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Dark Warrior Unleashed

Official information

Dark Warrior Unleashed Author: Alexis Morgan
Series: Talions

Publisher: Pocket

The rough and rugged Talions, sexy warriors who stop at nothing to deliver justice, star in this steamy new paranormal series from Alexis Morgan.

He's on a mission to annihilate the enemy.

A Talion enforcer, Ranulf Thorsen has served his people for a thousand years, delivering the eye-for-an-eye justice by which his kinsmen live. Weary of the centuries-long fight, the fierce warrior with icy blue eyes has secluded himself on a mountain far from the chaos of the modern world below. Now he's been summoned to face the most dangerous battle of his life -- and the fate of his people is on the line.

But when he meets the beautiful woman he has sworn to defend...

Ranulf and his bitter rival, fellow Talion Sandor Kearn, must find the rogue Kyth who set a violent fire in a nightclub. The near-deadly blaze's unlikely heroine, Kerry Logan, is also a Kyth, possessing the ancient Nordic people's unique ability to manipulate human energy. She just doesn't know it yet.

...who will protect his heart?

Kerry finds more than comfort in her warrior's embrace, and Ranulf hungers to both defend and claim the petite powerhouse for his own. But with time ticking away and their lives on the line, will Kerry believe the wild tale he's telling her, and master her powers...before it's too late?

My review

Dark Warrior Unleashed took me on a roller-coaster ride. One moment I was loving it, the next - hating. Well not truly hating, but it did get on my nerves sometimes.

The story didn't have a lot mystery, since the evil was named almost immediately and the time it took for the lead characters to even begin something romantic, took ages as it seemed. Moreover, there were moments in the beginning of the story where Kerry leaned toward Sandor and not Ranulf. That part of short attraction was completely undeveloped and unnecessary. Also, the constant eating unnerved me. While I understood the Kyth nature and the required constant nourishment, the ever-repeating scenes of eating dragged everything taking the edge off the action.

It is not exactly fast passed, if before going into rescue mission the hero stops at first and eats. The author focusing more attention to the bagel he chews than the emergency of the situation. And of course, I would have liked I bit more world-building. Especially at the beginning of the book, but then again, when explanations about the Kyth came, it came naturally, without the forced or false feeling to it.

Other than that, Dark Warrior Unleashed was such a vivid story, I don't know a better word to describe it, since the characters came alive the moment I began reading.

Everyone had their own distinctive voice. Even the secondary characters. Their point of views enriching the story, but not pulling it away from Ranulf and Kerry. Moreover, both leads were strong in their own right. And also likable.

I am used to strong and sexy heroes. Almost all of the authors I know, know some secret formula how to create a male character worthy of the hero name and the love he finds. Heroines are a completely different thing. And a harder one I imagine, since a strong woman is a rare flower. They either weep, swoon, or are over the top as authors try to convince us just how strong they are. Not all of them get it right though. Alexis Morgan did.

Kerry is a smart and feisty heroine my heart immediately warmed up to. If only there were more like her .

The romance, action and tragedy mix was powerful enough to ensure I would be craving the next book as soon as I finished Dark Warrior Unleashed. So, while I still have questions unanswered, I am cutting some slack here (it is only the first book in the series) and hoping the author will reveal more and more in the upcoming books. The ones I am going to read.

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