Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 7 August, 2013 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane {Amanda’s Review}Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
Series: Bound by Magick #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.

Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

Intriguing world, but romance lacked…something.

My Thoughts on Heart of Darkness

When I read romance novels–whether they’re paranormal or contemporary or historical or WHATEVER–I live for the tension between characters. That build up, that fight against the attraction, the explosiveness of finally giving in. The romance itself is the main plot arc.

But that wasn’t the case with Heart of Darkness, and for me it overshadowed the rest of the story.

Don’t get me wrong: there was plenty of sexin’ it up and gettin’ down and dirty. But the falling for each other part happened quickly, with ease, and it left the remaining pages devoted to what happens with Dominic’s mom. Which was interesting. And cool. But not what I was looking for when I picked up the book, so in some ways, my own expectations defeated me.

That said, I think the Bound by Magick world is intriguing and I like Clan Owen, the witches, and the general paranormal structure. I’ve heard the second book is smokin’ and I intend to continue with the series.

The thing about tension between characters is that we begin to learn about who they are through their struggles–against themselves, their world, and the people around them. I find that this was most lacking for me–that though I liked Meriel and Dominic, they spent more time telling each other how important they were to the other rather than letting me get to know them. Because Dominic struggled more, his character is a bit more defined. But still not quite what I was expecting or looking for.

However. I’m intrigued. I want to know more. I want to see how this world expands and unfolds because I’ve read just enough to be intrigued, but not enough to have it all figured out. And I like that.


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8 Responses to “Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I do enjoy a good Lauren Dane but her stories can get pretty formulaic (probably how she cranks them out so damn fast — have you seen her publishing schedule?!? Insane.). She does write good smexy scenes, though!

  2. I’m thinking I’ll like the world and the hot lovin’ so I’m going to add this one and wait to see what you think of the next book. Mayhaps it was just expectation for a certain romance on your part, who the heck knows. Still sounds good to me!!!! Thanks for the new series idea (grrrrr, don’t really need more tho…) :D

    • Yup. Like I said–I wanted more tension between the characters, and that wasn’t this book. It wasn’t bad, just not what I was looking for and that was a big part of my rating.

      Ha. If you wait until I read the second book, you might be waiting for a while. Which might give you time to, you know, finish up some of those other series. ;)

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