Well that went about the way I imagined it would! That is to say it was one exciting, fast and furious ride that left me breathless and satisfied. Ever since this pair started simmering in the background of the earlier books, I was chomping at the bit to get their story. So worth it!
This is book three of the Realm Enforcers series which is the welcome spin-off of the Dark Protectors series. This is one that pretty much has to be in order. Sorry, kiddos, no short cuts. Personally, I think the reader has to go back to the very beginning to the Dark Protectors and not just to the beginning of the Realm Enforcers. There is an assumption that the reader is familiar with the broader universe of the stories and the past story arcs and characters who do play large roles in these.
Simone Brightston is in Seattle when she learns that she has been named a traitor to her race and will stand trial for her life before her peers of the Witch nations’ Coven Nine. Naturally, she has been set up to take the fall for the group who are really producing the drugs and weapons from the mineral that is deadly to witches. She is confident that justice will prevail, but her cousins and the annoying Nicolaj Veis, her once thought love, don’t have her faith that the set up will be revealed before the Coven Nine call for her head. She is forced to accept Nick’s presence since he insists on helping and protecting her, but that’s all. Nick broke her heart when he walked away and he won’t do it again.
Nick has a second chance now that his duty and honor to make sure the war came to a successful outcome as a result of his actions are complete. The need for him to return to his demon race and do the job the foretelling called for required him to protect Simone the only way he could. He was going to have deadly enemies who would use her and break her if they knew she was his weakness. And he would be on a dangerous, one-way mission so he had to walk away and make sure she and everyone else believed she was nothing to him. It cost him greatly. Now, a hardened war-weary male, he wants what he was forced to set aside- the woman who is the other half of his soul. Nick must fight for her and protect her from the enemies coming from more than one direction. And in the end, will her secrets or her enemies take her away or her own stubborn need to protect her heart? Not if this alpha demon warrior can help it.
The action was sizzling and at a heart-pounding pace whether it was the stormy romantic encounters or the intense engagements with their enemies. There is intrigue and mystery to this one and even some courtroom drama paranormal style. I enjoyed the new addition to the Realm Enforcers/Dark Protectors world and Simone’s connection to it. All through the book, the reader is left more and more curious about the secrets from Simone’s past as it is unveiled.
The characters are the usual cast of characters who are always fun to see. Moira, Brenna, Conn, Bear, Zane, the Coven leaders, and the main players, Simone and Nick all share some good page time. The banter, fight sequences, and camaraderie are great. I liked the addition of the new player near the end and hope he is in more books.
As to the ongoing conspiracy with the distribution of the drugs and use of it to kill witches, that had a small advancement though the setup of Simone was the big conflict of the story behind the romance. The author has revealed small potatoes villains, but the mastermind is still in the shadows moving the chess pieces around against the Realm Enforcers group.
There was a nice, unexpected surprise after the acknowledgements of a bonus novella story that is a crossover between the Dark Protectors and Realm Enforcers series, Talen. I loved that it was a reunion with Talen and Cara, the pair from the first book. They have empty nest and are grandparents, Cara is well finally. Talen and Cara are going on a trip that she relishes as a way to start over and rekindle. Talen reluctantly agrees, but he has a bad feeling that there is danger. And the fun ensued. Thank you, Rebecca, for that fan gift.
So, this was a fantastic installment to the series. I loved this fiery couple who were strong, confident, lethal, and passionate while fighting side by side or rekindling their love. Paranormal Romance fans who like it fast and furious and full of intrigue should give these a try.
My thanks to Lyrical Press on Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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