Uprising (Eternally Mated Series, Dark Horizons Novel 1)

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  • Uprising (Eternally Mated Series, Dark Horizons Novel 1)

“We can’t fight evolution, only ride it out and hope the ending is in our favor.” Ryder Mattis

As a former Navy Seal, beating the odds is something Ryder excels at. However, the world has changed and his transformation into a vampire gives survival a whole new meaning. If that isn’t enough to ruin his life, a plague unleashes utter destruction on humanity. He knows he has what it takes to protect those who survive even if they don’t like his rules. What he doesn’t count on is a female with stormy eyes and a will to live getting under his skin.

Kayla has lost everyone she loves to the red death. Surviving the plague is one thing, but a vow made to her dying father puts her under the protection of a predator. Surprised at how her body reacts to Ryder when he feeds, she has a hard choice to make. But when tragedy strikes and forces the vampire to give her his blood, she morphs into something no one could ever predict.

The new world doesn’t come with a handbook and when fate brands them as potential mates, they are not prepared. They can either battle each other, or band together in a fight for survival. The future holds no guarantees but being alone might be worse than death.

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Reviews:Emily Pennington on Bookbub wrote:

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Ryder, a Navy SEAL, returned from an overseas mission, only to be bitten by a beautiful woman, Arsenia. His new circumstances forced him to master his raging hunger. Getting that under control and adapting to his new life, Ryder now faced the devastation caused by the Red Death, a plague destroying people he knew and loved! The archangel Tegan and daughter Ashley, the Angel of Death, gave the vampires some extra protection against the plague by giving a little of their blood. But the humans were defenseless. And where could they run? So Ryder and his comrades took in as many people as they could to provide protection. Healthy and fit men were offered the chance to become vampires. They looked for healthy females of child-bearing age with the hope that, if there were a future, they would repopulate the world. Those women also had to agree to feed the vampires, so some did not stay. Now they were preparing to move out to a new location. The power grid had failed and Ryder sensed something coming.

When Kayla’s father dies of the Red Death, she followed his wishes and went to Ryder for protection. Their personalities immediately clash when the strong, independent woman does not take well to the bossy alpha male. But when Kayla is later injured, Ryder must share some of his blood with unexpected consequences!

This wonderful book is non-stop action, well written, intriguing and suspenseful. The characters will pull the reader right in, admirable in their fight to save humanity and the future of the world. Grab your copy and see what the future holds for these heroes and those they fight to save.

geck1992 on Bookbub wrote:

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That was the most intriguing take on vampires, angels, demons, shifters, and the apocalypse I have ever read. I enjoyed the heck out of it and plan to continue the spin off series, and go back and read the original from the beginning.

The characters were unique and the MCs had excellent chemistry and just enough of that love/ hate we all crave in our romance novels.

The pacing was good and there were enough twists to keep you engaged but not so many the plot was buried. If you are looking for a different kind of vampire romance, this is definitely one to try. 💕

4.5 faith-filled-stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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chelseaortizgonzalez on Bookbub wrote:

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*squeal
I want more!!!!!
Just. Whoa.
I think i might be too happy to come up with words that make sense.
Honestly, it 70% squealing, 25% giggles and 5% grinning like a weirdo.
Ryder and Kayla were perfect. Their chemistry was explosive.
The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
I am ready for next book...like now.
I would highly recommend.
Happy reading!
Rating 5 stars

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sharonreif on Bookbub wrote:

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Through her wonderfully descriptive writing this author brings to life a whole new world. This is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I have not read any of the previous books in the series, none of that mattered as I was still able to enjoy this book. This is a post-apocalyptic world where a plague killed a large number of humans and where vampires have the upper hand. Ryder is the hot alpha who is most prepared for this world and he likes his rules to be followed. Kayla is the daughter of Ryder’s dead friend and she is in for some surprises as the story progresses. Great plot, nicely written and great well-rounded characters.
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Eternally Mated Boxset (Books 1-3)

Angels With Attitude
Start the series and find out why paranormal fans are loving it.

Book 1: Fall Into Darkness
Hunter angel Eli lives by his own rules and bows to no one. But when a powerful council deems the angel has lost his humanity, he's sentenced to earth with one mission--learn compassion or be condemned to Hell. 

Ashley has always been different. With one glance into a person's eyes, she foresees their death--so she tries not to look. She even moves to the wilds of Alaska to get away from civilization, which works just fine until a handsome stranger rescues her from a surprise attack.

Book 2: Veiled In Darkness
When Eli spots Ashley across a bloody battlefield, he can only steal a moment alone with her. Powerless is an emotion new to the hunter, but it’s one he faces daily when he realizes killing the demon king in order to free his mate is out of the question.

‘Death’ was not a nickname Ashley wished to carry. Being the only one able to stop Lucifer’s evil plan was an even worse fate. When she discovers her true ancestry, fear that she will succumb to her darker side forces her to dig deep for the strength she needs to fight.

Book 3: Bound By Darkness
He mated to protect her. She used him for revenge. As their worlds collide, their feelings for each other grow. But, when his dark secret is revealed, it may be more than she can forgive.

Lyzander has done many distasteful things in his life. One in particular has haunted him for the past twenty years. Now, the little girl he sheltered from the ones who killed her family has become his savior. When she seeks to avenge the murder of her loved ones, he finds himself saving her all over again.

Kelana has an agenda, and if mating with the angel warrior Lyzander will bring her closer to completing her mission, then she will gladly take him to her bed. When her father discovers the abomination he created is still alive, he proves more powerful than she imagined and it will take everything at her disposal to survive. 

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What Amazon readers are saying:

“Fall into Darkness was an incredible start to a new series. I was blown away by Eli and Ashley's story. These characters and storyline were brilliantly written. I would gladly Fall into Darkness again as long as Valerie Twombly is leading the way with another amazing story!!!”

“This story has a refreshing and HOT twist on Fallen Angels.” 

“Valerie Twombly writes Angels that aren’t all good and humans that aren’t all bad, it’s a very good and new combination to an age-old story. Valerie brings the reader a fresh love for the genre in my eyes.”

“Dark, steamy, sultry romance! A whole new twist on Angels. It has you fanning yourself, the pages turning consistently, and drooling over muscular angels. What is a better way to spend your day?” 

“Adventure, danger, suspense, romance, and of course a happily ever after with a miracle. Brava!!! Brava!!! I can't say enough good things about this series.”

“Omg! This was just, epic! Such a well thought out, well-written series! The first book was amazing, but this one....” 

“This was more than I expected. We get tragic love stories, evil and prophecy all in one action-packed book that has you hanging in some respects and smiling in others.” 

“Undeniable one of the best PNR books that really tugged on my heartstrings. By the end I was crying tears of both heartache and joy.”

“Holy Hell what a book! I love books by Valerie Twombly. The whole series was wonderful. So phenomenally well-written, and with a great flow.”

Tempted by Darkness (Book 6)

Elite archangel Tegan is handed a mission to gather intel on an emerging species. His partner, a beautiful young angel, stirs desires he has avoided for decades. When he discovers Rhea’s little secret, his world threatens to collapse around him and forces him to confront a past he thought he had left behind.

Rhea has always wanted to visit the mortal realm, so when she is offered a mission with Tegan, she jumps at the chance. Second thoughts arise when she is commanded to seduce the archangel. Higher powers want Tegan’s son; she just wants to help him forget his broken heart.

Deception collides with fate as the two angels begin to unravel the truth, only to discover they have been the pawns of providence. Events have been set in motion. Now it is up to them to either allow the past to repeat itself or let fate finally take its course.

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Reviews:L. Levine on Amazon wrote:

Tegan and Rhea both have their mission but she has a secret one as well. It is one that weighs heavily on her.

You can definitely feel their chemistry and connection. They belong together but will have to trust one another or lose it all. I really enjoy how developed each of the characters is and you really feel their pain as they make tough choices.

I highly recommend each book in this series. I have read them all and am never disappointed. The stories are so well done and offer intriguing characters.


Surrender To Darkness (Book 5)

Sometimes the only choice you have is to surrender.

Cade is a fallen angel who still endeavors to follow the right path. That is until the angels’ new ruling body decide the warrior is the perfect match to carry out their new assignment. Schooling the young, snobbish Abagail in the art of demon fighting is a challenge he could do without.

When Abagail is finally summoned by the Tribunal, she is beyond eager to finally take her place among the angels. She already has her eye on an elite warrior for her mate. But when the nephilim is thrust into a mission with a fallen angel, she goes from thrilled to mortified.

Like oil and water, the two are constantly at odds with each other, but Cade can’t deny the attraction building for the aloof nephilim. As their mission draws to a close, Cade realizes Abby will walk out of his life and into the arms of another, unless he can convince her to surrender to one night of passion.

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Reviews:Amazon Reviewer wrote:

here is so much action, adventure, passion, lust, drama, angels, demons... well just a smorgasbord of everything! Wrap it all up in a page turning storyline that just gets better and better and I promise you won't want to put it down! This is an awesome anytime read that will have you laughing out loud!

Amazon Reviewer wrote:

With each book I read in this series, I say this was my favorite. Then the next one comes out and I love it even more. Ms. Twombly has created such vivid world you get lost in it.

Kristie K on https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2198144854?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 wrote:

A sinful tale of good versus evil, and the horrors that lie where you least expect them…

Valerie Twombly has created another incredible tale within the world of the Eternal Mates. In Surrender to Darkness, the fifth installment in the series, we get a front row seat on the roller coaster that is Cade and Abigail. As a fallen angel with more soul than darkness, Cade still believes in the good in the world and wants nothing more than to preserve it. When he is tasked by the Tribunal to train a young, spoiled nephilim in the art of demon fighting, he is less than thrilled. When his new trainee turns out to be more of a challenge than fighting a demon horde, the tension grows hot…and something more than animosity flares.

Abigail has lived a pampered and indulgent existence all of her life, and expects nothing less when she comes of age and is called to take her place among the angels. Abigail’s expectations take a nosedive when her first mission is to train with a fallen angel warrior that is as sexy as he is untamed. Determined to get through this horrid ordeal and marry an Elite warrior worthy of her status, Abigail tries to put Cade out of her mind and concentrate on her training. The problem is, Cade is showing he has more sides to his rough demeanor, and Abigail finds herself drawn to him. Worse yet, a shocking development makes her realize that she’s never felt safer than she does with Cade.

Another winner from Ms. Twombly, Surrender to Darkness delivers all the elements her fans have come to crave from her. With a super sexy fallen angel as the hero, and a heroine that can be a little tough to like, this book has it all! An unwanted chemistry and desire that pulls between two unlikely souls, there was a slow burn to this story that kept you reading just to see what would transpire between them next. A great storyline within the Eternal Mates series, with long beloved characters making their appearances, Surrender to Darkness was an incredible addition to the series. I absolutely adore the worlds that Ms. Twombly creates for us, and can’t wait to see what comes next.

Joyffree on https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2149117469?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1 wrote:

It just keeps getting better -
I was left with so many questions after book 4 - where is the son? Is there going to be retaliation? Who is next? We found the son and he is absolutely nothing like I had depicted (I even kind of like him) and we have a new evil which I did not see coming ,running amuck- and a few characters were dealt a hand that held it's own karmic justice -so much action and reaction packed in this one!
This is Cade's story I can say with all honesty - strap your self in because you are in for one "hell" of a good time - Cade is to train Abby for the tribunal - Abby is an aristocrat who is under the assumption her wings are white and all others are beneath her - There is nothing but attitude, snark and some serious heat between these two
I read a complimentary copy of this book
If you have not delved into this series - What are you waiting for?


Unleash The Darkness (Book 4)

Sometimes even a reaper fears the darkness.

Created from light and dark, Sephtis is bound to both Heaven and Hell. When he calls upon his reaper, he unleashes a power even demons grow to fear. Only Evangeline keeps him from crossing over to total darkness. His mate is the light that burns bright in his soul.

Being a guardian angel is all Evangeline ever wanted. Then a promise to a dying woman changes her life irrevocably. Finding herself trapped in a foreign land, she must fight for her life while searching for a way back to the man she loves.

When a stranger comes between the couple, the two angels become entangled in a web of evil that will put their love to the ultimate test. Hell hath no fury like a reaper determined to find the woman he loves.

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Reviews:Kristie K on Pardon My Blurb wrote:

With her usual amazing talent with the written word, Valerie Twombly takes you on another adventure through heaven, hell, and everywhere in between. The cover is dark, dangerous, and sexy…emitting the perfect vibe for this book. The blurb captivates the imagination, holds it in thrall, and demands you one-click this book. The plot and storyline are awesome. A story of angels fighting evil, even the evil within, is one of my favorite recipes. Well developed and executed flawlessly, I loved this book. Her characters are beyond bewitching, each one sexy, gorgeous, tormented, and perfect. Easy to love, with hearts that you can relate to. I am one of Ms. Twombly’s biggest fans, and will continue to follow her to the ends of the earth…or heaven…or hell…

Amy W on Amazon wrote:

Holy hotness this book was the darkest and intense read. I loved every minute of Eva and Seph. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't stop reading. It flowed and had every emotion pulled out of me. I will be reading it again. I highly recommend this book.