Review: Surrender the Dark

Surrender the Dark

Tibby Armstrong

The Dark #1

Publisher: Loveswept
Publication date: 17-May-2017
Date Finished: 15-Apr-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: –
Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Paranormal, Fantasy, Vampires, LGBTQ+
Source: Netgalley

Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.”



I wanted to like this novel. It had a lot of elements that I enjoy in a novel such as being an urban fantasy, with supernatural elements, but unfortunately, I struggled through this one. I was very close to giving up on it, but I managed to persevere.

While Tibby Armstrong introduced a very interesting lore for vampires, this one went against most others. Instead of the usual Transylvanian legend, these vampires originated from the Greek Gods. Certainly not what I expect in a supernatural story. Perhaps if this had been better explained throughout the book it would have been better than just a snippet here and there.

Another aspect that irritated me was just how much was going on. There were many unanswered questions for me, and not just as a cliffhanger. I was also thoroughly irritated with the main character, Benjamin. He was a weak character that could not even give a good come-back.

The hate-to-love romance in this novel was bizarre because of the lack of transition, it was too insta-love for my taste.

Overall, I was not a fan of this novel and would not recommend it.

About the Author

“Tibby Armstrong is a Romance author living in Northern Georgia with two cats and an unmentionable number of books.
Her work includes the upcoming Surrender the Dark (Dark Series) by Random House / Loveswept, and the Hollywood series.
Tibby’s favorite reads are by a diverse array of Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and SciFi authors like Maria V. Snyder, Charlaine Harris, Connie Willis, Elizabeth Moon, Jane Austen, C.S. Pacat, and Lois McMaster Bujold.
You might wonder at such a long list, until you consider that Tibby is also a librarian. Please say hello and share what you love. She’s always looking for a new book to devour!”


I received this eARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

7 thoughts on “Review: Surrender the Dark

      1. Thank you sooo much! But I actually do that too – the TBR list only reflects the books I’m “obliged” to read that month, aka ARCs ;D I learned to only add other books to the TBR list if I’m like 2 pages away from finishing them before the month starts or I’ll be shamed by my TBR picks HAHAHAHAH! Sorry for disappointing and actually being a tbr cheating panda >.<

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