Paranormal Romance Review: Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann (Extraordinary)

Posted March 15, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 5 Wine Glasses / 18 Comments



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From Goodreads: Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists—including women half his size—can kick his highly skilled ass.

Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as “Greater-Thans,” this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.

But in the depths of America’s second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich—and reckless—enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is epidemic. But few realize the drug’s true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny’s crucial ingredient.

Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack team of operatives, she’s determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she finds that one of the new test subjects is none other than Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Although Shane isn’t a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-SEAL, he’s got talents of his own. But Mac’s got powerful reasons to keep her distance from him—and reasons that are just as strong to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now, in the midst of the ultimate war on drugs, she must face sacrificing her heart.

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Challenges: Men in Uniform, Mystery/Thriller
Overall Rating 5+
Story Rating 5+
Character Rating 5+

First thought when finished: This packed a punch and it’s one that I won’t recover from lightly!

What I Loved: Born to Darkness is like 2.5 romances in one with some kick ass action and a little paranormal ability to increase it all! I don’t know if it was my mood (Moody Reader Alert) or just the shear genius of Suzanne Brockmann (my first time reading her)but this book just clicked for me on every level. I must warn you that it could double as a weapon as it is quite lengthy BUT it is a super fast read. At the end, I was like I want more. The last book that made me do that was The Discovery of Witches. So needless to say, I just flat out loved it.

Final Thought: Can I give Born to Darkness a 5 plus? This book was just completely unique to me and I DEVOURED it 🙂

Seriously this review almost came down to this: Born to Darkness is a PNR (paranormal romance), PNT (paranormal thriller), and kick ass ride that will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end. I have no better way to put this but I at least tried LOL.

Felicia S
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18 responses to “Paranormal Romance Review: Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann (Extraordinary)

  1. Christi Snow

    OMG, I love that you loved this esp. since I was looking at my lists over the weekend and think I have pre-ordered 2 copies of it. hehe! I cannot wait to read this one! smiles….

  2. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    Hot Navy Seal, Hot Super Brainy Guy, and Hot Doctor (granted he is gay but still hot)—-this book is full of them all 🙂

  3. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    hehe I know that feeling. I don't think I will ever run out of books to buy 🙂

  4. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    It was really good. Do I think everyone will love it as much as I did? No but I do think most people will enjoy it!

  5. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I think this is new for her! It comes out next week I think but it was such an interesting twist on a Romantic Suspense!

  6. Mary

    FIVE?!? Oh, hells yes. I'm so in. Hot man? Check. Awesome story? Check. Uniform on said man? Yeah, baybe.

  7. Melissa (Books and T

    I was thinking I had this one, but I'm thinking it must be another book of hers. Oh I'm putting this on my wishlist!!

  8. Missie, The Unread R

    Dang! After reading this review, I immediate went to see if I could find it as an audiobook, since it's 528 pages, I thought it'd be a perfect audio to give me extra time on the treadmill, but I can't find it. :(But I'm loving the sound of it. So, I'll keep an eye out. And the Jason Lewis look alike on the cover makes it even more tempting. 🙂

  9. Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I have seen a couple reviews of this book. They made me decide to think about getting it. Your review just bumped it onto the buy list.

  10. Amanda

    I love Suzanne Brockmann's Navy SEALs, but I didn't know she threw a little paranormal into the mix. Might be worth picking her back up.