Keeping it simple doesn’t always work out so well…
After exacting his longed-for revenge, Massimiliano “Max” Damiani’s life is about to get more complicated when he is sent by the Valthrean Council to investigate the mysterious death of one of their Councilmen. Duty-bound to protect the victim's daughter and her young brother, the stakes are upped as Max and those around him become targets of a dangerous enemy. The Cult is closing in, threatening the future of their kind.
Fate is a cruel mistress…
Piper Ingram’s existence is thrust into turbulent waters. Her father has been murdered in cold blood and she is now sole guardian to her little brother, Charlie. After years of helping others come to terms with their problems and move on to better lives in a domestic violence shelter, she now needs help protecting herself and her kin.
Salvation comes when we face our deepest fears…
Max values his independence above anything. Meanwhile, this case brings him more trouble than he's bargained for, pushing his limits, and testing his fear of commitment. While striving to keep his personal demons at bay and holding on to his set ways, he fights his attraction to Piper, but he fast learns some things are not within his control. Will he save those entrusted in his care this time? And most importantly, will he finally find redemption ... and love?
Jumping into this series from the second book, I found my footing pretty quickly and was able to enjoy the story without having read the first. Although I’m now intrigued enough to read the first one.
Piper is a spunky, tough, get it done, obstinate woman with a huge heart. I actually worried about any kind of romance happening due to the circumstances Piper had initially experienced. I needn’t have worried. Ms. Owens smoothed the way and made it happen. The story held a sweet yet spicy flare that had me turning off my Kindle to let it cool down a couple of times.
Other than being a hot immortal alpha, Max can cook. What woman wouldn’t like that? Jaded from his past he can’t see himself getting involved with anyone, of course Piper is different. His transition into being someone who can love isn’t a smooth one due to the fact that he’s had hundreds of years to practice being alone and this adds depth to the romance.
Ms. Owens writing is vivid, exciting, and sucked me into the story immersing me in the world of the Valthreans.
I give this book five out of five chalice shaped chocolate bars.