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Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade)

Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Rowe
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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"Rowe is a paranormal star!" ~ J.R. Ward

Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.

After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul.

The Calydons Destiny: The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.

"[D]ark, edgy, sexy … sizzles on the page…sex with soul shattering connections that leave the reader a little breathless!...Rowe lays down some seriously dark and sexy tracks. There is no doubt that this series will have a cult following." ~ Guilty Indulgence Book Club

"DARKNESS SEDUCED is a fabulous story with all the right elements: a strong sexual attraction, a struggle against that attraction, a tender love, a horrendous battle against unimaginable evil and a fight to save the world...This is the kind of story you can’t put down because you’re so anxious to see what happens next." ~ Jeanne Stone Hunter, My Book Addiction & More

"Dark paranormal romance with passionate warriors, a cursed destiny, heartbreaking sacrifice and a gripping storyline. What I wouldn't give to hear the "crack" of a Calydon warrior's weapon as he protects me...swoon!" ~Sharon Stogner, Love Romance Passion Reviews

*This novel is approximately 425 pages, and there are excerpts from other books by the author in the back of the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published novels with major New York publishers. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1968 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TGHDA8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, Fierce Paranormal Romance 26 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Darkness Seduced is such a passionate book. From the first chapter, I was successfully hooked and absorbed into the plot and the characters; I knew immediately that I would love it.

We are immediately introduced to Lily, an intelligent professor who is being held hostage. Throughout the whole of Lily's remarkable journey of discovery, love and need for revenge, we are allowed to witness her fears, her logic and her desires. All of which are shared and developed through beautifully crafted writing, amazing imagery and a well constructed narrative.

What I really liked about Darkness Seduced, was how Stephanie Rowe enables us to see both points of view of the main protagonists, Lily and the gorgeous Gideon.

When Gideon enters Lily's life, he immediately is thrown by his overwhelming desire and need to protect her *sigh*. His reaction to Lily, not only at the beginning of the book but throughout, is so lovely to read. The passion behind his words, his actions and the passion he hides away in his heart, develops beautifully. Stephanie Rowe very effectively allows her readers to bond with her characters, which is an amazing feat considering the genre and nature of the novel. She shapes her characters so well that her characters come to life making them so very realistic.

As the novel progresses, there are times that the action slows down a little allowing us to glimpse different sides of Lily and Gideon. I really liked that we have the opportunity to see many sides to Lily and Gideon: their humour, their fears, their ambitions.

There were many times that I laughed out loud and several times that I had to concentrate really hard so that I wouldn't cry!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Order of the Blade" series book 2 17 Nov. 2013
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
In the second book of this series, Lily; who makes a significant impact in book 1, takes a lead role. She has spent her life studying Calydon warriors for several reasons. Her parents were killed by a Calydon when her warrior father turned rogue, she hoped to save the life of her younger brother during his transition into warrior adulthood, and hopes to escape the fate of becoming a Sheva and also allowing a Calydon to drain her of the magic they find so overwhelmingly alluring.

Lily proves herself a survivor, and not only the history of her imprisonment, but significant events throughout her life leaves your heart aching for her. Her worst nightmares are answered when she becomes a Sheva to Gideon; the most controlled and emotionless Calydon of all and the very warrior that killed her parents.

I liked the magical elements and battles to stop Ezekiel from being released into the mortal realm. What I didn't like was the romance side of things. Again the bond between Lily and Gideon is strong from the start, and they fall quickly into the trap of securing the mating bond between them; despite the dire consequences. They fall into each other's arms at the most inappropriate of times (always explained by their overwhelming attraction to each other) and don't do anything to halt a relationship that can only end in tragedy.

I also didn't like Gideon's history and the reasons for his own personal demons. His friends and he appear callous and arrogant. Each assumes he can beat the odds when he meets his Sheva and is overwhelmingly protective of her. Yet each is quick to contemplate the murder of someone else's Sheva "for the greater good" if it means they can beat their enemies. Ultimately the Calydons are not likeable leads and any romance is tainted by the doom that any bonded couple will destroy each other. I won't be pursuing this series any further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 2 April 2014
By Teresa
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As usual I was gripped from the first page.
So much action, and adventure, but also a great love story that will have you rooting for the good guys all the way through.
I couldn't put it down.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a brilliant series 26 Jan. 2014
By Lau
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I can't get enough of these series, second book in the series!!

Gideon and Lilly are so good together!! Such a good storyline
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 29 Dec. 2013
By Godber7
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I liked this story, it was colourful and full of drama and emotion. A good read that I found hard to put down, as all the 'Order of the Blade' books are. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars darkness seduced 15 Dec. 2013
By Anna675
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I love love love this series and I cannot wait to download the next book!!!! It just gets better and better :-)
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Wow this was a fast paced emotionally charged and honestly passionate story.
I loved Gideon`s hard demeanour being softened by the beautiful mysterious Lily who herself has her own powers .
Her resistance to the hard stony calydon takes a battering and they lose their battle as the sheva bond grows stronger sealing their Demise.
There's some strong scenes and i properly cried several times and I couldn't put this down until i know they were ok.
There's a continuing storyline and you have the presence of previously introduced grace and the other blade a really nasty illusionist who will stop at nothing to release pure evilness into the world.
Great story fantastic characters amazing steamy scenes and love that conquers all.
Enjoy book two in this series and have book three ready to read you wont want to wait.
Charlotte x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 14 Nov. 2013
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I had never read this author before and after reading the first book had to purchase the rest of the series. Excellent read.
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