Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review ~ Darkness & Light by J.A. Belfield

Darkness & Light
by J.A. Belfield

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met--at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

Darkness & Light is the first book in the Holloway Pack series.  Although many characters are introduced, this book is mainly about Sean and Jem.  When the story starts, Jem is married to a complete asshole jerk named Peter.  For eight years, she has basically been a submissive housewife catering to Peter's demands and abuse.  He even picked out her clothing to wear.....way to controlling.  Peter is a piece of work and all throughout the book, I was wishing that horrible things would happen to him.

Jem has been having dreams that she is a werewolf and making an appearance in her dream world is Sean. While she has no clue what the dreams mean or who Sean is, they definitely make her curious and provided some escape from her boring life. Little does she know, but the dreams are from real events that took place in her other life.

This is my favorite quote from the book and it really captures the theme of the story:
"Fate and destiny to hand in hand.  It is impossible to change our destiny.  Only the path upon which we walk to reach our destination alters.  If we should stray from that path, fate will take control and guide us in the right direction." 

Jem is quite the character.  I was either loving her or hating her.  Half the time, she isn't listening and heeding the advice that is given to her, and she is way to compulsive, which of course lands her in trouble throughout most of the book.  I will say though that by the end, Jem did become the strong, independent woman that I had hoped she would become.

Sean came across as overbearing at times, but I really tried to understand the situation he was in, so I gave him a pass just hoping that he was not going to be a repeat of Peter.  Sean is over the top good looking, sexy, strong and well, he's a werewolf.  Can't get any better than that!  He has is hands full when it comes to Jem though!  I really enjoyed reading as the relationship between Sean and Jem grew.  They are totally connected in heart, mind and soul. 

This was an amazing, well-written book that was intriguing throughout.  It was a fresh take on the traditional werewolf/romance story.  I will definitely read the other books in this series (I have to know more about the other sexy Holloway brothers!) and highly recommend Darkness & Light to anyone who loves a good paranormal romance book.

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