Review: The Dark Rising-Lacey Weatherford


3/5 Stars

The Dark Rising (Of Witches and Warlocks, #4)-Lacey Weatherford

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“Well, then something is going wrong with our little experiment because I just served myself up to him like a rare steak on a demon dinner platter!”

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He pulled our bodies tighter together, and I felt myself turning to molten liquid in his embrace, my emotions coursing through me while our mouths moved in perfect unison.

WARNING: DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS if you haven’t read books 1-3.

Plot: After the devastating death of her soul mate, Vance, Portia is hardly able to function. They’d faced the darkest evils and their own demons to be together and a tragic battle left Portia husbandless and alone. Portia feels as though her life has ended, she doesn’t know how to survive in a Vance-less world even with the love and support of her coven, she feels shell-shocked. Inconsolable after looking at their wedding pictures, Portia speeds off into the night to visit Vance’s resting place only to discover a dark figure lurking near his grave. Vance is alive, in perfect health, and sexier than ever, the only problem is, he’s got a serious case of amnesia. As Portia fights to gain her Vance back, something dark and sinister is happening out in the witching world, a horrible vengeance plot designed to destroy Portia’s and Vance’s love once and for all. Will Portia’s love be enough to bring Vance out of the depths of his demonic blood lust and back to the light?

Additonally. here is the Goodreads summary:

When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars. But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her. Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them. Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand. Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

PROS:

  • Portia is a remarkably brave and hopeful as she is infuriatingly naïve. She sacrifices herself, risks her life and her future to be with Vance when he doesn’t even remember her. It’s heartbreaking and transcending, their love is worth fighting for but a tad abusive and reckless. Portia gives in to temptation, embraces her inner vixen and finally decides to get a handle on her powers not connected to Vance. Portia empowers herself and becomes a stronger, solid character because of it. Despite Vance’s neglect, his hurtful vicious temper and blood lust Portia allows her heart to rule her actions and doesn’t really learn from her mistakes but continues to put herself into dire situations.
  •  The torture scene, the violence, and general wicked actions were boldly described and really captured the emotional turmoil that Portia suffered throughout the book.
  • Mayla. As a wicked, temptress of a Hoodoo coven she is fantastically evil. Her threats, her creepy presence and her vicious planning make her really terrifying.
  • New Vance is a bit of a mystery. He has some of old Vance’s personality but is really torn between the demonic and the light. It’s hard to grasp if he’s really in love with Portia or using her emotions as a tool. The uncertainty about Vance’s character is wonderfully written. You will be guessing his next move from one page to the next. His emotions and actions are so up and down that it’s impossible to know when he’ll transform from a loving, caring husband into a ravenous, blood-craving demon.

CONS:

  • The plot was a little slow and kind of random, things didn’t really link up well and felt forced.
  • The introduction of the jinn was just so out there. The fact that the guy just happens to randomly live out in the woods as an outcast is also another one of those things that felt like a plot filler.
  • The Hoodoo coven wasn’t emphasized and there wasn’t enough of them to fully picture them as the evil antagonist or as a truly serious threat.
  • Chemistry between Vance and Portia was fleeting and nowhere near as strong as in the previous book. This is somewhat understandable because Vance lost his memories but the connection, the fire was muted.

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Pleasant reading,

-BB

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