I don't know about you, but when I see that a book is available for free online for download, I tend to be skeptical of its greatness. In this case, there were many factors that didn't entice me to get this book and read it. One of them being that it was free and the second thing was that it was vampire based romance novel. You see, I was not a big fan of Twilight, so when I do come across vampire stories, I raise my guards. Most of the time I don't even bother reading those stories but this was not the case. Something about the description of the book pushed me to download the copy on my kindle. I told myself that even if the book turned out to be crappy, at least I wouldn't have spent money on it.

And so I began reading "Love is Darkness" by Caroline Hanson. 

Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.  
In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?  
She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves. 
Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.  And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler. 
Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!
(courtesy of Goodreads.com)

The book was a great surprise: the characters were so alive, so authentic. I could feel what Valerie felt, I could slip into Jack's head, as well as Lucas. And the way Lucas is portrayed... oh boy. So hot! I just found myself turning the pages over and over, until I was done with the book. I love that there was no room for certainty on the fate of each character and that there was enough action going on throughout the book to keep you reading. As I got to the last chapter, the climax was so high that I screamed when I found out that I had reached the end of the book. Now I need to get the second book to pursue this journey. I must say, Caroline Hanson did a great job with this first book. I hope that the next two books of the Trilogy will be as captivating and filled with emotions as was this first installment.

Things that could be improved: I found it sad that the cover of the book wasn't very appealing. It was one of the things that made me not want to read the book. I think a lot of thought could have gone in designing the covers for this series.

Notes: This novel is filled with adult content. 

My Final Rating: ★★★★★

For more information, you can visit the author's blog here. You can also get your free copy of the first book here: Amazon.com

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