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Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1)
Tempt Me with Darkness - Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1
Author: Shayla Black
Cursed by Morganna LeFay, Marrok of Cadbury has lived in isolation for fifteen centuries without friendship, sex, or hope. When he begins dreaming of another LeFay woman with the trademark violet eyes and birthmark of the spell-happy witch who doomed him, he's determined to do whatever necessary to make her release him and grant him death--even ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416558583
ISBN-10: 1416558586
Publication Date: 8/26/2008
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 148 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1) on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
The 1st book in Shayla Black's new Doomsday Brethern series is pretty good. The story is mostly about the two main characters (Olivia & Marrock), but you can tell that she is setting up the entire series with the first book. It is well written, though sometimes predictable. It was kind of like Harry Potter for adults; witches and wizards fighting to save the magical world from the evil wizard Mathias. The secondary characters were intriguing, with some interesting conflicts. I gave it three stars, it was good start to the series that looks to have promise, but the love story at times to a back seat to the overall series story. Which is why I only gave it 3 stars, rather than 3.5 - 4 stars. Definitely worth your time, but probably won't be on the "keeper" bookshelf.
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Helpful Score: 5
Summary: 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 un-curse 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.

So, at first I was very unsure about this series. One of my biggest passions is Arthurian Legend, I love it, and don't deal well seeing it totally tore up. I started reading this book and I instantly felt better, Ms. Black wrote a romance in the present that has some Arthurian Legend elements, but she doesn't completely disfigure it, thank goodness. The plot was engrossing, and I enjoyed the characters, I really like Bram, he reminds me of Morganen from Jean Johnson's Destiny series, which is awesome because he is one of my favorite characters of all time. The heat between in the main characters is scorching and Ms. Black has already shown she has no problems putting her characters through nail biting terror and torment. Marrok is a bit more over bearing than a normal alpha male, but I think that's just part of his nature, and his female doesn't seem to mind so much. I am interested if she is going to write he own version of some of the original legend as a prequel to this series...I think that would be cool. I already have the next book in this series laid out...I hope its as enjoyable as this book.

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reviewed Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Let me start by saying I am not generally a fan of paranormal erotic romance. I respect everyone's preference, and I do understand how appealing shape-shifters, immortals, and the like can be, I just usually prefer stories firmly planted in the real world. That said, I really love Shayla Black, and I found this book at a library sale, so I figured I would give it a whirl. I am SO glad I did! First off, this story is funny. Though our hero is humorless, he is surrounded by charming and hilarious characters. Olivia and Marrock were just fine in the lead -- really sexy and unexpected -- but I adored Bram and can't wait to see what will happen with him in the next installments (I just got books 2 and 3.) This is a solid 4-star.
johnna27 avatar reviewed Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
IMO, this was a pretty good book. I wanted to know more about the other characters but she is making it into a series. So I guess we will find out a little more with each book. There was a lot of sex but not much action. I hope that the action evolves throughout the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
I wanted so much to like this book! It was ok - but I really didn't like the h. I like the secondary characters much more so I am hoping the next book will be better. I just thought it was slow and not all that interesting. Could have been great - just wasn't. Not even sure about the ending--- is he still immortal or not???
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reviewed Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1) on + 276 more book reviews
The new series by Shayla Black tells the story of magical wizards and witches and their lifemates battling evil black magic. Marrock is an immortal warrior from King Arthur's time who was cursed 1500 years ago by the witch Morgana to live forever and never reach sexual completion. He wants to break the curse so he can love and die a normal human death.
He meets Olivia Gray who is related to Morgana and looks just like her. Lust follows, but can he trust her?
The world building is very good. The main characters shine brightly and supporting characters show promise for their own novel.
Waiting for book two.
reviewed Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, Bk 1) on + 103 more book reviews
Good BUT, I felt like I was reading the adult version of Harry Potter. It had the main character who was an untapped power, a bad man returned from the dead, a book of secrets, etc. Still a good book but lacked imagination to me.
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I have had this book since it came out in 08. I picked it up and read the first couple of pages and got confused. Finally years later I forced myself to sit through it. while there are some steamy moments, overall I just found myself extremely annoyed with the book. The hero is obnoxiously overprotective and narrow minded, and the heroine is annoyingly insecure about their relationship and slightly naive. I admit that their are some good aspects but I found myself skimming the rest of the book to the end.

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