Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Review Tour ~ Transcending Darkness by Airicka Phoenix

Transcending DarknesseARC received via tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 31st 2015

Publisher: Self-published

One: Sign the contract.
Juliette Romero had a debt to pay, a debt that wasn’t even hers. But it was the only way to keep her family safe and all she had to do was sell her body and soul to the devil.

Killian McClary wasn’t called the Scarlet Wolf for nothing. He’d been the head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen and had built a reputation for being a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to running the city’s underbelly, not to mention merciless when it came to punishing those who betray him. He didn’t believe in weaknesses. Only results. Juliette, with her shy smiles and hot little body was a weakness unlike any other and yet he was powerless to resist one more taste of her sweet flesh.

Two: Become his for a year.
When given the choice between her life or her body, what could Juliette possibly do, but submit to a man whose very name invoked fear in the hearts of others? She just never anticipated falling for his dark, hungry eyes and clever hands, or the way the beast in him made her feel oddly safe and cherished.

But what will happen when Killian’s dark past finally catches up to him and threatens the woman he can no longer imagine himself without? What will happen when both sides find themselves caught in a web of passion, lies and broken promises? Can Juliette tame the wolf or will her love for him devour them both?

Three: Don’t fall in love.
Boundaries will be crossed, loyalties will be tested and lives will be changed forever.

My Opinion

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this ever since I saw the cover. Having enjoyed Airicka's Baby Saga, I was intrigued to see how she'd handle a darker contemporary romance, and in the end it was just as addictive.

Transcending Darkness was a read that pulled no punches. It was dark, gritty, and at times hard to read due to the subject nature, but it made it all the more captivating to read. I liked that the author didn't shy away from the harder truths. It gave the book an authentic quality and made me believe in the characters, especially Killian.

In general I liked the characters. I thought Juliette was a good mixture of strong and vulnerable, and she complimented Killian well. I liked that she was his voice of reason yet he struggled to accept her. Of course there is some predictability in their relationship and they're dense at times, but I felt for them both. I could understand Killian's motives and I liked the balance between his softer side and the Scarlet Wolf side to him.

As for the plot, it kept me engaged and entertained. Sometime ms I did feel the writing was a little long winded, but the story more than makes up for any tiny issues I had.

Overall this was a dark, addictive read. It drew me into the author's world and I'd definitely recommend it. I'm not sure it would happen, but I would love to read about Maraveet.


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Airicka Phoenix's Bio:

Self-proclaimed romance addict, Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she's not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring imaginary friends to play with. Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She's a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance.

For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist--and tons of chocolate--visit her at:


Twitter: (@AirickaPhoenix)

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