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Review: Darklove by Elle Jasper

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Darklove
Author: Elle Jasper 
Reviewer: VampBard
Rating: A: Loved It

What I’m Talking About:

I jumped into the Dark Ink Chronicles a little late. I started with book #3. It’s OK though. I got to know and love our kick-ass, sassy heroine, Riley Poe and her hunka-hunka burnin’ love, Eligius Dupre. And then, in book #4, I watched everything fall apart. Book #5 of the Dark Ink Chronicles, Darklove is a fantastic book. With emotions high, Riley and Noah set out to rid Inverness, Scotland of a pesky rogue vampire problem only to find themselves neatly primed to vanquish a new paranormal being. Well, not so much new as a hybrid.

**SPOILERS FROM BOOK 4** At the end of Black Fallen, Riley was bereft. Think: Bella Swan during New Moon. Except, her only reason for living was revenge and keeping innocents safe. With both Eli and Victorian thought dead, Riley was largely comforted and protected (mostly from herself) by Noah. Even though he’s Eli’s best friend, that doesn’t stop him from developing feelings for Riley. Interesting, since he’s got that erotica talent that is kept at bay by a bag of herbs hanging ‘round his neck.

Whew. Alright. Now that I’ve gotten THAT out of the way, I can talk about Darklove. If you’ve been reading this series, you know that Riley is a total wild card. She’s a rogue that doesn’t always play by the rules, and that’s what makes her so incredibly effective against the paranormal creeps that are hanging around. At the beginning of the book, we see Riley trying to make it to a realm where she believes that Eli and Victorian exist. Again, going off-the-grid and leaving her constant companion, Noah – who promised Eli he would keep Riley safe – banked on a crap shoot. Whether the advice she’d gotten regarding the way to find her love, as well as a Stregoi that she’d grown to trust would work was of utmost importance to her.

Throughout the entire novel, one can only appreciate Riley’s tenacity. Even when faced with the possibility that Eli was lost to her, she never gave up hope, and never gave up on their love. I think that’s what wrapped me up in the story so tightly. I want to believe in that enduring, no-matter-what kind of love. I want to believe that Riley, with all her tendencies, will be able to fix everything. I also want to believe that Riley – after everything she’s gone through – will get that happily ever after.

One thing that kinda bugs me is that it seems like everyone is in love with Riley. Whether it’s a vampiric Arcos brother or Aithos, one of the black fallen, or even the new character with tendencies – musically inclined Rhine, they’re all enamored with Riley. Heck, even Eli’s own (unattached) brother is into Riley. It’s the way Riley is, though, and probably that vampire DNA that’s attached itself to her own DNA causing everyone to fall for the spunky chick.

Watching Riley further develop her talents – New and improved,  with fallen angel! – was definitely awesome. She’s even more kick-ass now. It’s awesome to watch her manipulate situations in which she would have formerly been manipulated. She’s becoming a calculating adversary. I’m pretty sure everyone in the WUP (Worldwide Unexplained Phenomena) team is glad that she’s on their side. As the recent outbreak of drained corpses plagued Inverness, the gifts and talents Riley brought to the table were definitely appreciated by her comrades during battle. What’s kinda creepy is that little narcolepsy thing she’s got going on. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out over another book or two.

Overall, I adored Darklove, the fifth title in Ms. Jasper’s Dark Ink Chronicles. I really think that readers should have at least the fourth book under their belts prior to reading this one. Too much back story happens, and there’ll be things that are only touched on via the plot devices Ms. Jasper adeptly uses. I’m eager to see further adventures of Eli and Riley… and I simply adored the end of the story. *content sigh*

Rating: A — Loved It

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About the Book:

Utterly destroyed, or lost forever?

This is the question that plagues Riley Poe. After her vampire lover, Eli Dupre, was seemingly murdered by a fallen angel, she receives word that he’s actually trapped in an alternate dimension, where hell on earth is revealed and dark forces reign. Riley’s been there before, and it nearly ripped her to pieces.

But her efforts to find Eli are thwarted by a new foe: a powerful, unstoppable vampire is slaughtering humans. Riley knows how to handle a vamp, and with the WUP team by her side, she’s determined to take down the rogue.

But what she finds rocks her to the core, as she discovers a startling connection between the slaughter and Eli, who might not be missing after all—and who might not be the same vampire she fell in love with.

Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Signet
Series: Dark Ink Chronicles #5
ISBN: 978-0451240057 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Darklove (Dark Ink Chronicles #5)

Reviews in the Series:
Eventide (Dark Ink Chronicles #3)
Black Fallen (Dark Ink Chronicles #4)

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