By Tigris Eden
Published June 18th 2012 by Book Rhythm
Genre: Adult PNR
Source: review copy
A man’s Past leads to his Future……
Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit’s job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.
When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can’t help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.
The Heart of a woman is Tested……..
Jes can’t let the tall dark agent back into her life.
How can she trust any man after what she’s endured. Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn’t have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn’t abused her physically but he’s tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.
Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?
One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.
The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.
~ Goodreads Blurb
I had fun reading this novel, which is by large my main criteria for picking the good sort of reads, they need to either make me cry or laugh. Honestly speaking I think I tend to like more the ones that make me cry, I seem to get more excited about those for some reason. Aaanyways, this one made me laugh.
The first thing I liked about it was the tone of writing, it has that playful sort of humor, accessible and unpretentious. The fault I find with some PNR titles is that for some reason some tend to take a pretentious tone with their narrative, you know what I mean? It’s what turns me off in epic reads too, I just really got sick of it after reading enough fantasy, by large I want clear, honest, accessible and funny with my entertaining reads. This title had all of that, and I enjoyed the ride overall. What I wasn’t necessarily that glad for is that sometimes the characters take this language, like when in really tense moments, or one of them all the time (heads up, Dietrich), it’s just…I don’t like it. I don’t like it in people and I don’t like it in characters. This was a rare occurrence, and Dietrich made a small appearance, but for the record, his sort of presence is one that I never go well with, I’m sorry if that’s harsh.
Other characters were fun, some more then others. I have to say the one I loved the most was Jes’s daughter, she was so cute 😀 I liked the interaction between Stone and Jes, and the constantly changing dynamics of their relationship. There was some hot chemistry going on there, but there was also feeling, adapting to new situations, animal magnetism, all sorts. Perhaps if I were to find some fault it would be that all this development in their relationship might have been a tad too much, perhaps it would have felt smoother if it would have been somehow slower, interlaced with more action and divided in like 2 books perhaps, that sort of thing. As it is, it might feel a bit too much relationship-wise, you know? Matter of personal taste. It worked for me, but I would have been more fan of them both being tortured for longer, I’m evil like that *mwahahaha*
The plot was an interesting mix of relationship dynamics and action. It’s that sort of very active story line, where things keep on happening and you barely get a breather in-between all sorts of surprises. It was cool to read, but as a matter of personal preference again, I would have enjoyed the rhythm to have been juuuust a bit slower. As you guys know, I’m not really big on big action, a lot bigger on character development more like.
All in all, I say this is certainly a very interesting start to a fresh new PNR series, military flavored, animal magnetism going on and overall quite a lot of fun. I say give it a shot, and keep an eye on Tigris Eden for future works, all the right elements are there in a Brownian motion to find their natural order.
As a tour note, the first week of sales, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Domestic Violence Awareness. Awesome of you, Tigris!!