Author: Ellen Cross
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/07/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
What would you give to save the most important person in your world, and what if it still wasn’t enough?
Raziel has watched each of his guardian brothers find their mate knowing that while Toby is his own, the time for them to meet hasn’t been right. When that time finally arrives and Raziel has Toby wrapped in his arms, he can’t shake the feeling that their time together will be fleeting.
Nothing in Toby’s life has been by his own choice since the moment Denzel ripped him from his mother’s womb. Now that Denzel is dead and Eydan is in charge, nothing has changed. All he has ever wanted has been to find his mate and have a place to call home, but fate has set his path in a different direction.
Visions have shown Toby what he must do to stop the war, but they have also revealed a truth that he has kept from everyone, especially his mate. He wants to be held, to experience the touch of his mate’s skin and the softness of his lips just once before giving in to his destiny. While Toby is the only person who can end the shadowkin plague that threatens Preter, to do so, he must sacrifice it all…
I have been waiting for this story for what seems like forever. Toby and Raziel have been big players in this series since the beginning and the author has teased me with the promise of their HEA for too long. However, I have had this one in my possession for some time but have not been able to bring myself to read it. This is for several reasons. The first is that this is the final installment of a series I have loved since the prequel and I am not ready for it to end. The second reason is that I knew this would be an emotional story. Even the blurb itself brought forth a reaction from me. But I could not put this off any longer so I finally broke down and read it.
And I was so right. It was emotional. It was a bit hopeless at first, with poor Tobyy hidden away where the guardian could not sense him. Then it got a bit hopeful with “Raven” making an appearance and the author letting the reader know he was not what he seemed. Then I was happy when “Raven,” who actually turned out to be Rogan (Roman’s father and demi-god) gave Eydan what for and sent him to be eternally punished for his bad behavior. Then things turned to love and my heart soared because Raziel and Toby finally got to be together in real life, not just mentally. Oh I was so ecstatic that they could finally be together after so much suffering. And then came the fear and sadness as Toby did what I knew he would do. He sacrificed himself to save the world. But NO! He and Raziel just met and now Toby was being taken away again. Then there was restrained hope and admiration as the guardians banned together to try to save Toby. And holy shit! Raziel’s true angelic form is revealed and WOW just WOW.
Finally, amazement and happiness returned as Raziel and Toby were saved by Raziel’s father. I cried a bit here as Raziel’s father was so selfless in his love that he made the ultimate sacrifice to save his son and his son’s mate.
This final installment of the Preternatural Rescue Centre series wrapped up the series arc nicely and left things in a great place. I know this series will not be for everyone, but I have loved these men from the very beginning and am so sad to see them go. But while I am going to miss them all, the ending was satisfying and I am looking forward to more of Ms. Cross’s works.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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