The Darkness Beyond by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #8
Reggie Morrison has been after the mysterious hacker, Nightwalker, for months but she never expected him to track her down and show up on her doorstep. D.J. Clayborne loves a good challenge and when the Regent’s servers are breached he knows he needs to fix it before anyone finds out. We’ve gotten little hints throughout the series that D.J. has been cyber-battling another hacker so I was excited to read The Darkness Beyond and see what type of woman could get D.J. so tangled up.
I liked D.J. and Reggie together but I would have liked a bit more on D.J.’s past. Like most of the Paladins from the previous books he’s had a less than ideal upbringing and this has shaped how he views the world. D.J. has the typical honor, strength, and protective instinct found in all Paladins but this also means that he felt a little too much like all the previous heroes in the series — other than saying whatever comes into his head. He does have a roguish charm that comes through but a lot of the book is Reggie and D.J. trying to survive in Kalithia so he’s not as easy going. I did feel that Reggie makes a great match for D.J. because she understands the thrill of hacking and she’s tough enough to handle the world he lives in.
I was hoping we would see more of the Kalith world since the majority of the book takes place there, however, it’s all spent hiking across land with Reggie and her kidnappers. Though we don’t see any towns we do get to see Berk (Redeemed in Darkness) and some of his men; I’d love to get his story one day since he seems to be the only ally on that side of the barrier.
3 out of 5 stars
Heroine is kidnapped and repeatedly threatened with sexual abuse
D.J. Clayborne has finally met his match. After weeks of playing cyber tag, a mysterious hacker bests D.J. at his own game. His nemesis downloads a top-secret history of the Paladins, forcing him to go on the hunt. The trail leads D.J. straight to Regina Morrison, a woman who is as sexy as she is talented in the cyber world.
Reggie has been working around the clock to stop a legendary computer hacker from accessing her clients’ files, but the last thing she expects is to have D.J. show up at her door. Or that he’s even hotter than his evasive avatar. Soon they’re flirting with a dangerous line between duty and desire.
Now, Reggie’s investigation gets her kidnapped by the Others and forced across the hostile energy barrier into an alien world. And it’s up to D.J. to track down the captivating woman whose ability to break through his firewalls is also breaking through to his warrior’s heart.
Published by Pocket Books on May 31, 2011
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