Review: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Monday, May 22, 2017

Title: Surrender the Dark
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017

 As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.

Benjamin Fuller was (reluctantly on his part) raised to be a vampire hunter just like all of his family members before him.  His uncle was cruel, often abusive to him, and was determined to teach him the ways of killing a vampire.  At only 8 years old Benjamin didn't really want any part of it, until one night when a vampire used Benjamin's kindness against him to not only escape but kill his family.  Benjamin was injured in the attack and it costs him his eyesight, so he decides to never show mercy again and takes his place as the last vampire hunter.  Tzadkiel spends 20 years in hiding trying to recuperate after the torture at the hands of Benjamin's uncle.  He vows to reclaim his place as head of the mora again (his vampire "pack"). In order to do so, he must sacrifice the last hunter and drink his blood.  Both Benjamin and Tzadkiel have very conflicting emotions about each other.  One one hand they are enemies, but they also feel a strong chemistry with each other.

"Your entire personality is like a hand job in a cold shower" 

I have to admit, this one really surprised me.  I went into this one expecting a lot of "hot and heavy" scenes and for their attraction to be the main focus point.  It really wasn't.  I actually really loved this one so much!  The chemistry between the two of them is sizzling, but because they are enemies they repeatedly push each other away so not much happens between them for a long time.  I REALLY didn't expect this one to get me all teary either!!  I'm not a big crier and I wasn't sobbing (my eyes were just sweating!  I swear!) but this one definitely gave me the feels.

"Whoever said love was blind, was right, Benjamin decided sometime later as he listened to the even rise and fall of Tzadkiel's breaths.  Once you closed your metaphorical eyes to misunderstandings and imperfections, conceits and prejudices, then, and only then, could you see the strength and beauty that had been there before you all along. "

I loved all of the characters in this one, even the secondary character were really well written.  I also really liked the difference in perspective with this one.  In every book we ever read about vampires they are evil bloodsuckers, but in this one they are a bit different.  I found that I really loved the change.  I ended up reading this in one sitting because the plot was steady and kept me on the edge of my seat. This is my first ever read by Tibby Armstrong, and I have to say, I loved it! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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  1. Ooh vampires and vampire hunters with a M/M romance? That sounds amazing! And who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers? I'll add this to my wish list.

    1. I hope you get a chance to check it out, and you love it! I really enjoyed this one a lot. I couldn't believe that this one got me in the feels like it did. lol!

  2. Oh hey, I thought I was gonna have to search through your blog to find this, but it's actually the most recent post, haha. But yeah, I agree that I think I was expecting more hot and heavy, but I'm glad it wasn't. It was good how it was, letting the chemistry sizzle until they finally started to see the other perspective.

    1. hahaha yayy for happy surprises! I'm really glad it wasn't more hot and heavy too. It gave more time for the chemistry to build, like you said, and also for me to get hooked on the plot.

  3. I heard about this book over at Kristen's blog but you've just reinforced how awesome it sounds. I wasn't sure I was going to be investing in a copy but I may have just accidentally clicked by on my kindle. Oops? I've not read much paranormal romance yet this year so I definitely want to make this one of the few I do read.

    1. haha I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! It was so good. I may have to reread this one later in the year when I start to catch up on my, if that ever happens. LOL!


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