I suspected going into this read that Jase’s story was going to be a hard emotional battle. He spent years as a captive of demons, tortured daily and at one point during that time wanted to end it all. No one can come out of that situation without being damaged, even if they’re a vampire and a member of the royal family. I was anxious to see how this author would heal him without getting into clichés. I was extremely pleased with the outcome.
Brenna Dunne is a witch that has been poisoned and is slowly dying. The only hope she has is to mate with a vampire. Jase desires her talents and as her mate he would be able to absorb them and use them in his quest for revenge against the demons. There was no push and pull here as they quickly agree to the mating. That in itself was unusual because most of these heroines are against the mating and all it entails.
Healing did not come quickly to either of these characters. It was a slow progression that felt organic and real. Well, as real as one can get in the world of vampires, witches, demons and shifters. As the story unfolds and both Jase and Brenna face not only their own struggles but that as a newly mated couple, the war continues between the Kurjans and the Realm.
This is a fast paced, high intensity read. Plenty of all the alpha goodness this author is known to provide as well as strong heroines that know how to stand up to all that testosterone. With the burden of Jase’s past and Brenna’s future as a catalyst to the plot it was a pleasant surprise to find humor interspersed. That in itself helped to show some of the changes taking place within Jase. I loved every minute of it.
Prior to the epilogue we are given a quick look into each of the previous couple’s lives and if you’ve read their stories you will experience the feels all over again. While I believe most of the previous books could be read as a standalone, this one I would definitely recommend you reading after Provoked since it highlights Jase’s captivity.