30 August 2014

Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

  Only loyalty can truly win his heart…
Gangs, organized crime and underground bare-knuckle fighting make up the world that Kieran Delaney thrives within. His reputation is built on the talent of his fists, as much as his ability to get information about any and everything. Never one to be caught by surprise or bested, Kieran knows what you’re going to do before you do it…until Darcy Quinlan enters his life. She introduces herself with a knife to his throat and a promise of unbridled pain. Darcy’s life has been destroyed by betrayal and false promises of safety. Living on the streets for the last eight years, she’s been a ghost. Never in one place long enough to be seen because you can’t catch what isn’t there. Now Kieran sees her and can’t erase her image from his mind.

Kieran and Darcy must now battle to keep her alive and by his side. As her past enters her life from every angle, Kieran makes certain her safety is no longer a concern, annihilating her demons at every corner. He’ll fight, he’ll maim, he’ll torture and he’ll murder to keep Darcy protected. If Kieran can win, her life will no longer be shrouded in blackness…loyalty will lift the veil.

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 18+ due to explicit language, violence and strong sexual content.


I will admit I have not read the other books prior to this one but they are on my must read list now and this author is on my list of favorite dark and twisted reads.  Wow oh wow the story you are about to take on is going to blow your mind.  I lost sleep last night because I could NOT put this book down.  Let’s just say it now that I can’t give you details in the review because every page is like a spoiler alert it is so packed with drama and suspense, action and love and loyalty that will blow you away.  The author has given us a group of figher, thieves and murders who become a family that I could only wish to be part of.  Once you are part of their circle you are in for life and will be protected from every enemy that attacks. 
Quinn, aka Darcy escaped her family of crime eight years ago.  She had to make a choice between living with her family’s dealings and evil doings or become a ghost on the street alone.  She was doing the best she could and using her street smarts to survive.  She met a man named Ian who ran a warehouse for fighters.  He tried to help her as much as she would allow and during one of her trips to the gym to shower and wash her clothes she meets Kieran.  Oh he is a sexy fighter who had me melting at the first scene.  Being a bit over zealous, Quinn does a bit of physical damage to Kieran when he tried to involve himself in her business and help.  That didn’t stop the man from continuing to step up and demand she allow him to help her when it became clear she was in over her head.
Quinn was approached with a situation that was going to change her life forever and bring in the adorable Jack who stole my heart.  Jack’s story only speed up my heart melting feelings for Kieran as we watched this giant of a man surrender and take care of Jack and seek revenge on the man who had terrified Jack and his mother.  It was clear that no one would be allowed to hurt a person Kieran claimed as family and Quinn wasn’t beyond tearing off a few body parts either if they came near those she vowed to love and care for.  With Quinn and Kieran as a team now, the story just kept getting better and better as they go against the mob and crime lords in order to find peace in their life. 
For the reader who loves violence, suspense, and intense moments plus revenge you will be in heaven with this book.  Not only are our heroes battling the demons that have resurfaced from the past, they are going to have to tackle the current monsters that threaten to take away their future.  Out of everything in this book that I loved and there is a lot, I still smile when I think back to grown men who could battle a grizzly bear with their fight and size, all be reduced to muffins when it comes to children.  I adored this part of the story, every time Jack walked into a scene, the burley men became his buddies and they would crawl on the ground to help remind Jack he was safe now. It was fascinating to watch Quinn go from this tough little cookie who only had to take care of herself to a woman who felt the mothering instincts to children that weren’t even hers.  Her love and nurturing ways, although not fostered by her own mother, came out strong in this story and made me respect and love her instantly. 
I could go on for hours about this book but I would threaten the attachment and love you will hopefully find in this story and with these characters. Shrouded in Blackness does leave you with a cliff hanger making you crave more so be prepared.  I personally am ready to forget all my other commitments and just grab all of the books in this series and hide out till I am done.  Reading the rest of the series from this author is now a must for me and I would so recommend this to anyone who is a hard core reader that doesn’t get turned off by the reality of mobs, violence and street life.  This book is certainly on my top ten lists now. 

Blackness Takes Over was Norma Jeanne's debut novel. What began as an homage to the home town of a homesick Midwestern girl, unfolded a story of love, danger, humor, and trust. Blackness Awaits was the highly anticipated continuation of Blackness Takes Over, leading readers through the twists and turns of the unconventional world in The Blackness Series. Her third novel, Shrouded in Blackness, ventures into a criminal world where violence and vengeance reign supreme. She's currently working on her untitled fourth novel.
 Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real).
In her free time Norma Jeanne is a voracious reader and consumes books as readily as meals. She is a people watcher by nature and uses her experiences in life, observed or otherwise, to build the worlds and characters that thrive in her books. A believer in the strength of the human spirit, Norma Jeanne writes the stories of people that persevere when all appears to be lost.


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