Alastor Krayl's world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor's obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness - or is she the killer? - has the answers he seeks.
A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.
©2010 Eve Silver (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“Sleek, dark and utterly seductive! Eve Silver’s talent always shines.” (New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian)
This book, the 2nd in the series, was FABULOUS! I can't wait until the next one comes out in Oct. If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan then you will love Eve Silver. If you like paranormal romance you will not be disappointed.
I don't think the subsequent books in this series can be stand-alone novels because the over-arching plot is still being dealt with and in fact has not concluded even at the end of this novel.
We first meet Alastor in the previous book and know that he is one of Sutekh's (God of Chaos) sons. He is the second born son and of the four sons of Sutekh only he and Dagan shared the same biological mother. Sutekh fathered four boys, sending them away to be raised by different families with the exception of Dagan whom he kept in the underworld.
Alastor was raised privileged and it was hard for him to accept his biological lineage when he is called by Sutekh to serve as a soul reaper. He is very loyal to his brothers and has the male chivalry long lost by modern time equality.
Naphré is a daughter of Aset, Sutekh's enemy, but she has not taken first blood because she didn't want to submit to a life of servitude, most importantly, a life as a killer. However, as fate would have it, her defiance sends her towards the path she tried desperately to avoid albeit under a different controller.
When Alastor and Naphré first see each other, it is love-at-first-sight. The chemistry is there and the characters are well aware of them. The story starts out with a bang and it seemed to have the potential to continue on, but it started to drag towards the middle and end of the book for me. I guess, we knew what was eventually going to happen (HEA) so all of the events that took place in between were not really dire or disconcerting. The difference between the first book and the second was that in the first book a lot of information was revealed. Because this book revolved around the H/h with very little interaction from the other characters in the book, it wasn't as interesting. The over-arching plot is on-going and we get glimpses, but nothing solid as to who or what is behind the betrayal of Sutekh's youngest son.
I own the entire series so I will be reading the following books, but this installment almost put me to sleep.
After I set the narration to 2x speed the book was easier to listen to. Savannah Richards reads this novel really slow so if you can't adjust the speed of your device, you may find her reading pace to be lulling or annoying. Other than the speed issue, she did a good job with the narration.
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