Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: Beyond the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Beyond the Darkness
Guardians of Eternity #6
by: Alexandra Ivy
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: April 2010

Salvatore is determined to track down the four full-blooded Were sisters that were stolen from him at birth.  Genetically altered to not shift, they're the last hope of a dying race.  Finally tracking down the third sister, he's furious to find her in the hands of his enemy, the self-proclaimed leader of the Curs.  He manages to break in and free her, only to find her opinion of him is less than stellar.  Turns out the Curs' leader has been painting Salvatore as a monster for years.  Now he must convince Harley he's not the monster everyone says he is while fleeing for their lives.  Piece of cake, right?

Harley doesn't know what to think of the arrogant handsome man who steals her from her gilded cage and flees with her.  For years, Salvatore was the boogeyman in her closet, so she's having a hard time believing Salvatore when he says all he wants it to keep the Weres from going extinct.  Problem is, her and her three sisters were created to keep that from happening, but she won't play broodmare to anyone.  Too bad she can't seem to keep her hands to herself when he's around.

Dark forces are at work, threatening to bring an end to everything and everyone they hold dear.  Now Harley and Salvatore must learn to trust in each other if they're going to make it out of this alive.

In past books Salvatore is made to look like a jerk.  He seems to only want to find the sisters so he can breed with them and produce little Were babies.  While I understand his reasoning, he hasn't been my favorite character.  In this book, however, he's given a chance to tell his side of the story.  Yes, he wants to breed with the women, but only because he doesn't want to see the entire Were population doomed to extinction.  He's a capable leader whose devotion to his people goes above his own needs.  Harley has been kept as a prisoner for most of her life, but she hasn't been mistreated.  The leader of the curs hoped her blood would provide the answers on how to turn Curs into Weres, which is impossible.  She's strong and independent, and not afraid to stand up for something she believes in.

All in all, a good book and a strong addition to the series.

Carla gives this book a

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