Reviewed by Sharon S.
With a new twist on an old myth, action, suspense, romance, a sexy hero with just the right amount of alpha boiling underneath and a smart heroine. I knew I would love this story by the end of the first page.
“How most awesomest reviewer?” you ask. Well, let me tell you my little sycophants…. On the first page we meet our hero Roland and already we have insight into his personality as the world he has so carefully avoided comes crashing through his door. I immediately liked Roland and the writing voice of the author. He was once a mighty Paladin warrior; men who are descendant of angels and given powers to protect mankind from evil like demons, vampires and even Lucifer. 94 years ago all that was dear to Roland was taken away from him and he was turned by the powerful and brutal vampire Christos. His Paladin brothers turned their back and ordered him destroyed. Logan, his best friend and fellow Paladin, believed Roland still had good in him and helped him hide from the council.
I need a strong UF element to enjoy PNR, which means world building. Hilaire pulls this off beautifully. The world isn’t too complex and she has a great cast of evil and good guys, but even the good guys have a dark side. There is a dark edge to the story, but it is balanced with some humor and snark. Even though the characters face many obstacles they are willing to fight to survive. I did find it a little confusing trying to keep up with who is related to who and how at some points, but it all works out by the end.
This book focuses on the love story between Roland and Karissa, but the secondary characters are given quite a bit of depth too. The author did a great job of setting up the next book’s couple. I am already biting at the bit to read about Valin, the Paladin whose power lies in darkness; therefore he is always seeking light. It also helps that he is a bit arrogant and revels in his nakedness (hubba,hubba). Gabriella is a soul weary, yet feisty vampire. She was also turned by the vampire Christos like Roland.
If you like the whole fated mate and caveman protectiveness that comes with it, which I do, then you will enjoy this story. Roland is book boyfriend material. The heroine, Karissa, is smart about her choices considering she is thrown into a world she didn’t know existed. She also has the really cool power to teleport. There is a HEA for our main couple, but the big bad gets away. I mean really, who can kill Lucifer? And you get a great lead in for the next book in the series