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Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.
It?s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It?s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is ...
Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.
It?s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It?s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it?s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.
In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.
Posted January 1, 2013
I am just going to go ahead and spit out the things I did not like about this book. I hated, hated, and hated Jurek. He is annoying, mean, spiteful, arrogant, abusive, and an absolute man whore. I hated how one minute he would have Liasare pinned up against the wall by the throat threatening her and in the next breathe he would vow never to hurt her. Not to never hurt her again...but to never hurt her. Um, wait a minute? Didn't you just have her pinned against the wall, cutting off her oxygen to the point of almost passing out? Yeah. I am so not into that type of guy.
The other thing is I thought that Liasare needed to man up some. And no, ugly words and language doesn't make you a grown up. I actually agreed with Jurek in that respect. She could have toned down her words. It only made her look childish. But the thing is she needed to take a step back from Jurek and see that he is not her Prince Charming. She needs to see him for what he is...an alien that is mean and abusive.
Ok, now that I got that out of the way let me tell you what I did love about Dark Waltz. I loved Jurek. I know, I am totally contradicting myself now aren’t I? Well guess what? I don’t care. Yeah I hated him the first half of the book. But the second half I thought he finally started redeeming himself and became such a great character. I guess I had to look at it this way…he is an alien. He was not raised the way humans were…to have emotions, to love things, to care for things, to find things sacred. So giving him the benefit of the doubt, I started coming around to liking him and thought he was really a great guy…most of the time.
Even Liasare started growing on me. With her being human, raised in a world that has gone to hell and knowing the things I did about her growing up, I understood where Liasare's actions and language came from. She had walls set up and trust was not something she gave away freely. Slowly we start to see those walls come down a little bit at a time. And its then that I started to like her more and more.
I really liked the story line and found myself craving it when I was away from my nook. I loved that Liasare risked everything to come to Earth in search of her brother. She was a woman who put it all on the line for the one person she loved the most. She was willing to do just about anything to find him, even if it was leaving the comforts and safety of her home. And if she just happened to find someone to love along the way…then that was the sacrifice she was willing to make. ;)
I suggest Dark Waltz to those who enjoy a good adult read with a captivating story line and love an infuriating male lead; the kind that makes you want to slap him one minute and dry hump him the next.
Oh yeah, I went there.
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Posted January 5, 2013
Posted December 18, 2012
Dark Waltz is the first book in a spinoff of A.M. Hargrove's The Guardians of Vesturon series. This book takes the characters from the YA series and brings them into a whole new light in this adult series, set a few years in the future. Don't worry…if you have not read The Guardians of Vesturon books, you do not absolutely need to in order to understand Dark Waltz. However, you will get a lot of background understanding by reading those books first.
That all being said, one of the reasons I loved this book so much was Jurek. I absolutely fell in love with him in Determinant, and here he is again, all hot and sexy. Now, at first Jurek is kind of…a jerk. But, can you really blame him? Look what he's fighting against and everything he has to deal with. He pretty much has the weight of the world on his shoulders. So I will forgive him if he acts a bit defensive, protective, and untrusting at first. He certainly redeems himself.
As for the rest of the characters, they were a lot of fun. I really loved Jurek's group of friends and can only hope the series continues with them. Liasare is a great lead. She's a bit naive about some things, but she's tough and does not back down to anyone. She's fighting for something she believes in and is willing to take risks to get there. Liasare's stubbornness and Jurek's demand for control do not go well together. Their relationship is hot and heavy and definitely explosive until they learn to trust each other.
Overall, a great sexy sci-fi story.
Posted December 12, 2012
To start with I am incredibly grateful to Hargrove for sharing her book with me! I've been a big fan of her work ever since I signed up to read Survival about a year ago. I've been absorbing her books ever since. So when Dark Waltz came out, which is a spin off of sorts for the Guardians of Vesturon Series, I was so incredibly excited! A new series by Hargrove, involving characters I already know and love? Yes Please! I was also pretty excited because this one was to be adult themed. If you've read any of her books, you know she can write up some incredibly drool worthy men. So I was definitely looking forward to expanding in that area ;).
So now that I have finally finished the book, I know that I have a new series to love and follow. Dark Waltz takes us on an adventure with the new race we discovered in Determinant, the Praestani. They are considered to be the most powerful race alive, and darn near indestructible. We met Jurek in Determinant, but in Dark Waltz we get to know him on a seriously deeper level. He has a soft intimate side that I just did not see coming, but I was pleasantly surprised! Although he can be a little to violent for my tastes at times, Liasare can push back just as hard.
Which brings us to Liasare. She is also another character pulled from Determinant. But not one we payed much attention to at all. I absolutely love how Hargrove does this. All her characters and stories interweave together so awesomely. It ends up that you get to know almost every single character at a very intimate level. I don't want to give away who she is, so I'm not going to tell you. It is so much more fun to discover it on your own. I know I love watching all these pieces come together to create this wonderful story. I also love that we get little peeks at the characters we met in previous books. Glimpses of what has been going on for them since we left them last.
So when Liasare leaves Vesturon to save her brother from the Xanthians she encounters Jurek, and the rest is, a very steamy, history. Hargrove did an extremely good job writing the more adult romantic scenes. They were romantic and intimate and perfectly detailed, without being to over the top or lewd. Aside from the very enjoyable love scenes between Liasare and Jurek, we also get fast paced adventure, action, and mystery! Liasare just might be the prophesied person to save everyone from the vile Xanthians. But the battles she has to fight a long the way seem impossible for her to win. With monstrous enemies and little to no experince in this new world of abilities she finds herself in, will she be strong enough? What is not to love about a book that has all those things?! Romance, Sci-Fi Adventure, fast paced action, steamy hot male characters, and a little mystery. You just can't complain with ingredients like that. Especially when they are so wonderfully written by a great author like A.M Hargrove.
If you haven't read any of her books so far, I so very strongly recommend that you do! Once you start you will be hooked! I can't wait to see what happens next for Jurek and Liasare, we were definitely left at a high point, aching to know more. Come on book #2, I just need to know what happens next!!