When Darkness Hungers by JK Beck (The Shadow Keepers #5)

Available: June 26th 2012 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Bantam

My Copy: Edelweiss

FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s death. Now she finally has a chance for retribution. Even better, Alexis receives unexpected help from a sexy stranger as hungry for rogue blood as she is.

Serge is a centuries-old bad boy who stays off the grid—keeping his secrets, his hunger, and his heart safe from exposure. A new breed of vampire that feeds off other shadowers, Serge finds sweet torture in Alexis’s arms. Loving her is a chance to be free from the hiding, the loneliness, the secrecy. But the truth about what he is, and what he’s done, may banish him to the dark confines of his own private hell—and destroy the beginnings of their love.

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The Shadow Keepers series is one I’ve been meaning to get to for some time now. If you know anything about me know that I dislike reading a series out of order. I’ve been known to go buy the rest of a series to read before I get to a review book. However since there are 4 in front of this one, it wasn’t feasible on my time table and so I decided to jump head first into this one and hope for the best.

First I can say honestly that reading these out of order would be okay. I never had trouble understanding the continuing story arc that I’m sure weaves through multiple books. There are plenty of characters that I’m sure are in other books as well. My problem was that I just didn’t care. I was never grabbed by the story line (Alexis avenging her druggie sisters murder) in this one and the characters of Alexis and Serge just didn’t get me excited.

Our hero and heroine don’t really meet until 40% into the book and I think that hurt my impression of them first. After they finally do get together it was a whirlwind of sex and emotion and all of a sudden they are in love. I needed more. It felt incredibly superficial to me and not at all deep and real.

At the beginning Alexis and her friend, the witch Leena, evoke a spell that is bound by blood, if Alexis finds the killer of her sister and does not kill him, she shall die in his place. Well gee, way to give it all away in the beginning. Its obvious at that point what will happen. The story line was completely predictable.  Past this, both characters didn’t feel real to me at all. Alexis  came across as a Buffy The Vampire Slayer wannabe and even though Serge was hard-bodied and hot I just didn’t want him. I didn’t care about his weird spell affliction of becoming whatever he sucks dry.

I read the entire book, but because I just didn’t really care either way about the character or plot line I’m giving When Darkness Hungers by JK Beck 2 stars.

Will I read more from this author? Probably not from this series.

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