Book Review + Blitz + Giveaway: RUNNING IN THE DARK by Inger Iversen

Book & Author Details:

Running in the Dark by Inger Iversen 
(Running in the Dark #1) 
Publication date: February 8th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

He is known only as Trace—because he leaves no trace of his victims behind.

A deadly Russian slayer, Trace’s life has always revolved around death. Death, and preventing humankind from learning about the legendary creatures of the night. But now his position as a Watcher has become a prison, and dealing death for the Vampire Nation isn’t as prestigious as he once believed it to be.

College dropout Bessina Darrow has witnessed things she isn’t permitted to see, a simple case of wrong place at the wrong time putting her life in danger. When Bessina becomes his new mark, Trace is prepared to eliminate her—until he discovers a way out for them both.

Protecting Bessina means defying the leaders of the Nation, an act that has them both running for their lives. The more Trace fights to disappear from danger, the more he unravels the secrets crafting his world—secrets he must unveil in order to finally save a life, instead of destroy it. 
Okay , I can do that.


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Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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My Review

This book was so good! I liked how the main protagonist, Bessina, was a headstrong African American young woman, someone I could relate to. I don't get to read a whole lot of urban fantasies with AA women in them as the main character, so this was a nice change of things.

I also liked how Bessina and Trace's relationship was a slow burn. It wasn't one of those insta-love types that just start out of nowhere. Also, Bessina didn't want to be around Trace very much, but it was only after he had saved her twice that she'd started to let her guard down. Trace was also very kind and sweet when he'd explained how their world governed, and that by getting married would help protect her. Trace even understood why Bessina had dropped out of college from a sexual assault and believed her, after only one day of meeting her. Their first time was very much like natural sex. It didn't have to be a whole 3-hour orgy, just something that happens when two people are sexually attracted to each other. It felt real and authentic.

I wanted to know more about how the Nation and the Sect worked; Trace gave a blanket explanation, but I was hoping to know more, especially after they got married. Bessina's relationship with her uptight and almost-cruel father made it hard to relate to why she wanted to save him from being killed by Trace. But if her mother had been kind and generous enough to keep him around, then that was more of an okay for me, I guess. We didn't get to know much of Bessina's aunt Terry until nearly the end of the book. Since Bessina had spoken so highly of her, it was suspected that she would be more of a contributing factor, but not really, which was unfortunate.

But in general, this book was great. I had lost sleep from thinking about it so much last week, and I couldn't wait to review it today. There's not much word of a sequel, but I hope that Inger makes it happen one day.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Giveaway (US only):

$25 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of Running in the Dark, + a Diary String Key Retro Vintage Classic Leather Bound Notebook Dark Coffee

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