Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Marked by Hades

Marked by Hades
Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After Theo’s story blew me away, I had very high expectations for Justin’s story. I highly recommend reading these books in order so you can fully appreciate the hard time Justin gets in this installment. It’s not an easy love story, or a perfect one, but it’s a good journey for Justin and his lady.

Justin’s been tasked with being a Gatekeeper’s Companion. After almost dying countless times, he’s learned to “blow off some steam” by hooking up with oodles of women. A constant womanizer, of course he’s eventually going to be sent a mate to mess with his lifestyle. Yvonne is a woman who was forced to become a demon 200 years ago. As a demon, her name was Dyre and we saw quite a bit of her in Theo’s story. Now she’s being “punished” by existing as a human with the power to incinerate any living thing she touches – except her mate. Based on the fact that Justin was a pretty big womanizer before his mate came along, I expected a completely different story: one with lots of sex, some reluctant commitment, a bit of misunderstanding, and then a very clear cut happy ending. What we get is so much more than that.

Justin has to work, sacrifice, change, and ultimately be the patient and understanding man his mate needs. There are some dark elements to this romance that include abduction, rape, death, and other not so happy story elements. It made for a very hard read through the middle, but ultimately made for a rewarding ending. The overall story also got a big push in this book. You can see the direction that the series is headed and it’s only going to get better. If you’re looking for a good, rocky and imperfect paranormal love story – check this book out and you won’t be disappointed.

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