Deny The Dark
by Mara Lee, fantasy (2007)
Liquid Silver Books, $5.95, ISBN 978-1-59578-355-4


Do not try to read Deny The Dark if you have not read the previous book Half-Wed Moon first because there is no back story here to help new readers understand what is going on between the pages. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Werewolf-magi and Anita Blake wannabe Dennison "Danny" Lee is back along with her male harem for her ongoing fang-blood-and-sex soap opera. Pack leader Alexander Holt still wants her. That vampire Savior Knight also wants her. The mysterious Asmodai wants her. Heck, I think even the cows want her if we let her linger around the barn long enough. In the meantime, Danny learns that she is really, really special and that she is getting even more special powers from her special, special sex with these men who think of her as so special.

In other words, Mara Lee is probably trying too hard to be Laurell K Hamilton.

And seriously, while Danny has toned down a little her use of the F word, she still behaves as if perhaps one or two of her lovers have accidentally left bits of their body parts in her sensitive area and she can't get them out. What, with the state of undeath or spookiness of her lovers, one can never know if that can happen. Anyway, Danny is still behaving like a petulant little girl here, stomping her foot and insisting that everyone treats her in a special way when she's not cussing and disliking everything. I have no idea why these spooky monsters all want her, but then again, these men are all dead or inhuman. They probably think differently from human beings, who knows.

Deny The Dark, hmm? I'd say, deny the Laurell K Hamilton pretensions instead, Ms Lee, and just be yourself.

Rating: 51


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