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Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Review: Blood Dark by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Dark by Lindsay J. Pryor (Blackthorn #5)

Egalley thanks to Boukouture

Synopsis from Goodreads
‘There are guardian angels, and there are monsters with wings’

Caitlin Parish should have been the last person to fall for a vampire. A member of the Vampire Control Unit, her relationship with master vampire Kane Malloy had explosive consequences. Caitlin’s colleagues count her as the enemy. And now she’s going back.

Kane has made powerful enemies of his own – and is being targeted by the head of the Global Council, Sirius Throme. With the stakes higher than ever before, Kane knows caring for Caitlin makes him vulnerable. Worse, her decision to return to VCU feels like betrayal.

With Throme threatening to tear Blackthorn apart, and the prophesied vampire leader finally revealed, Kane and Caitlin must both fight with everything they have to stop an all out war. But they’re fighting on opposite sides…

Right when she needs him most, Caitlin makes a shocking discovery about Kane. Has he been playing her all along? And can she trust him with her life when he won’t even trust her with the truth?

The choice Caitlin makes will change the game in Blackthorn forever. 

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I am so glad I gave this series another chance, ladies and gents! What happened is that I loved book one and two, was disappointed in book three and skipped book four... However, when I saw that the main characters in book five are Caitlin and Kane - the couple which made me fall in love with Blackthorn, I HAD to give it another go... and it was darkly delicious!

 It's choke full of sensual, sizzling sex, heart-breaking tension and an overall gripping and fascinating storyline. It strongly reminded me of The Maker's Song series by Adrian Phoenix.

Despite their undeniable attraction to each other and love that they won't admit to themselves, Caitlyn and Kane continue to work on the opposite sides of the barricade. He is one of the shadow rulers of Blackthorn - the third species' conclave, which human population would love to destroy once and for all. She is an agent of the enforcement agency VCU, hunting Kane and other criminals alike inside and out of Blackthorn.

There are so many reasons for them to stay apart, and yet despite the evidence piling up, indicating that Caitlyn and Kane will destroy each other, they can not give up their feelings. There is this major conspiracy going on designed to force them to betray each other, and I was figuratively biting my nails and holding my breath, racing through this book.

It's very well written. The tension and urgency is razor-blade sharp. You get sick to your stomach along with Caitlyn when she receives evidence against Kane again and again; you feel bitterness of betrayal, when he sees how Caitlyn might be working to put him behind the bars. The storyline is grand and involves an old prophecy which is supposed to bring in the downfall of the human race, and the rule of the third species. There are a few factions working to make sure that the prophecy will or will not come to life to their benefits.

I am not giving any spoilers, but Blood Dark made me very happy. It's not sappy and it skirts a very fine line between PNR and UF without in your face macho bullshit I am so not fond of. 

Kane might be possessive but he is also supremely cold-blooded and rational and keeps his secrets very close to his heart. He asks, not demands, but in a way, where Caitlyn knows - one wrong step, and she will lose him. Same vice versa. The dynamics are similar to Raphael and Cyn, so if you are a fan, you are very likely to find this series enjoyable. It's dark, violent and genuinely suspenseful. Recommended.

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Я так рада, что дала этой серии ещё один шанс! Если помните, мне жутко понравились первая и вторая книга, третья меня разочаровала, а четвёртую я вообще пропустила. Затем я увидела, что пятая рассказывает о Кэйтлин и Кейне - паре, которая заставила меня полюбить Блакторн, и отказаться её прочитать я оказалась не в силах.

Книга эта тёмная, чувственная, полная напряжения, с очень интересной сюжетной линией, что напомнила мне серию Песня Создателя от Эйдриан Феникс.

Несмотря на огромное притяжение между ними и на любовь, в которой они не в силах признаться самим себе, Кейн и Кэйтлин остаются на противоположных сторонах баррикад. Он - один из теневых лидеров Блакторна - анклава третьего вида (паранормальных существ), который человечеству ну уж очень хочется уничтожить. Она - агент VCU, силовой организации, цель которой - охота за криминальными элементами Блакторна, в числе которых находится и сам Кейн.

У них так много поводов для того, чтобы расстаться друг с другом, но несмотря на доказательства того, что Кейн и Кэйтлин могут уничтожить всё, на что каждый из них работал целую жизнь, они встречаются снова и снова. Тут работает целый заговор против пары, который нацелен на то, чтобы настроить их друг против друга, и я пока читала, заламывала руки и кусала локти, настолько книга была напряжённая и драматичная.

Я не собираюсь спойлерить, однако Кейн - часть пророчества, которое если войдёт в силу, перевернёт баланс власти в сторону третьего вида. Они станут править и человечество поставят на колени. Различные факции работают либо за либо против пророчества, и пытаются сообразно этому использовать Кэйтлин.

Сюжет очень хороший и книга написана прекрасно. Мисс Прайор балансирует на грани между паранормальным романом и городским фэнтэзи без скатывания в клише первого.  Эта пара напоминает мне своей здоровой динамикой Рафаэля и Син, так что если вам они нравятся, то придётся по вкусу и эта серия.  Рекомендую с небольшими колебаниями, так как книги по силе неравны.

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