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Love is Fear: A Valerie Dearborn Novel


Book Description

Love is Fear is the highly anticipated sequel to the Number One Fantasy Bestseller, Love is Darkness. After a lot of swearing and only a little nookie, Valerie Dearborn has decided to make a change. No more lusting after Lucas, the hot, but emotionless, vampire king who can’t commit. Instead she’s going to make it work with Jack. After all, not only is he breathing, but he’s the love of her life….Isn’t he? Valerie is an Empath, with supernatural abilities that seem to do nothing more than give her the hots for Lucas. Once upon a time, Empath’s had a purpose. They were ambassadors to the Others—Fey, Witches, Werewolves and Vampires. They could settle the emotions of a Werewolf and make Vampires feel again. But that was long ago. Lucas isn’t about to let Valerie go. He needs her to help him find the Fey, last seen in the Colony of Roanoke, South Carolina, circa 1587. He still believes they are the key to restoring balance to the world and the only way to keep vampires under control. They won’t trust him, but they will trust Val. Between Jack, Lucas and Rachel, Val knows life won’t be dull. Nor will it be the normal, 2.5 kids kind of life she’s always wanted. As their enemies close in, Val must ask herself what life is really about–trust, duty or mind-blowing orgasms? And even if she finds the answer, she may not live long enough to enjoy it. Please note—this novel is not YA and has lots of sass, swearing and sex. Not necessarily in that order.

Customer Reviews

2.0 out of 5 starsSuch a disappointment” by theliterarygirl

I’m so disappointed in this book. I had pretty good expectations after the first in the series, as I liked that quite a bit and the characters had quite a bit of potential. I won’t provide a plot summary here since others have done that, but I would suggest that unless you thought the first in the series was absolutely one of the best books you’ve ever read, do not read the second one. It disappoints on so many levels. The most overwhelming problem I had with this book is its tone, which stays consistent throughout its entirety.

From the very beginning it is full of bitterness, despair, depression, anger, hatred and disillusionment. While I thought Valerie had some potential in the first book, she lost everything in the second. Her character was so dismal and dreary that I lost all desire to read the book even though there was quite a bit of good suspense throughout. While reading, I literally began to feel depressed from all the anger, bitterness, sadness and bickering that the characters portrayed; a reader can only take so much! We get the point already! Even the sex scenes, which were decent, could not make up for the complete negativity that followed all of the characters. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a good measure of darkness in my books, but there is a difference between the dark nature of characters and the complete and total misery of everyone involved, for the whole book!

The last problem I had was with the editing errors; there were quite a few. Unfortunately, one thing that I have noticed with the increasing number of digital books, is also the increasing amount of editing errors. Either the publishing process is not as heavily scrutinized because the books are digital, or something is being screwed up in translation. Sadly, this book also had some of the worst editing errors that I’ve seen in any digital book so far. I understand that the price is low (I can’t really complain at $3.99) but I’d rather pay a bit more for better quality work.

2.0 out of 5 starsCouldn’t follow” by Kim Northrup

I had difficult time following along. Too many inside voice comments, attempts at jokes and such between quotes. Nit my cup of tea

5.0 out of 5 starsLove bites…in a good way” by Pam Godwin “Pam Godwin”

**This is a review of the trilogy as a whole.**

Forget Twilight. This series is one of the best hidden treasures amidst a genre of brooding passive-aggressive vampires. In this densely carnal, twisted take on fey, vampire, and otherworld magic, the heroine Valerie shines beneath the crushing weight of her love for two heroes. Jack, her childhood friend turned vampire hunter, is committed to keeping things platonically frustrating. Lucas, the 1600 year old vampire king, is complicated by his cold abstention of emotion. Each book in this series is infused with a deliberate pace that proves instrumental in establishing and perpetuating what I love most about this story: the dark tone and fantastical atmosphere. From book 1 to book 3, it is dreary, heartfelt, vengeful, and imaginative, without any tacked-on erotica or desperate cliches. The world building is masterful, the writing equally so. CH tortures you before handing over Valerie’s hard-earned forbidden love, and while the third book concludes with a HEA epilogue, intriguing questions remain. A promise of another book, separate from the trilogy

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent series…” by KH

Excellent series, can’t wait for the sequel. Easy to read, characters well developed and engaging. Looking forward to seeing how the characters evolve and of course fall in love/hate!

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