by Mandy M. Roth

Expecting Darkness

Crimson Ops Series, #2

Searc Macleod is an immortal vampire special operative with Paranormal Security and Intelligence’s “Fang Gang.” He’s fought for the side of good for nearly a century. But it turns out; his past is never far behind him. When his sire summons him, demanding Searc protect the master vampire’s only daughter–a woman Searc has lusted after since she became of age–he knows things can only end badly. He can barely resist the temptation of Jessie Buchanan as it is. Finding out she’s been subjected to testing at the hands of madmen, sets his demon on edge, and ignites his hunger for her. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and the precious cargo she’s carrying.


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Romance Book Tropes:

  • Forbidden Love
  • Protective Alpha Male
  • Strong Heroine
  • Unrequited Love

Paranormal Romance Book Tropes:

  • Vampires
  • Fated Mates
  • Secret Baby
  • Shapeshifters
  • Immortal Protagonists

Science Fiction Book Tropes:

  • Genetic Experimentation
  • Supernatural Abilities

Fantasy Book Tropes:

  • Ancient Warriors
  • Master Vampire

Military Romance Book Tropes:

  • Elite Operatives
  • Rescue Missions
  • Loyalty and Brotherhood

Additional Tropes:

  • Betrayal
  • Dark Past
  • Love Triangle
  • Pregnancy and Protection

CW (may contain spoilers):

  • Abduction and Confinement: Jessie is kidnapped and held against her will.
  • Non-consensual Medical Procedures: Jessie undergoes experiments and artificial insemination without her consent.
  • Violence and Torture: Various forms of physical violence and torture are depicted throughout the story.
  • Blood and Gore: Scenes involving blood, feeding, and injuries are frequent, given the vampire-centric plot.
  • Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Jessie and other characters experience significant emotional and psychological distress.
  • Death and Loss: Themes of death and loss are prevalent, impacting the characters deeply.
  • Manipulation and Betrayal: Characters deal with manipulation and betrayal from trusted individuals.
  • PTSD and Nightmares: Searc and Jessie suffer from traumatic memories and recurring nightmares.
  • Non-consensual Intimacy: Instances of unwanted sexual advances and their psychological impact are portrayed.
  • Pregnancy Under Duress: Jessie's pregnancy resulting from non-consensual procedures is a central plot point.
  • Power Imbalance: Relationships with significant power imbalances, particularly involving immortal beings and humans, are explored.
  • Combat and Warfare: The book includes themes of combat and warfare, given the military background of the characters.
  • Addiction: Characters struggle with addiction-like behaviors, especially related to their supernatural nature.

About the Author

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth. Vampires, Werewolves & Faeries… Oh My!

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