Gunnar is a ruined man in a desolate world. He might not believe in black magic, but if there’s the chance it might bring back his lost mate from her early death, he’ll try it. All he needs is to capture a virgin – a rare thing in his torn world – to make the doomed spell work. He does not expect the passion he feels for his beautiful captive to wreck him every time he looks at her. But sometimes temptation is just too much…
Maud was promised to the church a long time ago. Yet when she encounters brooding, ruthless Gunnar, the desire that flares between them obliterates any sense of duty. She’s managed to avoid surrender all these holy years – her very soul has depended on it. But Gunnar’s iron control makes her want nothing more than to bare her heart, and submit to him completely…
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The first book in this series, Edge Of Obsession, was also my first book from this author. I was intrigued by the dystopian setting that had BDSM and erotic elements. I quite liked that book. The world-building was okay. I felt like it took a while for the main characters to get to the same page, but it was worth it in the end. With this book, though, I find that I am conflicted.
I liked the story arc. We have Gunnar, who has been mentioned in the first book, as the hero. If you read book 1, you’d know that he went a little crazy when he lost his mate, at least, that’s how the brothers saw him. Now, he is on a mission to find a virgin sacrifice. Enter the book’s heroine. I couldn’t totally fall in love with Gunnar. I liked the heroine, but I found it difficult to start rooting for the hero, especially when he was always stubborn and rude and cruel.
What I do like about this series is that even if there are already lots of dysytopian post-apocalytic books these days, Ms. Crane pushes the envelop here and gives readers a wildly erotic series with alpha males and strong women. I think Tyr and Helena is still my favorite, so far, but I am looking forward to more books and more characters.
USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than fifty books since her debut in 2004. She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York’s Big Five. She’s won fans with her women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.