Tuesday 29 April 2014

Gena Showalter ~~ Burning Dawn



A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.
He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutchesa beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.
But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fearsand enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.


I keep saying that I am not a big reader of paranormal books, but having a look through my past reading history, I think I need to change that to "I am picky bout the paranormal books I read", because gees, there are quite a few of them!!

I have loved Gena Showalter's books since the day I stumbled across the first in the Lords of the Underworld series, and I have kept on reading them ever since.

Burning Dawn is the 3rd book in the Angels of The Dark series, and although I have not read the first 2 books I did not feel like I was missing on anything major that took away from Thane's book.  Though I am intrigued by a few things, so I definitely will be headed back to
catch up on the.

Thane is a Sent One, an angel warrior.  After being held as a slave by Kendra, a phoenix, he escapes with the help of human Elin.

Elin is not all she seems. Also a slave at K endra's camp, she helps Thane escape - for totally selfish reasons of course!

Thane is so tortured by what has happened to him, and he takes it out on his enemies, and his women.  He is sex on legs (or on wings?).  Heck, the first line of the book says it all

"He lived sex.  Breathes Sex.  Ate sex.  He was sex." 

Damn!!!  Where could things possibly go from there???  Oh wait, then there is this description of him:

Its like I ordered you from a catalogue. Like I said, Ill take that gorgeous face and that sexy body, now add a dash of sweetness, and a smidgeon of protectiveness, and, okay, yeah, just go ahead and dip him in raging lust" - Elin

I gotta say, I thin Elin rocks!  She is so out of her league with the "people" she is surrounded by, but she never lets that stop her.  She kicks some immortal ass!  She funny, she has a smart mouth that gets her into more trouble than you can imagine. 

Thane and Elin together -  just love them.  So many ways that they are wrong for each other, making them perfect for each other.

It is not just this pair that makes this story so fantastic.  Thane's best friends Bjorn and Xerces, partners in crime.  The trio are hilarious together.  There is a great bromance between the three, and they had me laughing so many times
"Do we need to settle this the old fashioned way, boys?"  Thane asked, one brow arched as he shook a fist in the air.

"You mean break dance fighting?" Bjorn asked

Burning Dawn is a story within an extraordinary world.  Love and hate.  Passion and vengeance.  Forgiveness and redemption.  Complex relationships between feuding factions.

Add into that a bit of a crossover with the Lords of the Underworld series and Janeane is a happy camper!

Ms Showalter creates worlds so believable that even though the characters are immortal or paranormal, they don't seem to be.  She has not disappointed me yet.

Now, I need to get to the first books and learn more about these Angels of The Dark

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called a star on the rise.