Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: Dark Light (Dark Light #1) by S.L. Jennings

Gabriela has just turned 20 and been completely shocked by her adoptive parents. Surprise! You're magical! She certainly didn't see that one coming. Already struggling with herself and what she wants to do with her life; this new knowledge confuses her even more. Armed with her birth mother's journal she starts to discover more about what happened to her parents, what exactly they were and what she is destined to be. While it starts to answer some questions, it also leaves her with even more. Then she meets sexy as hell Dorian and he is the only thing in her life that seems right. She needs him like she needs air to breathe. Sometimes it appears he feels the same way. But there's something more to Dorian and although she senses it, she chooses to ignore it. For now. He makes her feel safe and loved but is he just luring her into a false sense of security?

So I finally ventured out of my typical comfort zone for the second time and started another paranormal romance series, and I loved every damn minute of it! There are no vampires or werewolves here as those are not my cup of tea. In this world there are magical beings, some of the Light and others the Dark. What is unique about Gabriella is she doesn't have a "side" and she must choose one by her 21st birthday. This has Dark beings looking for her, wary of what she will choose and how powerful she is destined to be. Her inner turmoil while she navigates life with this new information is real and easy to relate to you. I mean if I just found out that I had supernatural powers, then yeah, I'd be a mess. At this early point, she is torn between the two sides. And her conflicting thoughts over the two men in her life, Jared and Dorian, mirrors that.

I liked Gabriella a lot, but at the same time I also found myself wanting to shake some sense into her.  It's fairly obvious to the reader that there's something more to Dorian, and even some of the other characters, but she doesn't see it. Or maybe it's more that she chooses not to see it. My own feelings for these two men are polar opposites of each other at the moment. Jared irritated me with his behavior. Gabriella has been pining over him for years while he didn't return those feelings. Now he has decided he wants her and he gets all pissy when she is unsure? Nope, not cool.  And Dorian... well it's hard not to love Dorian. His beauty, his dominance (so hot) and his mystery completely captivated me. And while yes he has a lot of secrets, he would tell Gabriella all of them if she would just ask. Dammit girl, open your mouth and ask him!

We end on a cliffy with Gabby getting a shocked by a revelation and now I'm dying to get to book two! I really, really loved this book and I'm thrilled I've found another PNR series to enjoy.

Favorite Quotes
"I want to take my time with you. Torture you slowly. I'm going to savor every second of your undoing."

"I don't want to be disturbed when I... ruin you."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Dark Light
Author: S.L. Jennings
Series: Dark Light #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Love. Sex. Magic.

Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.

And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?

Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.
*Contains strong adult content.


About the Author
S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.

Twitter: @MrsSLJ

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