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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rush of Darkness by Rhyannon Byrd

Rush of Darkness by Rhyannon Byrd
A Primal Instinct Book
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (378 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Raine Spenser is on the brink. Held prisoner because of her abilities, Raine—a powerful psychic as well as vampire—desperately needed a savior. But the last one she expected was the green-eyed soldier who'd once hunted her kind. Since her rescue, she's tried to forget Seth McConnell, unable to cope with the strange, simmering attraction that draws her to the compelling human.

But their goals—find the Kraven who held Raine captive and destroy him—are the same. The ever-growing web of danger surrounding them draws these two unlikely allies closer together, and anger slowly turns into an explosive passion they're finding harder and harder to deny….

This is Rhyannon Byrd’s latest book in her Primal Instincts book, and the best so far. It brings to a close the search for the Markers, and solves the mystery of how to use them.

Raine Spenser is on a mission to destroy the Casus monsters who raped and murdered her younger sister while trying to make Raine talk. She believes she is alone in this mission, until Seth McConnel shows up, determined to save her from herself. She doesn’t have time for the feelings Seth arouses in her, not while vengeance is all she can think about. Besides that, he is human, and she is half Deschanel vampire and half Alacea psychic.

Rogue vampires destroyed Seth’s family, and he was tortured as well, so his attraction to Raine confuses them both. But when he invokes an ages old binding between Raine and him, he ensures that he can be there to help her in her mission. Can this human soldier and the wounded vampire/psychic find a way to get over the past and work together? More than that, can they find a way to a happy ever after together, or is Raine too broken to move on?

I enjoyed watching as the main characters in this book fought against the attraction pulling at them, a battle they were destined to lose in the end.

Raine is determined to avenge her sister’s murder, all on her own. She feels broken inside, sure she should have done something to prevent what happened. She is strong in spirit, and growing stronger physically every day, since her rescue. She doesn’t understand her reaction to the very human Seth McConnell. She is mystified by his determination to help her with her self appointed goal. Raine has self esteem issues, and has difficulty trusting as well.

Seth McConnell is a soldier; strong, sexy and determined to protect Raine, even from her own actions. After losing his family to rogues, he joined the Collective and destroyed the vampires he hated. But he soon became aware that, just like human beings, there were good and bad vampires, and he left the Collective before it became corrupt. He doesn’t understand his strong attraction to Raine, or how he can always ‘find’ her wherever she is. He just knows she is his to protect, and that he will do so no matter what.

The interaction between Seth and Raine becomes hotter as time goes by, and there are several ‘almost’ encounters between them before they finally give in to the inevitable. There is, of course, the plotting by Westmore, the evil Casus behind most of Raine’s troubles. We discover the purpose of Markers, and the Casus have been defeated…for now. What lies ahead for those who have been fighting this war is a new threat, and I look forward to seeing how all of our heroes and heroines from this series will regroup to face the new evil emerging. Do Raine and Seth work past their issues to a hot and happy life together? You will have to read Rush of Darkness to find out.