Surrender the Dark (The Dark #1) by Tibby Armstrong #mm #review @TibbyArmstrong @readloveswept

Disclaimer MaleTAGAs a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

This was a difficult book to give a rating too. I had to look at it in 2 different aspects – the overall plot and the chapter-to-chapter story.

I loved the overall plot. Tzadkiel is an ancient vampire, and what his mora does and who they are, is far different and yet also very similar to what we think of as vampires. I enjoyed his and Benji’s mutual attraction & antipathy. And the book came to a satisfying conclusion.

However, getting to that satisfying conclusion felt like crossing the Sahara desert without a camel, food, or water. I had a hard time caring what happened to either character for almost half the book. It was only when they agreed on a course to save Nyx & Akito that the story felt like it started for me. But even with seeing where the story was headed, I found moving on from each chapter almost too much. My attention kept wandering.

So while I loved the concept and the world Armstrong created, most of the time I had to push myself forward to finish.

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