I’m going to start off saying that from the moment I read this book that I expected it to be fantasy because that’s usually what I read and the title was what I was basing all my assumptions on the book being fantasy. It took at least five chapters of me being confused and expecting vampires or werewolves to start showing up and they never did. But don’t let the fact that it’s not fantasy throw you off! It’s a fantastically steamy book and just as good as any erotic fantasy book out there. There are no werewolves or vampires but there are debts to be paid and just as skeevy men that these debts have to be paid to.
The main character is Juliette Romero who owes a debt so huge that no matter how many jobs she has she’ll ever be able to pay. She’s a strong woman and she is so independent that it sometimes becomes detrimental to her well-being. She was absolutely my favorite character in the entire story and a good chunk of the time at the beginning all I wanted was to give her a hug.
Overall I would rate this book a 4/5 and I hope to read more from Airicka Phoenix again because I absolutely loved the writing style and reading out of my comfort zone of fantasy and paranormal romance. Transcending Darkness was provided by the author for The Book Cove for an honest review.