Dawn of Darkness

Dawn of Darkness
Devin Harnois
ebook, 51 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Samhain Publishing
ISBN 9781609280659

Letting her live was bad enough. Wanting her is much worse.

Richard Everson has seen too many people die, killed by the nightmare creatures that have overrun the world. Every night he leaves the protection of the walled city to hunt the nasties alone. He likes his job. Maybe a little too much.

By day, Jennifer lives in her human skin. By night, the wolf takes over, a legacy forced upon her by the nasties who made her one of them. Everson is a tenuous link to what s left of the human world. Despite the danger to them both, she hungers for his touch.

Each encounter sends the heat spiraling higher, until it burns away all control. And Richard realizes too late his heart has crossed a line punishable by death Warning: This book contains strong language, nightmarish creatures, a violence-loving hero, a very naked woman, werewolves, forbidden desire, and post-aocalyptic monster-killing mayhem

I was surprisingly pleased by this read, and caught off guard by the ending which was even more delightful. Yes, delightful.

Emerson has survived three years hunting the "nasties" at night in this post-apocalyptic world--longer than any other--without succumbing to drugs, madness, or being turned. When his wayward path finds Jennifer, human turned werewolf, he's itching to pull the trigger, but she manages to talk him into each going their separate ways.

From there, she's all he thinks about and he continues to return to the same place at the end of every shift. They talk. They bond. They... mate.

I expected certain happenings while reading this, as all readers tend to do, and not a one came to fruition. Other than the smut, which was, although short, quite rough. That's not a bad thing. Quite the contrary. And it was rather nice to be surprised after all this time.

4 out of 5 stars.