Dark Deceit by Lauren Dawes is the 1st in her Dark series of paranormal urban fantasy novels with strong f/m romantic elements, free courtesy of publisher Pan Macmillan Australia’s Momentum imprint.
This is set in a world where the Norse Aesir and dark elves are living incognito in our modern human cities, and this particular story involves an elven assassin targeting a former Valkyrie. The series seems to be on the borderline between urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as further installments have intertwining plotlines which continue the various characters’ story arcs in addition to the romantic content, and the publisher markets it to fans of Gena Showalter and Patricia Briggs.
Free for a limited time worldwide @ Barnes & Noble UK (UPDATE: now also free in the US store), Amazon, Kobo (DRM-free), iTunes, Google Play, and directly from the Momentum webstore (DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle; requires account signup and billing address, but no payment information)
This is being made free to promote the newly-released 3rd-in-series, Dark Devotion. As a further special tie-in promotion, the 2nd-in-series novel, Dark Desire, is on sale directly from the Momentum webstore for just $1 (discount pricing may also be available at other retailers).
The time of Odin is over. The Aesir gods now live among the humans in their bustling modern cities. Their brutal dominion over the other gods and their eradication of the entire dark elf race may have ended, but their actions have not been forgotten.
Korvain is one of the last full-blooded dark elves, and is feared like no other. His ruthlessness and cold heart are legendary, but when he is given the task of killing one of the most fabled goddesses of all time, he is left with an undeniable desire to make her his own. Failure in his task means only one thing: death. Will he follow his orders, or will he follow his heart?
Bryn’s whole world crumbled when she left Odin’s service to protect the other valkyries. Now living with the humans, she is the only thing standing between them and total destruction. But her beliefs are about to be shaken to the core when she meets Korvain a volatile, completely irresistible dark elf who threatens to take away more than just her innocence…
Dark Deceit is the first book in the Dark Series by Lauren Dawes.