Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review - Marked by Hades

Author: Reese Monroe
Published: 14 April 2014
Genre: Paranormal/Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

Book Description:
One choice away from eternity… For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity. 

My Thoughts:
This is the second book in the 'Bound by Hades' series. 

I currently have not read the first book Forged by Fate, and feel that because of this I missed some of the background importance in the Gatekeeper and Companion relationship. I felt a little lost when reference was made to the importance between the two, and because of this, I do not think that it quite works as a stand alone.

I found the story to be very complex and at times it was difficult to keep track of who was doing what with whom. I felt there was not a lot of character development, and at times I did not feel the connection between the characters. I just didn't get a spark.

That being said, the concept of the 'Shomrai' was interesting, and the underlying themes of good versus evil and the use of Artifacts was different to a lot of other books in this genre. While the twist in the ending was one I didn't see coming.

I will be interested to go back and read Book 1 and see if I can grasp more of an understanding of the relationships before the next book comes out.

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