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Monday, June 11, 2012
Book Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Jaime Rush
Author: Jaime Rush
Series: Offspring, book 6
Source: From Edelweiss
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Lachlan McLeod has the extraordinary ability to astrally project to another place or time. On the verge of addiction, Lachlan ignored his father's warnings and it proved to have deadly consequences. Lachlan now lives a life of solitude and doesn't allow himself anything in the way of pleasure as punishment. But the sweet and beautiful Jessie is a temptation like nothing he's ever encountered. Jessie is hiding from a man who has been after her since the day he destroyed her family. After several attempts to put distance between her and Lachlan so he too isn't hurt, they'll fight as one in order stop a man with a power that can destroy them both.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The main story arc of the series already wrapped up and all the main characters had their stories told. Lachlan hasn't played a huge role in the series and Jessie new. I may have been unsure going in but before I was halfway through, I was hooked.
Lachlan has been punishing himself for months and his brother Magnus is the only family he has left. When a picture Jessie, who his brother recently became interested in, sends his soul into the future to see his brother mortally wounded, Lachlan sets out to save him before its too late. Lachlan is a modern day highlander. He has the Scottish brogue and wields a sword with deadly accuracy. When Lachlan and Jessie alone, he tries his hardest to put aside his rapidly developing feelings for her because he feels it's not honorable knowing his brother cares for her, even though the feelings are mutual. His sexy accent and attractive exterior may have drawn me in but it was his honor and selflessness to help a complete stranger that had me falling for with the reluctant hero.
At a young age, Jessie lost her family to man with unusual powers, similar to her own. Since then, she's been in hiding. Lachlan steps in and decides it's time to help Jessie finally be free of the man by killing him first. Like Lachlan, Jessie is selfless in what she does. Each place she moves to, she risks exposure by helping children with major health problems through fundraising. There are a couple instances of lapse in judgment but nothing that made me want to write her character off completely. If I could commend Jessie on anything, it would be the way she refused to hide while Lachlan fights and the way she brought him back into the world. Lachlan was the champion she needed and Jessie showed him that despite his past, he was worthy of being loved. They didn't make it easy but in the end I thought this book had a very good love story.
Gone is the secret government project and mystery of the alien Essence of the earlier books. The 6th book in the Offspring series features men from parallel dimensions who are capable of manipulating a smoke/fog like substance, called Darkness, into becoming a lethal weapon. I know this sounds sci-fi like but I thought there was more of a paranormal twist to it. All the action and mystery that I've enjoyed in previous books is still there but the new story has taken it into a new and refreshing direction. I can't wait to see what author Jaime Rush has in store next for this series.