After Darkness Falls by May Sage – A Book Review

Posted June 21, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment

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After Darkness Falls

(After Darkness Fall – Book 1)

by May Sage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

UF / PNR, Stand alone within series

Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

Interesting premise and a good introduction book to a complicated series. Worth picking up on KU.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

They’ve exterminated an entire bloodline, purging the world of the only creatures vampires dread. Or so they think.

Chloe used to study hard, do everything right to pave a bright future, but children sometimes have to pay for their parents’ sins, and Chloe’s tab is pretty steep.
At twenty-six, when a series of attacks forces her to seek refuge in the notorious Institute of Paranormal Studies, Chloe sees it as a second chance to achieve her goals. She believes she has nothing to lose.
She couldn’t be more mistaken.

Levi has had centuries to observe the mortals and immortals of this world. He knows what the sassy woman who entered his domain is at first glance. A relic of the old days, so ancient that even an elder lord descended from the first immortals has reason to fear her.
He should slit her throat while he has the chance.
He should.

After Darkness Falls is a series of standalone paranormal romance novels.

Thoughts on After Darkness Falls

Not so much a romance

This is billed as a romance, but it is far more an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance – a fantastic one!

Most of the time and most of the narrative is spent establishing the world, along with Chloe’s place in it. Levi is a vague character that filters in and out, important yet now quite vital till after the 60% mark.


  • Well written.
  • Fascinating world building.
  • Chloe is pretty awesome.
  • Side Characters are important, and arguably more compelling.


  • You knew the romance was there, or supposed to be, but it still felt a little rushed at the end.
  • THESE characters have unfinished business, and their relationship is not assured, having book 2 focus on other mains feels off.
  • More Urban Fantasy than PNR – but this isn’t a complaint. It’s a great UF! The label just feels wrong.

Favorite Line

“If your day sucks, concentrate on one thing you can look forward to, and you’ll get through it.” (2%)


Third Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type

Episodic, HEA within series.




4 out of 5 Stars

I enjoyed this novel and will return to the world soon. Perfect for fans of vampires romances or quick paced Urban Fantasies. Free on KU.

Published April 25th, 2019

316 Pages

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