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    Review | Dark Days : Semester 1 by Liz Meldon

    Review | Dark Days : Semester 1 by Liz MeldonDark Days: Semester 1 by Liz Meldon
    Series | Dark Days #1
    Release Date | December 6th, 2018
    Genres | Paranormal
    Format | ARC
    Buy | Amazon
    Rating | three-half-stars
    Synopsis |

    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 was my first read by Liz Meldon and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of her books. Duologies have definitely been a huge theme for 2018, I’ve read so many and some have been a hit or miss. I was wanting so much more in this one, but it did a great job setting things up for book 2. I couldn’t get enough of the hot tension between Calder and Emma, those were definitely my favorite moments and there’s plenty of it.

    I was a bit bummed out that not a whole lot was happening in this one, like I mentioned earlier, it seemed to be setting everything up for book 2. But it pulls you in so easily and it’s nearly impossible to not be hooked on every word that Meldon writes.

    There’s no doubt that the tension between Calder and Emma is off the charts, it’s just a matter of when they’ll act on them. And when they can be honest about their feelings towards each other. It’s definitely a huge surprise to the both of them since they’re natural enemies, but I’m all for breaking the norm. I’m anticipating that moment when they finally accept that their relationship is more than sex.

    When it comes to Calder, there’s so much more to his past that we know very little of. And it’s like a slow burn of information since there’s hints dropped here and there, but by the end, you’ll definitely be demanding to know about what he was tangled up in the past. He’s definitely getting away from something or someone, but they have finally caught up with him. Whatever it is, it will bring more of a riff between him and Emma. But I’ll be rooting for the both of them and that they’ll get through it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Days and am so happy that it’s not too long of a wait for the final book in this duology! I have no idea what’s to come, but I’m sure it’ll set off right from the very beginning!

    RATING | 3.5 STARS

    About Liz Meldon

    Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

    Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are usually dark and angsty, and her contemporaries are stress-free smutfests, but you’ll find both riddled with feels. Most of all, she loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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