Forbidden Addiction by R.L. Kenderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While not as dark as the previous book, this still had some icky elements. If that bothers you, be forewarned. That being said, I’m hooked on this series and wouldn’t stop for anything!
This book is the much anticipated Phoenix/Dante story. Sure, we get some background characters either finding their HEA or heading towards some self-discovery (Lexine and Hunter, most notably). Basically we follow the slow progression of Phoenix from closed-off loner to a loving and open individual. Obviously, that path is not straightforward and has some setbacks, but these two work pretty well together.
Lexine’s story is probably the darkest one, having started in the previous book, she falls in with some bad people who are determined to make the shifter/vampire alliance fail. I’m not 100% sure what their bigger plan was, but it is escalating by the time Lexine starts to see them for who they are. After that there’s some sexual assault, some blood stuff, and just very yucky behavior. She manages to turn it around, with the help of an unexpected ally.
Hunter’s story is one of self-discovery, mostly because he is stunned and shocked to discover himself attracted to a man. While his story doesn’t have any good resolution, I’m sure we’ll come back around to him in later books. All in all, there were some dark clouds at the end of the book, but you still get a relatively satisfying ending for most of the characters. I’m eager to see where we go in the next book.
View all my reviews