#WOTR19 #RH #Review #Paranormal #Excerpt – Of Death And Darkness (Lady of Darkness #1) by Brandy Slaven

Of Death And Darkness (Lady of Darkness, #1)

Mel spends the first twenty-four years of her life as a friendless loner with no family. All she is trying to do is find her place to exist. What she is expecting is definitely not what she gets. Will she be able to handle the destiny that the fates have chosen for her?

“It’s so peaceful here at the ocean. You have the constant drowning of the waves crashing against each other and on the shore. The wind is never still. Always a nervous bee in your ear. If I’ve ever thought of any place as home, this would be it. Finding myself lost in my thoughts again, I take a seat in the sand and stare blankly out into nothing.

The silence is the first thing that I notice. The static behind my ears has been my companion for well over two years. So of course, I should notice when it decides to go on vacation. I’m automatically on alert. I don’t stand or make any sudden moves, because I don’t know where the precognition of danger is coming from.

If I hadn’t been searching, I probably never would have seen them.”

*17+ Due to mature subjects/situations and language.


Holy Hells Bells.  Paranormal is my go-to genre.  I am a huge fan of Brandy’s contemporary so when I saw she has a paranormal, I was stoked!! Then to find out it’s a REVERSE HAREM…shut the front door.  But then to see she has a fresh spin on covens, mates and harems…..holy multi-level happiness points for me.

Mel is just existing in life.  She works at a bar with Theo and just gets up, works and goes to bed.  No real excitement other then her cat.  When she meets a few amazingly hot guys and they also think she is pretty great she is so happy to finally FEEL like a member of something….I mean the fangs have got to be the drugs talking right????

When Mel invites Liam to “stay the night” everything changes in her life.  She finds out that Vampires are real and she is the magic glue, so to speak, this coven has been looking for.  She is their “lady”.  She is the life essence for them and they for her.  What I loved is that even though this is a harem she is not mated to every guy.  Does she love them? Yes! Does she want to protect them? Yes, but she only has a true mating with some of the vampires through the story.

Mel and her coven are watching the news when they see some other covens are being slaughtered by some bad, humans.  The story then begins to turn and we see the weak human Mel become the strong protector and vampire leader for her coven.

There are a lot of twists and turns plus some sexy times between Mel and her Mates but the I loved the new and fresh take on the vampire/RH/Coven storyline.  Vampires are hard to find a new fresh take on and I think this was done fabulously!!!

I am seriously bummed I can’t sit and read book 2 all day tomorrow because the book ends with Mel and her guys going to help someone else

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her typing away at her laptop, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at one of the state parks. Bringing her characters to life is one of her greatest accomplishments.



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