A warrior with a scarred heart who doesn't know how to love. And the woman who must teach him how before it's too late....
The son of the evil AllFather, Xairn, is filled with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he has finally gained his freedom and cut the ties that bound him to his race and the sadistic male who is his father. But doing so has unleashed feelings in him Xairn would rather keep buried. Desires that he prayed would never manifest now rage through him and they are centered on one woman alone....
Lauren Jakes is the long lost cousin Liv and Sophie never knew they had. Abducted by the Scourge, she formed a connection with Xairn more meaningful than any other in his life. But though Lauren thinks she knows him, there is more to the huge Scourge warrior than she comprehends. A nightmare childhood and a cruel father have scarred Xairn's heart almost past the point of healing. But that is nothing to the secret inside him - the forbidden desires coded into his very DNA itself, which urge him to commit unspeakable acts in order to sate his newly awakened hunger.
Now a conflict is brewing - both in Xairn's soul, and aboard the Fathership where the twisted AllFather has hatched a new, malicious plot to bring his estranged son home. Can Xairn resist the brutal lust growing within him? Can he fight against his very nature which urges him to dominate and control any female he mates? Can Lauren heal his heart before the AllFather's trap closes on both of them?
And can she teach him how to love before it's too late?
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Villain turns hero
Xairn, son of the Scourge Allfather and a villain in the first two books, redeemed himself in book 3 by saving the human girl Lauren from the vicious Allfather and absconding with her. This book is their adventure and romance after their escape, and very good it is too. Lauren is a warm and intelligent heroine, albeit naive at the outset; Xairn goes through the greatest evolution, having to overcome and transmute the sadistic and autocratic Scourge tendencies, which he does with Lauren's help and love.It also introduces Rast and Nadia as a couple, and their funny but passionate meeting, thanks to a series of misunderstandings.I like the new narrator - she is less mannered than the previous one, and I prefer her male voices. She does the main characters well, and most of the secondary too (she gave Sophia a silly voice, but then Sophia is a wet, so it didn't bother me).
Xairn. I like villains who redeem themselves. Rast, because he's a twist on the detective stereotype slipped into a sci-fi story. Lauren, because she's so warm and life-loving.
Inflection, some good voices, and the enjoyment of someone read a book I had enjoyed previously on Kindle.
Laugh in places (the misunderstandings around Rast at the wedding).
- SJS Nussle