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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 ...

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Overview

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 uncurse 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.

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More Spamalot than Camelot, the debut of Black's Doomsday Brotherhood series introduces Marrok of Cadbury, who was a brave warrior in King Arthur's army until his unhappy lover, Morganna le Fay, cursed him with immortality and perpetual sexual frustration. Fifteen centuries later, Marrok is working as a sculptor in London and searching for a way to unlock Morganna's nasty little book of spells, the Doomsday Diary, though he's not sure he can break the curse without unleashing the book's deadly magic. Marrok also has to hide the Diary from villainous wizard Mathias d'Arc ("Cruel, clever, hedonistic, rapacious. Brilliantly evil.") and decide whether beautiful art gallery owner Olivia Gray, Morganna's descendant, is his greatest nemesis or his sexual salvation. This orgasmic paranormal might make T.H. White turn over in his grave but will keep Black's fans panting for the next installment. (Sept.)

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"Shayla Black keeps me turning the pages!" — New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

"Shayla Black's writing is pure magic. Gripping, sensual, and absolutely delicious." — New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray

"Pure magic." — Cheyenne McCray

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416558583
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Series: Doomsday Brethren Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shayla Black is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances, including the Doomsday Brethren novels Tempt Me with Darkness and Possess Me at Midnight. Her novel Decadent was nominated for Best Erotic Romance of 2007 by Romantic Times. She lives in Texas with her family. Visit her website at www.shaylablack.com.

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ONE

Kevin, the same men who killed Stein are after me.

Michael Ward’s fingers trembled as he lifted his hands from the keyboard. Because he didn’t have Kevin’s cell phone number, Ward had tried his home a dozen times, but he kept getting the damned answering machine. Leaving a message was out of the question. Even e-mail could be intercepted, so he’d have to choose his words carefully.

He needed a cigarette badly. His hand fumbled through his shirt pocket and removed the pack of Marlboros. Only one left. He’d have to get another pack on the way to the airport.

He lit the cigarette despite the shaking and took a deep drag, trying to pull every milligram of precious nicotine into his system. He felt the smoke fill his lungs, and the trembling subsided. His attention returned to the words on the screen. He wanted to laugh at their absurdity, but he was afraid if he started he wouldn’t be able to stop.

A wave of nausea hit him. Ward shook off the feeling. There wasn’t much left in his stomach anyway, just half a bottle of Pepto-Bismol he’d drained when he got home. He’d been spending the Friday in his South Texas University office, working and listening to the radio, when he’d heard the news of Herbert Stein’s death. The story had been short, but it was enough. An execution-style shooting, the body thrown in a Dumpster. He got sick twice, once in his office trash can and again before climbing into his Mercedes. He didn’t feel like a man who was about retire to the Bahamas with ten million dollars.

He checked the progress of his download. The backup of his hard disk to the USB drive had another three minutes to go. With the cigarette stuck in his mouth, he continued typing.

Caroline and I are leaving Houston. I think we’ll be safe where we’re going, but I need your help to be sure. NV117 wasn’t a failure. You know the equipment. The key to everything else you need is in your thesis. I made a deal with Clay

“May we come in, Dr. Ward?”

Ward jerked at the sound of the voice. He recognized too well the distinct enunciation of each syllable and his heart started pounding. He turned his head to see two men standing in the doorway to his study. David Lobec and, behind him, Richard Bern, Clayton Tarnwell’s men here to finalize the deal. They were early. The meeting wasn’t supposed to be for another two hours.

He silently cursed himself for not grabbing the passports and running as soon as he got home. He’d been careful not to call ahead in case the phones were tapped, but they’d found him anyway.

Five minutes, he’d told Caroline when he burst through the front door. Pack whatever you can in five minutes, then we head straight to Intercontinental and get the first flight out. She’d begun to protest, asking if he’d lost his mind. I’ll explain everything in the car, but we need to get the hell out of here. When he’d practically shoved her up the stairs, she’d gotten the message. He was dead serious. Now they were out of time, and Ward’s mind raced for options.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the blinking cursor on the screen and realized that the words on the computer might be seen from in front of his desk. Without glancing back at the monitor, he pressed the F4 key as he turned the chair to face his visitors. The message disappeared from the screen.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Lobec,” Ward said, rising from his seat. “I didn’t hear the doorbell.” The waver in his voice betrayed his attempt to remain calm. He took another puff from the cigarette.

Lobec smiled and strode in without waiting for the invitation he had asked for.

“Disgusting habit,” he said, plucking the cigarette from Ward’s lips. He stubbed it out in a heavily stained brass ashtray. “Much better. Now we can all breathe while we talk.” He sat in one of the leather chairs. Bern remained standing behind him.

“Please sit down,” Lobec said.

“You’re early,” said Ward, lowering himself into his chair. “I wasn’t expecting you until six thirty.” The clock on the study’s mantel said 4:23.

“Of course you weren’t. You expected to be far away by the time we arrived. I’m happy to surprise you.”

He wasn’t tall, no more than five foot ten, but Lobec carried a quiet confidence that made him more imposing than a man six inches taller. His thick ebony hair, a marked contrast to his fair complexion and slate-gray eyes, was combed straight back. His gray suit was tailored, perfectly fitting his athletic frame. Lobec was not a handsome man: his nose angled downward and crooked, his chin was weak but his eyes were always alert and focused. Despite being intimidated by Lobec, Ward couldn’t help but admire the man’s presence.

Lobec’s younger associate was the same height as Lobec but about fifty pounds heavier, most of it muscle. Bern lacked Lobec’s sense of style, wearing an ill-fitting blue suit that looked a size too large. His brown hair was cut in a Marine-style crew, and boredom radiated from his perpetual frown and sleepy eyes. Beyond the visual, Ward knew hardly anything about the man. He’d never uttered more than a few unintelligible greetings.

Ward forced a smile, knowing he’d never be able to overpower either one of them, let alone both. Despite his four-inch height advantage over the two men, his large paunch and fleshy jowls clearly marked him as a professor whose sole exercise was swinging a golf club. Since the fall semester didn’t begin until next week, he was dressed in the three-hundred-dollar sweatsuit he normally wore on weekends. Otherwise, Ward was the archetype of a distinguished professor, down to the thin, graying hair and wire-rimmed glasses. Judging by Lobec’s attitude, he didn’t appear to pose much of a threat.

“I don’t know what you mean,” Ward said. “I was just finishing up some—”

“You do know what I mean.” Lobec seemed more amused than annoyed. “We’ve been searching for you for the last hour. You didn’t take your normal route from the office today. Maybe you can tell us why.”

He had suspected they were watching him, and now Lobec’s statement confirmed it. After hearing the news about Herbert Stein’s murder, Ward had taken the precaution of leaving through the subbasement to another building, hoping to elude his observers for just the ten minutes he needed to hide his insurance. Apparently, he had been successful.

“How do you know what route I take?” Ward was stalling, trying to think.

“The same way we know how you’ve been able to afford a half-million-dollar home and a Mercedes on a professor’s salary.” Lobec scanned the tastefully decorated study, with its mahogany desk, black leather sofa, golf awards, and memorabilia, then looked out the window at the gated community’s eighteen-hole championship golf course in the final stages of construction before his eyes returned to Ward. “Although lately your situation has taken a turn for the worse, hasn’t it? Mr. Tarnwell mentioned your reputation for successful ventures in the stock market. It’s a pity your appraisal of Chromosotics wasn’t as shrewd.”

Ward’s jaw dropped. He had received a hot tip about a local company called Chromosotics that was about to go to market with a new drug. FDA approval was a sure thing, his source had told him. After the initial press release, the stock soared to four times its original price, and Ward leveraged himself to the hilt to buy more shares. But within a month, a report leaked test results detailing serious side effects of the new drug. With the probability of FDA approval virtually nil, the stock plummeted. Ward couldn’t have given shares away. Before the deal with Tarnwell came along, he was on the verge of bankruptcy. Not even Caroline knew.

As Ward sat dumbfounded, Lobec continued. “I mention these facts merely to impress upon you that our resources for gathering information are quite formidable. Should you and your wife think of leaving Houston, we would find you.”

Suddenly, Ward remembered Caroline packing upstairs. She should have come down by now. He saw a nasty gleam in Lobec’s eyes.

Ward jumped from his seat. “Caroline!” There was no response. He moved toward Lobec. “Where is she, dammit?”

Bern tensed and took a step forward. Lobec, the smile never leaving his face, calmly reached into his jacket and pulled out an automatic pistol.

“Mrs. Ward is safe for the moment, but I wouldn’t want any rash behavior on your part to jeopardize that safety.”

“You won’t shoot me. Somebody will hear.”

“I know as well as you do that you and your wife are the first, and currently only, occupants on this block,” Lobec said with a tone that could have frozen lava. “I have a silencer, but there really is no need for it. Now, please sit down or I’ll ask Mr. Bern to assist you.”

Seeing that he had no choice, Ward reluctantly sat. The fear that had gripped him moments before was now competing with the anger seething just below it. Despite their problems, Ward loved his wife, and the thought of these bastards manhandling her was repulsive to him.

“What does Clay want?” he asked, his voice barely above a whisper.

“First of all, he would like the ten million dollars you’ve stolen from him.”

“I didn’t steal it! He paid me that ten million. And he’s supposed to pay me another twenty million when he gets Adamas.”

“Second,” Lobec continued, “we want the names of every person you’ve told about Adamas.”

Ward’s eyes narrowed. “If you don’t let us go, you’ll never see Adamas, and Clay will get nothing for his ten million.”

“Spare us, Dr. Ward. We already have the details of your process in our possession.”

Ward sat back as if slapped in the face. That was impossible. There was only one copy of his notebook, and it was stored in a safe place. The meeting tonight was to go over the specifics of the final transaction. On Monday he was planning to retrieve the notebook, copy it, and give the copy to a lawyer before handing the original over to Tarnwell in return for the additional twenty million. The lawyer would turn the copy in to the authorities only if something happened to Ward. But something had happened to the lawyer first. The lawyer was Herbert Stein, and he had been murdered.

Ward sputtered, “But you couldn’t—”

“You’ve been observed for the past two weeks, Dr. Ward. We’ve also had a chance to thoroughly itemize the contents of your office. We have everything we need.”

Something was wrong. He had safely hidden his notebook a month ago and hadn’t returned to its secure location since then. He certainly didn’t keep it in his office, and he doubted even someone as powerful as Tarnwell could retrieve the notebook from its hiding place.

Ward needed to know if Lobec was lying. “Then you have the videotape as well, I suppose.”

Lobec’s irritating smile finally dissolved. “You’re bluffing. There is no videotape.”

It was Ward smiling now. They had the false duplicate notebook he’d written and stashed in his office as a safeguard.

“So Clay doesn’t have Adamas,” he said. “That’s too bad. When my friends find the videotape and the notebook, Clay is going to see a billion dollars evaporate. That is, if you don’t let us go.” This time he was bluffing. No one else knew of Adamas or the notebook’s location.

Lobec’s smile returned. “Surely you learned what happened to your new attorney, Mr. Stein, or you wouldn’t have led us on this merry chase. I must say, Mr. Stein was quite forceful about his need to protect his clients’ interests. But when I removed his index finger, he told us about your attempt to retain his services—in great detail, in fact. No doubt your friends will be as obliging, with the proper incentive.”

Despite his horror, Ward tried to feign confidence. “You can’t possibly know who they are.”

“That’s correct,” Lobec said, nodding. “But I think you’ll be willing to tell us. Especially if you don’t want to see your beautiful wife damaged by Mr. Bern.” Lobec glanced toward Bern and nodded in Ward’s direction.

Ward’s stomach sank. He now realized they would never let him go. They’d torture the information about the notebook’s location out of him. Once they had that, there would be no reason to keep either of them alive. In fact, with him out of the way, there would be no one to dispute Tarnwell’s claim that he was the inventor of Adamas. With that realization, Ward knew he had to take whatever chance he saw.

Bern, his bored expression unwavering, walked around the desk and bent over to grab Ward’s arm. As he did so, his jacket fell open and Ward saw a semiautomatic pistol holstered under his left armpit. When Bern wrapped his meaty hand around Ward’s arm, Ward sagged as if overcome with despair, his 250 pounds throwing Bern off balance in the process. He plunged his free hand into Bern’s jacket, found the pistol, and yanked it from the holster.

Bern snapped back and grabbed Ward’s wrist, pointing the gun toward the ceiling. To the side, he could see Lobec aiming his pistol at them but not firing, probably not wanting to kill Ward until he got the information he needed. Bern’s other hand grabbed at the gun. He pried at Ward’s hand, but Ward gripped the gun with tenacity born of desperation.

Ward tried forcing the gun into Bern’s face. Bern deflected it as Ward pulled the trigger, and a deafening blast rent the air. A chunk of the ceiling hit Ward as Bern whirled them around and into the wall. He pulled Ward’s arm down, trying to use leverage to wrest the gun away. With one hand still on Ward’s wrist, Bern slid the other up the gun’s barrel and jerked downward. Another shot rang out, and the gun dropped to the floor.

Bern stepped back to retrieve the weapon. Ward ignored him, his face contorted with agony. A red stain grew on his right shoulder, but it was his left shoulder that throbbed. The excruciating pain spread to his chest. His eyes searched for the source of the agony, but the only obvious wound was from the gunshot. Then he understood. The heart attack Caroline had always predicted. The smoking, the greasy foods, the lack of exercise. She’d nagged him for years. Now it was going to keep Tarnwell from getting what he wanted. He tried to laugh, but the sound came out as only a weak gargle. He staggered forward a step and fell to his knees. Bern stood aside as Ward pitched over.

Ward looked up, his vision tunneling. Through the tunnel, he could see Lobec’s eyes hovering only a foot from his face. Lobec shook Ward and spoke. Although his voice was only a muddy jumble, Ward felt himself responding, not really understanding what he was saying. He saw Lobec’s face turn and start searching, stopping when he came to the computer screen. He followed Lobec’s gaze there. The last thing Ward ever saw was the phrase Message sent to: N. Kevin Hamilton.

© 2011 Boyd Morrison

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Fabulous!!!

    Hot and sexy! Great story. Full of magical adventure, humor and out of this world sex! Too bad, there isn't any fifteenth century warriors or wizards around. Youza...baby!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This was so hot & sensual. The story line was so easy to follow & I could not help myself but keep reading it. I get so sad when it is over. lol Absolutely loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Keep them coming Shayla!

    I've got a library full of her books. When you think hot, sexual, sensual, romantic, thrilling, etc. Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black books come to mind!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Great follow up to 50 Shades

    Great follow up to 50 Shades. Really enjoyed it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it!

    Book was awesome, characters fantastic. Couldn't put it down! I have read two more books by Shayla Black, highly recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Great book

    Great book great storyline dident ewant to put it down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Love it

    A great book. :)

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Enjoyed this one

    Enjoyed the love story & liked olivias character. recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    Don't waste your time...

    This book was very disappointing. The characters and plot are underdeveloped and I cannot even force myself to finish reading it. I'm so mad I spent $8 on it!

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    Tempt Me with Darkness

    Decent storyline, engaging characters and some steamy love scenes make this a fun read.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Adding to my authprs to watch list

    I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and hooked on the characters as a group. Ready for more.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    HOT

    Hot and Sexy

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Yes! I'm so excited to find a new series!

    This was a great read. I started reading this book and I just could not put it down. I finished it the same day I got it. My only problem is I have to wait so long for the next book in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    A Great Paranormal Romance!

    Marrock ,a noble knight, cursed by an evil witch named Morganna. He meets a woman named Olivia, whom he believes is the witch who cursed him with immortality. The attraction grows between the two and soon they find love and trouble.----------------- Mathis D'Arc is an evil wizard bent on destroying all of magickind. He wishes to posses a diary that is so powerful and Olivia who is the last Le Fay witch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Must Read

    I was leary of the mythical and paranormal, thinking I would not be able to get into the story. This was my first 'Paranormal' story. So I started with my favorite arthur Shayla Black. I love all of her work and I decided to try it out. It took me a few pages to get into the storyline. (Maybe because I was babysitting, I don't know) but once I was there, that was it. The story was GREAT!!!! The sex scenes are great and the idea of being bound to your 'mate' in this story is AWSOME!! Olivia must have sex with her 'mate' in order to live and have energy. and even though she is not to her peak age to do magic you feel, during the entire story, she is destined for GREATNESS!! It had a wonderful story line with plenty of suspenseful stuff. And even though Marrock and Olivia's story comes to a conclusion in the back of the book gives you a wonderful look at the next book to release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    A fascinating urban fantasy romance

    King Arthur¿s loyal knight Marrok of Cadbury and Morganna le Fay shared a heated rendezvous that turned ugly. Outraged as no one affronts Morganna, she uses the Doomsday Diary to curse her former lover. For eternity Marrok will never obtain sexual satisfaction. Stunned and desperate, Marrok steals her Doomsday Diary, but over the millennium and a half he never found a way to break the curse imagine, fifteen centuries of disappointing sex.--------- In the present day in England, Marrok and untrained unaware witch Olivia Gray meet when they co-star in her passionate erotic wet dreams. Attracted to the nocturnal sleeping Olivia, Marrok realizes her DNA connection to Morganna so he abducts her, demanding she end her ancestor¿s curse on him. She agrees to try. As they work together and begin to fall in love, an evil wizard learns who possesses the legendary Doomsday Diary and sends his minion to steal it. With no options available, Marrok and Olivia obtain allies from amongst the Doomsday Brethren wizards as a magical civil war ignites.----------- This fascinating urban fantasy stars a lead male who trusts no one, but especially distrusts anything associated with magic and a courageous female who has no idea about her family tree or her bewitching skills. Fast-paced from the onset as a brooding frustrated Marrok feels he has found the key to opening the Doomsday Diary only to realize she is clueless. TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS is an entertaining tale that will leave fans believing in the magic of a wonderful author who paints it black.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Tempt Me With Darkness explodes onto Paranormal Scene

    Centuries ago, Marrok of Cadbury was one of King Arthur¿s closest knights, until cursed by Morganna Le Fay for spurning her affections. Now he¿s immortal and somehow, a small book in his possession called the Book of Doomsday can set him free, if only he could figure out how. Then he meets Olivia¿ American art dealer Olivia Gray has come to England to open a gallery and to find the father she¿s never known. After meeting a reclusive artist named Marrok, he kidnaps her, mistaking her for some woman named Morganna and demands she free him from the curse she bestowed on him¿fifteen hundred years ago. Thinking him insane she tries to placate him, then attempts seduction, hoping he¿ll let her go. But after a night of mind-blowing pleasure, she¿s not sure she wants to leave. Marrok begins to doubt she¿s actually Morganna, but still believes she¿s the key to unlocking the Doomsday Diary. Olivia learns from some of magickind¿s reluctant warriors, who call themselves the Doomsday Brethren, that she¿s a descendent of Le Fay and will soon become a powerful witch herself. Together they try to find a way to break Marrok¿s curse, even though by doing so Olivia may lose the man she¿s quickly learning to love. Somberly, the Brethren reveal that an evil wizard is attempting world domination and believes the Diary, and Olivia, are the keys to his success. Marrok puts aside his own desires and focuses on training the wizards and keeping Olivia safe. Will the love these two are discovering, and the band of wizards who are more adept with magic than sword wielding, be enough to defeat the sorcerer intent on destroying the world ¿both human and magic¿for good? Shayla Black, thus far known for her scorching erotic romances, has now ventured into paranormal romance territory with the first novel in her new series The Doomsday Brethren, called Tempt Me With Darkness. Not surprisingly, Ms. Black has jumped into the genre with both feet creating an amazing world replete with magic, immortals, age-old battles between good and evil, and intense, passionate love. Vivid and gripping, this must-read hit by Ms. Black will take the paranormal world by storm. Marrok presents as a fierce, ancient warrior whose greatest wish is only to break his curse and die. World weary, his distrust is understandable but when he shows his vulnerable side to Olivia, it¿s enough to turn even the most cynical of hearts to warm jelly. Seemingly naïve as first, Olivia shows her true colors as compassionate and resilient. Equally matched, this couple takes the human and magic world by storm, showing all they¿ll not admit defeat to anyone, least of all a measly, powerful, depraved wizard. Although clear this story is about the love between Olivia and Marrok, the reader cannot help but be enthralled by the rest of the magickind force that fills the pages. Each of the Brethren provokes the desire to know him in a much more intimate fashion. One can only hope each will get his own story. Brava, Ms. Black, for the start of what looks to be a phenomenal series! You can be sure I¿ll be reading each and every one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Brave New World

    'Marrok sees Olivia Gray and he¿s sure they met in eons past. Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur¿s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned her. Marrok has the Doomsday book, the diary Morganna used to cast her curse. The moment she sees him, Olivia shares a mystical¿and irresistible¿connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her and demands she uncurse him. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the book that will break Morganna¿s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returns from exile to build 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. That summary only skims the surface of the magical world that Shayla Black has created in Tempt Me with Darkness. Now at first, I wasn¿t too sure about Shayla¿s foray into the paranormal. She¿s an autobuy for her contemporaries, like Wicked Ties and Decadent. But writing magic and immortals? Take my word for it - this story ... this world is worth every single minute you devote to reading and rereading this book. Marrok is a man so damaged by the cursed passage of time that it seems almost impossible to imagine that he would ever trust a woman ... or love. And, for a while, it¿s not at all clear that he will overcome his past. But Olivia invades his heart and his heart will not let him deny her. Olivia is damaged too, but by the indifference of those who ought to love her. Marrok gives her a mirror that allows her to begin to see her value and her capacity for greatness. Together, they begin to heal each other, even while their world is in danger of unraveling. As their love story unfurls, the Doomsday Brethren join together. Warriors sworn to prevent their old enemy from stealing the diary and harnessing its destructive power. Many books deal with well established organizations, and we never see how the group struggled to be born. This is one of the fascinations of this book - seeing how they struggle to build a united community of warriors even when they spend as much time fighting each other as their adversary. The birth of the Doomsday Brethren goes extends well beyond the first of this series. If you are a fan of steamy romance and well-plotted and fast-paced story telling - if you need a new series to give you something to look forward to - if you want a book that won¿t let you go, then grab Tempt Me with Darkness. Just make sure you have enough time to read it. Otherwise, you¿ll be bleary eyed the next day, because you won¿t be able to put it down. I promise!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Fantastic New Paranormal Doomsday Brethren Series!

    Make room for a fantastic new paranormal romance series on your keeper shelves with Shayla Black¿s Doomsday Brethren debut title, TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS in Sept. 2008 for Pocket Books. In a forest cottage in present day England, reclusive artist, Marrok of Cadbury, one of the bravest knights of King Arthur¿s court in Camelot, has been cursed with immortality by the cunning witch Morganna aka Morgan La Fey because he rejected her centuries ago. Now immortality doesn¿t sound so bad for a tall, dark, viral warrior but there¿s a catch ¿ Marrok can make endless love to countless women but he can never climax! In London, Olivia Gray, owner of the art gallery, A Touch of Magic, has come from America to work in England to search for the father she never knew. In Marrok¿s possession is the Doomsday Diary he¿s been hiding and hopes holds the key to breaking his curse. The only problem is that no matter what he does he can¿t open it. When Marrok gets a visit from powerful, wizard, Bram Rion, who desperately needs the book to prevent the rogue wizard, Mathias D¿Arc and his Anarki minions from taking over their race, Marrok denies having it. Bram then insists on taking the reluctant Marrok to visit Olivia to possibly sell his wood carvings to her. When Marrok meets Olivia, she¿s a beauty--but has Morganna¿s striking eyes. At first he wants nothing to do with her. However, he decides to lure her to his cottage, with the promise of giving her his artwork to sell. What he really hopes is that by seducing Olivia, he¿ll be able to open the book and banish his curse. Little does Olivia know but she is also a witch, who hasn¿t come into her powers yet and when she makes love to Marrok, it has far-reaching consequences neither of them can foresee! Will Marrok get his wish to break the curse and finally die? Will Olivia find her father? Will Bram¿s extraordinary wizard friends be able to fight off the evil Mathias and his followers? Shayla Black has created a unique, intriguing world with her magical Doomsday Brethren that will leave readers breathless! Perhaps Ms. Black¿s slogan says it all: ¿Magic has never been so devastatingly sexy¿ and TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS proves just that!

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    Posted May 17, 2013

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