Reviewed by Douglas Meeks
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I was not sure what I had when I got this to read, but it was one of those pleasant surprises you get every now and then. The story captures you shortly after it starts and does not let up a lot. The basic story is not that original in the PNR world (bad guys after the fated maiden), but the telling of this one was done very well (makes me wonder if the other books in this series are done as well). Liam and Gemma were the fated lovers only nobody had told her about it or much of anything else. Except her Dad, who she thought was getting older and delusional (mistake), and she pretty much lumped Liam into that same basket for the first few chapters.
When a few nasty paranormal surprises brought a harsh reality to her doorstep, and of course, Liam was there to protect her (not so crazy now). The story rolls on with a lot of action and an adequate amount of romance, and thankfully, not totally overdone sex. I am getting tired of books that pose themselves as PNR when they are just erotica with the bare bones of a story. That is not to say this does not deserve the PG17 I gave it, as it might have been closer to R. They spend a good bit of time fighting or running from the bad guys. Other than a poorly done scene where our heroine reacts to a bit of important information towards the latter parts of the book, I found the book exceptionally entertaining.
Bottom Line: I had not read the first book. Thankfully, the author had the talent to make it unnecessary to enjoy this novel. It does have a bit of a unique world and she pretty much gives you all the rules you need to understand which are slipped into the story subtly. At no place did you get pages of boring world building, it just kind of becomes part of the story as you go along. So, I am giving this one 4 Stars which might be a bit generous, but if it is it is not by much, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and so 4 it is.