Release Date: April 20, 2018
5 Warrior CROWNS
I don’t read taboo. This is my first. I don’t read MC series, so, again, this is my first. So some of you might be wondering why I picked up Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling. Honestly, I couldn’t resist all the dirty snippets and excerpts I saw in her group. I needed to get my hands on Zeus, and neither he nor this story disappointed.
Zeus Garro is everything and nothing like what I expected. I was ready for the dirty talking and violent president of the FALLEN MC, and he delivered in that regard. The man’s mouth could make anyone instantly combust from its talents and his words. His level of possessiveness is to be expected, and it did nothing but make me lust after him even more. What I didn’t expect was to find a family man underneath the dirty taking, criminal biker. From the beginning Giana Darling humanizes him. She shows us, through correspondences with Lou, that he has a brightness to the grit, that there is a man who is fiercely loyal, protects the innocence of others, and man who loves devoutly. Like with Lou, she lets us fall in love with his good before she shows us the bad, and like our heroine, we accept his criminal and violent nature, and we cling to the image of the fallen angel, to the man who loves and protects those he values with unfailing devotion. He is the epitome of a God who has fallen from grace, but thrives in the darkness.
Lou’s age might be a hard sell for some readers, but I love this heroine. She is 17 and knows who she is and what she wants (not your typical seventeen year old). She has, however, lived a life most teens have not. Forced to face mortality makes a person see the world differently. It emboldens her, makes her go after what she wants. Although she is all bright lights and beauty, darkness simmers under the surface, and it is what pulls her to her Guardian Monster. She has gumption and tenacity, and she embraces his life as though she was made for it. And although there are moments where her age shine, many times readers forget she is young because she has an old soul. She is someone who is determined to live all the moments of her life with the man she wants without regard to anyone else’s opinion, and I couldn’t have loved her character more.
The story for me at the beginning was a bit slow. It was, however necessary. The opening of the story allows readers to see a non-sexual relationship develop between Zeus and Lou. We get to see their characters change and grow. We get to see Zeus’s light before the dark and Lou’s emerging rebellion and desires. Once these two begin to interact again in person, though, it is off to the races. The seduction and resistance is enthralling, the acquiescence to desire electric, and the love that blooms is captivating. In addition to the romance, Giana Darling provides a secondary plot, one filled with revenge and retribution in the MC world, and when it all came to a head, I couldn’t turn pages fast enough. The danger was just as enticing as the romance.
I don’t often talk about the writing of authors, but it is clear from this story that Giana Darling has a love of stories. With each allusion to mythology and other classics, I felt my English heart flutter. These are not some random references placed in the story either. These are well selected moments that pull at my heart & brought tears to my eyes. It accentuates the storyline impeccably, and I am just as floored by her prose as I am by the story itself.
Giana Darling surpasses my expectations with Welcome to the Dark Side. It is dark and erotic, but it is so much more. It‘s a story of real love, the kind that embraces all the parts of a person, good and bad. But it is also a story of a chosen family, of love and loyalty, and of owning who you are and making no apologies for it. I LOVED every minute of it!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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