Title and Link: Through the Dark
Authors: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher URL: www.phaze.com
Genre: Paranormal, GLBT (M/M) Historical
Rating: **** ½ (out of 5)
Jeremy’s cousin has been captured by the Church and imprisoned, accused of being a demon. When the escape plan does not go according to plan they are forced to seek refuge in Grey Constantine’s keep. Behind closed doors are secrets that can kill and Jeremy and Grey give in to an attraction that can bind them irrevocably.
The year is 1582, in North Wales.
Lord Grey Constantine, overcome with grief over the untimely death of his lover Rhys, is in a local tavern one week after his passing, drowning his sorrows when Jeremy Waters walks in. Jeremy orders a drink and mentions to the barkeep that he is there on God’s business. Grey, still blaming God for Rhys’ death, pulls out a pistol and shoots at Jeremy but misses because he is so drunk; Jeremy, totally unafraid, disarms him.
Jeremy is attracted to Grey but is unable to pursue him because he has to attend to the urgent business of freeing his cousin Alexander from the monastery where he is imprisoned. Later that evening he and his cousin show up at Grey’s keep with the monastery’s guards following not far behind them and he asks Grey for help until they could leave without detection. Grey is only too happy to see Jeremy again but is conflicted because of his emerging feelings for him just one week after Rhys’ death. Later that evening when they have sex it is a very violent mating and the wolf in Jeremy realizes that he has found his mate.
The story revolves around Grey who is being driven to near insanity both by the loss of Rhys and by his eldest brother who is on a campaign to have him put away so that he can inherit his property. His brother enlists the help of the Church so that he can attack Grey when he is most vulnerable. Grey, whose mind is fragile, has convinced himself that he is indeed losing it and he’s afraid that he will spend the rest of his life in an asylum for the insane; Jeremy who is powerful in his own right is Grey’s anchor and is the only one who can calm his fears.
Through the Dark is a story about werewolves in a time when they are perceived to be demons. The book has considerable blood play, is very violent and really dark just like its name and the pace is fast, moving the story along at a more than acceptable rate. Interspersed between the violence, darkness and bouts of near insanity on the part of Grey is a sweet love story being played out between him and Jeremy and at times the reader can almost experience the unexpectedly tender feelings between the two characters. In the book Jeremy has sex with Grey sometimes in half shifted form which Grey finds very erotic because he needs the violence he senses in Jeremy‘s wolf. Hot sex is the trademark of Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael and they do not disappoint in their newest offering where sometimes the eroticism is off the scale.
There are surprises concerning Grey’s and Jeremy’s past and how it impacts the story. Do Jeremy and Grey get their HEA or even a HFN ending? You will have to read the book to find out. This story appealed to me on many levels but in particular because it’s dark and brooding and the authors make no apologies for the violence, blood and guts as this is a reality in the world they created.
Because of the subject matter this book is violent and may not be suitable for readers who are very sensitive