Review: Dark Warrior

Posted September 6, 2011 by Jen in 3 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating B Tags: ,

Dark Warrior
Author: Rebecca York 
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: #978-0425243701
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (295 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
An ancient struggle between two powerful forces erupts into an explosive confrontation in modern times.
In the first century BC, the Ionian Priestesses (rivals to the Oracle at Delphi) made a dangerous bargain with a group of cursed warriors called the Minot.  In return for saving them from a barbarian invasion, the women took the Minot as consorts, but the uneasy truce disintegrated when the warriors tried to dominate their partners.  
Centuries later, the women hide their true identity from the world and run the Seven Sisters Spa in Sedona, Arizona. Still mistrusting men, they ruthlessly use them for procreation but never marry. 
Now Minot, Jason Tyrone, and Ionian, Sophia Thalia, confront truths neither wants to acknowledge. 
Only if Jason and Sophia dare to form a strong psychic bond can they save themselves and the Ionians from destruction. Or will the women discover Jason’s true identity and rip out his psychic powers first?
What G & U are talking about:
Dark Warrior appears to be a standalone novel by Rebecca York (a pseudonym for Ruth Glick). It something that Gikany and I would classify as paranormal romantic fluff.  This is a difficult review to write because we didn’t love it but we didn’t dislike it either.
Sophia and Jason’s story was well-told.  It is engaging and fun, even though for two people who don’t know each other well, they sure smex it up a lot.  However, we both had a couple of issues. The first was Sophia waffling about trusting Jason, who did nothing but try to appease her wishes. Second was the relative ease that everyone seems to have in finding missing people through the use of the internet.  
The mythology in Dark Warrior is one that is completely suited to a romance novel…in other words a convenient reason to have lots of sex with someone you don’t know.  The Minots are a race of Alpha men with enhanced physical characteristics while the Lonians are women with mental enhancements.  Even with that being said, we liked that the two characters we come to know well, Tessa and Sophia, are choosy.  This isn’t a deep novel with twists or turns, just a lighthearted read.
Even with the above issues, it is an easy and hot read, something to whittle the hours away on a rainy day.  It could easily be adapted to a series but we’re not sure we’d keep it on our TBR (to-be-read) pile.  If you are going on vacation, going to have a long weekend, or need a good mindless read Dark Warrior is for you.
Their Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

2 responses to “Review: Dark Warrior

  1. Hmm… doesn’t sound like one that’d hit my TBR pile. I like my romances to have… well, actual romance in them. Not just tons of sex with someone you don’t know very well. I need that emotional connection to my characters. Thanks for the review!

  2. Well…I think I’m just going to stick this on my To-Check-Out-Later pile. Then I can decide if I really want to read it or not. Great review ladies, at least it wasn’t the worst book you’ve ever read. 🙂