Tempt Me With Darkness:
Doomsday Brethren #1

Tempt Me With Darkness
Shayla Black
Doomsday Brethren, book one
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
ISBN 9781416558590

He's an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction.

As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray's dark windswept hair and burning violet eyes, he's sure they've met in eons past. He's felt her soft gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own hard powerful body...Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur's warriors, has endured a terrible curse cast upon him when he spurned the witch.

She's a modern woman about to discover ancient magic.

Olivia shares a mystical - and irresistible - connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful - and intimate - than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna's hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy all magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love-with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren-can save them.

These Doomsday Brethren books play out like movies. And for someone who attends the cinema *maybe* twice in a year to actually watch a movie, saying I'd be there opening night for this one should actually mean something.

Marrok, once a knight of King Arthur, lost his damn mind many a century ago and went to bed with Morganna, the infamous half sister of Arthur and everyone's dreaded villain witch. When he left her, she cursed him to ever be alone and never find satisfaction in sex.

Present day, enter Bram-the only one of magickkind that Marrok can bring himself to tolerate. Mildly so, that is, as Bram has two motives for the visit. First, he seeks the book which contains not only Marrok's curse but some of Morganna's power and secondly, he has someone Marrok should meet. Olivia.

Despite the fact that he believes Olivia is Morganna in disguise, he beds her, mates her, and then proceeds to defend her. There's two sides to every argument in his head and he goes back and forth *constantly* throughout the book. Trust her. Don't trust her. Yada-yada-yada. Olivia, meanwhile, is a young woman aching to be loved. By Marrok. By her estranged father. The girl is dying to be wanted. Marrok? The man just wants to die.

The cast of characters, and there is quite a number of them, covers just about everything you could ask for. Bram is amazing, and reminds me quite well of Bryn from Kimberly Frost's Southern Witch books. Yes, it's the pretty boy wizard thing, and the fact that their names are closely matched certainly speeds along the connection. The wise cracks mingling with a dismantling charm and his ever endearing protectiveness toward his sister are all other little facets that bring him to the forefront of the stage. My favorite character though was-not Marrok or Bram-but Ice! Hot damn, fear him. 5 out of 5 stars.

Next book in this series:
Fated (A Doomsday Novella)
Fated - A Doomsday Brethren novella


Redd said...

Eh, not on my want list. But cool review.

The blurb from the book makes me roll my eyes. It's like yeah whatever. *grins*

Ragan (Location 2571) said...

Honestly, I didn't read the blurb beforehand either. I read Fated, and Fated made me want to read the series. Although... Fated was quite different than this but it's totally worth it!