Title: The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2)
Author: Alison Goodman
When I first read The Dark Days Club, I was hooked. I was originally nervous going into this thinking that it would suffer from Second Book Syndrome, or that it wouldn’t stand up to all my hype and anticipation for its release. Thankfully, I worried for nothing, because I found The Dark Days Club even more enjoyable than it’s predecessor. I devoured it. It was the very opposite of Second Book Syndrome: fast-paced, full of action, and exciting to read until the very end.
I mentioned this is my review for the first one, but Goodman does such a fantastic job with these books, and her writing continues to impress me. They’re a perfect combination of regency romance (a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine) and paranormal fantasy. I was also glad that the romance was a bit more present. Carlston and Helen – be still my heart. I’m a sucker for a slow burn and the chemistry between those two is so amazingly well written that the tension is palpable. I’m not going to lie, I kind of wish these were adult books, not Young Adult, so some of those scenes could be even steamier.
Sorry not sorry. Also, I have a confession: I enjoy the occasionally love triangle. I really liked the Duke of Selburn’s character and I was glad he was still around in this book and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Of course, the ending left me itching for the next one, WHICH I NEED IMMEDIATELY. Alas, I have to spend the next year impatiently awaiting it’s release.