Title: Chasing Sunrise, 2nd edition
Series: The Darkmore Saga, #1
Author: Lex Chase
Genre: Fantasy/ Horror/ Paranormal
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications (April 5, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: The once glorious aisa kingdom of Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Sevon endures unrelenting abuse and is used as a scapegoat by Lord Dominic Ravensgrove, who rules Darkmore from the shadows. Coping by dressing in gowns and jewels, the effeminate king relishes the scraps of freedom he is given to be himself.
As a verkolai, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift provides a chance for escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. When Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous shifter land of Priagust, he manipulates Sevon’s desperation for his people’s survival. Out of options, Sevon has no choice but to cooperate.
On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men abduct a shifter named Jack. Despite being tortured for information, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s history unsettles Sevon, and a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame the beautiful king’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom.
As war looms, Sevon fears Jack’s kindness is another trap. Conflicted, Sevon wonders if he should risk chasing the sunrise or remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.
Review: I have read a few books by this author and I have got to say that this one is way darker. The title was what caught my attention, but I really should have taken a second look at the blurb. This story was a bit hard to read for me. Not only hard but a bit complicated in some spots.
Humans, vampires, shifters and other beings used to live among each other at one time. This is actually a different type of earth, a different or alternate universe type of story. As with our world, wars start and they turn on each other. That doesn’t seem to change much. Now they hide from each other.
Sevon was orphaned when he was a small child. Dominic tortured Sevon and made him believe everything he said. Which for a small child would be easy to do. Even throughout this Sevon still wants to help those around him. However it would seem Dominic has more control then we think. For when he sees his best friend, he doesn’t recognize Jack at all.
Jack is a shifter and he plans on saving his friend. The abuse is both destructive and very powerful on a child but as an adult he is almost paralyzed by it. He is a sexy little king who needs help.
I am afraid that most of this is from what I caught and felt then what was probably written. The story was so deep and very complex, which it was hard for me to get into. I am afraid that I had trouble concentrating from the start. I am not one for abuse of any kind, so that made it even worse for me.
While the story itself is very well written and is compelling to some, just wasn’t for me at all.
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