Love is Darkness

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex- almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she? More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465819901
About Caroline Hanson

Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Eventually, she matured enough to marry and imported an Englishman, returning to the United States.
After passing the bar, she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She's heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is putting in serious effort to make sure those rumors don't reach her family.

Caroline grew up listening to Brit pop and reading about vampires. As a teenager her favorite authors were Anne Rice and Jude Deveraux. Now she loves Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Nalini Singh and JR Ward-- that's the short list.

She is also the proud owner of a WWJD t-shirt, (What Would Joss do?) which she hopes is apparent in her books.

She loves to hear from fans and her second book in the Valerie Dearborn Series, Love is Fear, will be published in December 2011.

A free short story called Bewitching the Werewolf was released in September.

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Reviews

Review by: Kate Wendley on April 21, 2017 :
This book was a pleasant surprise. Valerie Dearborn grew up with an emotionally distant father and an acquired foster brother of sorts, Jack, after Valerie’s mother and Jack’s parents were killed by vampires. Val’s father and Jack grow into avid vampire hunters, always trying to force Val into learning their ways while Val secretly lusted after Jack. Val just wants a normal life, though, so when she gets the chance, she leaves town for college and doesn’t look back.

Unknown to Val, she’s half empath, which is like candy to a vampire. And she’s the last one on earth as far as the Vampire King, Lucas, knows. After learning about her from the vampire that killed her mother as a child, Lucas has been waiting in the shadows for years, protecting Val, her father, and Jack, while Val grows up and her family continues their quest to kill vampires.

Lucas, the Vampire King, is an interesting character. His motives for allowing vampires to be killed, and even secretly encouraging it, are for a noble cause, and sets the story in an interesting world.

This was a well paced story that held my interest throughout. I particularly liked the way Val describes Lucas. He has vampire otherness, then can force himself to be more humanlike. The love triangle that forms between Val, Lucas and Jack is complicated, but I never felt frustrated by it so much as hoping Val would just pick one of them and get on with things. Of course, that means her man would need to commit to her, too.

Loved this book and have already bought the next one. The world created is so interesting, and the writing style of the author pulled me in so I’m really looking forward to the next in the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sheri on May 11, 2013 :
All Valerie wanted was a normal life. Raised by her father to be a vampire hunter, she had always known that as soon as she was old enough she would leaving that life of death and danger behind. Starting over on her own is not as easy as she thought it would be, and running from her past is next to impossible.

I really like Valerie as a protagonist. She does not come from a perfect little world where everything is rose colored and happy. Her whole life has revolved around death and fear, and her survival instinct tells her to run from the vampires, not to them. As a survival instinct she has learned to keep people at arm's length and to use her attitude to hide her true feelings.

The story starts 15 years in the past and slowly brings us up to present day. I enjoyed the way the author brought out the details of the story and the interactions between the characters. With each scene you could feel the tension between Valerie and Jack, and once Lucas enters the picture everything gets kicked up a notch. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see where the story goes.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary on Oct. 14, 2012 :
I fell straight into this book, becoz the writers sass is funny, love the expressions the characters are hott, but the plot boy is not what you expect. Cant wait for ending :) its nice to read a series that doesn't drag on and on but gets to the action and point within couple of books. loved it!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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