Man this one was a WILD ride I loved loved LOVED the world building and there s no denying that it was steamy but there were a few things that made me want to punch the characters in the face or at least throw the book against the wallPlus the hero s name is Heyerdar which I kept pronouncing as Hurrderr in my head which made it hard for me to take him serious as the big bad alpha that he is PAnd even with those things I HATED it s still a solid 45 Very well done Full review to follow Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek35 StarsFavorite uote He died in a way that befitted his audacityWhen I finish reading a book I immediately open Microsoft word Tumblr or even notes on my iPod touch to write down my thoughts I always find that my immediate feelings are my most honest and sincere Not this time After reading Dark Dealings I needed to take an hour or so to process what it is I readI have to ive author Kim Knox credit for how different this book is I cannot recall a book that is uite like Dark Dealings Not just in terms of the fantastic world building Knox uses sex and approaches characterization in a very uniue way Ava is the main character the heroine and for most of the book I could not tell if she was the Imagine That! good or baduy Sure I understood that she wasn t responsible for the crimes she investigated but her actions and desires make it impossible to really call her Elena's Conquest good I have to say that I loved that aspect of the story I didn t know how to feel about anyone and I didn t really know whom to root for until the last third of the bookThis world is filled with brash vicious and magical creatures Mages Thieves and Elementals are all savage in their own way They feed and use magic in different variations and cannot seem toet along for any reason The characters live in the Institute which I imagine is a magical city but could also maybe be a large university type situationAva and Heyerdar are different beings of dark old and forbidden magic and they are both the only of their kind within the Institute walls Ava is a thief a creature who consumes the flesh and magic of her victims She is an outcast The pet of a higher powered mage She is feared hated and distrusted by the people around her Heyerdar honestly how do you pronounce that is an elemental with power over the earth and Sister of My Heart gains his strength from the pull of the sun He is also the Emperor s left hand and one of the most powerful men in the Institute Together they use their forbidden magic harnessing their sexual energy to drive a couple apart Ava wants her master and friend Reist to herself and Heyerdar wants Fallon back in his bedAva and Heyerdar have to work together to investigate strange deaths within the Institute walls This is obviously a ploy by the author toet them next to each other and talk about sex After ten years of living in the Institute and never speaking suddenly there is a case that forces the two to interact closely It s convenient but it works well
While investigating the murders obviously committed by Thieves Ava must fight her baser instinctsAva s situation investigating the murders obviously committed by Thieves Ava must fight her baser instinctsAva s situation enough to make anyone angry This is a woman who has King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies given ten years of her life in support of the Institute the Mages and their Emperor and they do not respect her At all They keep secrets of her very nature from her and she realizes how little respect they have for her There are scenes where these people actually spit at Ava It is disgusting and really makes you feel for herAva s main interest in this book is not finding the murderers The problem that consumes her is how toet Fallon away from her beloved Reist The issue with this is that Ava secretly views moments between Fallon and Reist that makes it clear that they probably love each other After reading a tender moment between the couple I rolled my eyes every time Ava talked about how Resit
Should Be Hers I Really be hers I really to slap some sense into her and tell her to move onKnox then complicates my feelings again While Ava is selfish and closed minded about her relationship with Reist it seemed to me that Reist knew how Ava felt about him Who do you root for in this situation Do you hope that the Rescuing Gus girl that is willing to use undermined meansets her man Or do you hope that the Class of 92: Out of Our League guy who enjoys her attention without the commitmentet his cake and eats it too Then there is the domineering alpha male Heyerdar I was never sure if I wanted Ava to run to him or from him By the end of the book you will pick a side and know which characters to love and which characters to ignoreUp until that point it is a bumpy rideThis book is really entertaining It has Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story great dialogue a uniue world strong sensuality and a love story that takes you by surprise It is a very satisfying readI recommend this book for Paranormal Romance lovers readers of fantasy and anyone who likes aood sex scene or ten I listened to this on audio and it was How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead great I really enjoyed the story of an unreuited love This was my first novel from Kim Knox but it won t be the lastExcellent writer Before I begin my review let me begin telling you my journey with this book and Jimmy Fallon I first encountered Dark Dealings on NetGalley where the cover blew me away and I just had to read it Well wouldn t you know it the publisher or whoever is responsible for putting it on NetGalley didn t think along the same lines I did I was told my blog wasn t aood fit for their bookLOL I thought it was a joke or I thought perhaps I had done something wrong so I sent in the reuest again And AGAIN I was tol. There are monsters in the city And one of them is herAva Kalle's empty soul devours magic And her hunger is deadly She's sharp uick and can live in shadow making her work as a spy for the Mages a natural choice She lives on the fr.
Kim Knox ✓ 3 charactersFantasy with complicated characters that s sexy as hell I ll ive Kim Knox credit for this Dark Dealings is definitely different It s dark and edgy a little disturbing and not always pleasant to read but str Incredible worldbuilding Whodathunk of a cannibal heroine besides Kim 35 4 5 starsThis is the kind of story which has me confused Meaning I don t know if I loved it or just thought it was below averageYou have two plots First Ava teams up with Heyerdar to use sex magic on her friend Reist and his ex Fallon She s been friends with her master Mage for ten years and in love with him just as long but never said anything Heyerdar was in a relationship with Fallon up until the moment she dumped him and ot with ReistAva is a thief She has no soul but she can suck the sould out of someone She s ot herself under control which is rare for a thief but the scary thing here is that her main way of sucking soul is by eating the flesh and the bones out of people to et their life essence andor magicShe s Moonrise going to find out eventually that she doesn t need to actually eat people but can also harvest sexual energy for the same purpose feed on magic fill her empty soulShe lives in a world of mages elementals and ephemerals mortals under the rule of an emperor Thiefs working for the mages are a rare commodity They re mostly hunted and killed So she s precious to Reist but in not the way she wants to be She s of a political advantage and a servant than a potential loverSo she decides to hook up with Heyerdar and use his magic to perform a spell that will break Reist anf Fallon apart make Resito to Ava and Fallon back to HeyerdarThat was probably the only interesting thing about this book Ava and Heyerdar Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi getting cosy with each other And even then it was not particularly steamy It was uite tamed Heyerdar is often described as an animal I expected him to be a little wilder in bedThen you have a secondary plot Thieves infiltrated the city and are eating people Ava is sent by Reist to assist Heyerdar in the investigation I honestly couldn t care less about this side of the storyI thought Dark Dealings was so so but I felt strongly for Ava Falling in love with a man who doesn t love you back and watching him falling in love with another woman for the first time is torture Complete torture You want to be mad at him You want to hate him but you can t because you never said anything about your own feelings and it would be unfair Besides yourab on to any crumb of affection and attention you can et Sure it s pathetic but you can t help it You love him Well she doesAva is just like that up until the point where she s willing to o through with her plan to have Reist just to have him Forget her feelings or her dignity she doesn t know any where or when it s not worth it any Until she doesShe sinks low in the meantime Heyerdar messes with her head and hurts her feelings all the time She is tortured by the sight of Reist with Fallon is treated like worthless shit by the mages community And it all changes when she finds out about herself what she is and when the story unfolds Friends become ennemies and vice versa Nothing is what it seemsEven though it could have been a little edgier unfolds Friends become ennemies and vice versa Nothing is what it seemsEven though it could have been a little edgier sexier I felt for Ava I liked her So I kinda liked Dark Dealings tooThanks Netgalley This book caught my attention with the blurb It sounded pretty interesting and I hadn t read much paranormal lately so I thought I d ive it a o I m so lad I did This book had everything I could wantgreat world building well drawn characters suspense sharp banter between the main characters and strong sexual tension with a fantastic payoffThe world includes magic elementals mages thieves civil servants and humans Mages are not fond of thieves and since thieves can eat you until there s nothing left but your husk this is understandable The city is ruled by the Emperor The Emperor has a Right Hand Highest Mage Reist and a Left Hand Heyerdar the elemental Thieves are feared obviously so the mages ward against thieves being able to enter the city but somehow one was dropped on the doorstep of The Institute where the mages liveThis thief Ava has rown into a woman while living in the Institute and working for Reist She fancies herself in love with him and is thrown off balance when Reist begins a serious relationship with a new loverTo complicate matters she s lent to the Left Hand to assist in an investigation of a string of deaths at the hands of thieves And since she struck a deal with the Heyerdar to assist in some sex magic meant to break of Reist and his
New Lover Lots Of Tension FlowsTo Furtherlover lots of tension flowsTo further matters since Ava was a virgin when she and Heyerdar execute their deal she now has a connection to Heyerdar that enables him to turn her into a uivering mass of need at the smallest touch Yeah it s that oodI really liked the main characters of Ava and Heyerdar and to a lesser degree Reist I truly enjoyed the banter and tension between Ava and Heyerdar as their feelings for one another developed It was interesting to see how Ava rewhow she realized what she thought she wanted wasn t what she wanted or needed Not that I didn t like Reist but there was just something about Heyerdarhe definitely had that alpha male draw oing for him And the mystery kept me uessing I didn t see the twists and turns coming I thought I d figured it out but then the author threw me a curve ball The author did a fine job of incorporating the investigative element crime scenes and interrogations in with the love story. Has a vested interest in agreeing together they'll use forbidden magic harnessing their sexual energy to drive the couple apartBut soon their pact pushes them both into a dark sexual obsession One that Ava may not be able to contr. D the same thingSo I had to o out and et a copy And though I didn t absolutely love this book I didn t hate it either So you were totally off publisher LOLThe world building in Dark Dealings is awesome and very creative albeit sometimes a bit confusing You really have to concentrate be on your toes and not be distracted by all the sexual tension and your desire to skim ahead to et to the sexxxy scenes LOL which of course you can uess I had problems withOkay so Ava lives among magical beings mages even though she is a Thief a race of beings who eat magic Ava though is housetrained and is kept around as a sort of petslave to Reist one of the top mages Ava not only respects Reist as he is a fair and just man she s also in love with himThey have a very close relationship though Reist never crosses the line Then one day Reist shows up with his lover Fallon and for the life of me I couldn t keep Jimmy Fallon out of my mind every time I read that name But don t let that confuse you Fallon is a Alexandra, Gone girl LOL flaunting her in Ava s faceBut the relationship doesn t start smoothly Reist takes his new lover from another magical being an elemental named HeyerdarHeyerdar is all sorts of sexxy and even sunbathes every morning in the nude fans self Heyerdar who is higher in the totem pole than Reist and is second in command to the Emperor is pissed that his lover leaves him But he doesn t do a whole lot toet her back and I think he somehow thought she d crawl back to his sexxiness But when she doesn t Heyerdar begins to think of a way to A Year in 120 Recipes get Fallon backAva likewise wants to find a way to separate Reist from Fallon as she wants Reist for herself even though she knows their relationship can never be She would find comfort in at least having Reist to herself and not sharing him with anyoneBut when murdered mages start showing up all over the city Heyerdar is sent to investigate and he picks Ava as his aide As they begin to talk they tell each other of their plan and together they hatch a scheme to separate the new loversBut in between the murder mystery something develops between Ava and Heyerdar Will Avao on with her plan or will she decide to set her eyes on who she has in front of herDark Dealings features a LOT of plot murder mystery politics you name it with umm well it s made out to be erotica but it s like sexual content to me After all that sexual tension I was expecting out of this world swinging from the chandelier sex So when I didn t F. Scott Fitzgerald get that I felt a bit let down I m not sure if it s the beginning of a series but I can t imagine that Kim Knox created this amazing world to leave it at just one book Anyhoo there was a lot of backstory to read through There weren t information dumps you had to trudge through but you know me Fellow Readers I m too impatient toet to the sweet stuff LOLIn either case I still enjoyed reading this book So there publisher you just ot served Dark Dealings Totally Was A Good Fit For My was a ood fit for my Dark Dealings features magic m nage themes mfm kidnapping mf strong sexual content oral sex paranormal romance magic exhibitionism sexual tensiona m nage is mentioned but not explicitly shown Originally posted at Novel ReveriesThis book is truly unlike anything I ve read so far I loved the fantasy world the author has created as well as the characters and the roles they play The story developed wonderfully as a mystical fantasy mixed with a sex drenched sci fi becomes a book that s hard to
Put Down Ava Kalle S Character Is Very Likeable Evendown Ava Kalle s character is very likeable even all the animalistic deeds and primal urgesShe was a stealer of life energy with nothing inherent in her soul Thief The nicest name for one with her rhythm of magic She was the stuff of nightmares A monster loc 100I totally fell in love with Heyerdar even before Ava knew what hit her and I seriously never trusted Reist Perhaps it was in the personification of the two men that I leaned towards one than the other early on in the book This contained the weirdest unreuited love triangle and I loved it for that uniueness The external conflict of the story was interesting as well while the realm was witnessing ruesome murders and it was their job to et to the bottom of the mystery The internal conflict mostly resided in Ava and became irresistible as she struggled to et her emotions and intentions under control on her uest to win Reist s heart He was a bastard for not seeing how much she d always wanted him loc 1213This book brings together so many elements of interest with it s mysteriousness sexiness mysticalness and darkness In all this book was wonderfully done and I seriously want to et into of Kim Knox s worksFirst Line Sunlight ilded his muscled
Body Loc 69Last Lineloc 69Last Line really do say the sweetest things loc 3534 uotesThe thief basis in old magic shortened life comapred to other magic users even ephemerals the mages derogatory term for humans the need to feed on flesh whether living or dead to contain her dark nature soul stealing skin wearing She winced what she was was disturbing loc 329Heyerdar was a riot of hatred He wanted Fallon and Reist had stolen her Something held him back but the sliver of magic that had touched her wasn t enough to reveal of his thoughts his soul Years as a spy for the mages had honed her curiosity Did the new Highest Mage have something over him loc 407The mages wanted her dead She winced It was strange to be at the other end of a lust for blood and death loc 2442Galley provided by Carina Press via NetGalley One of those books that s really hard to find a meaty. Inges of society and likes it that wayWhen the man she loves takes another woman for his mate the darkness in her heart unravels and she'll do anything to et him back She makes a dangerous deal with a fire elemental Heyerdar who.