Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison

USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison begins an all-new, darkly romantic paranormal saga, in which the fate of existence itself lay in the balance—and the key to victory may rest in the hands of two eternal lovers…

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic, and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the seven came to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, 900 years ago…Michael.

It's been very rare lately for an urban fantasy to have me both crying, laughing, and scared as hell for the main characters, but somehow Thea Harrison has done it. Rising Darkness is the kind of story that tugs on the heartstrings at every end of the spectrum, and as a romance lover a big part of that for me is the almost eternal connection between Michael and Mary. In every lifetime these two have been drawn to each other, trying (sometimes) in vane to remember the past and recognize why their being together is so important. It creates a seriously high level of intimacy and chemistry between the two and what could have been info dump is in Harrison's capable hands turned into an epic love story.

I don't think I quite knew what to believe about the ominous final words of the back cover copy but when Mary finally remembers the past life where she was injured (I won't say anymore) and when has to explain that to Micheal? Heart. Breaking. Which you don't even get to experience all that long because the big bad momma jamba evil is right there on the horizon killing everything in its path on his way to Mary. 

I thought this book was an amazing series started and while I'm seriously bummed that the next book isn't going to be released until February 14 I know it'll be worth the wait.

Overall Feeling - A+

Series - 1) Rising Darkness