Darker Than Love

loveOnce upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.

They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.

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Darker Than Love is a standalone dark romance set in the world of the award-winning Twist Me and Tormentor series. It was co-written by Anna Zaires – the original creator – and fellow author Charmaine Pauls. This is a full length novel.

I thought it was weird that Zaires co-wrote this book instead of writing it herself. She is a successful, established author and a great writer. Unfortunately, I felt that the act of co-writing this novel undermined the strength of it, as I could tell differences in writing style between Darker Than Love and the other books set in the same universe.

In addition, DTL is an almost identical story line to the Capture Me series by Zaires. Throughout this book, I kept having flashbacks to the other series. The similarities between the two are striking: the hero takes the heroine captive and interrogates her without harming her in any way; the heroine acts as a martyr and takes it, even though she is (mostly) innocent, in order to protect someone she loves; the hero decides to keep the heroine even though she “can’t be trusted” because she is hot and he has feelings for her that he cannot admit, even to himself.

The book is enjoyable as quick read, but I found it lacking and repetitive as a fan of the author’s other series.

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