Who doesn't know that Alexandra Ivy is one of the best paranormal authors around? I've known for years! She's created some of my favorite characters. *cough* Levet *cough* However, today, thanks to Tasty Book Tours, I'm talking about the second book in her Sentinels series, Blood Assassin. FYI there’s also an awesome interview with cover model James DiNonno over at I Smell Sheep.
About Alexandra Ivy:
She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
To stay updated on Alexandra’s Guardian series or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.
Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Out Of The Shadows
At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .
Into The Fire
Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger--and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?
Where do I even begin with this book?! Oh, by saying “Thank goodness I’m only one book behind!" This is not a series I want to be behind on!
Natural born guardian Fane has faced countless adversaries and braved untold dangers all for the necromancer he swore to protect, but after she fell in love with another and left Fane’s protection, he has been feeling a bit lost. Planning on returning to the monastery he was trained in, Fane doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his plans, especially not powerful psychic and telepath Serra. When Fane finds out Serra’s been forced to help high blood businessman Bas Cavrilo find his missing daughter, Fane charges in to save her, only to find that a missing girl is only the tip of the iceberg. He and Serra discover a massive plot to overthrow the leader of the high bloods.
Only Alexandra Ivy could craft an entire series around a society of outcast humans with hidden abilities and make it a perfect combination of mystery, adventure, and of course romance.
Fane actually managed to surprise me. He comes off as a brooding, taciturn character in the beginning but being in Serra’s presence for such a long period of time brings out a more playful side to him. Who knew such a deadly warrior could be so… Cuddly? Yes, I said cuddly. In a studly way of course. I would never call one of Alexandra Ivy’s hero’s manhood into question. That would be like waving a red flag in front of a bull then turning around and mooning it. Mess with the bull, you get the horns right? As a matter of fact, forget I ever said he was cuddly. Fane is a manly, dangerous, ferocious creature of many talents. Fear him! Grrr.
While Fane was an important part of the story, it was really Serrra who lead the way. It’s her gift the villain needs, she’s the powerful one, not just Fane. She has some serious fire power that I’m totally envious of. Psychic and telepathic? Then as a bonus she gets the seriously sexy Fane as a mate? C’mon! I should hate this woman but I can’t! She was feisty and was packing some serious intelligence and backbone! As much as she loved Fane, she wasn’t going to bend over backwards for him. If she disagreed with him, she got in his face and let him know. After being rejected by him so many times over the years, she wasn’t going to keep throwing herself at him so she made Fane work to hear those three little words from her. She wasn’t a pushover and that’s just icing on an already yummy cake.
But where is my head at? I need to talk about the villain. Bas. He was something else. I didn’t expect him to be so charming, or so… Sexy. Yes, I have a deep love for bad boys and something tells me that there’s more than meets the eye with this character. I want to know more, no, I need to know more about him. There were little glimpses into Bas’ personality that just didn’t match up to the “image" he had. He’s a definite mystery.
Some other tidbits to chew on while waiting for the next book? Wolfe and the Mave. Will they? Won't they? Will she fry him to a crisp if he tries? Will Bas get his own book?
Blood Assassin was one of those books that started off on one path but quickly splintered apart into different directions. What began as a kidnapping turned into the discovery of a more sinister plot that could have thrown Fane and Serra’s world into total chaos and it still might be if the ending is any indication of the future. Fane and Serra’s story gets a happy ending but the rest of their world is left in a state of “What’s next?" and that makes me incredibly happy and anxious, just like a good book should.
Final Verdict: Where the heck did I leave book 1 and when is the next book coming out?!
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