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He saw her die in a vision.

Before five years ago, Gabriel had never met Vega, but he knows how she's going to die. He knows he'll be involved, unless he can make sure they never meet, never cross paths, so that his vision will never come true. So he left his pack behind, joined the Stavros pack and was determined to never let that future play out. To never meet her at all. Fate had other plans - and she walked right into his life when he least expected it.

For the last five years, he’s avoided Vega whenever possible even while trying to keep an eye on her. But when she gets cagey with her pack and disappears, he has no choice but to follow her. Now, circumstances are forcing them to work together, and he’s determined to protect her against any threat. If that means dying for her, he’s more than willing to. But she doesn’t want his protection. If anything, she’s determined to prove she’s stronger than everyone thinks.

She’s writing her own future.

Vega isn’t the same moody teenager who came to live with the Stavros pack all those years ago. With college behind her, she’s been recruited by a division of the government’s supernatural Black Ops. Trained and more than ready for her first mission, she doesn’t expect Gabriel to crash her assignment. To save her cover, they pretend to be a couple. But soon lines are blurred and neither can deny the incendiary attraction between them.

As they race to stop a man who wants to sell out their people to the highest bidder, they find themselves fighting for a future together. With time running out, she has no choice but to rely on the irresistible male who’s turned her world upside down. Unfortunately, in order to save the woman he loves, Gabriel has to give her up. 

Author note: This is a stand-alone audio novel in the Darkness series complete with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

©2018 Katie Reus (P)2018 Katie Reus

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  • TinkyShae
  • Roselle, NJ United States
  • 10-17-18

The best guardian ever.!

I read this book when it first came out and now that there is an audio version it makes hearing the story again so much better. Jeffery always does a great job with his voices that keeps me coming back for more and makes the characters so easy believe in. I can't wait to hear the next story.

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darkness series

i love listening to books i have read. it just makes the story even more enjoyable. you will love listening to this story even if you have not read the book. it is very good

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A rated...

My Review:
Overview: 4.5
Narrator: 4.25
Story: 4.5

I love that for this book, the author has taken us full circle. In the very first book about Vega's parents, she was still just a teenager. But now she's really come into her own and is branching out into her options...options that mom and dad probably won't approve of. But it's for sure that her mentor and sometimes bodyguard, Gabriel, won't approve. But with his history, Gabriel is the first one to really recognize that Vega might be into something over her head.

But for the last couple of years, Gabriel has tried to separate himself from Vega. She pulls at him more than any other female ever has, but he knows if he gives in, it will cost Vega her very life.

I have to say I like the way this story played out. There were a lot of little twists and turns that I didn't see coming. It made for a great audio listen that I managed to devour in pretty much a single day just because I didn't want to step away from the story.

I highly recommend it...and the entire series. The audiobooks have been highly enjoyable and I've loved immersing myself into this world the last couple of months. Jeffrey Kafer is an incredible narrator and the stories are simply good entertainment.

Definitely recommend!

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Vega and Gabriel, finally together


Jeffrey Kafer is one of my favorite narrators and his voice is perfect for this series. Vega Stavros is the daughter of Finn Stavros, the alpha of the Stavros shifter pack and his vampire wife Lyra. Even though she was a wolf-vampire hybrid, Vega wanted to establish her own identity and chart her own path in life. She secretly joined a Black Ops as a paranormal operative without her family nor the pack being aware.Her new assignment brought her in contact with her childhood crush Gabriel, who was the guardian assigned to her by her alpha and father. Gabriel had requested a transfer when he developed feelings for the young Vega because he was afraid for her future which was shown to him in a vision. Their reunion was complicated as they were both older but were focused on their jobs. The author weaved this story by constantly flashing back to the past as well as giving the audience a chance to hear Vega and Gabriel’s inner musings via letters they wrote but never sent to each other. It was a way to build up their relationship but I would have preferred more romantic buildup and interaction in the present.

I was expecting a little more since I have been waiting for this pair for a while and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I usually feel a lot of emotions and chemistry but it wasn’t as gripping as I am used to in the Darkness series.

The story was solid, the writing was brilliant as usual but the two characters together didn’t move me in this book as much. The characters individually were strong and well-developed characters, but they didn’t feel as strong together. I still enjoyed the story, their journey and the new characters introduced.

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  • Rosemary
  • Willoughby, OH, United States
  • 05-21-18

All Grown Up



Vega is determined to take control of her life. She knows that her parents love her but she wants freedom to become her own woman. After all she's a hybrid vampire-wolf shifter who has enormous powers. I liked that she became an operative in a government sponsored Black Ops group. A strong woman who can take charge in any situation makes a powerful story. I was hooked. Her chemistry with Gabriel is very sensual, but he's determined to keep his distance. He thinks that he's protecting her. I loved how caring and self sacrificing he is. When they go on a mission together, things get complicated. I loved seeing them work together. They make a formidable couple. I enjoyed Guardian of Darkness. I was happy to catch up with the Stavros pack. I've been waiting for Vega and Gabriel's story and it was worth the wait. Katie Reus has written an exciting and suspenseful story that left me wanting more. The narration of Jeffrey Kafer is spot on. He adds emotion and drama to Guardian of Darkness which is one reason why I enjoy audiobooks.

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Vega and Gabriels Story

I absolutely love this series and finally we get Vega and Gabriels story.
I read the book and was so happy to know there was an audible.
I love how Jeffrey Kafer brings the story to life. He handles the characters perfectly.
The action is off the charts in the book and if you love paranormal it's a must listen to.

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My favorite of the series so far!

Audible Review: I love the deep voice of Jeffrey Kafer for this story. I like that the author switched it up and used a male narrator for the whole book instead of sticking to just a female narrater. I usually only find male narrators do a his POV book if their isn't a duet narration. I recommend the audio version!

Story Review: I absolutely loved Gabriel and Vega! So far this one is my favorite of the series. I really wasn't expecting to love it so much because the blurb led me to believe there would be pushing away from Gabriel. While he did keep her at arms length for 2 years, the book started and wasted no time in bringing these two together.

While I hate pushing away, I love the reason Gabriel tried to stay away from Vega. He literally thought she was going to die if they mated. That didn't stop him from jumping right in the middle of an ops to protect her. He's a true alpha protector.

Vega was such a great heroine. I love that she is a hybrid and I'm fascinated with her special powers. I think the author could have delved even more into that but I'm guessing she is saving some for later books since these characters appear in more than one book.

Mena was a fascinating side character in this book and I think when it comes time for her story, she's going to leave just as much as an impact. All the side characters leave me wanting more and that's a true success for a series. Keep em coming Katie Reus! Audiobook provided by author.

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Guardian of Darkness

GUARDIAN OF DARKNESS by Katie Reus
Finally Gabriel and Vega get their book! This is the 7th book of the Darkness series and I have liked them all, but this is by far my favorite! Gabriel is the Guardian of the Stavros pack and also Vegas bodyguard, Vega is the daughter of Finn the Alpha and his wife Lyra, a vampire. She is all grown up now and has a secret job in the black ops she has been training in for about a year. Gabriel had a vision forced on him by a seer where Vega is killed after they mate so he is will not make her his own. I do not like to give too much away, but this is such an enjoyable read. These 2 have chemistry, great banter between them, and the action is nonstop. This book is narrated by the Jeffrey Kafer, who has such a great voice.

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Outstanding narration for an incredible story!

Audible: Narrator – Jeffrey Kafer

Mr. Kafer does an exceptional job of narrating this story. He really brought these characters to life even as he does both male and female point of views. It’s a sure sign of talent when a male narrator can make me believe I’m listening to a female. This audio-book enhanced my enjoyment of this story by Katie Reus and I’ve definitely become a fan of Mr. Kafer and Ms. Reus.



Years ago Gabriel was forced by a seer to see his future. A future where his mate died. Fast forward a few years and he meets that mate while she is a young teen. As guardian of her father’s pack he watches out for Vega and befriends her. But once she grows into a woman he knows he must separate himself from her or risk mating and then losing her forever.

Vega has quite an exotic background when it comes to her supernatural abilities. Graduating from college she joins a covert group that helps to protect not only the government but supernaturals as well. Her heart was broken when Gabriel essentially walked out of her life, dismissing their friendship and keeping distance between them. Now he’s stepped into her business and has become a part of her first assignment.

I loved Gabriel and Vega. Loved them when I first met them and loved them even more now that I’ve read their story. Poor Gabriel. He was struggling against his very nature in order to protect Vega and in the process unknowingly breaking her heart. I loved the way he was committed to her even when he knew he could never mate her.

The storyline here was engaging and fast paced as a wolf shifter has stolen information and plans to sell it to the highest bidder, putting all supernaturals at risk. The secondary characters help to build the story, alleviate tension and lay the ground work for future books. The steam factor is a bit low but fit with the story in the only way that would work.

This book was perfect in so many ways. If you enjoy paranormal, shifter books, you definitely need to check out this series or at least this book.

I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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LOVED IT

This is another amazing book by Katie Reus. Guardian of Darkness is Gabriel and Vega story. Gabriel watched Vega die, so he is intent on preventing that from ever happening. Keeping the person you love at arms legth, so you can try and save them. When that dose not work what will you do? Gabriel and Vega have such amazing chemistry. This book has been long awaited and it didnt disappoint. A must read for all fans of Katie Reus.

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  • MCR.
  • 09-01-18

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This is a really good story and I read the book before listening to the recording. I do like Jeffrey Kafer I think he has a really mesmeric voice that enhances any book he reads. He made this story so much more enjoyable like drinking a cup of rich dark chocolate. Add in sexy wolves the odd dragon or two and this story is a real winner.