Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/08/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, BDSM, Gay Romance, Paranormal
Todd and Nick Ruger are alive and on the run in the Yellowknife Protectorate, but maybe not for long. After narrowly escaping New Colorado, where they were implicated in the assassination of Chancellor Shaffer, they’re running out of steam: Todd is gravely ill and Nick’s injured. Just when it seems like the harsh winter will get the best of them, they find refuge with a doctor in the isolated town of Elk’s Ridge.
On the surface, Elk’s Ridge seems the ideal place to rebuild their lives. Nick begins training as the doctor’s apprentice, and Todd works in a lumberyard until they’re recovered enough to return to their duties as Sentries. They make friends, forge a new life, and most importantly, there’s no sign of anyone from New Colorado.
They should have known it was too good to be true. Victor Raleigh, the new Vice Chancellor of New Colorado, knows all about Nick’s psychic abilities, and he wants them in his corner. When Nick is betrayed and captured, Todd sees no alternative but to head back to the war zone to rescue him. But will Nick be the same man Todd loves after Raleigh’s pet psychic vampire is through with him?
Todd and Nick have tried to move on from their last ordeal but nightmares and sickness plague them. We get more of their dynamic and see how much Nick means to Todd and how much Nick fears losing Todd.
The powers that be are once again interfering in their bond and we have a new creature attacking our protagonists. While I found Nick’s situation difficult, it wasn’t as frightening as in the last book. We are introduced to new characters and old ones are brought back. We also get a few more pieces in the Sentry puzzle of why Nick and Todd were bound in the first place.
The back and forth POV works for the most part, although there were a few scenes I would have liked to have seen from the other side. There were some distance and time issues – it took a month for them to get to Yellowknife territory but only a few weeks to go back to New Colorado.
I liked Nick a little more in this, though he still falls in to maudlin self-pity. I hope we see him gain some confidence and strength in the next few novels.
On to the next!
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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