Plot Type: SMR
BOOK 7: Rush of Darkness
Rush of Darkness tells the SMR story of Raine Spenser, A Deschanel/Alacea Vampire, and Seth McConnell, a human who was formerly a soldier for the Collective. In a previous book, Seth rescued Raine from imprisonment by the Casus, and that's where their mutual love/hate relationship began. As the story begins, Raine is in Paris, tracking down one of the Casus who murdered her sister. Just as Raine is on the brink of being recaptured, McConnell shows up and saves her once again. The couple is attracted to one another, but they both fight it. Both are dealing with huge amounts of guilt, rage, and grief about events from their past, and this causes the angst level to be immeasurably high all the way to the end. As the two track down more of the Casus, Westmore uses them as part of his diabolical plan to lure the Watchmen into a trap. Westmore also wants to recapture Raine; he is obsessed with her and wants to possess her completely. Since Westmore commanded his troops to gang rape Raine the last time he captured her, you can imagine how Seth and Raine feel about him. The apocalyptic ending seems at first to resolve some of the long-standing conflict, but then comes the Epilogue, which opens a whole new can of worms. Needless to say, there will be no peace for the Watchmen any time soon.