Phoebe has been captured by Cordin, the leader of the vampires, and is fighting for life-as well as the way of life she has come to know for the last two hundred years. As the youngest sister, Phoebe is still learning everything about the world of Slayers. But more importantly, she is still learning things about herself.
Cordin had put his right-hand man, Xander, in charge of watching her. Unfortunately, she spends a lot of time watching him too.
Phoebe won't stop trying to escape and return home but this mysterious man keeps distracting her from her goals. Xander has not only captured her physically, but is capturing her heat without even trying. Phoebe must choose between returning home to her sisters and remaining Xander's prisoner forever.
Shannon Reckler delivered an action packed paranormal romance that kept me captivated from the very first page. Phoebe is a slayer that has been captured by the leader of the vampires; a cruel and sadistic creature hell bent on extracting her DNA in order to create a weapon to destroy the shape-shifting slayers. Luckily for Phoebe, she is left in the care of Cordin’s right-hand man Xander.
Xander is not a vampire, but still is a trusted comrade of the vampire leader and always has his ear, which he uses to his advantage. Xander feels protective of the slayer and cares for her, bringing her back from the brink of death.
Ms. Reckler conveys sexuality and sensual beauty in her characterization of Xander and Phoebe. I was immediately drawn to the two main characters. Ms. Reckler’s descriptiveness of the bond they formed and the love they felt for each other left little doubt that the only thing that could separate them was death.
Out of Darkness delivered passionate romance and lusty love as Phoebe and Xander tackled every facet of their relationship with desire and enthusiasm. Out of Darkness was a slow build up of two people who found that they may not be as different as they originally thought; the longing to create a bond and a life as one.
The secondary characters added depth to Phoebe and Xander’s story, her sisters, also slayers and the goddess Athena, thus allowing for subsequent books in the series and the answering of questions left unattained.
Shannon Reckler has found a fan in this reviewer and lover of paranormal romance and I look forward to reading more of the series.
A five handcuff review.