When Darkness Hungers by J.K. Beck is the 4th book in the Shadow Keepers Series.
“FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s death. Now she finally has a chance for retribution. Even better, Alexis receives unexpected help from a sexy stranger as hungry for rogue blood as she is.
Serge is a centuries-old bad boy who stays off the grid—keeping his secrets, his hunger, and his heart safe from exposure. A new breed of vampire that feeds off other shadowers, Serge finds sweet torture in Alexis’s arms. Loving her is a chance to be free from the hiding, the loneliness, the secrecy. But the truth about what he is, and what he’s done, may banish him to the dark confines of his own private hell—and destroy the beginnings of their love”
Description taken from Goodreads
When I started When Darkness Hungers I could hardly put it down. J.K. Beck wrote her characters with such depth I couldn’t help but be captured by the story. However, about half way through the book the world building fell short and other problems arose. I felt that many of the rules created for this world were being broken, and I can be a real stickler for the rules. There was also the issue of Serge in general – his character was well written, but he was not well defined. What was Serge? I still am not sure. At one point he was growing claws and scales with little explanation and then this was never brought up again. I also felt that the ending was forced to be too happy. I know that most of you will feel that needs more explanation, but let’s be realistic here. How the heck am I supposed to talk about the ending of the book without giving the ending away??? I didn’t like several aspects of this book and felt that the story of Alexis and Serge was kind of a “forgive all” on some major issues. He did several things in the book that were just plain unforgivable, but were just blown off by Alexis. I did enjoy many of the sub-characters, but the story had flaws.
I will say that I did not read the first three books in this series, so in order to be fair I am not going to rate this book.
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Source: I received this ARC from the publisher, Random House Publishing Group, via NetGalley.