Saturday, February 4, 2012

Paranormal Review: Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle

MIDNIGHT RECKONING by Kendra Leigh Castle
FORMAT: Paperback
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 384 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (January 1, 2012)
Two separate worlds ... One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She's the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn - if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they're both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity... just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith - and Lyra and Jaden's love - may never recover from the deadly blow...
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Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Powell's
Book Extras: A Guide to the Dynasties
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Other Books in Series:
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Confession: I did not finish the first book in this series but holy heck! Jaden's book caught me off guard. Ah, forbidden love. A tale as old as time...

Jaden Harrison saves Lyra Black from the advances of an unwanted suitor. Instead of Lyra falling at his feet thanking him, she runs away into the night leaving behind a talisman. Jaden picks it up and gets slightly obsessive about it. With the encouragement of his friend Ty, just to get the woman out of his system and get her necklace back to her, he sets off into the heart of werewolf country. Oh, did I mention that Jaden is a Caith Sith aka vampire cat-shifter. As well you can imagine cats and dogs don't really get along that well. It's in their nature to hate each other.

Lyra is being pressured by her father to find a mate so her mate can become Alpha. She's not having any of this. She knows that she can best any of the males during the Proving (an all out free-for-all to see who gets to be Alpha) but her father is stuck in the past where females were subservient and only meant for breeding. Blah blah blah. As her father is begging her childhood friend to marrying her, in come the tall,dark Jaden with her lost talisman in tow.

After Simon (childhood friend) gets almost ripped to shreds by Jaden, her father strikes a deal with him. Jaden teaches Lyra fighting skills and he would grant Jaden a boon to be paid in full later. At first Lyra doesn't like this idea. What the heck is this vampire going to teach her? They're from different species and she wouldn't have the same powers that he had. Jaden and Lyra come to some sort of truce. He would teach her. That was all. Puh-lease. Being near each other ignites a longing and need that each can't understand. Why is a werewolf attracted to a vampire and vice-versa?

Jaden stays at Lyra's and the town is told that he is a "vampire ambassador". Lies! But hey, whatever it takes to get the townies to keep their paws off the cat. As Lyra and Jaden spend more time together, the simmering passion gets to a boiling point and with it come danger. They're caught off guard by some evil vampires from a different dynasty trying to kill Jaden. Lyra saves his life and they almost get down the The Sexy only to be interrupted by a concerned Simon. The Sexy will have to wait.

Lyra's cousin is in the running for Alpha and he'll play dirty during the Proving to do so. It's been said that Eric wants to keep the pack stuck in the past while Lyra want to take them into the present. With the help of Jaden, she would be ready. Danger is closing in. Something's not right. Someone has made a deal with the Ptolemy dynasty to hand over Jaden in exchange for the title of Alpha. After a second vampire attack and Jaden defending Lyra, the pack accept him. They thought he'd run away and leave her to her death.

Jaden knows Lyra has gotten under his skin and he wants her. Badly. She feels the same and one night together will change their lives forever. Vampires and werewolves can't bond. Right?

The unfamiliar voice sliced through the air, freezing the two of them in place. For a moment, neither of them moved, waiting to see if the disembodied voice was real or simply some kind of warning from whatever powers lurked behind the immortal veil, informing the two of them that various vampire and werewolf deities did not find their performance amusing.
OVERALL: Um, I couldn't put this down. Seriously. Throw an independent she-wolf with a goal to become Alpha and take her pack out of the dark ages and a brooding vampire cat-shifter with wanderlust, add in a dangerous blood thirsty dynasty, sizzling chemistry, a twist in the tale that will blindside the heck out of you and you've got Midnight Reckoning. Ms. Castle, I apologize for not finishing the first book in your series but this book has definitely sealed the deal for me to go back and fully read it. Dangerously sexy, slightly provocative, adrenaline spiking action, laugh out loud moments. Yup, a winner and must read in my book. 

***review copy provided by the publisher***

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