam freely, only requiring her to return to him in Malibu once a year. In the meantime, she tutors and teaches where she can until she feels it's time to move on, until she arrives in Atlanta and meets Ethan. With Ethan she finally stops feeling the need to seek. Their relationship isn't easy though. Ethan seems to be caught up in his dead wife, and Harmony doesn't want to share him with anyone, especially not a ghost.
Meanwhile, Anthony and Kaia struggle with the next steps in their relationship, which are not aided by human illness or the return of Anthony's father, Isaiah. It's been seventy-five years since he left, and he didn't stay in touch. Anthony's uncertain about his father's motives and intentions, and after he harms Kaia, there may not be room for Isaiah in the family. All of that drama would be enough, but Isaiah brought some old friends to town with him, and their presence shakes things up even more.
I absolutely enjoyed this novel. The plot was rich and complex, with some hidden minefields. (I will do my best to talk about what I enjoyed without giving any spoilers. Apologies if my comments are too vague!) Ethan is such a sympathetic character that one can't help but love him and want him to deal with his grief and live happily ever after with Harmony. Their romance seems to be nearly a love at first sight thing, but it is supported by the context of the novel. Their journey to HEA is a difficult one, but well worth the read.
I thought that Isaiah would eventually play a larger role in the novel, but perhaps his story will unfold in future novels or maybe a prequel. (He certainly has a lot to answer for in my book.) Or it could be that his arrival was merely a catalyst for other characters' development. I also enjoyed the drama with Anthony and Kaia and am happy about where their relationship is going.
There's also some introduction of new beings and further explanation of the magic in this world. I felt bad for some of the characters who needed more information about their magical world than they had, but they are learning right along with the reader.
On the technical side, the pacing of the novel was good, without any sticky points, and aside from a few grammar errors and wordy sentences, there weren't any editing issues that significantly detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.
On the whole, I was impressed by how much better this novel is than the first two in the series. I would still recommend reading the first two novels to gain an appreciation of the characters' lives and motivations. While there are some parts in this novel that summarize the backstory, it was just vague enough that anyone new to the series might still be lost. With the intriguing plot and steady pace, though, I think any lover of the vampire/shifter genre would like this novel.
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Book Review by vera (reviewer)
Apr 09, 2016
107 people found the following review helpful
This book grabbed me from the first page and left me screaming for more at the end. The hook is set deep and fast in this novel by author Kate Wendley as we learn more and more about her shifter/vampire community and the lives of each shifter/vampire.
Author Kate Wendley continues our journey in a very different shifter/vampire world. In Author Kate Wendley's latest vampire tale, we follow Ethan and Harmony. Ethan is out for vengeance against the person that killed the love of his life, Sonya. He is a hot mess obsessed with killing Isaiah who just happens to be Anthony's, the Master of Atlanta, father!
Harmony is a tutor; she is also a vampire on the west coast with a Master that lets her do as she pleases. She is searching for a home, a place she feels at ease; she is searching and yearning for something she can't actually put a name. Atlanta, Georgia where vampires and shifters live and feed side by side is calling to her.
Come along with Ethan and Harmony as they journey forward to find love and perhaps peace.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Author Kate Wendley was in top form in this book. She has included twists, turns, and plots which just keep coming; some resolved, others leave you panting for the next book. She has many threads in this story which she successful wove into an intriguing novel of vengeance, murder, love, obsession and want. She definitely created an awesome twist with Ethan and Harmony; one you will not see coming. The story-line was compelling and skillfully crafted by Ms. Wendley.
Her writing skill and character development has grown in each book of this series. Harmony and Ethan's characters grow throughout this story and you will see a side of Ethan that will fascinate as you realize the depth of his hurt and obsession and where Harmony fits into all of this. I am trying hard not to give away any spoilers, but oh my, I want too so badly.
The sub-characters of this shift/vampire world bring depth to the story as Ms. Wendley leaves avenues for future books to light. I am impatiently waiting for the next book of this series. The epilogue was intriguing and will leave you praying the next book surrounds these situations.
The characters from the previous two books are all in play in this story along with more story-lines of their own. Author Kate Wendley has created a wonderful world for the supernatural of Atlanta; her world is so real you will feel that you are part of that community. I was transported into the story-line by the great story-telling skill of Ms. Wendley. I was sad to say good-bye, at least for now, as I wanted to keep reading of this fascinating group in Atlanta.
I did not find the love scenes over-the-top. I did not feel the scenes were explicit sexual erotica. As I have stated in previous book reviews, if the sex included in the book is too explicit for me, I skip over those parts to get to the meat of the story
RECOMMENDATION: 5 STARS
This book is part of a series, however it is a standalone. Though it is not necessary to read the previous two books, I highly recommend to start your journey with book one. Each book adds elements to the story-lines and depth to your understanding of Ms. Wendley's shifter/vampire world.
This is a well written, developed, and paced book. Ms Wendley's story-line is fascinating, thrilling, and enthralling. In my opinion, each book gets better and better. I am waiting very impatiently for book four.
I loved this book. I recommend this book for young adult and adults due to sexual content and violence.
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