Book Reviews

Bite of Darkness (Shadow Creek 2) by Leah Blake at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-October-2017

Book Blurb

Ashly Marrouch is given an important task: deliver a box with a secret, lifesaving antidote to the alpha of Shadow Creek. For Ashly, this is another night’s work for the vampire king he serves. What should have been a simple drop-and-go is anything but when Vuk Remmington opens the door and Ashly finds himself face-to-face with his imposing, frighteningly handsome werewolf mate.

 

Vuk is one of Shadow Creek’s fiercest guards and his alpha’s second-in-command. Naturally, he is suspicious of Ashly and the antidote he delivers. Fighting his hunger for the small, gorgeous, witty vampire proves impossible, and Vuk finds himself desperate to repair the damages his initial attitude has caused between them.

 

When Vuk and Ashly are ambushed by human hunters, one thing becomes clear: Vuk can’t live without Ashly, and Ashly will sacrifice himself to save his wolf.

 

Vuk demands to know the origins of the antidote. But the antidote is the least of Vuk’s worries when Ashly becomes the prime target for the hunters.

 

Book Review

I was jazzed when this second installment in the series picked up exactly where the first book ended. There are times when I really enjoy that because everything seems so seamless to me and I enjoy the storyline without wondering what happened during the time in between. ‘Bite of Darkness’ revolves around Vuk, a grumpy, grouchy, snarky, fierce member of Raul’s guards, and his second-in-command, and Ashly, a member of the vampire king’s court. I was waiting for the fireworks to begin and I didn’t have to wait very long.

Raul, alpha of the weres, was shot by the hunters and their bullets were laced with something no one has seen before, at least not Raul’s own sorcerer, who is unable to heal him. Ashly is the personal courier of Mallouch, the vampire king, and is the only one Mallouch trusts to get the antidote to Raul. Ashly certainly never expected to meet his mate at the front door. Vuk is used to Raul not keeping things from him in regards to the Creek or Raul’s safety, and he’s angry when neither Raul nor Ashly will tell him whose blood Mallouch sent to be infused into Raul. Ashly doesn’t know for sure, he only suspects, but he wouldn’t share the information regardless. So, when Ashly leaves, Vuk is even more frustrated and irritated than usual.

“He brought his mouth close to Ashly’s ear. “I’ll handle them.”
Ashly grinned, showing his fangs. His wolf wanted to protect him. Sweet. But this wasn’t Ashly’s first ambush. Certainly wouldn’t be his last. He maneuvered his head to bring his lips against Vuk’s ear. “Wolf, let me show you how this is done.”

It doesn’t take long for the vampires and the weres to identify the unknown substance on the bullets. It would appear some of the fae aren’t playing by the rules (not completely unheard of) and are in collusion with human hunters. Vuk and Ashly get attacked by human hunters on their way back to Mallouch’s with information, leading to the premise of a potential traitor at Shadow Creek or at Mallouch’s. Vuk is constantly frustrated because Raul and Mallouch made a pact many years ago, and Raul is unable to share a lot of details with his second-in-command. Regardless, Vuk and Ashly will do what they can to protect both factions.

An exciting addition that has also answered some questions, but has created, and left, even more unanswered. I liked Vuk and Ashly as they were a great couple with a few issues but, overall, they fell into being mates fairly readily. I’m more than certain that the next book will be the complete opposite.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 54089 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-June-2017
Price $5.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/book/bite-of-darkness