Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Falcon (Dark Riders #1) by Lynn Hagen

Falcon (Dark Riders #1)Falcon (Dark Riders #1)
by Lynn Hagen
Published July 29th 2013 by Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, public exhibition, HEA]

Werewolves, Darlings, Ducati's, and a disreputable biker gang was a world Garrett was thrust into when he fell in lust with a stranger who stole his very breath. Garrett knew the man had a very unsavory reputation, yet he couldn’t stop fantasizing about him. But Garrett discovers that Falcon is not what he seems. The man has a secret and Garrett soon finds out what it means to belong to the president of the Dark Riders.

Falcon has no interest in humans until the owner of Andromeda—a tattoo shop on the Lower East Side—is targeted by an enemy, and he finds himself protecting a man who changes the rules of the game.

But Falcon's world is a scary place. There are things that feed on humans and makes Garrett feel as if he has lost his sanity—things that shouldn’t even exist. They are known as Darlings and they are coming after Garrett. Falcon has placed his mark on him and Garrett is now the creatures target.

Lynn Hagen always manages to come up with something new. Everytime I read her books, some of which I loved, some I hated and some I was so-so with, there is always a constant element: her paranormal books may sound like the regular paranormals but then she twists them up like one would a rope and then release it to her readers who just gobble them up.

Take Falcon, Book One of the Dark Riders Series. This is something new. Yes, the usual elements are there like the alpha male, the machismo that seems to overflow, the twinky-dink mate, the supportive BFFs, and the antagonists who cannot seem to get over their own images. Then again, there are the Darlings. Who in heck would have ever thought up naming a pseudo-vampire species as Darlings? Well, apparently only Ms. Hagen can and she did. And she made them nasty too, despite their loveable, cutey-as-pie name.

When I read this, of course I was prepared for the usual. Then I noticed a difference in this book, no matter how formulaic it read to me. Here, Ms. Hagen decided that the POVs from just her main characters were not enough. We get the point of views from all the characters, from the major to the minors and this was a refreshing change. Another thing I noticed was that there were enough lose ends to sink a book and yet, I got intrigued and was satisfied with the lose ends knowing that this is just the first book and more revelations as well as resolutions are sure to come with the succeeding installments.

Alright, I do agree with one and all that this is just like the rest out there and this is just the new formula to get us readers gripping for more. Heck, I don't care if this is so as my usual reaction of loving character and plot developments are thrown out the window and my curiosity is getting the better of me. 

So yes, I am definitely looking forward for the next books of this series and will definitely ready a checklist of those unresolved thingies and add more to that list for the new discoveries to come. I mean, I have more questions than answers here but I like it.

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