Dusk (Stronghold Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is the second in the "Stronghold" series, and it's a real treat. It picks up a bit later than the ending of the first book, "Dark". If you haven't read that one, I'm going to tell you that, while you don't necessarily NEED to read it to understand what goes on in "Dusk", but it would help. References are made, but there's enough exposition that you would have an idea, so it could be read as a stand alone.
Our main characters are Lucy and Solomon. They have perfect chemistry. Their feelings for each other are palpable, even though they don't necessarily realize it right away. Solomon, is very much a loner. All Sentries are (Read it, and you'll understand, hehe.). That's how it's always been, but Lucy is under his skin. He feels the need to protect her from a frightening threat, and he'll go to the ends of the earth to do so. Their relationship is
tentative at first, but it heats up very soon. When I say "heats up", I really mean it. These two are completely off the charts. The sex is extremely hot. I felt dizzy, but in a good way. I do want to let you know that there are some pretty intense scenes...a little light bondage, sex toys, and some delightful dirty talking. It's not extreme, though. It is perfect for these two characters.
The background characters are great. There are other Sentries...brothers. They all come together to...well...save the world. I don't have brothers, but I imagine that this is how they would act when they're all in the same room. Lucy's best friend, Eva, from "Dark" is still around, and their relationship is just the way it should be. The plot is so interesting, and it's obvious that Ms. Leaf did quit a bit of research to carry it off.
All in all, I have to say that "Dusk" is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a very long time. Erin Leaf is one of my new favorite authors. I'm slowly going through her whole library. I can't seem to get enough, and I'm looking so forward to the next "Stronghold" story. There are several more Sentry brothers, and I'm excited about them. I am highly recommending this one.
Reviewed by Kenna for Cocktails and Books
Solomon he is a Sentry. He had saved the life of Lucy when she was attacked by the spiders. He cannot get her out of his mind. He has had a mate before and lost them, he doesn't want that pain again. But he cannot help how he feels about Lucy. He uses his teck and his science to protect the world from the spiders. He is the most solitary of all the Sentries but Lucy has managed to change that for him. When the spiders come back he will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he cannot live without.
This is a complicated book. Lots of things going on. I do recommend reading the first book in this series so you are not completely lost. I loved the fast paced, romantic style of writing this book has. I cannot wait for the next one to come out. I gotta know who falls in love next and what happens next in this war.
Shining Star Award and Five Shooting Stars
I have recently learned to admire and enjoy paranormal romance and it’s because of books such as Erin M. Leaf’s Dusk that I have become a fan. The story was original and imaginative and kept my attention throughout.
The story begins with Lucy Soren learning to overcome the trauma of being attacked by aliens called the Spiders. She was rescued by Sentry Solomon Dusk who made a last impression on her. Solomon could not get the beautiful Lucy off of his mind. The two are brought back together when the aliens return. As they work together to fight off the attack, the two can’t resist falling in love.
Dusk is the second book in the Stronghold series. It continues the story that first started in Dark which I had not read. Because the story was a continuation, I found myself a bit lost at first. However, Ms. Leaf provided me with the necessary information that I was quickly able to understand what had happened in the previous book and fully enjoy this story.
Ms. Leaf has a vivid imagination that was evident on every page. She then took these grand ideas and described them with so much detail and authenticity that I was completely immersed in the universe she created. Whether she was describing the aliens or the sentries or the various technologies they used, it was all so very real. I believed in it all.
I believed in the relationship between Lucy and Solomon. Ms. Leaf did a wonderful job showing the different layers of these characters so that I understood their motivations, their fears and their strengths. As a result, their connection was strong and made complete sense to me. All of the humans and sentries were likeable people that I could care about and root for.
The battle against the aliens was a nail biter and filled with drama and suspense. Ms. Leaf built up the tension at the perfect pace so as to excite but not overwhelm the reader. Once I began reading, I became engrossed and could not put the book down until it was finished. Quick warning though – while the romance does have a happy ending, the alien storyline is not resolved.
With two more Sentry brothers still single and the alien Spiders not yet eradicated, it’s obvious there is more to be told in this story. Dusk really intrigued me and kindled my interest in how the Sentries will prevail against the Spiders. Hopefully we will not have to wait long for the next installment in this ingenious series.