Kralj is part human, part Beta Taurian Shadow Beast.
Basically, he's a bloodthirsty monster with a conscience.
He knows only too well what he is, and in order to protect
the world from monsters like him, he settled on a remote
planet, Carinae E and created the Refuge, which Kralj
rules, and killers can go exist without harming anyone --
but themselves occasionally, of course. One evening, Kralj
goes to the beverage outlet in the Refuge, and smells a
female he doesn't recognise. Kralj can hear everybody's
thoughts, but this particular female's. Lucky for her, as
Dita intends to kill someone in the Refuge. Dita is a tiny
little thing, armed to the teeth, reckless, fearless,
lethal, and not afraid of dying; she is an assassin, but
for a good cause: she rids the world of killers of
innocents. She has a job to do, and it's not this bullying
male who will stop her. Kralj is not pretty, he is
scarred, and not friendly either, but Dita takes it all in
stride, and she finds herself very much attracted to
Kralj. Who wouldn't love a vicious killer?
It is totally beyond me how Cynthia Sax manages to make
this scifi tale work, but it really does! Actually, I do
know why it works: the characters are extremely complex,
and so well fleshed out, we know them, and Ms. Sax
understands how to make the reader care of them; this is
what an author is meant to accomplish, and Ms. Sax shows
us how it's done. Kralj is no pretend violent killer; he
even devours his victims! He is broody, and Dita is the
cutest, bubbliest creature. Cynthia Sax has written the
book on that sort of fascinating, sweet, and very strong
woman, and I loved Dita instantly.
I have recently read a few dark romances, I decided to
give DARK THOUGHTS a go while I was on a roll, and it is
fabulous. It is science fiction, but without the
technojargon that often puts me to sleep. DARK THOUGHTS is
extremely dark: after all, we're talking about two killers
here, and yet, because of Dita, it is fun, light, sweet,
because she truly is. Nothing fazes her, and she is one of
the most innovative literary creations I have ever read.
DARK THOUGHTS is pure genius! Granted, Cynthia Sax is a
brilliant writer, but making this bloody, gory, violent
tale of two hopeless cases into a believable romance is
not a given. I started reading the book, certain I would
never finish it, and yet I kept reading because I was
enthralled by those two incredibly unusual characters. I
don't like books about violent people, I certainly don't
like books about "good" killers, and yet, I just loved
DARK THOUGHTS because it's not gratuitous! Character
development is astonishing, the romance feels entirely
genuine, which is saying a lot considering the nature of
the protagonists, and I was rooting for them on every
DARK THOUGHTS is original, unique, and mesmerising.
Kralj knows he is bad, he was made that way, not born, but
he doesn't want innocents to suffer because of his nature.
Dita has been groomed to be an assassin, it's all she
knows, but she is a good and caring person. There is a lot
of sex in DARK THOUGHTS, it is raw, unvarnished, rough,
and it's what both Kralj and Dita enjoy, and it was
alright by me; the sex scenes are also very hot, another
trademark of the incomparable Cynthia Sax. I still can't
believe how much I enjoyed myself! Even if DARK THOUGHTS
falls outside your comfort zone, I highly recommend it if
only for the tremendous experience!
The Refuge is home to some of the most violent beings in
the universe. Kralj, its leader, reigns over the remote
outpost with terrifying ease, ruthlessly squashing any
rumors of rebellion, killing anyone who breaks his rules.
Primitive, deadly, powerful, he’s a monster, scarred both
on his face and his soul. He has never met a being he
Until he meets her.
Dita has one mission—to kill the three targets claiming
sanctuary within the Refuge. Or so she claims. For the
first time in his long lifespan, Kralj isn’t certain of
another being’s intentions. The tiny assassin is immune to
his powers, her thoughts unreadable. He can’t predict her
movements, can’t control her, can’t stop wanting her.
Dita is rare, as unique as he is, and, to keep the
residents of the Refuge safe, Kralj will have to kill her.
But first, he’ll touch her, taste her, show her how
passionate the beast inside him can be.
Dark Thoughts is a STAND-ALONE SciFi Romance.
The hero might be tall, dark, and scarred but don’t be
fooled by his appearance.
He’s truly a monster.
This story is not for readers with delicate sensibilities.