GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.
Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.
When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?
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Synn has been struggling to adjust to regular life after escaping from her captors. Now, she knows what freedom is like, but certain things remind her of her past life and cause her to spiral into a panic attack. She had some sort of relationship with Gavin previously, but in this novel, the two are tiptoeing around each other. Synn isn’t sure that she’s ready to be in a relationship, and Gavin doesn’t want to push her into anything too fast. They can’t deny their chemistry and others keep trying to set them up, but they don’t want to betray each other’s trust.
This was definitely one of the better paranormal romance stories that I had read, as they truly respected each other’s wants and needs, and supported each other mentally as well as romantically. Synn allowed Gavin to support her, and she also went to other members of Gavin’s family for emotional support. I liked that they didn’t make it so that she escaped from her captors and was perfectly fine, she actually had anxiety from her life’s ordeal. Others were sensitive to her emotional needs, and she was able to grow and get a job.
The only thing that I wish had been included more in the novel was Gavin’s being a gryfon. It was a known fact from the beginning of the novel that he was a gryfon, but it wasn’t included in the storyline until almost the end. The only character that had magic was Synn herself, and her magic was only slightly the focus of the novel. I felt that it made the book less paranormal and more just regular adult romance. If things had been explained and used more in the story, I think that it would have added more to the overall worldbuilding.
Even though this book was 231 pages, I read through it pretty quickly. It was nice how well the story flowed, and how the story didn’t seem rushed. Even though it was the fifth book in the series, I definitely think that it could be read as a standalone. I was still able to connect with all the characters and enjoy this amazing book without reading the previous four.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult romance novel with some paranormal elements.
I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books
The road to her cottage took them by the pub. He didn’t want to spoil a great day by stopping by Shaughnessy’s. But he had a nagging feeling that was exactly what he was supposed to do. Prior experience taught him nothing but trouble would come if he ignored his gut. “Mind if we stop by the pub on the way home. Storm can stay in the truck for a few minutes. I want to make sure—”
“Everything is all right?”
“Of course it’s all right. I’ve taken time off before.” Gavin bristled. “I had a life before—” He stopped mid-sentence. No way was he going to spoil this day.
She shifted in her seat to face him. “Before what? Me? Before your sister married an assassin? Or Brandy became engaged to a vampire? Before your world came crashing down amid demons, vampires, witches, and world ending shit?” She paused, closed her eyes, and leaned her head against the seat again. “I didn’t mean that. I’ve been on edge since the dream—nightmare—premonition. Call it what you want. Today was a nice reprieve. But when we hit the edge of town—what’d you call ’em—” she tapped her temple. “My spidey senses went off.” She shivered.
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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
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