Author: Jennifer Wright
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages
At a Glance: Jennifer Wright has written a fabulous series, and I cannot wait to see what is set for these men in the future.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: Is it truly better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?
In Larken’s case, he isn’t so sure. He did love someone, then he lost them, and it hurt like hell. Now, Larken has to figure out how he’s going to get over it and find love once more. Then again, does he even want to care for someone so strongly for a second time? He’s had his heart broken once, and he fears it’s too soon to open up to someone else. But how can he really deny the new feelings that are growing inside him?
Khale, on the other hand, has yet to fall in love at all. It’s something he’s wanted his whole life, and now he finds that it may be within his grasp. Khale could love Larken with all his heart—he can see himself with the warrior for the rest of his life. But Khale also yearns for Vardel to finally accept him as his son, and this wanting misguides him, leading him into trouble. Now he needs Larken’s help—he needs the man he’s fallen in love with to save him, but he fears his secrets and possible betrayal will have ruined his chance of ever finding happiness.
Review: I have been a fierce fan of this series since the first book was released. I love the alternate universe setup and the Dragun and Vampire war. Each book in the series has given us a small yet significant bit of information to piece together the story. This book seems to be more focused on the relationship of Khale and Larken, though. Now, I have no problem with this at all. After the outcome of book three, I felt that Larken kind of deserved to have a book totally centered on him. Once I got to know Khale better, I felt the same way about him. These two tortured souls earned a HEA, but make no mistake, Ms. Wright didn’t make it an easy trip to that HEA.
Larken ended up in a downward spiral when he lost the man he loved. He found solace in drugs and meaningless sex. As we all know, these crutches can only last for so long before we have to truly face our demons. When Larken travels with his leader, he finds the one thing that could make facing those demons worth the heartbreak.
Khale is a man who suffers silently, and has suffered his entire life. From the moment of his birth his father has hated him, and nothing Khale does can change that. He just hasn’t realized that fact. When he meets Larken, he finds the thing he hasn’t even known he was looking for. Larken and Khale share one night together, and for this one night of perfection, Khale pays a very large price, one he has paid before.
When Khale pulls away from Larken to appease his father, Larken doesn’t know the suffering the man has endured, and he takes it as another rejection. Unfortunately Larken and Khale are going to be spending a lot of time together when Khale and his warriors accompany Larken and his warriors back to the coven’s stronghold after the coven is setup by the Council. What ensues is a push and pull between the men that results in them falling head over heels in love, but will that love be enough to overcome Khale’s longing for his father’s approval? Will he be able to stand strong on his own, and love the man Larken is, without worrying what his father will think?
This story is chock full of some racy sex scenes, some very tender loving moments, and plenty of action to keep you on your toes. There is a pretty large secret revealed about one of the Draguns, and this secret leads to what could be the end of Larken and Khale’s fragile beginning.
Jennifer Wright has written a fabulous series, and I cannot wait to see what is set for these men in the future. The characters in this series are very tough warriors, and they are all fairly messed up emotionally. The beauty of these books is the way in which love helps to heal them, but at the end of the day they have to heal themselves before their love can grow.
I would highly recommend this entire series, but it definitely needs to be read in order from book one.
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