Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rush of Darkness by Rhyannon Byrd

Raine Spenser is on the brink. Held prisoner because of her abilities, Raine—a powerful psychic as well as vampire—desperately needed a savior. But the last one she expected was the green-eyed soldier who'd once hunted her kind. Since her rescue, she's tried to forget Seth McConnell, unable to cope with the strange, simmering attraction that draws her to the compelling human.

But their goals—find the Kraven who held Raine captive and destroy him—are the same. The ever-growing web of danger surrounding them draws these two unlikely allies closer together, and anger slowly turns into an explosive passion they're finding harder and harder to deny...
**I requested this title for review from NetGalley**

I have kind of weird feelings about this one. It was a good book but at the same time it didn't really hold my attention the way the previous installments did. Now this could be attributed to a few things - the first thing that comes to mind though is that this book is coming a pretty long time after the previous one. As it's not written to act so much as a stand alone I had to do a lot of mental digging to pull out plot lines and character backgrounds to remember what the heck was going on.

What keeps this from being a total thumbs down? Seth and Raine. Their emotions and chemistry are so explosive that I was completely drawn into wanting to know what happened with them. The Markers? So-so. The Casus? Eh. When the heck Seth was going to seduce Raine into raunchy hot sex? SO IMPORTANT. I've been reading Byrd for a while - her online stuff is still my favorite - and I have to say she's near the top of my list of great sex scene writers. Byrd always takes the time to write realistically hot scenes that you're almost flipping through the book just to find - they're seriously that good in my opinion.

Ultimately if you haven't read the rest of the series you're more than likely going to get lost with the continued plot path laid out here, but Byrd does a decent job of bringing the reader back into the battle between the Watchmen and the Casus + Death-Walkers.

Overall Feeling  - eh.

Series - ...5) Touch of Surrender 6) Touch of Temptation 7) Rush of Darkness 8) Rush of Pleasure (8/11)