FIND ME TRILOGY (Dark Pleasures)
by Julie Kenner
Published on January, 2015
NOTE TO READERS: Each of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas is a stand-alone, be sure not to miss Caress of Darkness by Julie Kenner. The Find Me books are a true trilogy spanning Mal and Christina’s romance and are meant to be read in order
The alley is about as wide as a car, and as I follow him past a collection of rather pungent smelling garbage cans, we pass a heavy door that I assume opens to the bar’s kitchen. A single bulb above the door emits a dim light that ostensibly illuminates the alley, but really only makes the shadows deeper.
I hear a rustling behind me and turn, expecting to find Roger. Instead, it’s the flame lady.
The first thing I notice is that her face looks normal.
The second thing is the knife in her hand.
I scream and stumble backward even as the big gray blob of a cat launches itself from the top of a trashcan and connects with her face.
The knife goes flying, but that doesn’t deter the woman, whose fingers close around my upper arm.
In that freakish trick of time, everything seems to slow and the world is suddenly more clear than it has ever been.
I feel the pressure of her fingers.
I see the cat hissing from behind a plastic crate.
I hear Brayden calling my name.
And I see a strange, colorful blade of light slice sideways from behind the woman, neatly lopping off her head to reveal the tall, dark, god of a warrior wielding a sword behind her.
What the fuck?
Some part of me thinks that I have snapped. That whatever bit of crazy I have inherited from my mother has battled its way to the surface and is all set to drag me back under.
Except I don’t believe that. This doesn’t feel like crazy—which is a ridiculous rationalization, when you get right down to it. I mean, if you are losing your mind, chances are you believe that you’re perfectly sane.
Even so, I am not worried about my sanity. And, frankly, I don’t have time to be concerned about my laissez-faire attitude toward these strange goings-on. Time has snapped back into place, and there is a body falling to the ground, and Brayden has my hand and he is yanking me toward the back of the alley where, presumably, there is another way out.
We don’t even make it one step.
The warrior holds up a hand, and the air seems suddenly charged. It rolls toward us in waves, its force knocking us both backward. Me against the brick wall and Braydon to the ground. I see him hit his head, and I cry out, afraid he’s been knocked unconscious, but the air is so thick that the sound can’t even travel.
Then the wave dissipates and I’m left gasping as the warrior approaches me, that strange, sword-like weapon tight in his hand.
I tilt my head back, breathing hard.
I realize with some surprise that I’m not scared. On the contrary, everything seems oddly familiar. Like deja vu on steroids.
And in that moment, I am certain that the fierce looking warrior with the sad gray eyes is going to kill me. More than that, I’m certain that he has killed me before, which really makes no sense whatsoever.
I open my mouth to beg him to stop, but that is not the word that comes out.
Instead, I hear myself saying, “Malcolm?”
As always I love Julie Kenner's books. This series was different from some of the other Julie Kenner/J. Kenner books I've read, but I loved it too. We were introduced to some of the characters, including Malcolm in Caress of Darkness. That book is meant to be a standalone, but reading Caress of Darkness before the trilogy definitely helps set the time, place, and explains a bit of Malcolm's background.
But I don't believe it's necessary to read Caress first, just helpful. These books are meant to be read in order as a trilogy. Reading them out of order would probably be very confusing. So I wouldn't suggest that.
From the moment Jaymie meets Malcolm she knows him. They connect in a way that she's never connected with anyone else and she feels drawn to him. We learn in Find Me in Darkness that Jaymie does know Malcolm. They are soulmates and are meant to be together. But fate has cursed them and Mal has been called upon to end Jaymie (who was known as Christina in a prior life) time and again.
In the Find Me Trilogy Malcolm is determined to end the cycle that is not only killing his beloved. He is determined to help Jaymie/Christina and prove that love can conquer all.
Malcolm is dominant, powerful, and sexy. Jaymie/Christina is beautiful, wounded, but no less strong. Their love is timeless and they prove that love conquers all.
I don't love serial romances usually because you have to wait for each book. This series was wonderful in that each book was released one week after the next. There was no waiting. Great job, Julie!
I loved this series and give it 4 1/2 stars!