Book Review on Dark Illusions the Next Chapter by Ariana Browning

Dark Illusions the Next Chapter is the second book in this cool ass trilogy.
Last year, I read the first one (Dark Illusions the Beginning) and reviewed it here on this blog. I really like this story, and I think Ariana Browning writes well.

*Spoiler Alert. There are spoilers in this review. You have been warned*

Kat has recently been “Awakened.” What that means is she’s a vampire with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf. She's a strong female character, and I absolutely love that about her. 

The vampire/werewolf race is divided into clans. The two main ones are the Raaka and the Runsasi. 

They don’t get along. 

At all. 

Kat is now part of the Raaka clan, whereas Julian, the man she loves, is the prince of the Runsasi. Towards the end in the last book, the Raaka went after Julian. The goal was to kill him so Cameron who rules the Raaka clan and through blood, is Kat’s mate, can become prince of all the clans. They almost succeeded in ending Julian’s life. In secret, Julian stays hidden so Cameron and the others will believe they indeed murdered him. Only a few people know he’s alive. Kat of course is one of them. Hell, she saved his ass. So, yeah, she knows.

This second book in the trilogy begins with Kat and Julian hiding out in his cabin. Julian wants to keep Kat safe because he knows Cameron will either kill her for ditching him or give her some serious beatings. Kat is strong-willed and has a mind of her own. She'll be damned if she’s going to allow Julian to keep her locked away from everyone. She’s also frustrated and pissed off that he’s not totally open with her. He’s always holding things back to protect her. She doesn’t take too kindly to his behavior and decides to do things her way.

Kat bails and soon after Cameron apprehends her. He takes her back to his place and keeps her chained up. Literally. Cameron and the Raaka clan notice something is different about Kat, but they can’t figure it out. Kat becomes aware of her differences as well, like she can heal faster than the others, she can stay out in the sun without its rays harming her, she can pick up people’s thoughts, and she’s quicker than she should be. 

Kat is beautiful, and her presence radiates a sexual energy and confidence that turn heads when she enters a room. She uses it to her advantage.

Kat is a sexual dynamo. 

When she’s hot and horny, everybody can sense her desires. But on the same token, she knows when one of the guys wants to ravish her body. It goes both ways I guess.

Sean is one of Cameron’s trusted friends and next in line to rule the Raaka clan. He and the Raaka guys form an alliance with Kat. She wants to eliminate Cameron, which will put Sean in power, and he’ll become her mate. She also plans on becoming queen to all the clans and change the rules that she feels are outdated. If she and Sean follow through with their plans, they’ll be defying Julian, and there will be hell to pay. He’s hardwired to kill, and if he gives in to his Ripper side, watch out. When he’s in that mindset, he’s a coldblooded murder and excels at it. 

Will Kat destroy Cameron?

Will Kat, Sean, and some of the Raaka guys take on Julian and risk the wrath of the Ripper and possible death?

You’re going to have to read this book to find out. If you haven’t read the first one, you need to. This is a wonderful trilogy, and I would recommend it to anyone.