Darkest Hunger

Aline Hunter
Darkest Hunger
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Release Date
September 2011
Book 2 of Desires of the Otherworld
Erotic Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Vampire King Bridon Walkyr has waited centuries for the return of his Chosen. Yet instead of the docile and fragile human he anticipates, his beloved has been reborn of the very race that wishes to destroy his kind. Unwilling to lose her a second time, he travels to the mortal realm under a guise to intercept his Fated and challenge fate.

Lycae Princess Willow Miloradovic lives under the strain of a preordained destiny she has yet to commit. From the time she could conceive of right and wrong, she has been told she will bring about the downfall of her pack. For her Fated is not only her enemy, he is the very ruler of the blood drinkers they detest. Intentionally guided into the trap Bridon has placed, she has special instructions from her alpha -- kill the vampire king and sever their connection.

When Bridon and Willow clash, sparks will fly, passions will ignite, and enemies become lovers. Unfortunately, with a killing moon on the rise, their union can only lead to one thing: death.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
Wouldn't it be nice to know who your fated soul mate is from the time you are born? A fated mate is the other half of you who will be able to connect through heart, body and soul. This person would love you for eternity. How could this be a bad thing? For Willow, it's been a heavy albatross slowly strangling her to death.

Willow, the Lycae Princess, is foretold through prophecies that she will betray her blood for their worst enemy, the blood-sucking leeches, vampires. Willow has been trained since an infant to hate them and especially avoid the Vampire King, Bridon Walkyr. Obedient to her father and loyal to her kind, she will do anything to prevent the mating from happening. No sacrifice is too great.

Does this sound a bit melodramatic to you? As I'm reading the story, I felt this fatalistic martyr complex to be a bit over the top. As the story unfolds, the facts behind the actions are rather sad. Finding out that things are not as they seem is jarring to Willow and she's barely able to realign her thoughts before she realizes what must be done. While she strives to be a martyr for her people, she's not the weapon her father honed her to be.

I liked Willow. She was a decent if totally misguided heroine. The one who was fun and I'd enjoyed more was Bridon. He truly received the short end of the stick and his life sucked. He's lived centuries waiting for his soul mate to return. I was rooting for a happy ending for him. His patience in the face of his Willow's cruelty made me like him even better.

The Otherworld is an interesting world crafted by Ms. Hunter. I would like to see more of it. Perhaps there was more explanation in the first book of this series which I did not read. This story reminded me greatly of the Immortals After Dark by Ms. Kresley Cole. It is a similar mythology of paranormal creatures and the requirement of a mate for life. For those who enjoyed the Immortal in the Dark series, I recommend this series for a tasty treat. The story may not be as long, but the sex is hot and the undertones of D/s are smexy.
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