Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
When everything is lost due to natural disasters or man’s misuse of nature new societies are born but not always better. A society where slavery is once again a reality and where Sentries are trained and dedicated to defend against supernatural creatures and humans is one of those new societies. These slaves are trained from childhood to adulthood to be an asset to their new master or mistress, one of those slaves is the center of this story.
Nick was trained in a serfdom called Eldrid and his training involved the use of all manner of weapons. From the age of three Nick was bound to Todd Ruger but Todd was different from the other slave owners he cared about Nick sent letters and gifts and watched over him till it was time for him to pick him up. If it wasn’t for Todd, Nick would have been killed since he had the ability to see evil in people and could sometimes know what a person was going to do before they did it. His gifts or curse as he believed it to be frightened people but that same gift was necessary for him to assist his master.
Todd owned Nick and according to the law Nick was nothing more than property but not in Todd’s eyes. Todd wanted Nick to be his mate but was not willing to force anything on him. It was while travelling back to Todd’s home that something terrible happened to Nick, something Todd could not prevent since he was tied up and helpless. What happened to Nick was something that Todd would never forget or forgive and his desire to destroy those who hurt Nick would not end well for both men.
In public Nick must wear a collar and a leash, but the collar was not what other slaves wore it was custom made for him and Todd saved for a long time to get it. It would take time for Todd to prove to Nick that he would never hurt him or allow anyone else to if he could help it. At home Nick was free to be anything he wanted, no collar and a room of his own and realizing his dream of Nick being his mate would take time and patience something Todd was willing to do.
This was a beautiful love story that at times left me down, down because of the realization that man once again proved his cruelty but then watching the relationship between Nick and Todd grow I felt up. Something about this book just held me from the first page to the last and I highly recommend it.