Seven Years by Dannika Dark

January 17th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 53 Comments

17th Jan
Seven Years by Dannika Dark
Seven Years
by Dannika Dark
Series: Seven #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Won
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 4
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It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly-a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

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Seven Years by Dannika Dark is the first audiobook in the Seven series. The series features seven full-length novels and a few novellas. I had the eBook on my Kindle, but this year I won the complete set of audiobooks. I knew my friends loved the series, but I had forgotten the details, and as I often do I started the audio without reading the synopsis. Don’t laugh but I had totally forgotten this was a paranormal romance series and flipped when I realized there were shifters! Yippie!! It was the perfect listen over Thanksgiving week, and I quickly devoured it.

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  • First Date: The tale takes place in a small town in Texas. Lexi Knight is feeling down on the anniversary of her brother Wes’s death. She is in her late twenties and works at the local candy store. She recently caught her boyfriend cheating on her in the backseat of her car. I liked Lexi right away especially when we learned she has a thing for Austin, her brother’s best friend whom she hasn’t seen since Wes died. She spends the anniversary of Wes’s death sitting graveside with a bottle of spirits.  Austin shows up, and oh my has he grown up. Narrator Nicole Poole was a good fit for Lexi and I quickly slipped into the story. Austin is a bit of a mystery, but Dark has me oh so curious.
  • Second Date: The story that unfolds is addictive! Lexi’s mother is kidnapped and we begin to learn more about Lexi’s family, her sister, and Austin. Dark weaves in paranormal elements with a variety of shifters. Austin Cole is a wolf and Alpha of his pack. When another pack leader shows an interest in Lexi, we get a bit of a love triangle, but no worries folks as it is resolved within this story. I completely enjoyed meeting all the brother’s within Austin’s pack and loved all the diverse personalities. We get a mix of angst, danger, humor and sexual tension all of which kept me listening.
  • Third Date: Dark did an excellent job of building suspense as she fleshed out both the world and characters. The tale had an excellent flow, and Poole gave each character their own unique voice. Her male voices weren’t raspy, and I easily visualized each character. Lexi’s Mom was a hoot, as were a few other key characters.  I enjoyed the way the humor and tender moments balanced out the danger and suspense. The relationship that develops felt genuine, and while I wouldn’t call our hero a smooth talker he managed to curl my toes.

Seven Years provided closure for the romantic and suspense aspect, so it looks like each book will deal with a new couple. I cannot wait to begin Six Months.

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About Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing. 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, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, 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. Dannika’s books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

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53 Responses to “Seven Years by Dannika Dark”

  1. Lexxie

    I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am you enjoyed Seven, Kim!! I love this series, and I think both Dark and Poole did amazingly well 🙂 It’s one of the very few series where I’ve listened to all of the audiobooks, too – and I can tell you this: it gets better with each book;)
    Great review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I started listening to urban fantasy, mystery and paranormal first on audio. They lend themselves well to this format. Of course, now I listen to every dang genre 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have Keystone coming on audio for review and I am so excited. I am currently on Four Days and it is sooo good! I will be sure and check out her Mageri series as well.

  2. Angela

    I’ve heard so many great things about this series but I’ve not really paid attention to it, now, thanks to your fabulous review, I need to read these!

  3. Dragonfly

    OMG YOU BEAT ME TO IT KIM!!! LOL! SMH! I have this review ready since last year but I keep postponing it to post other reviews. Besides I’m not sure if I want to post steamy romance review in my new family blog UGH SMH!!! I can only picture my Aunt face when she see it LOL. I also did the audiobook and I’m IN LOVE with the narrator 🙂 I’m glad I was not only one surprised there were shifters here. 🙂 Great review 🙂

  4. Rowena

    My friend is reading this series and even though she’s not a really big fan of some of the books, she can’t stop reading it. I wasn’t all that interested in it but you’ve got me curious. Hmm..

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right but honestly I thought it was a contemporary dealing with the same couple. I am on book 4 now Braine and have loved every one so far.

  5. Katherine

    The first date completely hooked me and then I got to the second date about him being a wolf and it completely surprised me. I had to go back up and read the blurb again! I’m still not completely sure about the whole wolf thing (I keep chickening out from trying the shape shifters) but I love the sound of Lexi and Austin.

  6. Megan Riverina Romantics

    Great series though I’m only three books in. Kinda mild sexually speaking compared to other PNRs. The best part of this one was his letter.

  7. Lizzy

    Well, this looks very sexy and possibly entertaining…hmm. Is it a good feel-good series? As in you can go into it pretty much knowing your couple is going to end up together no matter what?

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