Sunday, September 12, 2010

Marie Kenward, Dark Promises

Title: Dark Promises

Author: Marie Kenward

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Vampires, Black Rose

Page Count: 402 pages

ISBN For Print: 1-60154-775-7

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Reviewer: Lisa Fitzpatrick


Sometimes being good is bad. Three-hundred-year-old vampire Alexi Dugas knows everything there is to know about evil. After all, for centuries he's walked a tightrope between his blood-thirst and his humanity. When he inadvertently rescues a young woman from his former clansmen, he must decide once and for all if he's more man than beast, for Sarah Hennessy carries a weapon that can forever alter the delicate balance of power in his dark world. Now, after living in the shadows and surviving in those shades of gray, Alexi must finally choose which side of the battle he's on. Unfortunately, doing the wrong thing will cost him Sarah's love. But, doing the right thing might just cost her life.


Sarah is just a perfectly normal girl, with a good friend, Charles who likes exploring exotic places, and often ends up sending her trinkets and gifts from his travels. The latest parcel though, a book and a Celtic cross necklace has her stumped. Is there more to this than meets the eye? Why is some pale maniac, complete with a giant sword, insistent that she has something he wants?

Cue entry into the middle of a feud in a strange world, peppered with darkness, with a man she has never met before, so how come she knows his soul?

The initial antagonism between Alexi and Sarah, as they both struggle to understand what is between them is intriguing, and compels the reader to find out why they have such chemistry. Is it simply lust, or something much deeper, born from their past?

Vampires are treated, as exactly they should be, sexy as hell, but essentially as dangerous predators. Although Dark Promises is jam packed with characters and a complex plot with more twists and turns than the local maze, at no point does it become confusing keeping track of who said what. Some errors are inevitable in books of this length, but good editing keeps them to a minimum.

I’d read this again as a print book though, rather than an e-book, mainly due to the length (402 pages).

Overall, a great read.

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