|Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry. |
Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.
Nathan was rescued by his mother and her mate years ago after he was in a program for Hunters where he was conditioned to fight, had emotions and feelings beat out of him all to create to the perfect killing machine. He’s come a long way since then, but still has trouble with physical touches as it was used against him in horrific ways during his training. He’s on a mission with his team from the Order to find and bring in Cassian Gray, a key person in recent killings and they need more information from him. The search brings Nathan face to face with Jordana, a member of a high society Breed family, someone Nathan knows he has no business wanting, but he can’t stop his feelings; and neither can Jordana.
Jordana is engaged to a long time family friend and their relationship is nothing short of boring. Her adoptive father is desperate for her to be mated to a Breed by the time she turns 25, which is in a couple short weeks. Jordana has always lived her life between the lines, doing what she was supposed to and what was expected of her. She’s desperate to live and be more like her best friend Carys. She decides to take a leap and go after what she wants, Nathan. She’s never felt like she does when she’s around him and while she knows he has a troubled past that’s made him into the hard man he is today, she also knows he can make her feel things she’s never experienced before and their relationship starts. Although, it’s never easy as they go through a few ups and downs early on.
Nathan tries his hardest to resist Jordana but the pull to her is too much and they eventually give in. Their relationship and the path it takes is interesting, though I can’t say I was really wow’d by their story. What I did enjoy was seeing Nathan’s past slowly come out, learning about the things he endured and seeing him let Jordana in by telling her things he’s never told anyone else. I liked seeing Jordana become that person for him, showing him that her touch can heal and not always bring back bad memories. Nathan is pretty dominant, he likes things his way or no way, especially in the bedroom. But that’s mostly due to his inability to let females touch him in anyway. Jordana eventually busts through those walls too and I liked seeing this tough, alpha Breed fall head over heels for this woman.
Jordana isn’t all that she seems – she believes she’s a Breedmate, even carries the mark, but truth about who she really is comes out and it’s shocking to not only Jordana but it continues to build this new world and new people that we’re slowing getting more information about. I’m intrigued to see where this is going and just how long it’ll take to get down to the fight that’s building.
I had to keep reminding myself that this series jumped ahead about 20 years because it’s still a little weird to read about the kids from earlier books, now grown ups, and leading their own stories! I like it, don’t get me wrong, but still two books into this series reset, I still need to remind myself about that. But I love having the past Breed couples come back on page and playing large roles still in the series.
I can’t say this was a stand out for me in this series, but I did enjoy getting to know more about Nathan and seeing how far he’s come from the torture he went through as a young boy to the Breed who opens up enough to fall in love.
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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