Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger
Series: Night Prowler Book #4
Author: J.T Geissinger
Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.
Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.
The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.
Review: “I’ve waited so long for you. I’ve been waiting my entire life. I can’t believe I finally found you. I can’t believe something so perfect can actually be real.”
Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. The Ikati are bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death.
And they have learned their lesson when it comes to revealing themselves to humans. Edge of Darkness is another great addition to Geissinger’s Night Prowler series, and features Leander’s younger brother, Christian. Christian has willingly offered himself up as a sacrifice on a suicide mission in order to protect his Ikati and their secrets. In an odd twist of fate, he ends up finding his perfect mate in the meantime – a beautiful woman who hides herself behind plain looks and baggy clothes. Will the secrets they both carry drive them apart – or end up bringing them closer together?
Edge of Darkness was an interesting read compared to others in the series, I think because a large part of it was so …normal. Ember is a bookstore owner – which is how they meet – and Christian is, of course, hiding who and what he is. Most of their interactions through the first half of the book are held within the “human” world, and even though the air is rife with secrets – on both sides – things are far less “paranormal” through the first half than in previous books. It tends to add a little something to the story, as well as to the whole “world” that Geissinger has created for us. Even though it is a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance, that almost seems to add a little bit more to the believability of the story. And there is nothing I like more than when an author can create a whole new world and/or reality – and be convincing enough in the telling of the story to have me thinking of the immense possibility of it. And Geissinger is certainly one of those authors.
Of course, the whole normalcy of it also made the beginning of the book a bit slow compared to the rest of the book. Once the other shape-shifters enter the picture, and Christian’s big secret is revealed, things quickly kick into high gear. By far, the best part of the book was the ending though. I don’t want to give too much away, but the sacrifices that people make for those they love always wrenches my heart. And some of the tender moments between this couple really yank at those heart-strings. The writing talent, and the exceptional characters that Geissinger brings to her books definitely make them memorable – and in a category all on their own!
The bottom line: exceptional series, exceptional book, exceptional author. Enough said….:)