Title: Dahlia: A Novel of Dark Desire
Author: Viola Calvary
Nothing’s black and white. Not love, not desire. Not heroes or monsters. They all have a dark side.
Dahlia makes people nervous. Gifted with dangerous psychic abilities she’s no pushover. The only person who makes them even more nervous? Captain Kenneth Ravin. Savage, deadly, and concealing his own secrets, Ravin is exactly the last man she should be interested in. So why can’t Dahlia seem to shake her insane attraction to him?
Everything begins to unravel when an enemy in the shadows targets Dahlia in a plot that pulls everyone around her into a battle for their lives. With no choice but to accept Ravin’s offer of an ally, Dahlia finds he’s pushing her closer to the darkness that lies buried within her, her own deadly secret. Caught in the chaos, can she stay in control or will dipping her toe into those dark desires send her tumbling over the edge into madness? Does she even have a choice?
HEA. No cliffhangers. Strong heroine. Shifters. Suspense. Fantasy. Adventure. Alpha males. Love triangle. Steamy adult content.
“She turned to see the dark, primal god she’d witnessed before. His black eyes were on fire with the heat of the fight. Her body, already high from the exertion of combat, responded to his hunger. The lust she’d pushed down before flooded into her veins. She felt her sanity engulfed by a feral, vicious desire that found resonance with him.
He caught her up and slammed her back against a tree as she hooked her legs over his hips. Her inner demon whispered in the back of her mind and she drowned in her primitive lusts for conflict, dominance, and sex. She let her demon out to play and let her dark, blood-soaked god take her.”
This book seemed to have everything, romance, action, a strong female lead, and a touch of the paranormal. I loved the main character, Dahlia. It was fun to read a book where the female lead has every male she encounters squirming uncomfortably. She was strong and in control, no matter what situation she found herself in. When she meets Captain Kenneth, she finds the only situation she isn’t sure of is the darkness inside of her, the darkness that he brings out of her. Loved the romantic tension there.
Even though this isn’t my typical genre to read, I hope to read more books by this wonderful author in the future.