Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the Dark by P.G. Forte

Title:  In The Dark

Series title:  Children of Night, Book 1

Author:    P.G. Forte

Publisher:    Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Genre:    Paranormal

Heat level: (M/F, Oral Sex)

Page Count: 280

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

1969 San Francisco. World-weary Conrad Quintano should have known better than to fall in love with a human—much less Suzanne Fischer, the barely legal, adventure-seeking hippie beauty known as Desert Rose. And the very last thing he should have agreed to do was to raise her babies and protect them with his life. But even twelve-hundred-year-old master vampires can find it hard to reject a deathbed request—especially when issues of love, guilt and blood are involved.

Present day. Raised in virtual isolation, twins Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they are vampires. But they never knew their parentage—or their unique status in the vampire world—until their “uncle” Damian comes to fetch them home. The family reunion, however, isn’t what they expect. They’re thrust into a world for which they’re totally unprepared. And the father they expected to see, Conrad, is missing.

How to find him…and whom to trust? Solving the mystery of betrayal and vampire family values will prove the Beatles had it right. All you need is love…and an occasional side of blood.

Review of book:

You know a book is good when you enjoy it as much, if not more, the second time you read it.  This is certainly one of those stories that just keeps on giving, making you eager to turn the plot over and over in your head, long after you’ve read the last word.  P.G. Forte, is one of my favorite writers, and In The Dark, rife with relatable, imperfect characters and a plot that’s multi-layered as well as chock full of suspense, is a prime example of why.  She has this way of artfully creating such emotional and suspenseful nuances throughout the book that I guarantee you’ll enjoy it, even if you’re not typically a fan of the paranormal genre.

This first installment of the Children of Nightseries, sets the tone for the dark, and often perilous world that Julie and Mark Fischer have been born into.  Their parents (after a fashion), Conrad and Damian, have certainly showered the twins with love throughout their lives, however it came with a hefty price.  They are, in fact born vampires (not created), and their beginnings make it necessary for Damian and Conrad to shroud them in secrecy – even going so far as to send them away to live apart from them both for safety’s sake.  Intermingled with the tale of their homecoming, are flashbacks detailing how they were sired.  More than that, how their mother, Desert Rose, captured Conrad’s heart, in spite of his jaded and often dictatorial approach to life.

Their love story wasn’t the only one told here though. It pulled at my heart to see how years after Conrad sent his love of several centuries away, effectively ending their relationship, Damian didn’t hesitate to come to his sire’s aid when called upon.  He might have portrayed himself as a flamboyant and superficial, but Damian had a backbone of steel and balls to match.  His seemingly endless well of strength is why he became my favorite out of all of the characters, and a perfect foil to Conrad’s stern and volatile nature.

There’s so much to digest in this plot, I could have easily drowned in minutiae – however I had no issue keeping up with the twists and turns the story offered.  Another testament to Ms. Forte’s tight storyline and flawless writing style.In The Dark is a solid start to the series and made me excited all over again,gleefully rediscovering exactly what makes the Quintano nest tick.
                                                         Five Shooting Stars

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