Book Title: Dark Fate: An MM urban fantasy romance (Flame Born Book 2)
Author: Kat Silver
Publisher: Kat Silver
Cover Artist: Bookfly
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Genres: Urban fantasy romance
Tropes: Enemies to lovers
Themes: Self-discovery and empowerment, finding home, freedom, good vs evil
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 117 000 words
It is not a standalone book, but part of a series (Flame Born Book 2)
This story ends on a satisfying cliffhanger.
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“And if I am a monster? Will you want me then?”
Ten days after the battle at Blackriver, Michael struggles with new forbidden desires, with his rampant Flame, and a deepening relationship with the taciturn werewolf, Commander Gabriel Flanagan.
Feeling responsible for their loss, Michael longs to rescue the students stolen by the manipulative vampire prince, Alexei Vasiliev. But the High Council refuses to free Michael from his chains. They fear the whisperer — the half-breed who decimated an entire company of soldiers and came back from the dead. Yet, Michael still yearns for a future among the Guardians. For a place beside his Finnish, silver-eyed giant. For a home within the crazy supernatural world he’s now bound to.
But does Michael still have a future? He’s a descendent of the Warlock — from a bloodline that produces only monsters. If discovered, not even his protective lover can save him from certain execution. He may not want to.
Dark Fate is the second book in the Flame Born series. This MM urban fantasy/paranormal romance is action packed, featuring steaming hot scenes, a hunk of an alpha love interest, a chocolate scented snarky vampire prince, a clever best friend who can kill a man with her little finger, and one too many shady characters to count. See inside for trigger warnings on both books.
I grip the sink edge, knuckles white, and glare at the contents of the glass vial lying beside the tap. The viscous liquid, the color of a fine bottled wine, looks so innocuous. Innocent. A random sample of blood.
There’s nothing innocent about this vial’s contents.
Every time I see it, my mouth salivates with the need for a taste. Whenever I take the vial from my pocket to caress the cool glass in my hand, a clamoring monster of desire rips through me like a fire.
Not this time.
I swipe up the tube, twist out the cork, and prepare to pour the blood away. Metal clanks against ceramic, echoing through the small bathroom, as the chain between my wrist manacles knocks the sink. A heady smell of cocoa and figs hits my nostrils. My hand falters. God, that scent.
An urgency to inhale the smell deep into my lungs, to press the glass into my lips and lick the rim, almost takes control.
Alexei. That devious vampire. He knew exactly what he was doing when he left me with this. His blood constantly tugs at me like an unfinished song. Like a broken tooth my tongue won’t leave alone.
I could wash temptation away. Watch clear water turn burgundy as the vile substance slides into the drain.
I’ve faced this trial for ten days, and the result never changes.
I’ve tried to show the vial to Flanagan. Tried to hand it over so he can smash the glass and destroy the contents. Somehow, it always returns to my hiding places. A dirty secret.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
DARK FATE is the second book in the Flame Born series and you really need to read these in order for it to make any sense.
It is still twisted, but not as dark, and the lines between 'good' and 'bad' are more blurred than ever. Michael is very confused and I don't blame him. There is a so much that goes on and sometimes it is taken from his memory, leaving him not knowing, and me screaming at my Kindle.
We see more of Alexei in this book, along with other characters we met in the previous one. I have the ones I like and the ones I loathe! All of them are incredibly written though.
Being as this is book 2, there is less world building in it, but the characters continue to develop and grow. The story moves along at a fair pace, and will leave you wanting more. I honestly can't wait for the third book to come out!
Absolutely brilliant, once again, and highly recommended by me.
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