Series: Dark Secrets #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Published by Self Published on May 12,2013
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How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?
Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She’s been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire—one who kills people with his teeth!
But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can’t live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.
The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.
This book is told in the first person.
Amara “Ara-Rose” Thompson is starting at a new school. She’s talking with her dad when he tells her “…the hardest part of a journey is always the first step.” This was my favorite quote of the book. It’s a quote that is so true. The journey may be first day at a new school, a new love, or just living life in general.
I love Ara’s interaction with her brother Sam. It reminds me of growing up with three brothers and no sisters. Ara finds out that the school heartthrob, David Knight, is in quite a few of her classes. I start to get a Twilight vibe – the special connection that David and Ara have. I loved how A.M. seems to “humanize” David – makes him more real and more likely that his kind actually do live among us.
As I read, I just can’t help the comparisons. I’m not comparing authors or books (since I’ve never read the Stephenie Myer’s series). I’m comparing A.M.’s book to the Twilight movie – I can picture the actors in the roles of the characters in this book. Our author has me feeling like I’m back in high school again.
What I really loved with A.M.’s story is the way that she created Ara – she’s not accepting of what David really is. This is a very long story but I found out the reason is that it contains books one and two. This gives us more of a chance to see the relationship build between Ara and David. The downside is that because it is written in the first person all my assumptions are based on what Ara is telling me. I get no chance to see how David sees this world that he exists in.
This book is definitely about temptation – do I follow through or should I ignore it. But make sure you don’t give in to the temptation to speed-read through this book – this story needs to be savored. This is the first book that it took me over a week to read. But it also left me not looking forward to the book’s ending.
One wish I had was that music came with the story. In one scene David has written a song that he was teaching to Ara. Then I went over to the author’s web site, http://www.darksecretsseries.com, and found out that she has a play list (http://www.darksecretsseries.com/unofficial-soundtrack.html) so that you can listen to music that will set the mood for you.
Just when you think you have things figured out in comes a childhood friend, Mike. Then add in David’s brother, Jason. He’s polar opposite of David. But you won’t meet him right away. If you have a habit of speed-reading, you might miss him. I look forward to reading the next book coming out. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)