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Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: Rise of the Fallen by Donya Lynne

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In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks. Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community. Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.

When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever. Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive?

To put it bluntly, Micah is a suicidal vampire. After the loss of his mate years ago and a recently failed relationship, Micah has a death wish and goes looking for someone to grant it. He's a complicated, broken and borderline incurable creature until he meets Samantha Garret, who is just as wounded as he is. As tough as Sam is, she is living in constant fear of her abusive ex. That fear has left her isolated, lonely, and on the move. Sam was a well-rounded character, neither overly feminine nor blatantly independent, a good balance of both that made her vulnerable but tough at the same time.

Two characters who already have too many problems on their own suddenly find themselves thrown together into the conflict between vampires and drecks, their distant shifter cousins. It's not exactly the best place for romance to bloom, but author Donya Lynn manages to make it work. Rise of the Fallen also introduces readers to quite a few secondary characters, all of whom are entertaining but one of the most interesting is Trace.

At times Micah can be a tad too dominating with Sam, and I know that the trend right now is over-the-top dominance in the heroes but I can tell you that this reader does not enjoy it one bit. However, since Micah didn't cross my personal point of no return, I was able to keep reading and enjoy the book.

Rise of the Fallen is an intriguing book with complex and memorable characters, faced paced action scenes, passionate moments, and interesting sub plots designed to keep readers coming back for more. For readers who wish to know, the book contains m/f and m/m romance and Donya Lynn writes both beautifully.

4 Sheep 

Guest Reviewer: Adria
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About the Author:

Donya resides in Indiana, with her husband and a small zoo of cats and dogs. In fact, her writing buddy, Lucky, might become more famous than she is, based on the feedback the ever-present feline receives on her Facebook page. 

As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and dreaming up stories. Seems writing was her destiny.

Donya loves music and often finds inspiration for her stories in the wide range of music she listens to. Nothing like a little Korn to propel the angst in a scene, or Enya to evoke softer and more romantic storylines.


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  2. Loved this book and I LOVE this series!!! I have read them all so far and haven't found one that I have not liked not even a little bit it has everything from hot scenes to kick-ass scenes to drama and LOVE Can't and Don't get any better than that....