Review Blog Tour – “Phaelyn” & “Teague” (Dark Shadows #2.5 & #3) by Ariel Marie

Double Book Tour

Phaelyn (The Dark Shadows 2.5)

The Dark Shadows were charged with the responsibility of protecting the vampire nation. Going after the kidnapped vampire royal guard was all in a day’s work. 

Idris Lafayette waited inside of his prison cell for the Dark Shadows to come for him. Idris knew that they would be relentless in their quest to find him. No vampire left behind. Through all of the torture and experiments the necromancers put him through he refused to break. He held onto a small shred of hope. Hope that he would be rescued, hope that the Shadows would tear through the necro’s hidden underground lair and kill them all. He yearned to get at least one last glimpse of her. 

As the lone female Dark Shadow member, Phaelyn Otvos was used to being singled out. She was one of the deadliest females to ever hold a sword. Enemies underestimated her, while potential lovers were intimidated by her. Her latest assignment—retrieve the missing vampire guard. The one person who captured her heart years ago was now her mission. Thrown together in the midst of the war between vampire and necromancers, will Phaelyn and Idris recognize that they were meant for each other? 

~~~Felicia’s Review of “Phaelyn”~~~

5/5 Stars!

We found Idris!

I was truly bugged at the end of Toma, when I couldn’t remember what happened to Idris. I even went back and re-read through the fight sequence twice! Good to see him…but as a hostage…not so much. But the Olarus are an honorable family, and never gave up searching for Idris. Says a lot about their character…and his. I also loved that Idris KNEW they would come for him – he just had to hold on.

Enjoyed the opening sequence, detailing how Phaelyn came to be a made vampire. Gave more depth to her, and explained not only why she’d never again be a victim, but her motivation to excel as a Shadow warrior. Would have enjoyed some of the same for Idris, but not having it didn’t detract from the story.

It was a bit surprising to find that while both Idris and Phaelyn were pledged to the Royal Family, they actually had little contact with each other. Explains some of their hesitancy and unfounded doubts.

This author has a knack for writing villains I truly loathe! Like Xalak before him, Zoreal made me wish I could kill him myself! LOL! The description of Idris after his last “session” with Zoreal was it for me – he had to go!

Good team effort out in the woods. Shadow warriors will not be deterred…no matter how many versi there are!

It was also refreshing to see Idris and Phaelyn not go through endless, unnecessary denial about being mates, being together, blah, blah, blah. They both knew that despite being vampires, time was still a gift.

Good to see those around the Royal Family also find their fated mates.

Loved this surprise installment in the Dark Shadows series, and definitely recommend it!


Teague (The Dark Shadows 3)

The necromancers are not the only ones with allies…. 

Failure is not an option. Teague Olaru, vampire prince and Dark Shadow warrior, has received his orders. Seek out the vampire’s long time ally, the valkyries, and convince them to stand with the vampires in their war against the necromancers. It should have been a straightforward mission, that is, until he met Bella. 

Arabella Kaldana, Valkyrie warrior, had led the life of a seasoned maiden warrior staying true to her oaths and protecting the good people of Aphadore. She’s never had doubts about the life she was destined for, until she met Teague. The sexy vampire was never far from her thoughts. He had her wanting more. 

Teague and Arabella’s budding relationship is put to the test in the midst of the war. Arabella’s ultimate destiny has been presented to her and she’s torn…. follow her destiny or follow her heart?

~~~Felicia’s Review of “Teague”~~~

5/5 Stars!

Just when I believe Toma is my favorite Dark Shadows story, in walks Teague! LOL!

I don’t know what it is about a man who gets smacked in the face by love, but they’re just too adorable! The usually confident, cocky, snarky youngest son of Vladimir and Alin Olaru barely recognizes himself when he meets…and is unable to claim his fated mate, the Valkyrie warrior princess, Arabella.

Sent to enlist the Valkyries’ assistance in eliminating mega-witch, Rowena, Teague is cautioned by older brother, Nicu, to not make trouble with the virginal Valkyries. The last thing Teague expected to find…or was even on his mind…was the woman he was meant to spend his life with.

Arabella makes the list of my favorite book heroines. No whining and running for this Valkyrie Princess. A true warrior in character and spirit, she was perplexed by her feelings for Teague. But, she was very honest with herself…and him. She wanted him, and wanted to BE with him, but her Valkyrie destiny was her priority. Even as she broke her maiden vow, she knew nothing else would come of it. I’m sure she would have been thrilled at that point, if things were different, but not once did she try to manipulate the situation or evade her duty. She was as honorable a warrior as Teague was…and he admired her for that.

The scene during the queen’s hearing was chaotic. That hag, Rowena, was bound and determined to have her way. My heart broke for Teague as the scene ended, and as they returned to the Aphadore realm. It was hard watching him when he returned home and to his Shadow warrior duties, but the scene with Toma was touching for the fact that it let Teague know his feelings were valid and he wasn’t alone.

I wasn’t surprised at the identity of Arabella’s father, but definitely was at how it played into the final scenes of the story. Great plot twist!

This series just keeps getting better and better! By the time we get to Nicu, I’ll probably internally combust! LOL! But for now, 1-click Teague and take his journey to love…while we wait for Adrian!


For centuries, a vicious war has raged on between the Necromancers and Vampires. Two powerful races who refused to surrender in defeat. A half a century ago, the Necromancers disappeared from the face of the Earth…. until now.

Nadira Olaru, the youngest offspring of the Vampire King has become the target of the re-emerging Necromancers. The King of the Necromancers has offered a peace treaty, an offer he refuses to take no for an answer. His one demand— Nadira to mate with his son. The Dark Shadows, Vampire warriors run by her eldest brother, have been charged with protecting the Vampirian Princess at all cost. 

Zac Cooper, human police detective, never believed in the supernatural world, that is, until he witnessed a dead body walk right out of the morgue. Fate brings Zac and Nadira together. Twice. Nadira knows that Zac is her Fated Mate, but now he is caught in the middle of the war between the Vampires and Necromancers.

Nadira is torn, should she be selfish and mate with the love of her life for all eternity? Or should she sacrifice their love forever, and let him go, in order to save him?

For centuries, the Dark Shadows have been charged with protecting the Vampire nation. Necromancers, their mortal enemies, are growing bolder and stronger in their attempt to destroy the vampires. Anika Massey, best friend to the vampirian princess, has lusted after her friend’s older brother, Toma, for years and he doesn’t seem to even notice she exists. At least, she didn’t think the Dark Shadows warrior did, until the necromancers turned their focus on her. He noticed her. One touch and Toma Olaru knew he wouldn’t be able to give her up. Since their first meeting he could not get the curvy human female off of his mind. He knew it wasn’t right for him to have feelings for his sister’s best friend, but fate had decided that she’s his mate. She’s human and according to Vampire laws, he cannot have her and should have never touched her. Anika understands the ways of the vampires and knows she must let Toma go, but will Toma be willing to let her go?

Ariel Marie fell in
love with books at an early age. She can remember her first favorite book! She
read the book so many times that it fell apart and she was devastated!
Fast-forward thirty something years later, Ariel now writes books she hopes
readers will fall in love with and read over and over. Paranormal romance is
her favorite genre. Who doesn’t love Shifters, Witches, Faes and all the other
paranormals? She just loves writing about couple’s first meeting, the magnetism
of when their eyes first meet and the first kiss! Her favorite part of writing
paranormals is creating the world that the characters live in. 

Ariel Marie loves
connecting with her readers. Once a month she personally writes her newsletter
for her readers. They are one of the first to learn about book releases,
contest and events that she is participating in.

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