Dark Promise by M.L. Guida

Posted on November 14, 2014


Dark Promise by M.L. Guida - Artseblis - Book Review - Paranormal Romance

She has been dreaming about him for years. He wants her and also needs her to save his race. But she is human, not quite 21, and he is a dragon demon living in an alternate universe called the Underworld. He also might just have to abduct her. Wooing her might take too much time, and he is a Prince after all, used to having women fall for him at a snap of his fingers. He thought, he has had years of seducing her in her dreams, since she was 16, to prepare her for her fate. Or so he thought.

In this story, there are different kinds of demons. Among the dragon demons, the Golden Tree holds the demons’ natural darkness at bay preventing them from going feral. For some reason, the tree has been withering, allowing darkness to overpower Prince Eric Wyvern’s people including his parents. According to a prophecy made by the mysterious Wraith, only love can unlock the the secret to saving two worlds. Because if the dragon demons completely turn evil, they will wage war on the other demon races and on humanity.

Eric must woo woo the silver-haired human tainted with angel blood whose touch is prophesied to save the Golden Tree and restore light to the Underworld. That human is Cassandra, on a ski vacation when Eric finds her.

So, of course, she is suspicious when she sees the man of her dreams in the flesh. She is rude. He is tenacious. He pursues.

This formally usually works in some of the paranormal romances that I’ve read and really liked, such as that by Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Lynn Viehl, and Shannon K. Butcher. Their series impressed me because of the romance, world-building and story. I think Kresley Cole and Lynn Viehl are also wonderful at giving distinct personalities to their characters.

In Dark Promise, the world-building is promising, but on a back seat to the relationship–which is ok for me if some other things made up for the lack. In this case, I wanted likable characters. I didn’t see anything special with Cassandra. Yes, she’s a psychic but whether she is or not, the story would remain the same. Eric is better but there really was little in the story to understand why he wants Cassandra. There has to be something other than the fact a greater force dictated they will be mates.

I also noted something in the writing–maybe it needed more editing? To add more nuances?

Ah, well, maybe the next book will be more gripping.

On a different note, I wonder if the author used to be a Labyrinth fan? One of the characters, a boy, is called Toby who Cassandra eventually develops a big-sister relationship with. Just a thought.

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