Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.
Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?
Seven Series #1
by Dannika Dark
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I have been anticipating this book ever since the author announced she was writing a new series. I have to say it was worth every minute of anticipation!
Lexi Knight has recently broken up with her cheating ex-boyfriend,one that just won’t let go of her. Her brother’s best friend(and close friend of the family), Austin Cole comes back to town after being gone for seven years. The fact that he left right after her brother was killed, without a word to Lexi or her mom has been a bone of contention in her life ever since. Seeing him again brings back all her old feelings towards him.
Okay so it sounds like the beginning of a great romance. Right? It was so much more then that. This book takes the romance and goes into the paranormal world of shifters. Those of you that have read the Mageri series by this author,will recognize the world to be the same as in that series only not occurring in Cognito, but in Austin,Texas. This is the paranormal world of the Breed that includes shifters, vampires and in the case of the Mageri series, the Mage, among others. And while there is a Mage involved in this story, this is all about shifters.
This story, while a romance, is also full of suspense due to a horrible father, a major theft gone wrong and Lexi’s obsessive, ex-boyfriend. There is a big surprise along the way for Lexi that I really didn’t see coming. This surprise, deepens the story to a whole different level, always a good thing, I think.
I read a lot of books. And I mean a lot. So I have many, many favorite authors that I read and have to read everything they write. Among these are just a few that stand out among the others and Dannika is one of these. She is just such a good writer. I love the characters she has created in this book and in the Mageri series. The relationships between the characters are just so well developed and intriguing. These characters are so real and ones you will wish really existed. In this book, besides Lexi and Austin, she has introduced so many others that I can see having their own book(especially Denver). I know that each book in this series will feature a different couple and I can’t wait to see who is featured in the next book-which by the way can’t come soon enough for me!
Even if you aren’t a fan of paranormal books, I would recommend this. A good story is a good story, no matter if it’s paranormal or not. And while I am recommending books, if you haven’t read the author’s Mageri series, you definitely should. It’s a wonderful series.
Great story, Great characters, Great start to a new series!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you: I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).
Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it’s what I love to do.