Title: Challenge the Darkness
Author: Dirk Greyson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 234 Pages
At a Glance: An excellent twist on the shifter genre!
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: When alpha shifter Mikael Volokov is called to witness a challenge, he learns the evil and power-hungry Anton Gregor will stop at nothing to attain victory. Knowing he will need alliances to keep his pack together, Mikael requests a congress with the nearby Evergreen pack and meets Denton Arguson, Evergreen alpha, to ask for his help. Fate has a strange twist for both of them, though, and Mikael and Denton soon realize they’re destined mates.
Denton resists the pull between them—he has his own pack and his own responsibilities. But Mikael isn’t willing to give up. The Mother has promised Mikael his mate, told him he must fight for him, and that only together can they defeat the coming darkness. When Anton casts his sights on Denton’s pack, attacks and sabotage follow, pulling Denton and Mikael together to defeat a common enemy. But Anton’s threats sow seeds of destruction enough to break any bond, and the mates’ determination to challenge the darkness may be their only saving grace.
Review: Dirk Greyson writes a hell of a story, no matter what name or genre he chooses. I enjoy the sweetness from an Andrew Grey story, as well as the grittiness of Dirk Greyson one, and this book has both. Once I began this novel, I couldn’t put it down and stayed up long past my bedtime to finish it.
Greyson has taken the tried and true tropes of the werewolf shifter genre and turned them on their ear. And it was fantastic! I loved seeing the clichés switched about and worked from a new angle, while still remaining recognizable. Greyson also added a rich backstory and history to his wolves, and this was just as interesting to me as the romance was.
I have read alpha/alpha pairings before, but none quite like this. Greyson’s alphas work hard for their romance and while not quite insta-love, it is insta-lust. And instant respect. I liked that Mikael and Denton have a chance to work things out between them on an equal standing. Mikael respected Denton as an alpha, without turning into a jerk about it, in spite of him being the super alpha type. Denton and Mikael learn to compromise for the good of their packs without either one overbearingly alpha or losing that alpha male quality.
Anton was an excellent villain, and I would love to have more on how he became the way he was. The side characters introduced were also just as mesmerizing as the MCs. Karl and Kiawa, Mikael and Denton’s betas, respectively, were interesting and supporting. Catherine, Mikeal’s sister and the pack enforcer, was portrayed as a strong, dominate women without turning her into the token bitch female in the story.
Challenge the Darkness is a complete story on its own, and I would love to have more. I also hope Greyson returns to this magical verse! Thank you for another fantastic tale!
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