Book Review: A Brush of Darkness by: Allison Pang

A Brush of Darkness
Publisher: Pocket
Publish Date: 25 January 2011
Origins: Publicist for Review
Format: Paperback

The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

I loved this book. So much so that I am going to ramble about it because you know that is what I do when I heart books. I am so happy to see this book take an urban fantasy and give it a real sex scene. I am so tired of other UFs teasing you with tiny bits of sensuality. It's like reading a YA book, no wait, most YAs have MORE SEX than most UFs. Anyway, I ramble, I appreciate the full sexy sex scenes. 

I had to push myself through the beginning. I am still unsure if that is due to the beginning of the book or the oncoming of a reading slump, we will never know. Once I got past the beginning (probably 1/4) the action picked up and I started to really get into the story. I stayed up all night to read it. 

I love Phineus. He is by far the coolest unicorn ever! I heart him (stay tuned for a day in the life of Phineus on the blog). I think that Brystion is pretty damn hot, as is Abby and they are hot and awesome together, um major plot point aside. I just want those two to be together. I love Abby, she doesn't know what to quit, which the mark of an awesome UF heroine. 

Finally, I wonder (out loud to you all) if Allison Pang reads some Anne Bishop (whom I adore) because I felt a couple salutes to her through out the book. I could be a total fan girl and imagining but if there were salutes to her that makes this book all the more awesome. I enjoyed the fresh wit and life Ms. Pang brings to her pages and I will definitely be watching this author! You should too.

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