Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

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Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

A vampire desperate to escape his past. A wolf shifter determined to protect her future.

A killer on the loose.

One year ago, wolf shifter Emma accepted her dream job teaching PE at a Norwegian international school, finally freeing herself from her mother’s incessant matchmaking. As the alpha’s heir, walking away from her pack, from her obligations—potentially even her fated mate—weighed heavy on her heart. But deep down, she knew it was the right decision.

Unfortunately, her sacrifice may have been for nothing—because the new history teacher has fangs.

With a reputation for kidnapping and selling shifters to research labs, a vampire is the last thing Emma needs in her life, but she refuses to be intimidated. This is her territory and she’s not going anywhere, so that grumpy, gorgeous vampire can suck it.

Forced together at a prestigious boarding school, two supernatural enemies are torn between ripping each other's clothes off…

And ripping each other apart.

Eager for a fresh start, vampire Calder accepts an invitation to teach history at a private school above the Arctic Circle. Its remote location appeals to his sensibilities, and years of practice have taught him how to charm his human colleagues, but a certain gym teacher is seriously trying his last nerve.

All Calder wants to do is teach, so if the strikingly beautiful shifter refuses to see him as anything but the big bad vampire, perhaps he ought to lean into the part and really give her a show.

As summer turns to winter, humans disappear from nearby villages, gone without a trace and presumed missing—or worse.

Only one thing is certain: there are dark days ahead.

Even for creatures of the night.

Dark Days is a standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance duet. While Book 1 has a cliffhanger, all will be resolved with a supernatural happily-ever-after in Book 2.

Dark Days: Semester 1 by Liz Meldon
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Enemies to Lovers
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
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This is my first read by Liz Meldon, and I have to say, shame on me for that–because if any of her other books are like this one, then I would love them just as much. It’s no surprise that the paranormal genre is one of my absolute favorites, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by this one (obviously).

Emma is a wolf shifter who left her pack to pursue her own passions and make her own path in life. Being the alpha’s heir and walking away from the responsibilities that come with that mean her relationship with her family has deteriorated to the point of being practically non-existent. Carving her own way in life comes in the form of working as a P.E. teacher at an international boarding school in Norway, where she has found a pseudo pack in her students and fellow teachers.

Calder is a mysterious vampire who has just become the newest history teacher in Emma’s school. There’s a long history of vampires and wolf shifters not getting along, and Emma and Calder are no exception. While Calder is running to escape his past, he’s also desperate for Emma to see that underneath the vampire smolder, he’s actually a pretty decent guy. He also happens to love his job as a teacher and he’s grown to care deeply for the kids he teaches.

While they’re sworn enemies, they’re inexplicably drawn to each other. After denying themselves for so long, they give in to their mutual attraction, but it isn’t a simple beginning to a loving relationship. Of course, while their bodies fit together perfectly, the personalities don’t always mesh, which brings about some epic arguments, hurt feelings, and misunderstandings. There are parts of this book where I honestly wanted to smack their heads together and get them to put aside their stubbornness and just recognize how much they cared about each other, but that’s part of what made this story so great. I loved the angst and fire between them.

 On top of the relationship, there also have been several reported disappearances, with new people going missing at an alarming rate. Both Emma and Calder are keeping their eyes open for anything they might find suspicious while being concerned about the humans they care about who can’t protect themselves as well as supernaturals. What’s causing the disappearances, and are they all related or just a strange coincidence?

I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. I have high hopes that Emma and Calder will be able to set aside their differences and actually begin a legitimate relationship, and I’m also excited to see how the new challenges that are brought into the story toward the end are handled in the next book. This book does end on a cliffhanger, but it sets it up great for the next one, so I’m most definitely looking forward to seeing how everything is resolved.

I highly, highly recommend this book for any other fans of paranormal romance 🙂

 

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