Danny in the Dark

Ellen Ginsberg
Danny in the Dark
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Release Date
September 2011
Book 1 of Dreamcatcher
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Danny's parents have raised him to despise the beast inside him, and he has done his best to repress his inner wolf . . . until he meets Lars, a half-planeswalker, half-werewolf to whom he is drawn by a powerful supernatural bond. When Danny mates with Lars, he believes the lifelong nightmares that have plagued him are finally over and that he is finally able to control his beast. Instead, his inner demons threaten his mate's life when their supernatural bond grants Lars access to Danny's terrifying dreams. Terrified that his freakish nightmares will destroy Lars, Danny tries to flee from his mate, but there is no escaping the bond that joins their subconscious. Can Danny and Lars defeat Danny's fears before they destroy the only love he has ever known?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Nov 24, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
My first instinct is to try and write a positive introduction into this story. To spin a tale about planeswalkers and werewolves where the extraordinary is normal and the usual nothing more than a striving point. This story does have all that potential, both the unique story as well as a great author behind the keyboard, but, and there always seems to be a 'but' involved, all the interesting details of this story didn't quite manage to form a solid and compact whole.

Danny is a teenager who was pushed into hating his wolf. A brutal event from the past pre-set his future and no matter how much he wanted it, there just wasn't a way to make peace between his wolf side and the expectations of the world he lived in. Then he met Lars, one of three brothers who is both a werewolf as well as a planeswalker and Danny's mate. Their road is bumpy, the trials fierce, but they are meant for each other and nothing can quite get between them.

This book has a wonderful tone to it, the writing is easy flowing and beautiful and the descriptions almost poetic. I liked random scenes from it, which kind of popped out and really showed that this author has talent and should be taken into account when it comes to her future work.

But when looking at this story as a series of chapters that should form a whole, it pretty much fails for me. I didn't like the random introduction of points of view not belonging to the main characters. They were not always directly connected to the main story and as such were distracting. The book was written as a part of a series. I assume that was the reason why a lot of the background story wasn't finalized and explanations were few and far between. With the last read page, I wasn't anything less confused than I was with the first page where I was introduced to a whole different world which should have been a starting point of the story. Random bits and pieces and main plot twists were all based on a world which wasn't very well explained and in my opinion the rest of the story suffered for it.

Danny and Lars did act as mates in some situations, but even their relationship was a jumble of scenes, which happened with undefined gaps of time and was completely lacking when it came to developing the necessary closeness between the characters. At times it even seemed as if I'd skipped certain parts of the book and didn't read the crucial moments in the development of their relationship. As a couple they didn't feel serious to me and I do wish that had changed by the end of the story. Instead, I only got more random information at the end, including a certain event which was just shrugged off and never even mentioned again.

As I've already said, this story does include an interesting tale about a world with a lot of potential as well as characters who might find a lot of fans among the readers. But if you are looking for a story that has it all tightly woven into a romance with a punch, you might be better looking elsewhere.
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