This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Kensington
Released on October 3, 2013
Ever since I was introduced to this series, I have enjoyed how it held clear plot lines that moved through each book and tied off neatly as it went as various characters got their story. It’s refreshing when I could easily follow and anticipate the journey along with the character. As the series closes in on the end and many of the character plots have seen their day in the sun, I’ve still had two huge ones to anticipate and one, Jase Kayrs was told in this story. As you might have surmised from what I just said, this is a series that must be read in order as there is a huge amount of world building and backstory along with the ongoing story lines. This also means that it’s possible that reading the rest of my review will give series spoilers.
Jase, the last of the five royal Realm vampire brothers began as a very young carefree guy with a powerful gift back in the beginning of the series and he grew and matured into a worthy fighter in the war until the day the demons took him and twisted him into something different with five years of torture of both the mental and physical nature. What comes out on the other side is something different. Jase doesn’t even know himself and what he knows scares even him, but he truly hates the way his brothers feel the need to treat him like he’s delicate or lesser now or that they feel the need to babysit him wherever he goes. That’s why for the first time, he’s decided to take back control and do something for someone else even as he plots to use them to further his revenge against the demons.
Brenna Dunne, the oddity of the witch world and the only witch weaker than a human due to the disease eating away at her body, knows that she is dying. This does not stop her from quietly doing her duty, but suddenly when Jase Kayrs her former childhood crush arrives offering to mate her in a mating of convenience that will benefit both, she truly considers the offer. Jase is nothing like his old self and he coldly offers to mate her so his vampire blood can heal her and so that he will inherit her witch gifts since he lost his own. He makes it clear that he only lives for revenge. A small part of her hopes that maybe while he’s saving her, that she can save him.
Their mating solidifies a treaty between vampires and witches and also brings Jase up close and personal with Brenna’s crazy chaotic world. He learns for the first time that Brenna is at the center of a huge maelstrom over her prophesied destiny attached to the fact that she’s the eighth sister whose birth date along with the Winter Solstice and a comet may indicate that she’s destined to have unbelievable and possibly uncontainable power on that night. Some want her alive to try to harness the power, but some want her dead so she can’t potentially destroy the world. She’s the world’s most wanted amongst the witches, demons and Kurjans. Jase works out that it might be a full-time occupation just keeping her alive.
Meantime, Kalin the Kurjan is weaving his complicated plots to get his hands on Janie even while Zane has his own obscure intentions toward her. Janie is just antsy to get things to the part where she’s an active part in ending the war. Janie is another one that all the world wants their hands on. Kalin soon uses Janie’s biggest weakness, her family, to coax her out of hiding when he takes her brother Garrett.
In the end, Jase is faced with the ultimate choice- revenge or love. Brenna has to be ready for the onslaught of power coming her way and the possibility that Jase will never love her as she does him. Naturally, the grand finale was breathtaking and unexpected.
There were a handful of threads running through this one, but it was not a problem keeping up. The pacing was good with a nice blend of action and passion. Jace is a cold-hearted killer toward his enemies, but gives Brenna his hot and dominate passionate nature along with a cute, emerging playfulness that she brings out in him that takes even him by surprise. I just laughed when the mating for convenience brought out his possessive and protective Vampire nature towards his mate almost from the beginning. Brenna, like Jase, is the youngest in her family. She has always been the oddity from her birth order, her looks and then the fact that she was the one poisoned by a disease that’s killing her. She’s a gentle soul who works hard for the causes she believes in and she’s always believed in Jase. She has no intention of jumping to obey every time he goes all alpha on her, but just a certain look in his eyes, his touch or his kiss turns her into a puddle of goo. They were great together and were the means of saving each others which was just heartwarming.
The only thing that took me out of the story just a little was in the very end after the big scene, the story slowed down to a crawl. Not that I didn’t enjoy the little snapshots into each little mated couples’ life, but it felt weird. It felt like the series ending though its not the ending. Like I say, it wasn’t bad per se, just weird and maybe should have been like outtakes or something.
But all in all, this was another hit out of the park leaving me eager for the next segment in the story. Paranormal Romance fans who appreciate things a little dark, a lotta heat and their heroes uber alpha should try these books.
My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.