DARK SLAYER by Christine Feehan -a review

It is Thursday and Tynga’s Reviews is hosting- DARING YOU TO READ.

Every Thursday, we offer a previously published book or series and Dare You To Read. This week we offer: DARK SLAYER by Christine Feehan. Christine Feehan just released her new cover for her next Dark series book-DARK STORM to be released September 2012.
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Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

“Dark Slayer” by Christine Feehan, is different then most of her books in the Dark Series. Whereas, the majority of the books have a male Carpathian as the lead in the story, as he finds his lifemate, in “ Dark Slayer” the lead Carpathian is a female….the long thought dead, Ivory Malinov is our heroine. Christine does surprise her fans with this book, as she brings together two people, whom you never thought would have a story. Ivory, who we had learned in earlier books was killed by Draven, Mikhail’s brother; and her lifemate, Razvan, whom we had been led to believe was equally as bad as Xavier.

This is mostly Ivory’s story, as she is the strong warrior in this book. She had been left for dead centuries ago, having been cut up into pieces and left for the wolves. Ivory used her ability to talk to the wolves to help her, and they put all the pieces of her body buried together. Her promise to them was to take care of them and their pack forever. She ends up spending most of her life with the wolves, and at some point when they had been attacked by vampires, she finds the baby wolves barely holding on to life. Her grief overcomes her, afraid to be alone, as they were all she had, Ivory gave them life with her blood. Centuries later, these same wolves are still with her, magically enhanced by her blood, and converted to Carpathians.

The story of Ivory and the wolves is one of my favorite parts of this story. It is awesome to see how they work together to kill vampires, share blood when necessary, and you truly see their magical love bond. Having spent hundreds of years underground to recover from her horrific injuries, she lived to seek vengeance against vampires, as well as her determination to one day kill her enemy…Xavier. It is this will that makes her possibly one of the strongest Carpathians.Not only her physical strength, but her overall intelligence, ability to unravel spells, as well as her affinity with mother earth that makes her so powerful. She learned early on how Xavier’s mind works, and has spent these solitary years learning everything about him. She has trained herself to become a Mage, a strong warrior, and the Slayer, that is feared by all the vampires.

Razvan, who is Natalya’s brother, has been Xavier’s prisoner for centuries. We have been led to believe that he was evil, but unbeknownst to the Carpathians, Razvan has been forced against his will to commit horrific crimes against his family and the Carpathians. Xavier tortured Razvan beyond endurance. It is those terrifying memories that haunt him about his daughter (Lara), and his two aunts, whom were held prisoner by Xavier. Razvan, had already sold his soul to Xavier to save his sister, Natalya. Razvan was as hunted by the Carpathians, as was Xavier. After centuries, he finally escapes, and makes his way to meet the dawn, so he could die. As he lies dying, while the sun is close to rising, he is near Ivory’s hidden home.

Ivory, out hunting with her wolves, she sees someone lying in the snow. She immediately recognizes that he is her lifemate, and is compelled to save him, though he fights her to let him die. She has to knock him out, and takes him to her hidden home. Over time, while he recuperates, you see their romance slowly develop, since both have
had a brutal lonely torturous life. Ivory is determined to help Razvan recover, and he is still intent to end his life, as he fears Xavier will find him, as well as put her life in danger. Ivory tries to show him how strong he had to be to have survived Xavier’s torture all these years, she also tries to convince him that her goal is to kill Xavier, and she needs his help.

When she leaves him alone in her hidden enclave, as he is still recovering, Ivory comes across a child tied up in a trap. She tries to help the boy, Travis, and finds herself face to face with her brother Sergei, who is a master vampire. With Gary’s help, she was able to fend off Sergei, as Mikhail and Gregori arrive to help, just as Sergei escapes. Ivory is injured, but refuses Gregori’s help to heal her, as she wants nothing to do with the Carpatians.

Back in the hidden enclave, Razvan awakes to feel the sense of danger to his lifemate. He mind speaks to her for help to get out the cave, and he goes to her rescue. With a knife held against Mikhail’s neck, Razvan is convinced that they will not hurt her, and tells Ivory to allow Gregori to heal her. What Gregori finds out while healing Ivory, shocks him. He sees how she was cut into little pieces, cannot imagine how she survived such torture. He tells Mikhail that his brother was the one who did this to Ivory. Slowly, both Ivory and Razvan begin to trust them a little more. Then Gregori tries to help remove Xaviers shards from Razvan, with Ivory’s help, but two shards escape. The story from this point on becomes extremely exciting, as Ivory shows how powerful she really is. She is as good a warrior as any male Carpathian, and her powers are enormous. She saves them from the attack of the monsters Xavier has created.

But still, Ivory and Razvan, are hesitant to totally trust the Carpathians. They promise to come visit them and talk about her plans to kill Xavier. Gregori also wants Ivory to help with saving the babies, who are dying, since she knows all the spells of Xavier.

The action scenes were exciting and there were so many of them. It was non stop entertainment all the way through. You could not put this book down, as it went from one action packed moment to the next. Sergei turned out to be a great bad villain, and Xavier was truly evil. Some of best parts were when Sergei almost killed both of them, Ivory’s perseverance to fight him, and to do all she could to save Razvan. The Carpathians coming to help to heal them was great, as we got to see so many of our favorites in this book. Gregori, Mikhail, Raven, Savannah, Francesca, Shea, Natalya, Vikornoff, Nicholas, Lara, Skyler, Syndil, just to name a few.

When Sergei and Xavier’s plans to frame Razvan for Lara’s injury almost culminate in Razvan’s death, Ivory’s powers come full force. She is a weapon like they have never seen before. When they come to realize their error in accusing Razvan, Ivory is convinced by Gregori and Mikhail to use her ability to help break Xavier’s spell to save Savannah’s unborn twins. This part of the betrayal, the saving of the twins was one of the most exciting scenes in the book. I loved every moment of it. The ending was good, with Sergei now becoming the ultra evil to reckon with in the future. The acceptance of
Ivory and Razvan, his meeting of his many children, and their own acceptance that they are part of the Carpathians was also great and emotional.
I really enjoyed their romance, as it was different then the others. Razvan did not have the ego that the Carpathian males normally have, and he lets Ivory be the warrior that she was meant to be. They were true partners in every sense of the word, proven when they faced Xavier at the end, and having Natalya and Vik help was a nice touch. I loved the added element of the wolves, and loved how Ivory & Razvan interacted with them. Dark Slayer has become my favorite book of the Dark Series, and I loved Ivory. I found this story to be totally exciting, action packed, with suspense, drama, humor, discovery of family and their romance.

Reviewed by Barb

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THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY-Daring You To Read

THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY by Anne Bishop-Daring You to Read

Every Thursday, Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews host DARING YOU TO READ. Friday March 9, 2012, The Reading Cafe begins a week long tribute to the fabulous author ANNE BISHOP. We are DARING YOU TO READ: The Black Jewels Trilogy

DONT FORGET OUR INTERVIEW WITH –ANNE BISHOP- Wednesday March 14, 2012

The suggested reading order from Anne Bishop’s website:

Daughter of the Blood (Book 1)
Heir to the Shadows (Book 2)
Queen of the Darkness (Book 3)
The Invisible Ring*
Dreams Made Flesh
Tangled Webs
The Shadow Queen**
Shalador’s Lady** (sequel to The Shadow Queen)
Twilight’s Dawn

*The Invisible Ring is a standalone novel which could be read before or after the trilogy.

**The characters in The Shadow Queen and Shalador’s Lady are connected to the main characters in The Invisible Ring.

DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD
Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her dazzling web of dreams and visions.

Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence–and corruption.

Whoever controls the Queen controls the Darkness. Three men, sworn enemies, know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love–and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining.

HEIR TO THE SHADOWS
The Blood have waited centuries for the coming of Witch, the living embodiment of magic. But Jaenelle, the young girl prophecy spoke of, is haunted by the cruel battles fought over her future power. For not all the Blood await her as a savior. Some dismiss her as myth. Some refuse to believe. And some would use her, making her a puppet to their whims.

Only time, and the love of her guardians, have healed Jaenelle’s physical wounds. But her mind is still fragile, amnesia providing a shield from the terrors of her childhood. Nothing, however, can shield her from her destiny. And soon the day of reckoning will come. When her memories return. When her magic matures. When she is forced to accept her fate.

On that day, the dark Realms will know what it means to be ruled by Witch.

QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS
Jaenelle Angelline has made her Offering to the Darkness, and reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi. The Shadow Realm lies under her protection. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one door has been closed, another may be opened…or broken through, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible glory that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in the madness of the Twisted Kingdom, is Daemon, her promised Consort. His unyielding love for Jaenelle will complete her Court and secure her power. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to stave off their enemies.

In the end, only Jaenelle’s greatest sacrifice will be enough to save those she loves…
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BURNING ALIVE by Shannon K Butcher: A Review

Every Thursday, Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews host “Daring You to Read”. Each site selects a book from a series or a stand alone (release date more than six months ago) and we ‘dare you to read’.

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This week THE READING CAFE is featuring the magnificent author Shannon K. Butcher and what better way to start our week with Shannon than daring you to read the first book in The Sentinel Wars series: BURNING ALIVE.


BURNING ALIVE is Shannon K. Butcher’s first novel in the Sentinel Wars series of books. Released in May 2009, this paranormal story introduces the premise and characters behind the Sentinel Wars  series. The Sentinels are three races descended from an ancient race of guardians known as the Athanasians, who defend and protect mankind from the demons at the door. The Theronai are the protectors, the Sanguinar are the healers (as well as blood feeders) and the Synestryn-the demons. There is a lot of background information contained in Burning Alive, and hopefully I can do Shannon’s writing justice.

Helen Day is a young woman who is haunted by a dream about dying-burning alive, while a smiling man, watches her burn. When she finally meets the stranger from her dreams, she feels an immediate connection with the man.

Theronai warrior Drake, is in constant pain from the excess of power inhabiting his body, and is nearing the end of his life. His Theonai lifemark-Tree of Life-has been shedding leaves for 100’s of years, and Drake has only a few leaves remaining. Without a mate, to save his dying soul and syphon off the excess power, his Tree of Life will die, along with his soul. The lifemark is a visual gage of a soul’s health, and all of the warriors are suffering with the pain, and are running out of time. The Synestryn demons murdered most of the females over a century ago, and there have been no children produced in almost as long.

The fates intercede, while Drake and his fellow warriors (Zach and Thomas) are on the hunt for the Synestry- who are in possession of a fallen warrior’s mystical sword. With one touch from the frightened woman- all of Drake’s pain disappears, but how is he going to keep in physical contact, while fighting to save mankind? When Helen releases her hold on Drake, the return of the pain is agonizing, and the couple must figure a way to either keep their distance or return together as one. But a demon attack at Helen’s house, and the appearance of Logan, the Sanguinar, does not bode well for the couple, and they must return to the compound where the warriors live.

Logan, as a gifted healer with the ability to read memories, requires blood, and without the Gerai around (blooded human descendant from the Athanasians), Helen is the nearest candidate. When she allows Logan to feed, she is now permanently connected to the Sanguinar, and must be available for feeding whenever Logan insists. Drake is beyond angry, for his mate now has a blood debt with Logan, as well as Logan having had access to Helen’s memories, and his presence, was only necessary as a healer. The Sanguinar are considered ‘bloodsuckers’ because of their need to feed, but they are Sentinel warriors, none the less.

As the story progresses, Drake talks of the luceria-a necklace and ring combination, shared by mates. As the couple’s relationship grows, the colors within each piece, swirl into a solid color, but if one of the pair should walk away or die, the luceria would return to its’ original state. A female must agree to wear the symbol of Theronai mating, and is only able to remove the collar, by its’ intended wearer. But Drake convinces Helen, that she must agree to wear the necklace, so that he is able to protect her, should she have need. When one of the other Theronai warriors may also be compatible with Helen, he lets it be known, that Drake has not been honest with his intended mate. Without that knowledge, Drake has not been honest and must now offer Helen a means with which to end their relationship.

Meanwhile, Helen must be trained in the ways of the Theronai warriors, if she is to fight by Drake’s side. Now that the couple has started their mating, and she has accepted the luceria, Drake no longer suffers with the pain, as Helen is able to syphon his excess power. But it is Logan, who reveals to the Gray Lady, a queen of sorts, that Helen is not all that she seems. There are powers within Helen that have yet to be released, but something is holding her back-buried so deep, that she is unable to use the powers within.

As the Theronai warriors pledge their honor and protection to the newest female, Drake and the others are convinced that Helen is not a mere human, but perhaps a descendant or product of a human/Theronia interaction. But, the story evolves, and their history of no children and no females reveals, that Helen never had knowledge of her father.

A death of a warrior, a young female seer and a missing waitress named Roxi, add plenty of background information for the reader. But the dream of burning alive-still haunts Helen, and only when she is told, that the fire is ‘within her’ to control, does she realize her dream may very well come true. A lesson in power, from the Gray Lady and a vision from a young child, haunt Helen’s dreams- a fight with fire, that could very well end Drake’s life. Without the ability to control her internal flames, Helen could destroy the man, who has become her life. But her life with Drake takes on new meaning when their luceria colors turn a matching red, as does her title as The Red Lady.

BURNING ALIVE is a wonderful debut book in the Sentinel Wars series. There is an eclectic mixture of demons, warriors, sword fights, sexual tension, passion and some humor. The Hall of the Fallen will bring a tear to your eye, and the death of a warrior, will be forever etched in your soul. As with every debut book in a serial storyline, Burning Alive was filled with plenty of background information and character introductions, that you know will evolve into something even bigger. Burning Alive is a great start to Shannon K Butcher’s Sentinel Wars series. 

Reviewed by Sandy

READING ORDER:  The Sentinel Wars

Burning Alive (May 2009)
Finding the Lost (November 2009)
Running Scared (May 2010)
On the Hunt – “The Collector” (February 2011)
Living Nightmare (November 2010)
Blood Hunt (August 2011)
Bound by Vengeance (February 2012)
Dying Wish (March 2012)

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BEAST BEHAVING BADLY-Daring You To Read

 

BEAST BEHAVING BADLY by Shelly Laurenston-a review

Every Thursday, Tynga’s review hosts-Daring You To Read.

This week The Reading Cafe is daring you to read: BEAST BEHAVING BADLY by Shelly Laurenston.

BEAST BEHAVING BADLY by Shelly Laurenston-a review

BEAST BEHAVING BADLY is the 5th novel in Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series.  Shelly Laurenston (aka G A Aiken) writes with humor, romance and enough sex to make you laugh and sigh all at the same time. Both of Shelly’s series involved paranormal shifter storylines, but the characters are as fallible and lovable as any human or animal on the planet.   Beast Behaving Badly is my favorite novel and Blayne and Bo, are probably my favorite couple.

 

Bo Novikov is part polar bear/part lion and all male.  As one of the most aggressive professional hockey players in the professional shifter league, Bo’s reputation precedes him.  Many hockey players, both full human and shifter, rarely recover after a physical encounter with Bo.  But his OCD with time, cleanliness and lists, pushes the patience of everyone including his family.  But when a young woman with sexy legs, catches his eye 10 years earlier, it has left him longing for a return to the Carnivores Team from the Shifter Hockey league.  Hoping to meet the mysterious beauty, Bo finds himself signing a contract without hesitation.

 

Blayne Thorpe is part wild dog/part wolf and as energetic as ever.  Raised by her widowed father, Ezra is a shifter wolf from the Magnus Pack and as dangerous as any protective father and wolf, Blayne was always shunned by the wolves for her mixed heritage. Known for their tendency to get emotional and aggressive, wild dog/wolf hybrids were shunned by their own.  But when she and her best friend Gwen, take in Gwen’s fiance’s hockey game, Blayne panics when one-Bo Novikov, now 7 feet of prime bear-cat hybrid, pursues her in hopes of dinner and a date.

 

There is much humor involved with Shelly’s writing.  The antics of Mitch O’Neil-lion male and his brotherly affection for Blayne will have you laughing.  The sexual innuendos and double-speak between the wild-dogs and their pack, will make you want to read the passages over again, until your sides hurt. Blayne, like any wild dog, runs off her energy chasing squirrels and hunting wild game.

 

Bo and Blayne’s relationship has it moments.  When Blayne approaches Bo to help  train for shifter derby, Blayne’s penchant for misplacing items, her lack of time management and messy lifestyle leave Bo feeling like he has lost his mind.  But Bo’s need for schedules and cleanliness have everyone, including his teammates hiding behind closed doors.  But an attack and attempted abduction, have Bo and Blayne airlifted to Ursus County, Maine for the type of medical care only shifters can provide.

 

When Bo finally wakens from surgery, his only thoughts are for Blayne.  He has grown to love his wolf-dog, and remembering how she looked after the accident, leaves him reeling with the idea that she may not have survived.  But when the surgeon removes a micro-chip that was imbedded into Blayne, she realizes that she was used as bait in a deadly game of shifter fighting and take-downs.  Knowing who was probably responsible, Blayne and Bo refuse to return home, and the couple begin a humorous and sexual relationship that had only just begun before the attack.

 

Following an investigation into a series of shifter kidnappings and death, all leads point to Ursus County, Maine –the one place no one had considered before- and the temporary home of Bo and Blayne. When Ezra Thorpe, a retired navy man, is called into help by the Alpha male of the rich and famous Van Holtz pack, he is only too aware, that his only daughter had been used.  Making a deal with the Alpha, Ezra agrees to help return his daughter and the hockey hero, but on the condition that those responsible are brought swiftly and quickly to justice. 

 

Blayne and Bo’s relationship has many humorous moments:  from her garbage heap of an apartment and its’ 15 open-boxes of sandwich bags, and her need to wear street vendor watches made by Pra-du and Cha-Chanel to  Bo’s need for lists , schedules and accurate time keeping, that will in the end, actually save the couple from  the shifter fighting pits and keep them safe and alive. Bo’s hockey championships and Blayne’s derby antics, will have you in stitches, just like Bo and Blayne.

 

 

There is much background information revealed in The Mane Squeeze, the book prior to Beast Behaving Badly.  Shelly’s novels should be read in order so that most of the storylines are not confusing.  An attack against Blayne in the prior novel, will reach its’ climax in Beast Behaving Badly and many of the characters from most of the previous novels, make an appearance in one way or another.  Shelly, whether in her G A Aiken persona, or as Shelly herself, involves all of her major characters in most of the storylines and novels, and that is a positive aspect of her writing.  I am a big fan of Shelly’s Pride and Pack series, as well as her Dragonkin series (G A Aiken) and if you have never read one of her novels, I suggest and recommend you start at the beginning and don’t stop until your sides hurt from laughter.

Reviewed by Sandy

With the release of Bear Meets Girl on March 6, 2012, I am recommending Shelly Laurenston’s Pride and Pack series-if only to make you laugh for a few hours.

PRIDE AND PACK SERIES READING ORDER

Shelly Laurenston….Magnus and Pride Series

1. Pack Challenge

2. Go Fetch

3. Here Kitty Kitty

4. When He was Bad..anthology

5. The Mane Event

6. The Beast in Him

7. The Mane Attraction

8. The Mane Squeeze

9. Beast Behaving Badly

10. Big Bad Beast

11.Bear Meets Girl …2012

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THE OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

THE OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

 

The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list THE OUTLANDER as their number one romance novel of all time.  Because I apparently had nothing to read one night last week *rolls eyes*, I ordered THE OUTLANDER from KOBO and set my mind on everything love and romance.  By the time I was finished (2 nights later) 896 ‘real’ pages, I had to agree:  The Outlander is probably the number one romance novel *sigh*.  

 

First published in 1991, The Outlander is a novel of love, romance and betrayal set in both the 18th and 20th centuries.  So hold on, grab a coffee or glass of wine, read my review.  It is almost as long as the book. : )-(Nevermind-edited it down.)

The Outlander is the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s The Outlander series. The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list The Outlander as the number one romance book of all time. So, I dug in my heels, and forged ahead. Almost 900 pages later, I am exhausted. The premise involves the history between Scotland and England, romance, sex, love, betrayal, violence, medicine, witchcraft, spirituality, torture, rape, time travel and family. But above all else, this is a love story that crosses the centuries: an accidental relationship that was forced between two people, to save their lives and the lives of many more.

 

Outlander ranks Number ONE on many ‘lists’ as the best romance/love story.  Jamie’s love for Claire ranks as one of the most purest forms of love.  Even with the knowledge that he may one day lose this woman to another time and place, Jamie is willing to risk it all…and he does.

 

The Outlander is a long novel. The many different storylines of romance, love and torture at the hands of someone claiming to love, is reminiscent of many abusive relationships. But the relationship between Jamie and Claire, is a love match, that anyone would hold close to their heart. Similar to Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the hero is tortured beyond comprehension, which once again, left me heartbroken and in many spots-in tears.  The Outlander is one story,that I will never forget. As the first book in The Outlander series, I can only surmise, that my heart will be heavy, my eyes will be red, and I will not like the idea that at some point,  Claire will return to her own time. The lists and top tens may have it correct-this is one of the best romance stories I have read.

 Sandy

READING ORDER: The Outlander series

  1. Outlander
  2. Dragonfly In Amber
  3. Voyager
  4. Drums of Autumn
  5. The Fiery Cross
  6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  7. An Echo In The Bone
  8. Written In My Own Heart’s Blood: Will be released in early 2013.
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DARING YOU TO READ

Every Thursday, Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews hosts an event entitled “Daring You To Read”. The premise involves ‘daring’ the readers to go back and read one of their favorite novels. The Reading Cafe is offering up a dare. It may be a difficult dare for some, or for most, but the book we are daring you to read is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

ACHERON is one of those books, where you either love it or hate it, but in the grand scheme of all things Dark Hunter, ACHERON is a necessary read.

Acheron is a difficult book to read, especially the first 2/3-the first chapter in Acheron’s life.  The abuse and torture of such a pure soul, will leave the reader anxious, angst ridden and requiring stock in Kleenex tissues.  Sherrilyn does NOT hold anything back when she writes about the abuse Acheron has endured. We have discussed ACHERON on other sites, and found there are two types of readers with ACHERON:  1.  They read it, cried, sobbed and required therapy when all was read and done.  2.  They quit reading The Dark Hunter series-never to continue.  Where do you stand on reading ACHERON?

Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote the WHY behind ACHERON:

From the desk of Sherrilyn Kenyon-THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: First let me say that I’m more than aware of the fact that the ancient calendar differed dramatically from our own. But since I’m dealing with a time of unrecorded history, I used our calendar for the dates to allow the reader to have an idea of when things were taking place. I hope for those of you who are sticklers for such things that you’ll understand why it was necessary.

That being said, I’ve also taken license with how things were in the ancient world in the beginning. I’ve structured the world of ancient Greece and Atlantis around a later time period and given them more technological advances than what the historical record shows for the true time of when the book is set.

In my world, they had a lot of nifty toys until Atlantis was sank into the ocean and Apollymi’s wrath sent mankind back into the Stone Age. This is also dealt with and explained in more detail in the latter part of the book.

It’s so strange now to have this tale written. I can still remember the first time I sat down to write a Dark-Hunter novel. Ash was one of the original characters, but back in the day, he was actually the leader of the Daimons and not the Dark-Hunters.

He’s changed a lot over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t ever changed is my love for him.

For my normal readers, I want to warn you that the first half of this book is very different from the previous ones. Ash’s human life is grim and it’s harsh. I promised you the whole sordid truth of it and that’s exactly what I’ve written. I’ve pulled no punches.

As a survivor of childhood abuse myself, I know the strength it takes to try and silence the voices in your head and heart that haunt you long after you’ve broken free. It’s not an easy thing to do and just when you think you’ve buried those demons, they come back for you with a vengeance.

It takes a lot strength and courage to trust a stranger when you’ve been harmed by the very ones who were supposed to protect you. But the one thing I’ve learned is that it can be done. That all of us are worthy and that we all matter. To this, I can never thank my husband enough for being the man he appeared to be both inside and out. Thank you, baby, for saving me, and for showing me that there are people in the world like you.

As my friend Tish taught me to say: Digmus Sum. Thank you Tish.

And a couple of QUOTES from ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon:

pg 662-663: She reached down to brush the hair back from his forehead. Ash buried his face against her thigh and nipped the tender flesh there as her hand touched his cheek.

“Please don’t pull my hair”, he breathed in a ragged whisper, now wanting anything to spoil this moment.

“I would never hurt you, Ash.”

pg. 680: “Yes,” he breathed, reaching down so he could stroke her while she rode him slow and easy. His throat tight, her gentleness succeeded in breaking him where the beatings never had.

One small tear slid from the corner of his right eye. Slamming them shut, he surrendered himself to her. Right now, this moment, she owned him in a way no one ever had before. NO, she didn’t own him. He gave himself to her, and for the first time, he understood the difference.

*sniff…hands everyone a tissue*….Now, where was I?-Sandy

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