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Although my favorite shifters are the wolves, I can’t say that I disliked this book.
The book is the second of the series, but you’ll have no problem following the characters. They are presented nicely, without overdoing the character description.
The MC’s are paranormal beings, one is a vampire prince the other is a Council member of the Lynx shifters.
If I had to choose between the two MCs I would choose Sasha, the vampire prince. In this world Tempeste created, the vampires have their own mate, but they call them fated heart. When he and Trace discovered that they are meant to be, they don’t act upon this.
Now, 5 years later, Sasha, the vampire prince, is forced to step up and take care of his fated heart. Trace’s life is in danger, Sasha has a lot of enemies, even in his own family. This task is not a hardship though, protecting Trace is all he ever wanted. Even though they avoided each other, both of them, Sasha must be honest with himself: he can’t think of anyone else but Trace.
Trace doesn’t want a mate. He already had one, an abusive one. Trace is a born sub, but since his bad experience, he doesn’t act upon it. Although he can’t have no one, except his vampire mate Sasha, he’s resolved that he will be alone for his entire life. Keith, his alpha, and Jason, the alpha’s human mate, tries to push him toward Sasha. It doesn’t help his situation that Sasha is Jason’s best friend. Then, when he’s almost killed by Sasha’s enemies, he wakes up in Sasha’s mansion, he can’t deny the need to submit to his mate anymore. He learns the sweet side of Sasha and step by step he seems, that maybe, he can submit…
The book is a sweet read. I highly recommend it to the shifter lovers, and it made me read the first book of the series.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***
Trace is a lynx who has suffered severe physical and mental trauma in his past, and is uncomfortable with most everyone around him because of it. For all that he’s a powerful shifter, he’s also as submissive as they come. Sasha is the most powerful vampire in the Konstantin coven, but meeting his fated heart five years ago and discovering that Trace doesn’t want to mate him has left Sasha in a sour state of depression.
In his position as council representative, Trace must frequently interact with Sasha on a formal basis as liaison between the shifter tribe and the coven, leading to all sorts of inner angst.
The world-building is extensive, allowing for a rich visual in the brain. The characters are plenty and varied, with some standout peripheral characters, such as Sasha’s valet, Jalin, who can be as demure as possible one moment, then in a pique the next, yet always amusing to the reader. I loved this character! From close-minded relatives to plotting villains, there is plenty to keep you interested and the story moving forward.
I really disliked how Jalin and Dr. Niko manipulated Trace (and I can’t say more than that without giving too much away). It came across to me as mental assault, though I understood that it was part of the conflict resolution in Trace’s healing. It seemed dangerous to me to force such a thing, though this is just my opinion, and there is all sorts of creative license at play here, so your mileage may vary. Once you get beyond this ick factor, however, the chemistry is super strong and the sexy times are hot hot hot!
I loved the genuine concern on the parts of so many for Trace’s protection, healing, and success. None of it seemed contrived or ‘forced’ by the author, but rather it felt organic and grew at its own pace. Also, the dialogue does get flowery, but I’m all for that – I’m a sucker for a sweet talker, and Sasha is certainly that.
I am rating this at 3.5 stars, and I’m rounding up for sites that don’t accept halves. This is my first Tempest O’Riley book, and I definitely recommend it! I am looking forward to the next installment.
I voluntarily read an ARC copy of this book for Divine Magazine from Dreamspinner Press with hopes for but no obligation to provide a review.
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**
Five years ago, Trace and Sasha discovered that they are fated mates. However, due to past trauma, Trace wants no part of the sexy vampire and Sasha has accepted this. Now, the wear and toll is showing on both men. Still, neither do anything proactive about it until Trace is almost killed by Sasha's enemies. When Trace's Lynx takes over to protect his mind, only Sasha can bring him back. Considering the abusive relationship Trace had in he past, the way this played out left me bristling and the only thing that saved the scene was that Sasha wasn't any more comfortable with what "had" to happen.
Despite knowing this would leave him weak, Sasha does what's necessary without expecting anything from Trace. So, of course, Trace doesn't know the toll this new development is taking on his mate. But don't worry, literally everyone else in the book meddles - pushing these two men be together, using guilt to get Trace to give even a small part of himself to Sasha before he's ready - and I was more frustrated than not by their disregard for Trace's past. There is a lot of missing communication between the pair and prime page space is taken up by a plotting uncle and the mystery of what is Jason and Keith's son (shifter, human, something else?).
All that said, this wasn't a bad read or a bad installment in the series. It was entertaining and, while I needed more of them and the building of their romance, and less of everything (and everyone) else, there was enough there that I was rooting for Sasha & Trace.
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I really loved this book. I liked Sasha a lot from the previous book and really loved him here.Read more