Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dark Within

Title:  Dark Within
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:   www.samhainpublishing.com
Genre:  {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Marissa is attacked on her way home one night by her ex-boyfriend and is saved by Neil in his wolf form.  When she is found later by the Knights Templar, things get a little strange.  What happens when you find out monsters are real?

Dark Within is the first book in the Mythical Knights series by an author I haven’t read before. The werewolves in this story always change during the full moon, which goes back to the older archetypes from the past.  They are also caged on that night so they don’t roam, so it was interesting that Neil’s sister-in-law opened his cage to let him run. The Templars are actually the “police force” for the supernatural beings in this series.  While there were some glimpses of their lives, I hope more is learned in the future about these men. 

Marissa has some major issues around Halloween, especially since that was the night her parents and brother died.  She has two friends that stage interventions to try to get her to start living a full life instead of going through the motions.  As a result, Neil gets the brunt of some of her insecurities, though he ends up saving her a second time from her ex, who is now a vampire. One of the Templars tried to squash Marissa’s memories of that night, though later unblocked those memories when everyone realized she and Neil were mates.

The chemistry between Marissa and Neil is scorching, though the sex scenes in this story don’t get too explicit.  Enough is given that readers get the picture though.  This is also where Marissa finds out about Neil and freaks out, then some of her friends help her figure things out later.

Needless to say, this was a tale with lots of twists and one of the threads is going to be showing up throughout the books and is something the Templars will be investigating as questions still need to be answered regarding the ex-boyfriend. 

I am looking forward to learning about the Mythical Knights in future stories.  I do want to know how Kelsey and David got together as they were already a couple in Dark Within.  Readers need to be aware that Dark Within was originally published as Unholy Night, according to the publisher.

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