Title: Dark Love
Series: Bennet Bay Series
Author: Stephen Del Mar
Genre: Sci-fi/ Dark Fantasy/ Paranormal
Length: Novel (1103 Pages)
Publisher: LMW Books (March 5th, 2014)
Heat Level: Hot
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Love and family, the two things Dieter wants most are slipping away. His uncle, the man who raised him as a father, is dead. Now his brother can’t wait to bulldoze and sell the family farm. Yet Dieter clutches at the memories of the past, fighting to hold them close. What Dieter doesn’t know is the past can be present and what is dead doesn’t always stay dead. He discovers that Dark Loves wants to live in the light.
“Dark Love” is a paranormal romance set in Stephen del Mar’s Bennett Bay region of Florida. There are witches, faeries, bears, twinks, a dragon drive by, and one very determined fag hag. Once again del Mar gives us the rich texture of his Florida setting that goes from the bayside tourist town of Bennett Bay to the backwater country hamlet of Live Oak. Remember, things are not always what they seem. And be careful what you do under the light of the full moon!
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Love-Story-Bennett-Bay-ebook/dp/B00ISGDB5O
Review: This is one of the books for the Bennet Bay series. It is a pretty good book. It comes off really dark fantasy type though. I wasn’t to sure what to think about it though. It seemed old world to me.
Dieter wants love and family. When his uncle passes away he goes down to the old farm to look around and say goodbye, but in reality, he is just left with more questions. He goes down there and meets up with his brother to discuss what they should do. However, his brother shocks him with his attitude and then even more when he leaves him there alone. When one of his best friends, Innes come down to spend the time with him and help him he is appreciative of the help. But it just gets even stranger for him. It would seem that the little box he had assumed was just an urn was in fact a soul catcher with magic surrounding it. His friend is a witch and gets a bit scared from it. What surprises him was when Innes tells him not to get any of his sperm into the box that holds the soul catcher and the ashes of Borris. A drinker who can only survive on the orgasm and sperm of men. The love of the Dieter’s uncle. Dieter is just about as lost as one can be.
Back in the time when the Nazi’s were in power is where the story truly begins. Dieter’s uncle, Wolfgang was thirteen years old and was in the Nazi camp. Most people remember that the Nazi’s were into the paranormal world and did experiments on people. When they came across someone who could only survive on sperm, they found a way to make his pain even worse. When Boris was not fed, he would go into a blood lust and would kill those around him. However, Wolfgang was the only one who truly saw Boris and not a monster. They had fallen in love. The Nazi’s were going to kill Boris in front of Wolfgang and that would destroy him. He had found away to keep his soul alive. Then many years later after Wolfgang’s death, Dieter comes home for the funeral. Finds the box and tells his best friend. Innes is a witch and knew what the box was, so in a fit of frustration tells Dieter not to get his sperm in it. Talk about a fantastic twist.
Dieter isn’t to sure about his friends and doesn’t have a clue about the paranormal stuff that seems to be coming around. Witches, faeries, bears, dragons and a very determined fag hag are only parts of the surprises coming around. And all he thinks about is the fact that he is just a restaurant owner who lost his uncle. So despite Innes talk about sperm and the box, he chooses not to listen. And Boris is brought back. Cursed he is still in the body of a nineteen year-old. They knew that they had to figure out how to help Boris.
When I heard this title I thought paranormal for sure, but it also comes off kind of different. The box that had held Boris’s spirit had a saying on it, to dust and from dust. Dark love grows from the seed planted under the full moon. Now when you get this story your thinking just about the paranormal parts to it, but it shows you something that many people still think is true. The Dark Love is in fact the love between two men.
It is the first time that I have heard that the love between two men was dark love, but it makes sense that some people thought that. I never really understood it though. I can’t help but think that these people need to see that this love is in fact very special. With this book, you get the feeling of the love these men have for each other. I love how Dieter meets Yanko. Their eyes meet their attraction to each other strong. Yanko is there for it all and Dieter finally realizes he loves this man more than anything in this world. He would give up everything to keep his lover safe.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It gives you everything that you can ever want. I love the dark fantasy touch, the different types of paranormal creatures, the love of Dieter and Yanko, and the way that everyone in this story is a family. A family not of blood but of love and choice. It is an amazing story and I cannot wait to read more from this author.