Dark of Night – Ashwood Red, Book 1
Themes & Genres: Romance, Fantasy, supernatural, war, vampires, incubi
WARNING: Mature Content
All Kat wants is vengeance.
Kat dreams of one thing: driving a stake through the cold, dead heart of the vampire lord who turned her father and killed her mother. When she’s offered the chance to earn magic-laced tattoos that make her stronger and faster, she jumps at it, even if it means working for monsters. Incubi. Seductive creatures who feed off sexual energy. And one of them wants her. If only she could ignore his ridiculously perfect body with those stupid sexy abs…
All Darius wants is Kat.
Lord Darius of House Tarrick has worked hard to earn his title, not to mention money, sex, and power—the incubus has it all. Until some new, wild-haired hunter recruit strolls in like she owns the place, throwing him off balance and igniting an unquenchable fire in him. He wants her. He needs her. And he’ll do anything to have her…
What I think of the book:
Dark of Night is the first book in Ashwood Red – a spin-off series of Beautiful Monsters by Jex Lane. We are introduced to a lot of new characters and a whole new perspective. So far, we’ve explored the Beautiful Monsters mostly through the eyes of Matthew – a human, turned vampire, only to realize that he wasn’t actually human to begin with; he was an incubi, which makes his switch to a vampire-like creature unique as incubi don’t turn. However, in Ashwood Red we finally get to see what it’s like for a human to train to become a vampire hunter and enter the war between the incubi (who the hunters work for) and vampires.
In Dark of Night we follow Kat whose parents are dead because of the vampires and who, after showing great potential, is recruited as a cadet to be trained to hunt down said creatures of the night. The opening of this book is quite catchy and does a good job at showing us what the rest of the novel is going to be like:
In both series we follow a character who originally had no clue that the supernatural exists around them and therefore is in need of explanation of how things really are, but I think that the original series is better at setting the world. It happens more slowly, while there were parts in Dark of Night where I felt that Kat was given too much information at once and through dialogue instead of through interaction with the things and people around her. We are still given a clear image of what Jex has created for her characters so you don’t need to read the original series to understand the differences between vampire and incubi or who the hunters are.
But let’s talk about the characters.
I like Kat’s dedication to her revenge. Her hatred for the vampire who destroyed her family is constant, it drives her, but it also makes her vulnerable. Because of the fire it sets in her, she’d sometimes be hasty and ignore common sense so while we see someone with a lot of potential, we don’t have an annoyingly perfect character.
As for Darius: his attempts to behave around Kat (that’s to say, ignore his impulses to be with her sexually) gets me chuckling. He claims to know humans, but Kat often throws him for a loop which makes the scenes they share a pleasure to read.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Dark of Night to those who have enjoyed the Beautiful Monsters novels, but also to those who haven’t read them and like Fantasy Romance books that are not only about the romance.
My rating: (4.5 out of 5 daggers)
Would I re-read this book? I might.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes. In all books in the Beautiful Monsters world (Beautiful Monsters and Ashwood Red series).
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Dark of Night to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Captive – Beautiful Monsters, Book 1 (Fantasy, LGBT Literature, vampires, incubis, war | Mature Content)
- Sire – Beautiful Monsters, Book 2 (Fantasy, LGBT Literature, vampires, incubis, war | Mature Content)
- Broken – Beautiful Monsters, Book 3 (Fantasy, LGBT Literature, vampires, incubis, demons, war | Mature Content)
- Pearl and the Dread King – a Beautiful Monsters short story (can be read as a standalone | Paranormal Romance, vampire, succubus | Mature Content)
- Pleasure with Business – a Beautiful Monsters short story (can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Adult Fiction, gay, vampire, incubus, enemies to lovers | Mature Content)
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