Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review of Shannan Albright's "Dark Passion Rising"

Author: Shannan Albright
Title: Dark Passion Rising
Length: Short novel

Author's Blurb

Tambra Ellis has just had her world turned upside down. Surviving a bite from a Lycan, attracted to one hot vampire and now she has to look forward to turning into something from some bad werewolf movie.

Marcus Valerian has enough on his plate without the added complication of Tambra Ellis. Fiery and independent? Sure. Beautiful with a body made for sin? Oh Yeah. She's also a human cop. Tambra is everything he needs to stay away from.

As leader of the Tribunal’s enforcers it’s up to him to find out why the Dark Breeds are going feral and killing humans in ever increasing numbers. Tambra’s life is in the balance as the secrets of her past place her in the middle of a battle that will change the world forever.

Will Marcus and Tambra’s love survive or will it be too late?

What I Thought
The positive points:
Shannan Albright's prose is swift and vivid. From the first page, the pace is quick, and the tension does not lessen, not even at the end. The various Breeds and their interactions with one another as well as with the human world are deftly sketched, and though only the Lycan Breed is much discussed, the others are sufficiently explained to support the plot. Though hooks for future stories are plain, the actual story of Marcus and Tambra does reach a conclusion.

The negative points:
The romance was given short shrift in this volume. Though the descriptions of Marcus' and Tambra's attraction were well-done, there was insufficient time allotted to the development of their relationship. Partially, of course, this is due to the speed of the story itself; events move as swiftly as Shannan Albright's words. But given that the heart of the story is that very romance, it deserved more attention.

Adonis says:

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