Tempt Me With Darkness
First Novel of the Doomsday Brethren
By Shayla Black
Pocket (August 26, 2008)
Cursed by Morganna LeFay, Marrok of Cadbury has lived in isolation for fifteen centuries without friendship, sex, or hope. When he begins dreaming of another LeFay woman with the trademark violet eyes and birthmark of the spell-happy witch who doomed him, he’s determined to do whatever necessary to make her release him and grant him death–even abduct her. But soon Marrok discovers they are mates and that he must protect her from an evil wizard who knows she holds the key to a power both terrible and awesome–a power he will do anything to seize.
After her mother’s death, Olivia Gray discovered that the father she thought died before her birth is actually alive and in London. Determined to find him and the acceptance she’s always yearned for, she moves to the British capitol, opens an art gallery, and begins her search. It isn’t long after a sexy stranger appears in her erotic dreams that he walks into her shop and abducts her–demanding she release him from a curse. As Marrok ingrains himself in her life, evil stalks her, and Olivia is caught between her long-lost family and her immortal mate. Will she and Marrok choose the dreams they’ve held dear or the love in their hearts?
From the first page I knew I was going to like this book. Anything to do with the Arthurian legends whether it be good bad or indifferent in everyone else’s eye is great in mine.
Marrock of Canterbury was once an honoured warrior of King Arthur but an indiscretion with Morgana Le Fay (Arthur’s half sister) stripped of him of everything. Unfortunately the only thing not stripped from him was the curse Morgana placed on him – immortality and no sexual satisfaction. Marrock stole Morgana’s Doomsday Diary in an attempt to free himself from the curse but here he is 15 centuries later still trying.
Olivia Grey is a descendent of Morgana’s and has come to England to look for her father that she has never seen. At the first meeting between Olivia and Marrock, Marrock believes she is Morgana and as such tries to convince her to release him from his curse. He then convinces her to go to his house under the pretense of seeing his carving and again tries to get her to lift the curse. Things get heated and during their first most intimate encounter, Marrock, who still thinks Olivia is Morgana, responds to Olivia’s mate bonding figuring he cant get anymore cursed. This sets the tone for the rest of the book. Gradually Marrock realizes that Olivia is not Morgana and beings to fall in love with her. Olivia tried to convince herself that she shouldn’t fall for the tortured warrior because if she can break his curse, then she believes he wishes to die and leave her.
At the same time as all of this is going on, a heinous villain by the name of Mathais is after not just the Doomsday Book but Olivia as well. He is determined to succeed where he failed last time and will stop at nothing to tear the world apart. With his evil followers both wizard and human out numbering the Brethren I cant wait to be introduced to more Brethren characters.