Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on December 1, 2015
Each time a new installment comes out in the Immortals After Dark series, I rush to get it. Things have taken an interesting turn as the Ascension is upon the Lore. Instead of continuing along as before, the series hangs a louie. There are new players on the scene and stuff just got real. I devoured this book and was left well sated. New players, Rune and Josephine are sizzling and the new series story arc was intense.
This is the sixteenth book in the series. It is not a standalone and the series needs to be read in order.
Josephine, the older sister to Thaddeus the phantom-vampire who was introduced in Dreams of a Dark Warrior, gets her story and there were some interesting reveals into Thad and Jo’s heritage. Jo is a hard-bitten cold-hearted snarky female whose only soft spot is Thad.
[quote]This is me. I ghost. I hurt bad guys.
No, I hunt them.
Realization struck her. She’d always been hunting.
Been waiting for this. All. My. Life.
Jo from Sweet Ruin[/quote]
She had to let him go to human parents who could care for him, but plans to reunite with him. Her plans are interrupted by the arrival of a charismatic male who becomes intrigued by her and then can’t let her go when she accidentally snags his memories through his blood.
Rune Baneblood, a dark half fey with poisoned blood in his veins is an older being who comes from a world far distant from earth.
[quote]His lifeblood had never looked blacker than against her alabaster skin.
Like paper inscribed with ink, her flesh was marked by him. Marked with his scent. She was his possession.
Yet he knew nothing about her.
Rune the Insatiable. He buffed his black claws. “Wringing orgasms and breaking hearts for eons.”
Rune from Sweet Ruin (forgot to write down the page numbers)[/quote]
His past is painful and sordid, but then he was accepted by Orion to the Morior Twelve. Orion has an assignment for the Morior assassin. Go to earth and take out Nix the Soothsayer to keep her from controlling the events of the Ascension and opposing the Morior’s plans for earth. Rune uses his skill learned as a sexual slave to go about his tasks. He feels nothing for the females he uses for information until he encounters one who is indifferent to his wiles and sexual appeal. He becomes more intrigued the more he learns about her and then he has to take her captive when she seems a threat to his mission. His duty to the Morior comes first. Always. But for once he is conflicted.
Alright, so as I said, this one didn’t continue with any of the usual suspects and plot threads everyone speculated about from previous books. A whole new group of players, the Morior are introduced along with what they bring to the time of the Ascension. They are explained as is their purpose, but only up to a point. I got the impression that things are going to get even more exciting than before.
I was surprised, but not disappointed by the hero and heroine introduced in this story. Jo’s background is rough and she’s a tough snarky gal as a result, but her past doesn’t hold a candle to what Rune went through. And it totally scared him so that he is messed up in matters of relationships, love, and sex. Jo warms to him and accepts a chance of being together while Rune is resisting and busy trying to figure out how to pump her for intel and use her. But Rune got a tiger by the tail. Jo’s pretty powerful even if she is nearly ignorant of who and what she is. There’s a great deal of push and pull between the two. I was into them up to a point as a result. It was a good crisis, conflict, and resolve in the end.
And that brings me to Jo and Thad’s race. They are hybrids and very powerful ones at that. An answer is revealed about them, but there is a lot more to come and I am excited to see where that goes.
The story focuses mainly on new characters with Thad and Nix being the only two regulars, sadly, that get any significant time though there are some cameo appearances. Nix was on her game and wielding the cray-cray oracle stuff well as she manipulates the players and events. She is growing darker it seems, but I am fascinated to see where it is going.
Things are moving forward, but on a much grander scale than previously. There are some tantalizing older threads along with added new ones that have my sweating for the next release in the series. The fresh reboot might not be to everyone’s taste, but I loved it along with the pair who got their story in this one. It is definitely one not to be missed by series fans and it is a series that I strongly recommend if you like paranormal romance.
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #399
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