Dark Paradise #3
Published September 2, 2014
Review Copy via Publisher + Netgalley
From rising star Angie Sandro, a steamy Southern gothic romance that will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures . . .
Deep in the Louisiana bayou, Mala LaCroix cannot escape the mysterious things she's seen. Haunted by her otherworldly past, she only wants to hide her special abilities and care for the man she's come to love. But the dark swamp she calls home holds more than just Mala's secrets, for a killer is leaving behind ghosts trapped between worlds, hungry for vengeance . . .
Landry knows Mala could never turn her back on those in need. It's part of what attracts him to her. But now that he's wrestling with his own demons-and losing-he fears that just being near the woman he loves endangers her life. And that traps him in a terrible dilemma: leave Mala alone to catch a murderer by herself or stay close-and risk entangling her in the brutal battle for his very soul.
This is the end of the oh so very unique and rather fantastic trilogy about coming into your powers, falling in love, and generally just being a little badass while retaining the need to be saved every once in a while. Because who doesn’t want a knight in shining armor? I WANT ONEEEE! *****If you haven’t read the other two –Dark Paradise and Dark Sacrifice- beware of spoilers from previous books. ALSO! Y’all should look at the Dream Vacay post Angie Sandro did for my blog! Okay, onto the story.
We always start where the previous book left off exactly. And that’s just how I like it. I hate WITH A FIERY PASSION when books somehow skip a few months into the next book. It annoys the crap out of me. The reader has our same loveable and annoying character that I have grown attached to. Because they’re them. How can you not grow to want them to be happy when they have a crazy voodoo queen of their booties and dead people wanting them dead? How can you not want them to be happy when they’ve already been through so much? That’s right. You want them to be happy. Everyone does at this point. But nothing is ever easy, now is it? And goodness do Mala and Landry have a lot on their plate.
In the final installment we have evil and crazy and evil and I didn’t like this one as much as the first one. I still love the characters, don’t get me wrong. They all have stolen a piece of my heart. And some my soul. Literally. Crazy voodoo queen is freaking loco to the nth power.
Again, we are surrounded by spirits, murder and magic. Again, we have a love that can last either an eternity or end in a millisecond. Again, we have something so very dark that you can’t just help to secretly hope for the bad stuff to happen so you can see how the characters react. But then again, we also have relatively the same story line we’ve had the entire series, just with a few extra hints of surprise (like that ending . . . HOLY FREAKING MOLY!) After the whole prison and psyche ward shenanigans we have the strange and grotesque murder of little boys that seemingly only Mala can solve. And solve she does.
But then we have the pesky non-demon making itself all comfortable in Landry’s head. I am rather fond of señor non-demon.
This was a satisfying end. I got the answers I needed, granted, some I was totally not prepared for. But there were some I really needed. And I got them. Ms. Sandro, you deserve applause.
The best quote was made by the occupant in Landry's head: I am immune to the evocative nature if a females breasts. Unless they belong to Mala LaCroix. She, as humans say, has a fine rack.
Well, it's the end! So bittersweet.