Jun 19, 2014

Mini-ish Review--Darksider by Erin Kellison

She has always been his dream…

Chef Serafina Rochan believes her recurring nightmares of pursuit are a symptom of her anxiety about opening her second restaurant. But when the stalker appears in the waking world, she swallows her pride and calls the one man she trusts to go into her dreams, even if it means risking her heart.

When Marshal Harlen Fawkes receives Sera’s call, nothing else matters. Time has not eroded the power of his feelings for her. After years apart, they go Darkside together and cannot resist the longing and desire their connection evokes. The past and present collide, and Sera abandons all reservations to embrace Harlen again, if even for one night.

In order to protect her, Harlen aligns himself with disavowed friends, and in so doing is drawn deeper into the secrets and perils of the dreamwaters. As the tide of darkness rises, Harlen faces his demons…but not without Sera, who fights just as fiercely for the dream of a life together.

Dream dangerously.

I received this e-book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Erin Kellison's Reveler series is fast becoming my favorite! Never had I thought I would get so wrapped up in a novella series when I usually prefer the full length novels! But the Reveler series is awesome! Darksider just continues with the awesomeness!

We move forward this time with Harlen Fawkes, who briefly popped up in the end of the last novella, he gets a call from his long ago flame, Sera who desperately needs his help. She's been having nightmares for a year now with someone shadowy person stalking her. And now she thinks she sees him in the waking world.

Harlen is quick to help, because, naturally, he still cares for her. And if Sera were to admit to herself, she still cares for him despite being the one who ended things seven years ago.

I like how these novellas continue to weave together with their plots! And we do get to see Jordan, Malcolm, Maisie and Steve again as Malcolm and Steve need Harlen's help in trying to figure things out with the Darkside. Things have not been going very well for them, as public enemy #1, (will not say who just in case you aren't up to date yet) is making another move.

These are relatively quick reads, being just over 100 pages, but I eat them up! The pacing is remarkably quick. And it benefits to read them in order because the world-building starts with novella 1 and you could be a little lost by picking up novella 2 or 3 first. But in some ways they do stand well on their own, but still, it's one of those series that's best enjoyed from the beginning!

Erin keeps racking up the romance points with these series and I am loving it! First we had two romances that took some time to build--albeit still a little fast, but then remember these are novellas, so there's not a whole lot of time--but here it's a bit different as Harlen and Sera had a past together and the old flames come roaring back after one night together! 

And ooohh, I was sooo not expecting the ending Erin gave us! It's a cliffhanger!! It was decidedly evil, but the good news is that the next novella comes out in July, so I have about one month's wait!

This is one deliciously, dark romantic series that I highly recommend! It's got a bit of a fantasy twist with all the dream worlds and creatures that are there, but the setting is still contemporary. So make of that what you will, but it's still freaking awesome!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


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