Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Andrew Shwartz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/20/2012
Length: 02 hours 42 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.
Jackson has loved and lost his hearth and that loss is killing him. His behaviour is out of control and his sentinel and the other warders are worried. The last person in the world you would expect Jackson to turn to or talk to would be Raphael but that’s what happens. It’s not really a friendship to begin with but more of a truce. Jackson has the most reason out of all the warders to dislike and not trust Raphael who is a Kyrie but something in him calls to the man.
Raphael is snarky and exactly what Jackson needs as a distraction. At the beginning I had real doubt as to how the pair could work but Raphael isn’t as big as a jerk as he likes to make out and I absolutely loved his possessive streak, it was exactly what Jackson needed and at just the right time.
Out of darkness and snark comes a real romance and an overwhelming feeling of ownership. Raphael loves hard and when he gets what he wants there will be no turning back – if ever a character was going to beat his chest and shout ‘mine’ Raphael is that person. Their story is about moving forward, healing and finally finding the right one.
This is the last book in the series narrated by Andrew Shwartz and if I’m honest I won’t be sorry. The fact that these books are short is his saving grace as he isn’t the best narrator for the job.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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