Taking my TBR by storm

Like all die-hard readers, my TBR (To-Be-Read) list is like a rolling red carpet with no sight of an end. We, prose-junkies and book cover junkies, keep adding and adding and adding (and adding…..) books to our perpetual TBR list/shelf. The only way we could ever finish all those books is if someone turned us into vampires or we suddenly stumbled upon the fountain of immortality and drank from it. (Yes, please)

Time. Ah, that ever elusive fourth dimension. Time is what we never have enough of.

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Making my way through my TBR list is NOT like a shopkeeper restocking goods—the old gets shuffled to the front and the new to the back, with the intent that the old goods get sold first. Oh, no, like those new goods stored at the back, the books I previously added to my TBR list get forgotten and the old goods aka the recent additions to my TBR list get all the attention. It’s no wonder the old-previously-added books pack up and move to Iceland in a snit from the little love I give them. (My poor babies, I am so sorry. Come back from Iceland, it’s frigid there).

So this year, I decided to be like those shoppers who grab the goods in the back with the latest manufacturing date and the longest expiry date instead of the ones displayed in front. (Am I the only one who does this or does everyone?)

I AM GOING TO TAKE MY TBR LIST BY STORM.

As disciplined as a drill sergeant, I’ll read all those books I previously added as To-Read and forgot all about when new, shiny books caught my eye.

To make sure I persevere, I created an excel worksheet with a list of the titles of those forgotten books gathering dust in my TBR list and added the new books I intend to read among them. I will select at random but make sure those books are read. I’ve been super busy on Goodreads, creating new shelves for series and trilogies so when I get to them, I will have no trouble following the reading order.

Queen of Ruthless Organization, go me!

Here’s to a more productive year, both in my reading and writing. Mazel Tov.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – Styxx (Dark-Hunter #24) by Sherrilyn Kenyon *Spoiler Alert*

Synopsis: Just when you thought doomsday was over... Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s. The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer. Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?

Synopsis:
Just when you thought doomsday was over…
Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.
As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.
The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her.
But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.
Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

This review has been a long time in coming. After I read Styxx, I was in an emotional funk for weeks and couldn’t get myself to write it until now. Don’t get me wrong, this book gets five stars but it was so painful to read Styxx’s story.

Over those few weeks, I read the end chapters over and over again because Styxx caught my heart and wouldn’t release it. Long ago, when I read Acheron, I foolishly thought, no one could top the kind of hellish life he lived, no one could make me cry buckets like that again.

I was so wrong. Like Sherrilyn Kenyon always says, “There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth that isn’t clouded by human emotions that filter everything.
Boy, was she right. The truth hurt.

I can’t believe I waited this long to read Styxx’s story. I’d told myself from reading Acheron’s book that Styxx was such a monster, I’d never read his. I was so misguided.

Seeing the world through Styxx’s eyes was heartbreaking. The horror he went through, God, the injustice. There was a kindness to him that even after everything that happened to him, somehow, he retained that quality. Reading his story, I found his past worse than Acheron’s. The depth of Styxx’s pain, the horror he endured, the cruelty would have felled anyone else. I can’t even fathom the courage and strength it took to live his life, to endure.

Yes, Bethany brought hope and joy in his life. And even she was ripped away by the Gods. Styxx’s gets his happy ending but I couldn’t get past the pain he suffered throughout the years. The injustice of Acheron, his twin, thinking that Styxx had a hand in what happened to him when in fact, Styxx was the one person who tried to save him. And time and time again, he came to Acheron’s help even after countless rejections. Acheron thought Styxx had it all, but instead Styxx had it worse. I was so mad over how Acheron treated Styxx like crap even in the present. Oh, the unfairness of it all ripped my heart to shreds.

I loved how Urian sided with Styxx and saw the kindness and courage in him, how he turned out to be his long-lost son, the one Styxx thought the Gods had ripped away from him so long ago. That was just beautiful. I also loved how Savitar wanted to almost slug Acheron for what he did to Styxx in the past. The justice of that comforted my soul.

I cried an ocean reading this book. Styxx’s emotions, the unimaginable horror of his life broke my heart. But though it caused me great sorrow, I don’t regret reading it. The emotional upheaval I went through was worth it.

Word of advice: This book is high in sexual content and is not suitable for the faint-hearted.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Reality Check – Back on Track

The title makes me think of Kaye Umansky’s book, Pongwiffy: Back on Track. (when am I not thinking about books?) Pongwiffy, the witch of dirty habits, let herself go and overindulged on food and laziness – I’ve done the same. (with the laziness part, not the food one or else I woulda been as big as a house by now).

Add in procrastination to give it an extra twist. The award for Queen of Procrastination and Laziness goes to… *drumrolls* Moi! Tada!

I’ve become such a pit of lazybones, it’s a wonder I’m able to drag myself out of it. As for indulging, my drug of choice was not food but Korean dramas. (If I’m being honest, it still is but I’m controlling my addiction. Go Me!)

And like Pongwiffy decided to get back on track with her health and life, I need to do the same.

Thinking of all the research work I’d planned, not to mention the stories I have pending, I should hang my head in shame. Instead, shameless me is trying on new things, lol. But I’m glad that I’ll still racking up new experiences, venturing on new adventures.

I’ve taken up Origami and I’m having a blast. What a wonder it is to create something out of a simple thing like a sheet of paper.

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On to the old habits, I’ve gone back to swimming and let me tell you, I’m huffing and puffing like a chain-smoker. My endurance is shot. Really need to build it up again.

On to the writing front, I’m being more disciplined to ensure I stay committed. 

And last, I have book reviews I need to write and books I need to finish to end this year without unfinished business. Why is it that it’s as the year is ending that we realize how much stuff we left undone, how many things we left unachieved? Hindsight is a huge pain.

Regards

S.R. McKade

 

Review – The Obsession by Nora Roberts

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Synopsis: Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

Genre: Romance, Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Can I say upfront – another terrific romance and thriller from Nora Roberts. I had my suspicions on who the killer was and it was a fun journey piercing together the clues.

I felt for Naomi, what she went through – no child should have to face such a thing. The mother who should have protected her children instead of burying her head in the sand and in depression.

The uncles were great and it was heartening to see Naomi and Mason make a good life for themselves – all of them. The way Nora Roberts described Naomi’s talent for photography, her passion in it and the house she bought – the plans she had for it – made me see it, made me feel the emotions. Plus, with those feelings in me, I had a yearning for photography and took tons of pictures for my Instagram account lol.

And Xander. Oh, my god, can any girl resist a hot guy who plays a mean guitar, sings with that sexy voice, rides a motorcycle and looks like he does? Most important of all, he read books. Irresistible! Where can I find me one too?

I love how Tag followed Naomi everywhere and how he’d carry her little treasures. The other characters added spice to the story. The instant love between Lelo and Tag was sweet. Another keeper to my favorite pile.

Regards,

S.R. McKade

Review – Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter #25) by Sherrilyn Kenyon *Spoiler Alert*

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Synopsis: Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.
Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.
But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve ventured into the Dark Hunter/Were-Hunter world. And I missed it. I didn’t even realize how much until now. From the first Dark Hunter story, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s been one of my favorite authors.

The best compliment I can give for her excellent writing and plotting is, she’s got style and I say that in a voice full of awe.

I was in tears over everything Maxis suffered. I put myself in his boots and it made me feel that even on my baddest days, life’s not so bad.

To have suffered through so much agony, to have your heart ripped out over and over again and crushed to dust and still feel compassion for others, it’s a very special person who can do that. And that’s what Maxis was – special.

Of course, there’s also the fact that I love dragons.

Ugh, I wanted to dropkick Seraphina over how she treated him. Maxis was a gift, the most priceless treasure and she abused that. I don’t know if regret/remorse is repentance but Maxis deserved his happiness.

I loved all the new characters. Plus, Dragonbane also revisited all my favorite characters. I am in awe over how Sherrilyn Kenyon creates complex plots, links them all in such a way that it makes perfect sense in the end. Kudos for another great story! 

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – Fire Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #5) by Christine Feehan

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong. Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.
Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

Genre: Paranormal, Erotica

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

The first thing that comes to mind about this book is the clever plot-line – Lissa’s history, the revenge plan. I have to say I bought Uncle Luigi’s cover too.

The shock of finding the truth, about who was really behind her family’s murder, the treachery of people who you thought cared about you – I felt for Lissa.

The latest Prakenskii didn’t disappoint. Strong in spite of the excruciating agony of his childhood. I was right there with him when he took care of Arturo. That sadistic monster deserved what he got.

I liked the powwow the brothers had. Seeing them all together, they do make such an irresistible bunch. I liked the glimpse into the eldest brother, Viktor. That was a wonderful surprise. I can’t wait for his story. I wish there were more scenes with the brothers.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

 

Review – Dark Lycan (Dark #24) by Christine Feehan

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives -- a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for. Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man -- or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself. In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them -- their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they'll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives — a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.
Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man — or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.
In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them — their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.

Genre: Paranormal, Erotica

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

As I re-read this book, I am once again enchanted by Fenris Dalka. I love it that he and Dimitri, who is one of my favorite Carpathians, are brothers. It was endearing how Fenris was so taken with Tatijana.

Tatijana’s every bit the warrior Fenris is. I love the heat and fire between them, the chemistry. And who can resist a dragon?

The scenes with Dimitri and Skyler were just perfect. I loved how the brothers teased each other, the deep love between the brothers, enjoyed Fen’s exasperation over the stubbornness of his little brother – if you could call a battle-hardened warrior with centuries under his belt, little, lol.

Add in a lycan trilogy creating a new twist in the Carpathian world, a new enemy to defeat, a new danger to their survival and you’ve got a terrific story. Dark Lycan was a delightful, fun-filled book with action-packed scenes. In your favorite-books pile, people.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult (mature teen), Horror, Paranormal

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

When I first discovered this book, I was charmed by the cover. Then I read the extract in the synopsis, “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley”, and I was hooked.

I read some of the negative reviews on this book on Goodreads and I don’t understand how some people didn’t appreciate this story. Me, I was impressed by the cleverness of this story’s plot-line, the characters, the conflicts, the setting, the intense emotions, the action scenes.

At first, I really liked Agnieszka’s voice. I really loved her name, and I found her life interesting. I could relate to her. As I read on, I didn’t like her much. She was awkward, clumsy and kept making all these mistakes and she didn’t seem to have much of a backbone. But I liked her defiant thoughts – “…looking like some sort of mad noblewoman who’d run off to the woods from a ball.” And she turned out to be stronger than I thought, stronger and empathic.

The wizard known as the Dragon is one of my favorite characters. He’s cold and sarcastic and bad-tempered and I absolutely loved him. I loved his snarky, sarcastic remarks, his bafflement over Agnieszka. It was so cute how he couldn’t seem to understand what made her tick. I love his real name, Sarkan, as beautiful as Agnieszka.

This book is one of those rare fantasy stories after Harry Potter that’s kept me hooked and at the edge of my seat. Seriously, all this stuff kept happening in it. You’d think you’d get a respite from one danger to the next, but no. You’d barely catch your breath before the next danger blew up in your face. It was terrific!

Uprooted was a wild, heart-palpitating, pulse-racing, roller-coaster ride. Add in an unlikely romance between two people who are complete opposites, an amazing plot-line, excellent writing and you’ve got a keeper. Straight into my favorite pile.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But there are some things that never change. His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man - and beast. Even his friends and family weren't safe from Mitro's bloodlust. Neither was Mitro's lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts. But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun - one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But there are some things that never change.
His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man – and beast. Even his friends and family weren’t safe from Mitro’s bloodlust. Neither was Mitro’s lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts. But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun – one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller, Erotica
Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I’d forgotten how much I loved Danutdaxton—Dax. Dark Storm was a joy to re-read, keeping me in a state of ecstasy. I had so much fun re-reading this story, not to mention an intense case of adoration over Dax. I remembered the excitement I felt the first time I read Dark Storm.

Dax was just so—so larger than life. A strong, honorable warrior. And oh my god, I found it so sexy that he could spew fire. Holy cow! Christine Feehan created one hell of a character with Dax. He’s totally one of my favorite Carpathians. I love his name. I kept saying it over and over again just to hear how it sounded, like a lovesick teenager, lol. I loved the ancient dragon, the Old One. Very cool.

There was something sweet about Dax when he was with Riley. Sometimes, I’d go back and read a scene over a few times, because I wanted to see the scene over and over again.

I liked Riley’s character growth—from a non-believing daughter to a strong woman with enormous power, worthy of being a Carpathian’s lifemate. And what a Carpathian! The loss of her mother, Riley’s grief, the transference of powers from mother to daughter and Riley’s acceptance of the truth were a very big part of the plot.

This is my second read of this book and I find that there were a lot of things I didn’t truly appreciate the first time. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it the first time too but somehow this second time, I absolutely adored it.

Amazing plot-line and awesome characters. This is an excellent story and deserves to be in the all-time-favorite pile. Kudos!

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – Dark Predator by Christine Feehan

an immortal male comes to the end of a long and violent journey—to reach a far more dangerous and inescapable threat… As brutal as the undead he hunted, executioner Zacarias De La Cruz’s savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded, and each has a woman who completes him. But with his centuries as a killing machine now left to the past, and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is. The answer awaits him in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the consequences of a bloody family legacy and in Marguarita, a woman he once saved—his lifemate, his deliverance, and the greatest risk yet to both their lives.

An immortal male comes to the end of a long and violent journey—to reach a far more dangerous and inescapable threat…
As brutal as the undead he hunted, executioner Zacarias De La Cruz’s savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded, and each has a woman who completes him. But with his centuries as a killing machine now left to the past, and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is.
The answer awaits him in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the consequences of a bloody family legacy and in Marguarita, a woman he once saved—his lifemate, his deliverance, and the greatest risk yet to both their lives.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller, Erotica
Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I had a hankering to re-read the latest Carpathian books, especially my favorite ones. Re-reading a book’s like visiting with your favorite people in the world. I started with Dark Destiny, went through Dark Demon, Dark Curse, Dark Slayer to Dark Peril. I couldn’t remember Zaccarias’ story except for who his lifemate was. I had a soft spot for him from Dark Peril. Ruthless, scary Zacarias, whose honor was the only thing that kept him going.

Marguarita was perfect for him, as he called her, “his beautiful lunatic”. I loved the interactions between them. Aw, it was so entreating how she wrote letter after letter to explain why she saved him. It was funny how Zacarias was so discombobulated by her and sweet how enamored. Marguarita’s courage was a match for his. Her independent spirit, her need to do the right thing and the way she saw the real him, endeared her to me.

A terrific story with even parts fear, danger, chemistry, humor and love.

Regards,
S.R. McKade