Review: The Vow by Dannika Dark

Posted on December 6, 2020 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: The Vow by Dannika DarkTitle: The Vow
Author(s): Dannika Dark
Series: Black Arrowhead #1, Mageriverse #15
Also in this series: Five Weeks , Four Days
Narrator(s): Nicole Poole
Published by Tantor Audio on December 1, 2020
Length: 8hrs 57mins
Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Source: Netgalley
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Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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Sometimes a wolf has to stand alone to find out what he’s made of.Book 1
Melody is an ambitious entrepreneur who has always loved the thrill of a new adventure, but she’s about to get more than she bargained for when the only way to save her business is to secure a deal with a powerful tribal leader. Running Horse, Oklahoma, isn’t on the map, and Mel is about as lost as a Shifter can get. When she unexpectedly runs into her best friend’s brother, her friendly visit quickly turns treacherous.
Lakota Cross is a man with secrets. While tracking a killer, he reunites with Melody, and their friendship sparks into a passionate affair. But if he doesn’t quell the fire soon, it might burn out of control.
Once again, fate brings these two Shifters together in a moment of need. But will the sacrifice be greater than the reward?
Curl up with an exciting new tale of love and magic by Dannika Dark.

The Vow by Dannika Dark is the first book in the Black Arrowhead series. It is a spin-off from the author’s Seven series. I three of her books from the Seven series, but never had the chance to complete the series. The thing I remembered most about both books was the ability to read them as standalones. Therefore, when the opportunity came for me to listen to the Vow, I did not hesitate.


The author did an excellent job in developing and explaining the world, so readers new to the author’s work would have no difficulty following.


Melody Cole is shifter and a businesswoman. She, along with her best friend, Hope, is in preparation mode for the commencement of their new business. A business which caters only to shifters. However, their plans hit a snag when one of their suppliers tried to take advantage of them. Securing another supplier meant taking a trip, and Melody opted to go to Oklahoma to secure a deal with a well-known jewellery maker. While making pit stop, she came face to face with Lakota, the boy who saved her life years ago. The problem though, he was no longer a boy but a sexy as hell, adult male. Despite their intense connection, they pretended not to know each other because of Lakota’s job as a bounty hunter.


The Vow not only delivered a hot and steamy romance between the hero and the heroine, but it also brought a suspenseful murder mystery to the table. Wow! What a ride, and Melody found herself smack dab in the middle of it all.
Told for alternate POVs, the story gave me insight into each of the character’s feelings. Melody is a strong, independent and determined woman, but she was a big coward when it came to commitment. Lakota on the other hand struggled with the circumstances of his birth, which made him avoid relationships.
I enjoyed the mystery element of the story. I loved how it unfolded and I like the fact it wasn’t easily solvable case. Aspects of it had me on the edge of my seat, and I was eager to learn who was behind the murders.
Narration
I have seen rave reviews about the narrator, Nicole Poole. This is my first time listening to her and I see why she is a favourite among avid audio book listeners. She brought life to the story and the characters. One could easily distinguish between the voices for each of the characters, which enhanced the listening experience for me. I would definitely listen to more of her work.


Overall, The Vow was an entertaining story. If you are a fan of paranormal romance and shifters, then you will want to give yourself a treat by grabbing this book.

 

Story Evaluation
Plot
4
Characters
4
World Building
4.5
Writing Style
4
Pacing
4.5
Cover
4
Narrator (Audio)
4.5
Enjoyment
4
Ending
4
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

 

 

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About Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.

About Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist and Earphones Award Winner. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing in her cave, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side. All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.
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11 responses to “Review: The Vow by Dannika Dark

  1. I think its so neat that you loved this one so much. I know many readers have adored this author quite a lot. I am always impressed when authors can just bring such a solid mystery to the table.

  2. This is an author that I have wanted to try for quite some time. It is good to know that the books in her series work as stand alones. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Nadene!

  3. This is an author that I have wanted to try for quite some time. It is good to know that the books in her series work as stand alones. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Nadene!

  4. DJ Sakata

    I rarely read shifter tales but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. This looks like a good one to ease back into the genre as I do enjoy strong female characters

  5. DJ Sakata

    I rarely read shifter tales but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. This looks like a good one to ease back into the genre as I do enjoy strong female characters