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Courting Darkness
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Published: 23 August 2019
Deeper into the shadows. . . The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect. Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory…


*Thanks NetGalley for providing this copy in exchanged for an honest review.


Courting Darkness picks up shortly after the events of A Drop of Magic. Alex’s life will never be the same again. Being named as blood-kin by the fae Lord of Enchantment is no luxury.  Alex must prepare to make her debut in front of the court in a month’s time. Unfortunately, that means pulling all-nighters and cramming as much fae knowledge, court etiquette and swordsmanship on top of learning to harness her newfound gifts.

As if her plate wasn’t full enough, her romantic life already has its own set of problems. James’ closely guarded secrets are starting to come to light and Alex is further pulled into a dark and macabre world she may never be prepared for.

Wasting no time jumping right back into the thick of it and introducing some new foes along with new along the way. The dynamic between Alex and her new roommates, Kai and Chase, is quirky and fun. A welcomed reprieve from the stress and anxiety Alex is plagued with. Torn between two worlds, she must re-discover her place in the world and who she can trust. Along for the ride are some new faces including an adorable and headstrong, teenage- shifter fae. And a cranky, stick in the mud, old fae who’s sure to make you chuckle.

The romance between Alex and James felt like it came out of nowhere at the end of the first book and in Courting Darkness, the chemistry is still absent.  Their couple status being more of a statement that they’re in a romantic relationship without actually seeing them interact as a couple.

With mystery and intrigue driving the story, the plot line was well thought out and not once did it seem to drag. Highlighting the dangers of racial prejudices and how fear-mongering can put evil people in leadership roles, sets up a dangerous combination for the next book  The darker, more gory elements also added to the appeal and it was wonderful to see Alex starting to trust in herself and fight for her morals along side her new friends.

Courting Darkness is well worth a read if you are looking for a modern fae story with self-growth, political themes and mystery.

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