Wanting her was one thing. Keeping her was another…
Serenity Danssaert was already in way over her head. Not even her MI6 training or her powers as one of the seven Pleiades witches is going to save her sister. Then Alexi Jovec shows up. A secret operative working for unknown forces, he’s impossibly sexy and dangerous…and the guy who bailed on Serenity after a red-hot, racy night.
So bonding to him as her destined—the One—is so very wrong.
While Alexi’s need to own Serenity—body, soul, and beyond—is nearly unbearable, it’s also forbidden. He’s the last man who could ever be her destined. Besides, Hades’s right-hand man cannot bond with a chosen Pleiades witch. He may be the one man who can protect her, but she can never be his to keep.
Serenity is one bad-ass ex-M16 Pleid witch with a feisty mouth to match. We were first introduced to her in the first book (Protecting His Witch) and I loved her instantly. She’s a fantastic MC and her chemistry with Alexi was smoking hot. I lurved the romance in this book.
Alexi is a death-reaper and destined for a life of solitude. But he’s been watching over Serenity for years and they share an undeniable connection. Hades may have told him he can’t have her but fate seems to think otherwise.
This book was fast-paced and well-written, with a good blend of action, mystery, fantasy, and romance. Where I felt the first book was too focused on the romance and not enough on the plot and world-building, I didn’t have the same issues here. Zoe got it bang-on this time.
Someone is trying to kill Serenity, and they have taken her sister hostage, so a large part of the story is tied up with Alexi and Serenity trying to unravel the mystery in time to save her sister. Toward the end, I started to suspect the truth, so it wasn’t completely unexpected when it was revealed, but it was still a brilliant twist.
I loved the interaction with the other witches, and the fact that we got to see Kat and Matt again. I’d still like more of the witchy-stuff, but I presume this will be developed as the series progresses.
My only complaint – and it’s minor – is that she seemed more interested in getting into Alexi’s pants than she was in finding her kidnapped sister. There was a definite lack of urgency that wasn’t realistic, but, hey, it’s a work of fiction so I can overlook it.
Overall, this was a fantastic read and I look forward to continuing this series.
About the Author:
Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.
When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.
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