Review: Ridden by Darkness by Christine Michelle and Bella Hickman

Published Sept. 2020

Read and Reviewed: 10/3/2020


I screwed around for years, drifted for a few too many, and then I found a home with the Dark Leopards Motorcycle Club. No, we’re not all leopard shifters, but we do all have one thing in common. We don’t fit anywhere else, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pull to find a mate was never in my blood like it was for so many of my kind. Not until recently, anyway. Each woman who caught my eye also lost my interest just as quickly. That was until I saw her. Lying face down in the alley, her sweet coppery blood tinged the very air I breathed. I felt the pull and did what was necessary to ensure she survived.

Keeping her safe from the men who attempted to steal her pelt meant she had to be claimed.




I knew my legacy and the dangers that lie in wait as a result. Still, I attempted a normal life. I tried to keep who I really was hidden so deep down that no one would ever notice me. Unfortunately for me, someone did notice. They forced my hand, my change, my fate. As it turned out, my fate wasn’t so damn bad after all. Not once Grayson Brewer stepped in to save my life and make me his.

May be spoilers:

Ridden by Darkness is a Dark Leopards MC novel. It has 28 chapters with an epilogue and is about Chantal and Grayson.

This one grabbed my attention from the beginning, even though the first chapter was a little stuttery, so I had to stop a few times, but it cleared up.

I can honestly say that I have never read a shifter story quite like this. With the hidden shifter, being able to choose a mate. That was actually very neat to me. Even though fated/true mates are sacred, the way this was written was really good. 

No hesitation in the mate bond with both. 

Loved that the MC took Chantal in and I love the bond that she formed with some of the brothers.

Neither were virgins, but we didn’t have to see any of their past. There was one woman at the start, but wasn’t someone he had been with. 

Lots of stuff going on.They had to deal with the council and her sisters. 

Loved Bomber, he was awesome. Can’t wait for his story.

No cheating, no real ow/om drama-just Raven, no separations. 

Epilogue is a week out. I wish it was further out, but it was still good. They are happily mated and pregnant. 

Don’t really call it a HEA unless it’s years out, but I loved this story. Some things I’ve never read before, so I quite enjoyed it. Loved the world building.

I gave it 🌟🌟🌟🌟. Have you read it? What did you think?

Goodreads shelves: epilogue-pregnant, faithful-since-meeting, fast-read, hfn, love-how-he-loves-her, mates, no-cheating-between-mcs, no-push-pull, no-separations, no-sex-scenes-with-ow-om, no-virgins, om-drama, read, safe-for-me, shifters, steam

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