Book Reviews

Darkness by Eden Winters at Rocky Ridge Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Law Enforcement / Angels & Demons / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-June-2024

Book Blurb

Darkness follows Lieutenant Morrisey James.

As an Atlanta PD detective, Morrisey understands the worst atrocities the city has to offer—or believes he does. His recent cases present something new: a killer who unleashes unbridled terror in victims before moving in for the kill. Morrisey has an edge, though, the terrifying ability to gain flashes of insight from each victim.

Most people assume Farren Austin is a shallow, pretty boy, but he’s so much more. Agent Austin keeps secrets as part of the FBI’s Alternate Entities Task Force, a unit created to monitor travelers from another realm. Although they might look human, they’re anything but.

And they’ve taken a special interest in Morrisey.

Partnered with Farren, Morrisey finds himself in the middle of demons trying to possess his body, a succubus sidekick who wants to cook him breakfast, accusations of being a powerful destructive force, and a growing number of people calling him “Darkness.” Not to mention a sudden overwhelming attraction to his new partner.

It’s going to take the mysterious Farren’s help to keep the latest case from being Morrisey’s last.


Book Review

“The dark and the light, they exist side by side,
Sometimes overlapping, one explaining the other.
The darkened path is as illuminated as the lightened,
Only the fear of the dark keeps us from seeing our way.” ~ Raven Davies, Between Here & There


Morrisey James, from Eden Winters's 'Darkness', lives with a dark cloud hanging over his head. Life has taught him not to get too attached to anyone or anything because everyone leaves him.


Morrisey and his partner, Will, work in homicide and think they have seen it all. But their latest case is grotesque beyond anything they could have imagined. The incident occurred at a kid’s birthday party. The perpetrators didn't harm the children, but they slaughtered everyone else. The scene took its toll on Morrisey and, especially, on Will.


When a series of similar murders happen, a top-secret agency called the FBI Alternate Entities Task Force approaches Morrisey, where Farren, a senior agent, becomes his mentor.


Farren and Morrisey work well together, but their mutual physical attraction is unexpected. Their investigation takes a dark turn when they realize how tangled the web of deceit has been spun. It is up to them to uncover the betrayal and rectify it.


Eden has created a complex world full of demons and other mind-blowing characters, with a unique romance thrown in for good measure. The worldbuilding was brilliant, immersing me in a unique way of thinking. The story, honestly, is a tangled web on all levels. Thanks, Eden!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 442 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2024
Price $5.99 ebook
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