Review: Dark by Kat Kinney

Posted March 29, 2021 by Stephanie in Reviews / 11 Comments

Title: Dark
Author: Kat Kinney
Series: Blood Moon, Texas
Publication: August 23rd 2019
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Find it on: Amazon
Rating: 2/5

Hayden Crowe fronts an all-girls band down in Austin, Texas. Between tending bar so her sister can stay in school and dealing with the fallout after their addict father skipped town, she hasn’t exactly had time to join the social media freak out over the recent outing of vampires and werewolves.

Her world comes crashing down the night she’s attacked in an alley after a gig and bitten by a feral werewolf. Unable to return home for fear of hurting her sister, and with a message scrawled across her arm warning HOSPITALS NOT SAFE, Hayden is left with just one option…


Ethan Caldwell doesn’t do relationships. Adopted son of the pack Alpha, he lives a solitary life as a barista and artist. Things three years ago with Hayden Crowe… went too far. By pack law, she couldn’t be told what he was. Ending it was for her own protection.

But when Hayden shows up on his doorstep, newly changed and in danger, Ethan defies his father’s orders to stay away. Someone in the paranormal community is hunting her, and hell if he’s going to fail her again.

DARK is part of the Blood Moon, Texas Shifters series. Sizzling hot romance. Guaranteed HEA.

I really wanted to like Dark by Kat Kinney but for me, sadly enough, it missed its mark. I’m a lover of paranormal romance and there were some things I didn’t entirely dislike in this book but I can’t say I really enjoyed the story or characters that much.

I felt that the start of the book was a little all over the place and disorganized. A lot was going on and I felt like I had missed some things. But after the initial start and I was getting to know the characters more I slowly got into it all. The middle was the best part for me but by the end the story had lost me again, unfortunately.

The characters were tricky for me. On the one hand I did like them for the most part but there were just things that bugged me, mostly with Ethan. I liked him to a certain point and he was a hot werewolf so he gets bonus points for that but he had for too many issues, especially with trust and getting close to people. And those issues kept coming up way too much. He was one of those I don’t do relationship guys and I’m just over that at this point.

Hayden I also did like because she was pretty awesome but it never got to the point where I fully loved her as one of the two main characters. I went back and forth with her. There were also a lot of hashtags used throughout the story which was fun at first but eventually it started to annoy me just a little bit because they were used quite a lot in the end. I was like, okay enough already.

I don’t want to end this review in negativity so I’m going to sum up the things I did like. Luckily enough there were some:

-Hayden being the lead of an all-girls band (so badass!)
-The story was funny at times (I love humor in a book!)
-Werewolves (I’ll never stop loving them!)
-Ethan wearing glasses (hot!)
-Hayden’s relationship with her sister (so sweet!)

I hope I haven’t put off too many people with my review because I do feel other people will enjoy it more than I did. I’ve seen lots of good reviews but it just wasn’t a hit for me, personally.

About the author:

Author Kat Kinney lives with her family and an extremely pampered guinea pig who does not like werewolves, or falcons. When she isn’t writing about things that bite and howl, she can be found knitting crazy socks and plotting out future books.

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11 responses to “Review: Dark by Kat Kinney

  1. Well, this one gives more of a YA feel than the Adult niche. And why does it remind me of Jacob from Twilight. Hmm, could be because of the cover. In any event, passing this on. 🙁

    If you’re looking for a good werewold book, may I suggest Clayton by Rachelle Mills. It’s a series but I only liked Book 1, and what a journey that was! Going in, I hadn’t expected it to have any depth, and then it simply amazed me.

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