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 48 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality. Malic fights tooth and nail to push Dylan away, to keep him safe… no matter that Dylan is the key to Malic’s strength and the only hope for his future.
Malic is a warder, a big badass grumpy warder who has no intention of falling in love, the very thought of it brings him out in hives. He has watched his friend Ryan, our leading man in book one, fall in love and find his hearth but he has zero interest in doing the same. He also has no idea how destructive his behaviour can often be or that his friends, the rest of the warders he fights alongside, care for him deeply.
Dylan Shaw is nineteen and the first time Malic sets eyes on him he is dressed an angel. Looks can be deceiving – Dylan may look like a young twink who has no idea about life but once you get to know him you realise quickly the exact opposite is true. Dylan isn’t interested in sleeping around or clubbing every weekend. Dylan is pushy, humerous and very clear in what his heart desires and the minute he meets Malic he wants him and is determined to have him.
The fact that demons and warders exist doesn’t deter Dylan in his quest to have his man, if anything it intrigues him and makes him all the more determined. He quickly convinces himself that he is Malic’s hearth, now all he has to do is convince Malic and that may be harder than he first thought. When Malic looks at Dylan he sees a child, a very attractive child, but still a child and he is positive that nothing can ever happen between them.
Mary gives us a little more adventure with the warders in this book and also a bit more information about their world and its other inhabitants. We have rescued children and blood demons with their own agenda after one saves Malic from a Harpy.
All the while Dylan is slowly knocking down Malic’s defences and is not willing to stop until he gets what he wants.
Back with Andrew Shwartz and I feel like I should just repeat what I said in my review for book one. He still reads with little emotion but his enthusiasm keeps the story going. A fast paced narrator – I wouldn’t want to listen to him read a full length novel but as these stories are only a couple of hours long it works out ok.
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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