Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy #1) by Stephanie Rowe

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race… 

…but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete. 

Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate. To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction. 

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can’t afford to believe in.

Imagine waiting centuries to find your soul mate. Not so you can spend the rest of your eternity with your HEA, but so you can know who to stay away from so they don’t kill you before you destroy everyone and everything you care about or your friends don’t kill her first. In a nut shell, that’s pretty much the odds that Quinn and Grace are facing. Couple that with the fact that Grace pretty much destroyed everything in her path with Illusions that she had no idea how to control and you pretty much get the idea. The impossibility of them even coming close to a HEA made Darkness Awakened one of the most intense PNR’s that I’ve read in a while.

Grace’s main goal was to save her sister and to do that she needed Quinn’s help. Quinn was reluctant to spend any quality time with Grace for obvious reasons but her sister’s connection to one of his closest friends’ forced him to risk it. The journey that decision took this couple on was wild and dangerous. The undeniable heat and attraction between Grace and Quinn made their bonding inevitable. Yep, the odds were impossible but that’s what kept the pages turning and watching the love between them grow into something stronger than they thought possible was even more of a draw.

What else made this a great read? The world building was unique and the bond between the Calydon’s (those that weren’t being manipulated by evil forces) were amazing as well. Needless to say, I will be tracking down the rest of this series in the near future. Darkness Seduced and Darkness Surrendered are the next books in the Primal Heat Trilogy.

I received Darkness Awakened as a free download from Amazon on October 18, 2012.

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