Embrace of the Damned
(Brotherhood of the Damned, Book 1)
by Anya Bast
Release Date: May 1, 2012 US/July 5, 2012 Int'l
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Centuries ago, Viking warrior Broder Calderson committed mass murder. As his punishment, the Trickster God Loki condemned him to fight against the Blight, demons from Hel, for his immortal lifetime.
He also condemned Broder to one thousand years of celibacy.
When Broder finally meets Jessamine Hamilton, the one woman in all the world and and across time who is his as a reward for his service, she is being attacked by the Blight. The Blight are drawn to Jessa because she's more than human. When Broder discovers what--and who--Jessa is, he finds out that Loki has tricked him yet again.
Passion ignites between the two, but they know that Loki will not allow them to be together for long. The danger to Jessa escalates as she learns more about her history. Can Broder overcome his own past to keep her safe? And if he does, will the future only hold heartbreak for the couple?
Broder Calderson is a member of the Brotherhood of the Damned, a group of former Viking warriors being punished by Loki for their sins. They must fight the Blight, minions of the goddess Hel, who are trying to bring about Ragnarök (the apocalypse). In Embrace of the Damned we're introduced to the members of the Brotherhood in all their "beefy goodness" (according to Jessa). I am looking forward to reading more about the beefcake.
But I digress.
Broder is an alpha male through and through, accustomed to giving orders and having them obeyed. He's dark, brooding, and grunts a lot. He's a good kisser, in spite of being one thousand years out of practice. Is he as sexy as Gabriel Mac Braire from Bast's Wicked Enchantment? Sorry, no. Nobody's that sexy. But I certainly wouldn't kick Broder out of bed for eatin' crackers.
You know those orders that Broder is accustomed to giving? Well, Jessa isn't accustomed to following them. She might not be a trained, kick-butt heroine in the beginning of the book, but she doesn't let Broder walk all over her, either. She's got a sassy mouth and some good lines. The only thing that bothers me about her character is that she's a bit too much of a sexual tease. Poor Broder.
The book moves along at a smart pace. There's plenty of suspense, mystery, and danger to keep you reading into the night.
I hope that we see more of Broder and Jessa in future books. I'd like to catch up with them, to find out what they're doing. For instance, now that Broder is…can he…? And is he still…? That latter question, at least, will probably be answered in the next book. No word on when that might be coming out, though. If you're reading this, Anya, thank you. We'd love to hear from you about that next book!