Instead of things going stale as this series hits double digits, Ms. Adrian has refreshed it and now we’re in for a new set of heroes, heroines, and enemies. I love the idea that the new enemies are formidable and still somewhat mysterious so the stakes are high. The last book began the transition into the new story arc and the new set of characters. It continues with this one about Nathan and Jordana. Nathan’s background had me interested in his story with or without the romance and the rest was just icing on the cake.
The story opens right where the last one left off with Nathan and his team now pursuing the illusive night club owner, Cassius, who is more than he seems and holds clues to the new enemy and threat the Order, Breed and even humans face. He has disappeared and they hunt for clues to his whereabouts. In the middle of his mission, Nathan is distracted by an altercation between the twins, Aric and Carys, that brings him face to face with the breedmate female that he needs to avoid, Jordana Gates. She got under his skin with her kiss and now he needs to get things back to his cold, emotionless, non-distracted normal. He realizes that he’s as attracted as ever even as he sees her deny knowing him before the Breed male that she is with. Nathan knows he is too dark and broken emotionally for any female, but it still hurts to see this and even worse, he still wants her.
Jordana had used the kiss with Nathan as a distraction to help her friend, but she didn’t realize what she would set in motion when she did. The big internally scarred warrior male is nothing like she should want to desire and be with and he doesn’t fit into her genteel world of upper class breed, wealth and art yet she comes alive when he is near. He challenges her to be real, to follow her own path and to think hard whether making her father happy by mating with the male of his choice and following the accepted, safe path is the right decision. Each new encounter with Nathan makes his forbiddeness more attractive than ever even when he tries to convince her that he’s all wrong for her. When a series of inexplicable, painful events occur, she has only herself to blame for not heeding his warnings.
Nathan is hit by so many new discoveries related to the mission and Jordana that he is forced to think through what he really wants. He is on the cusp of losing his place in the Order because of his distraction and inappropriate handling of Jordana, he is confused by his attraction to her and how it is much more than that, but then when she disappears probably thinking he has betrayed her and he realizes what he really wants when it might be too late.
This installment in the series was good, but not as sparkling as some of the others. The story spent a lot of time inside the two main character’s heads as they worked through their issues causing it to be slower paced. Maybe it’s a transition-style book? I don’t know, but it didn’t feel like that either. The action was minimal, but it didn’t feel like pieces were being shuffled into place for what came next. I concede that the romance was scorching hot. Jordana might have been an untried virgin, but Nathan had enough experience for the both of them.
In the last book when Nathan and Jordana were introduced as side characters, I enjoyed what I saw of both of them particularly Nathan. After getting to know them better in their own book, Nathan didn’t disappoint, but Jordana didn’t shine. It wasn’t that I disliked her so much as she was just meh for me. Nathan was a lethal, dark, warrior that needed to learn that he could love and be loved by Jordana, but by his friends and extended Order family. Jordana is this pampered gray mouse that had everything provided for her on a silver platter. She needed to be snapped out of her gray existence and live honestly and true to herself. Nathan got her to do it through their passion, but the thing was that she didn’t do anything to make me think that outside of wanting Nathan as a lover that she had really grown. She never had any real barriers to conquer for herself. Others either conceded or did the conquering for her. In fact, it was always Nathan who had to reach out and make the effort. Jordana is sweet and caring and I liked her for it just like I liked her for seeing the potential in Nathan. I just wanted to see her actually have to fight for something or do more than to get herself into situations where Nathan had to come to the rescue.
All in all, I found it a good read though not an exciting one like I’ve come to expect with this series. Now the passion? Holy Hot Alpha Male yes! If you like it spicy, you won’t be disappointed there. Nathan’s pretty intense. Not sure who is next up with their story, but I look forward to what is to come.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity read this one in exchange for an honest review.