Desires Unleashed by D.N. Simmons Blog Tour Review

Book Title:  Desires Unleashed : Knights of the Darkness Chronicles (Book 1)
Author:  D.N. Simmons
Publisher:   Rushmore Publishing; 3 edition (12 Nov 2010)
Book Length:  290 pages
Genre:  Vampire Romance, Paranormal, Werewolf/Shifter

Book Blurb

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the  heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.
With mutilated bodies being discarded all around the thriving city of Chicago, the highly-trained, government-funded police force, better known as the S.U.I.T., has assigned two detectives to discover who or what is behind the series of gruesome murders. Soon into their investigation, the detectives realize that they are in over their heads and if they are going to stop the menace before the next attack, they are going to have to seek the help of two unlikely individuals.
Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget!

Character Teaser

MEET VAMPIRE MASTER, DARIAN ALEXANDER:
The man himself. The Greek God breathtakingly gorgeous and incredibly dangerous at the same time. Don’t let his piercing forest green eyes and school boy dimpled grin fool you, he’s as deadly a predator as they come. His reputation is never misunderstood, those who know his name fear him. Darian is not someone to mess with, for he has ways of dealing with those who cross him. He controls the entire city of Chicago. Even the S.U.I.T. organization steers clear of him and his dealing. Jaded by his many years of existence, he has a tendency to be callous when it comes to humans. He’s been there
and done that, so to speak and he’s rarely surprised by humanity. His charm, intelligence and debonair personality is what drew the lovely and beautiful queen of the leopard Pride to him, even against her own Pride’s wishes.
Unfortunately for Elise, there is but one person in his life that has his whole heart, his Xavier. At least, that is what he thought until he met Natasha. The young woman intrigues Darian, baffles him, even. He wants her and only time will tell for us to see if he gets what he wants.

Excerpt

Well, at least one thing could be ruled out. Xander’s theory of foul play from the human race was out of the question from this standpoint. This was the work of a supernatural and it was the last thing the supernatural race needed. More drama. More ammunition for the humans to throw at them about how they should all be rounded up and destroyed. 
He watched as blood dried to a dark red tint on the exposed ligaments and muscles. Ragged pieces of skin clung to the chunks of flesh. He counted five pieces of the body, ranging from small to medium. The largest chunk of flesh was what remained of the torso. He stepped closer to examine the bite marks where the wolf had torn through the skin, bone and muscle. Looking inside the cavity, he could see that the ribs had been splintered. Little particles of white bone sprinkled the remaining intestines still attached to the shredded abdomen. There was no blood splattered around the area, just small puddles that had drained from the pieces of the corpse. He fought the urge to kneel on all fours and plunge his face deep into the feast at hand. He licked his lips and swallowed the saliva that had gathered in his mouth as his stomach growled loudly, anticipating its next meal. He heard footsteps coming closer and looked up to see his partner approaching.
“I can hear your hungry ass from over there. Didn’t I tell you to eat something before you brought your ass out here?” Matthew stated forcefully as he approached Warren. 
Kneeling beside him, he inspected a bloody chunk of the corpse by lifting a piece of the torn muscle with his examining pen. 
Warren gave him a rueful smile. He looked at Matthew’s attire, a black sweatshirt with the faded letters of Rosenthall-Krest University on the front and a pair of faded and obviously worn blue jeans. His boots were the newest thing he had on. They still had that new store-bought shine to them.
“You did, but I didn’t think I’d have enough time to stop,” Warren lied.
“You had time. At least enough time to pull into a Burger Town or something and grab a dozen breakfast sandwiches. Anything would have been better than having you drooling over the body.” He took another look at the scene. “Or what’s left of a body. We can’t even tell if this was a man or woman, young or old. I guess it matters little. As it stands now, this is a John or Jane doe. Shit, I’m not even sure if it’s human!”
“It’s human, Matt. Has Galen found anything more about the body from yesterday? Has it been identified?” Warren asked.
Matthew nodded. “Yeah, the victim was a man named Wallace Graham. He owned a Laundromat down there on 69th Street. His wallet wasn’t found, but his wife had reported him missing two days before he was found. She, of course, doesn’t know why anyone would do this to her husband. She said he was a good and caring person who always gave back to the community. I guess she didn’t realize that supernaturals don’t take that into consideration.” 
As soon as he made this statement, Matthew wished he could have taken it back, the expression on Warren’s face made him regret it.



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Author Bio

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that’s
too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today”
at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official  website and forum at http://www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

Author Contact Links

Email: authordnsimmons@dnsimmons.com              
Website:     http://www.dnsimmons.com/ 

 Note From Author

Hello, 
I’m very honored to be here and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this opportunity to meet new readers.  My name is D.N. Simmons and I’m an urban-fantasy/paranormal romance author. My series Knights of the Darkness Chronicles is phenomenal, sexy, highly entertaining and completely addictive… well, that’s what I’ve been told. Who am I to disagree *giggle*.  When I say that my series is unlike any other, I really mean it. You will NOT find another series quite like it in the genre. That was my sinister plan from the very beginning.  I wanted to create a series with a platform that would take readers into a completely unique and bold direction with characters they could relate to. The story lines are original from book to book and they keep you engaged from the beginning to the end.  I know that the shelves are filled with paranormal books, especially those involving vampires and shape-shifters. And if you’re a fan of the genre, like I am, you may think that you won’t find anything too original because the market is already flooded.  That’s only because you haven’t read the KOTDC yet.  
See, I’m the kind of person that gets extremely enthusiastic about awesome storytelling. When I finish reading a great book or watching an amazing movie, I’m still buzzing about it. One of the reasons why I get so excited is because of exceptional writing and imagination. I appreciate that so much, therefore, I knew I had to give my readers the very best I could give them.
The Knights of the Darkness Chronicles isn’t just a series you read. It’s a series you experience.  You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you grab the first book. 😀 Trust me.

Giveaway

Metal Bookmark and Keychain (US Only) and a
$20 Amazon Gift Card

Review

Desires Unleashed (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I read the updated version. I have not read the original so I don’t know how different it is.*
To me this is like a series on tv. There are several characters with their own storylines going on. The separate plots crossover each other as the story progresses. This book is paranormal fantasy with different types of were animals/shape shifters, vampires and some not totally explained yet mental abilities. It contains both M/M and M/F and hints at ménages and orgies. Although it is quite sexual, that isn’t the only thing going on. There’s quite a bit of story also. I think the author does a good job of incorporating mystery, action, lust, gore and humor.
“All right, I can be there in about thirty minutes. Are you hungry?” he asked smoothly.
“Um, a little, but you just makes sure you’re not. I don’t want to look appetizing to anyone,” she said sternly.


He knew at that moment, a vampire’s life was truly one hedonistic experience after another.

In this story, there is a murderer on the loose killing humans and leaving their parts out to be discovered. Because of rising conflict between the human and supernaturals, this is a problem for everyone. All sides become a part of the drama. The reader witnesses the politics and family dynamics from each angle. And along the way, we get some sexy times. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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