Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Dark Secrets by Madeline Pryce

Dark Secrets
Release Date: July 11, 2014
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Dark Book #2
ISBN:   141999137X
ISBN13: 9781419991370
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher

The worst moment of Micah’s life was when Ella nearly died in his arms. Her miraculous recovery should have been the start of their future. Unfortunately, a new demonic heritage, the Shadow Agency’s corruption and Julian, the vampire who turned Ella, are testing their relationship. Despite hotter-than-ever sex and a variety of new places and positions to explore, Micah begins to wonder if a relationship based on lust can survive for more than a few scorching-hot months.

Ella has forgiven, but not forgotten, the fact that Micah once plunged a dagger through her heart. Everything with Micah is passion, excitement and an uncontrollable desire to explore his body in a variety of very satisfying ways. But as buried secrets, ongoing lies and murderous deceptions pile up, Ella is reminded that she and Micah’s relationship was based on a curse. In order to forge a future together, Ella and Micah will have to face down their personal demons—and prove that love and trust are more than just words.
I fell in love with Pryce's world and characters in DARK CRAVINGS when it was originally published a few years ago under a different name. I was so happy when I saw that Madeline brought it back and continued the series and I was even happier when I found out that the series would continue with Micah and Ella's story.

The blurb does a really good job of giving the reader an idea of what goes on in DARK SECRETS. Ella and Micah's relationship has hit a bit of a bump in the road and they aren't sure where things stand at some points in the book. On top of that they have to deal with Ella being the Vampire Queen and also staying ahead of Micah's Dad's antics in trying to get Ella in more trouble before her upcoming trial.

Quite a bit happens but I got really mad at one point when something significant happened to Ella. I was about to throw the book at the wall but figured Madeline couldn't possibly let this happen for long and kept on reading. Thankfully things worked themselves out quickly and by the end of DARK SECRETS I felt like things were as it should be with not only Ella and Micah's relationship but with the track they were on going into book 3. 

Everything that I have read so far from Madeline Pryce has been really enjoyable and I look forward to not only continuing the Dark Series but also seeing what she comes up with next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Series Reading Order
Dark Cravings (#1 Ella/Micah – 85k)
Dark Innocence (#1.5 Hannah – 45k)
Dark Secrets (#2 Ella/Micah – 85k)
Dark Vengeance (#2.5 Castro – 45k) – release date coming soon!
Dark Promises (#3 Ella/Micah) – Spring 2015

About Madeline Pryce
Madeline Pryce wrote her first novel when she was ten, penned with neon-pink ink in a loose-leaf binder. Captivated by romantic literature, yet intrigued by the paranormal, she continues to develop her own voice, writing the kinds of stories that inspired her as a teen.

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