Thursday, May 8, 2014

BURNING DAWN by Gena Showalter Earn 4.5♥s

Burning Dawn

(Angels of the Dark, #3)

by Gena Showalter

Burning Dawn, Gena Showalter
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Release Date: May 2, 2014

Gena Showalter's World of Angels of the Dark:
The Angels of the Dark series is a spin-off of the immensely popular and highly-recommended series, Lords of the Underworld. Angels of the Dark can be read as a standalone series, but you'll have more fun with it if you are familiar with LOTU.

Thane, the hero of Burning Dawn, is a Sent One. Sent Ones are adopted sons of the Most High. They hunt and kill demons. Thane is a member of one of the Most High's heavenly defensive forces. Unfortunately, he's a member of the Army of Disgrace. The AoD is a group of Sent Ones who have trouble following orders, and who are on probation for a year. They are in danger of losing their wings and immortality.

They are the Angels of the Dark.

A Tortured Hero
Thane's "disgraceful" behavior has its origin in a past of an unusual kind of torture. As a result, he derives pleasure from pain, including violence, killing, and BDSM.

One of his biggest fears is being at someone's mercy again. As the story opens, he is the drugged sex slave of a sadistic Phoenix.

A Shattered Heroine
Elin Vale is also a prisoner in the Phoenix camp. Her life was shattered when the Phoenix captured her Phoenix mother, and killed her human father and husband in front of her. He has been despised, derided, and tortured by the Phoenix ever since.

Out of the frying pan …
A timid and fearful Elin decides freeing Thane from the Phoenix's poison is his ticket to freedom—and hers. She stages a rescue. And the first time Thane comes to his senses and pulls out his sword of fire, you fall in love with him.

Well, except for all the limbs and heads that go flying.

Elin is now under Thane's protection, and he takes her to his club in the lowest level of the skies. There, he's brutal to what's left of the Phoenix. He doesn't know that Elin is half Phoenix.

She has to keep it that way, or she might end up like the Phoenix from the camp.

Thane is drawn to Elin. He's protective of her and considers her to be his. But he can't get involved with her because she's a fragile human. Or so he thinks.

And into the fire.
Elin is drawn to the dark and dangerous Thane. But she must keep her husband's memory alive. She'll never take another lover.

And Thane will kill her if he finds out she's half Phoenix.

A tragic, romantic tale
Thane is both hard and soft. He can be brutal, even to Elin. Keep the tissues handy. And yet he's also poetic, romantic, and protective. He's big, tall, has crystalline blue eyes, pearl and gold wings, and … well, you find out what else. (Snicker) He's a hero you can love.

Elin is strong, kind, and funny. She has some great lines that will have you smiling, if not laughing. Although she thinks she's timid, she's brave enough to rescue a Sent One and then face him down. She's a heroine to cheer for.

The story is tense and fast-paced, and kept me reading late into the night. Unlike the first two Angels of the Dark books, it was also very hot. A commitment was not required before they consummated their relationship.

I liked the way various story lines came together for the HEA. The end was very satisfying.

As of this writing, Gena Showalter hasn't announced any more books in this series. But The Darkest Touch, Lords of the Underworld #11, is coming out in November 2014. And Lords of the Underworld #12 was hinted at in Burning Dawn.

Enjoy both series!


The Angels of the Dark Series:

Wicked Nights
Beauty Awakened
Burning Dawn