Surrender the Dark

Surrender the Dark

by Tibby Armstrong

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Overview

Meet your new paranormal addiction: the mouthwatering brothers of the Dragoumanos line. As a red-hot series begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him—and the stakes are literally life or death.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.

Praise for Surrender the Dark

“This close-proximity M/M tale is indeed hot. [Tibby] Armstrong builds a forbidding landscape, encompassing themes of family betrayal and scars masking emotional connection.”Library Journal

“The romance between Benjamin and Tzadkiel is one born of inherent, visceral difference. . . . Readers who enjoy heavy sexual tension and angst will especially like the way their narrative pans out . . . and those who enjoy paranormal world-building will be eager to see where [Tibby Armstrong] takes the series next.”RT Book Reviews

“Top-notch . . . Armstrong is a talented writer, and the world she created is amazing.”—Gay Book Reviews

“[Surrender the Dark] kept me on the edge of my seat.”—The Novel Approach

“A force to be reckoned with.”—Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

“Magnificent . . . This is a great enemies-to-lovers story. . . . The world-building is extremely attractive and the writing is remarkable.”—Dirty Books Obsession

“Freaking explosive!”—MM Book Escape

Lyandros Dragoumanos will return in Taste the Dark. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399593352
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Series: The Dark Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 263
Sales rank: 109,595
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Tibby Armstrong has been a romance reader since the age of eleven, when she snuck a very bad historical from her aunt’s shelves. In her late twenties, she fell in love with paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Now she writes contemporary and paranormal stories with strong relationship threads and a healthy helping of steam.

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Surrender the Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Chelon More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. This was so much more than the vampire story I was expecting. I often avoided vampire stories but I'm glad I took a chance on this one. I loved the characters and the mystery surrounding each of them. This new twist on the origins of vampires and their humanity, the fae, witches, shifters, and their coming battle created a story in which I enthusiastically read, and was disappointed when it ended. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Benjamin Fuller was always meant to be a vampire hunter, it’s literally in his DNA. He had never approved how the “vile creatures” were treated, but his outlook changed to some extent when he saw his family killed and lost his eyesight to a vampire, and his mission from that day on has been to kill that vampire. Tzadkiel Dragoumanos was that vampire, and after having recovered from his injuries, the ancient vampire vowed to find Benjamin. I love vampire stories, and SURRENDER THE DARK promised an unusual set-up, not to mention that Benjamin is gay, and I hadn’t read this type of paranormal romance before. Moreover, this is the ultimate enemies-to-lover trope, as their hatred is a very serious matter. What I was not expecting was to fall head over heels with the author’s prose. The first sentence of the prologue defined my impression of Ms. Armstrong. Benjamin has a gift, and Ms. Armstrong’s exquisite prose makes it very visual with her striking descriptions, and total mastery of the English language. Tibby Armstrong’s prose in breathtakingly gorgeous, her vocabulary is refined and precise, yet the dialogues are easy and natural. The mood is somewhat gothic, quite dark and mysterious, but this blackness is tinted with an infinite number of nuances. I had no idea how the author was going to make this romance come about, as Benjamin and Tzadekiel are mortal enemies, and even when they can’t deny their mutual physical attraction, they still want to kill each other. Benjamin is described as having a “dancer’s build”; for once, he wasn’t your stereotypical hero physically, that is with tree-trunk thighs and so on, and I am ever so grateful, and this is one of the innumerable details that make SURRENDER THE DARK so special. Unless you intensely dislike male/male romance and/or paranormal romance, I strongly recommend SURRENDER THE DARK for the exceptional quality of the writing. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I give 4 1/2 stars.
Ajgray More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Enjoyed the book. I haven't read many vampire books but this one was good. The hate between Benjamin the hunter, and Tzadkiel the hunter who killed his family and caused the lose of his eyes, is intense but yet there is an underlying need for the other and a love that binds them together. I would recommend this book.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Dark is well-written and the world building is very good. It seemed a bit long and wordy at times, but as I read further, the word choices felt appropriate to the characters. The dynamics between Benjamin and Tzadkiel were interesting, to say the least. If ever two people should be life-long enemies, it is these two. I wasn't sure in the beginning that I'd be convinced of their relationship but was pleasantly surprised by the end. Overall, the book did hold my interest and I would recommend it to anyone who reads this genre.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
I had never read this author before, but I have to say I was greatly impressed. The plot was both intriguing and engaging, the writing inspired, the imagery extremely vivid, and the characters complex and well thought out. These characters have a way of drawing you right into the story and making you believe in this extraordinary world the author has created for us. They make it impossible to not become invested in their lives, and rooting for them just becomes second nature. These characters found their way into my heart. Two emotionally and physically damaged men, who by all rights should be enemies, find themselves drawn to each other in ways neither of them fully understand. The question is can they let go of their shared past in order to forge a future together… and maybe heal one another a bit in the process? I have to tell you, I was hooked on this story from very early on and remained riveted to the very end. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in this series, Taste The Dark. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a provocatively romantic and completely compelling read. *I was given an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
I had never read this author before, but I have to say I was greatly impressed. The plot was both intriguing and engaging, the writing inspired, the imagery extremely vivid, and the characters complex and well thought out. These characters have a way of drawing you right into the story and making you believe in this extraordinary world the author has created for us. They make it impossible to not become invested in their lives, and rooting for them just becomes second nature. These characters found their way into my heart. Two emotionally and physically damaged men, who by all rights should be enemies, find themselves drawn to each other in ways neither of them fully understand. The question is can they let go of their shared past in order to forge a future together… and maybe heal one another a bit in the process? I have to tell you, I was hooked on this story from very early on and remained riveted to the very end. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in this series, Taste The Dark. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a provocatively romantic and completely compelling read. *I was given an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Dark, Tibby Armstrong Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance Vampires and Romance, check and request. sadly though its a fail for me.  I didn't like the characters, didn't follow all the odd terms though most could be guessed at. I couldn't get a feel for Benjamin or Tzadkiel as people, didn't feel I knew them, and they certainly have a real hate going on. I know its said there's a thin line between love and hate but here I just didn't feel the lust between them was genuine, they were both so mired in hatred. Its that old bearing a grudge for history, we can't change it, both sets of ancestors did things that were wrong, but which they felt justified. someone has to make it stop sometime.  There were things too that just didn't feel right for me, the times something weird, different, new comes up that gets them out of a tight spot, the way Benjamin's freinds take off when he gives them some patently untrue lies, I didn't feel they'd have believed him or abandon him like that. I gave up about halfway through, just couldn't bring myself to read more. Shame as it sounded perfect for me, and maybe sometime in the future I'll give it another go? I can see others love it so perhaps I'm missing something, need to be in a different mindset to appreciate it? Who knows...it happens. Everyone likes different stories so some will love this, others like me won't connect.  Stars: Two, just not the right story for me, but perfect for others. You choose. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers