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Published by Entangled Edge
Released on April 28, 2014
I’ve really enjoyed this series and it was with bittersweet feelings that I began the final book, Dagan’s story. All the brothers have had their chance at love and the adventures that the whole family has shared, but now it’s the siren demon youngest brother who gets his turn and not just with anyone. He’s met his match in Lina the cold, tough angel mercenary. This one builds up the intensity so that it is all on the line and everyone must bring their A-game for even a chance against the powerful force aligned against them.
Things jump in with Keegan sending Dagan to a bar to hunt out clues to the location of the dark fae who is amassing strength and power against the council and arranged for the escape of their dear evil dad from the inter-dimension prison. Dagan gets sidetracked by a pretty fae, but then feels shame when Ronin’s adopted sister, Lina, catches him in the act when he was supposed to be doing his duty. He knows he has a problem avoiding his problems with sex, but until Lina, he didn’t curb it. Now he wants to do better. He is so strongly attracted to her and it hurts that Ronin has to warn him away because of his track record. The night isn’t over and he ends up back to back with Lina fighting off a group of mercenaries want to kill her.
Lina has been numb for a long time and has leaped into danger without a thought because for the longest time she has had a death wish. Now, there is the presence of Dagan. She resists, but still there is that pull toward him. Dagan won’t let her be and she sees a side of him she wasn’t expecting when he really cares after she is injured in the fight and when an unwelcome person from the past suddenly appears dragging her memories open so that the pain he caused resurfaces with a vengeance.
Things get intense as Belpheg’s plotting moves forward. He can almost taste that his revenge against the council that destroyed his people is near, but with all the power strumming through him he has to act faster and keep the ambitious Mammon in his place at the same time. He will use the adopted sister of Ronin as bait and then he will have the demon brothers right where he wants them.
The Council mistakenly decides that Belpheg has only been successful because the brothers helped him so now they are forcing them to go into hiding to avoid being sent back to Infernum while Mammon runs loose and their women are left on earth unprotected. They have to find a way to catch the dark fae and prove their innocence.
Lina believes her past will drive Dagan away and Dagan struggles to feel worthy of the angel. The danger Belpheg represents makes Dagan decide to stop worrying about disappointing his brother and just go with his desires for Lina, but then they learn that Mammon has taken Keegan and Brynn’s baby and he is with the powerful dark fae, Belpheg. They pull in the whole family and all their allies to go after the baby and take down a power that they really don’t stand a chance of winning against.
The plot on this one had many story threads going on and just as many narrators. It could have gotten confusing, but I did fine keeping up. I enjoyed the interplay between the family members particularly the tension between Ronin and Dagan because of Lina. My favorite part of the series has always been the brothers themselves when they are together fighting, laughing and having each other’s backs. I enjoyed the fight scenes too.
While I enjoyed the romance and I liked Dagan and Lina for each other, I really didn’t feel the romance so much. I think it was because it was tucked in amongst everything else going on. In fact, the time in the middle when their relationship moved to the bedroom just dragged for some reason. I was more interested in their individual growth as they both had to deal with their pasts. Lina made some mistakes that got her in a bad relationship and into drugs along with costing her a child. Dagan was still struggling under the mental games and abuse his dear old dad inflicted so that it has taken him years to figure it all out and heal. I liked how they were there for each other to listen and help each other talk through things. Now, not to say these two didn’t steam things up, because they did. It was just that I valued the friendship in their romance more than the passion because they were such damaged people.
This was a great grand finale in that the big climax at the end was truly dangerous and iffy for the winning team and that epilogue wrapped things up neatly. I loved that big family scene at the end- just as it should be since the brothers and family is the heart of this series. I’ll really miss this series (though I wouldn’t mind if Rage got a story, hint hint!).
I would recommend this series for Paranormal Romance lovers who enjoy a nice bit of creative world building, engaging main characters, strong plots and challenging romances. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.