Hearts Of Darkness

Kira Brady
Hearts Of Darkness
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Publisher
Zebra
Release Date
August 2012
ISBN
9781420124569
Series
Book 1 of The Deadglass Trilogy
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman's courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war-and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister's murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He'll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what's left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Oct 08, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
It isn't everyday that a series comes along that captivates from the first page, but this debut is one of those rare gems. Kira Brady's world is a dark, complex and fascinating one, full of sensual characters, ancient histories and fierce conflicts, and I, for one, am hooked.

For as long as she can remember, Kayla Friday's life has been dedicated to others: from keeping her family together to raising her little sister to her job as a nurse, science and sacrifice have been her foundation. But now, her little sister is goneattacked and left to die, leaving Kayla all alone. But when Kayla arrives in Seattle to claim her sister's body, she discovers a world that goes against all that she has learned to accept as reala world that runs on steam, where ghosts and orphaned spirits wander in the shadows, and where clans of shape-shifters are engaged in an ancient war. A war that Kayla's sister may have been trying to preventor to unleash.

She is immediately discovered by Hart, a werewolf mercenary who is out to discover just what Kayla's sister knew, and what role the lovely and fiery Kayla now plays in the intricate power struggle afoot in Seattle. Hart is prepared to do nearly anything to free himself from the debts he owes and get as far away from Seattle as possiblejust one more job and he'll be free. But when Kayla becomes the target of a powerful evil, Hart balks for the first time in his career. Because in Kayla, Hart senses something powerful that he craves even more than freedom. But giving in to their mutual desire carries far more than personal danger; it could mean destruction of the very world as they know it.

Kayla was a wonderfully feisty, determined heroine who stood strong in the face of all that she had to face in her quest for the truth. Her heart and generosity were endearing, but I cheered for her courage and her willingness to grow and develop as a part of this new world she discovers. It was her strength and acceptance of Hart that let him become the hero I knew him to be, and while her role in this book forced her to be selfless to an extent, Kayla was able to embrace her power and use it to her advantage, becoming a terrific heroine in her own right, rather than an instrument.

Hart is my favorite kind of heroscarred, flawed and a lonely outsider with an enormous heart and a stringent code of honor. Though he tried very hard to appear fierce and heartless, there was no hiding his true nature, and it wasn't long before I fell for this troubled shape-shifter as hard as Kayla. Though the details of his past and his family are sketched somewhat briefly, those details are quite enough to show just how much Hart has survived, and how much it cost for him to open up to Kayla. But in the end, that love made him whole, in more ways that one, and allowed him the chance to find a place in a world that has always shut him out.

The world of this book is simply fascinating. With a foundation in a unique blend of mythology woven into the reality of modern day Seattle, I loved exploring all the settings of this story and the distinctive characters who inhabited each of them. While I'm not necessarily a devotee of shape-shifters, the layers of history and legend that made up each clan kept me fascinated from beginning to end. Add to that a genuinely fascinated, dark and wonderfully complex villain, and you have a recipe for success. The implications that villain will have on the books to come in this series are sure to be long lasting, and I can't wait for more.

To be fair, the premise of this story is not a very uncommon onea woman whose untapped power has the ability to save the world in an epic battle about to commence. Indeed, fans of Karen Marie Moning will see a great deal of correlation between this book and the Fever series. But the world-building elements and the detail that are used to create the Seattle of this book are so original and so interesting that nothing about it felt familiar. On top of that, the love story between Kayla and Hart was so moving and so passionate that it was impossible not to keep reading in order to explore their relationship further. This is a terrific read, and a genuinely promising start to a series I plan on following closely!
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