Author: Danica Avet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 311 pgs
Release Date: April 6, 2011
It isn't every day a fairy gets an assignment with only one outcome: her death. As an assassin with the Eturian army, Noelani "Shade" Fayard has killed more than her share of traitors, but for the first time in centuries, she hesitates to take out her target. The Halfling marked for death makes her wonder what life would be like if it weren't for the blood staining her hands and soul. He makes her feel for the first time in centuries. Malachi Cromwell, a former Eturian general, wants to reclaim his place in The Veil, not fall in lust or love. He knows better than to let his heart take the lead, especially when he discovers Lani was sent to kill him, just like she'd killed the very people who held his fate in their hands. Can they overcome their distrust and bitter pasts to forge a future together?
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I need to disclose that I received the book free from the author for the purposes of reviewing this book.
This is the third book in The Veil series and it is a new author and series for me. I confess the title of the book made me a little nervous that this was going to be a straight fantasy story even though the summary sounded interesting. With vampires, demons, fey folk, werefolk, succubi, incubi, Amazons, griffins, Oracles, satyrs, elementals, halflings, warmages, assassins, warring factions, assassinations, action, romance and steamy sex, this story has everything you need for a great paranormal romance. It even has some sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humor which had me chuckling from page one.
I was up all night reading it - couldn't put it down (I gotta stop starting books at 7pm). The majority of the book takes place in and around present day Cypress Point, Louisiana along side the mere human mortals who of course are clueless.
Shade, the female lead, is a very inventive creation. Barely 5 ft tall and frail looking fairy, she has traits and abilities that are very cool to be found in a single character. She's an international assassin, "a tool in the war against the Veil".
Malachi, demon-vampire Halfling, almost 400 years old and a former Eturian general, wanted dead by both the Veilerians and the Eturians, is in desperate need of redemption and rejoining the Veil.
When Shade first sets eyes on Malachi, she thinks he is handsome and is moved by the desolation in his eyes. Observing him, she is stunned "at the warmth in his dark eyes." Her mouth waters when she gets a good sniff of his scent. She decides to masquerade as a Guardian bodyguard to get close to him. She is shocked to find her fairy glamour doesn't work on him. He instantly lusts after her when they meet. And sparks fly.
My goodness can that man kiss! Seriously hot. Avet's writing is so descriptive, I could almost feel the kiss myself. ¡Ay Chihuahua! Later a garden bench in the moonlight is the scene of a sexy seduction - steamy. And the scene where she confronts her fear of sex is smoking hot. And then there is the make up sex - oh my.
There are also some three-somes and five-somes among secondary characters. Unfortunately for Shade, there are also lots of beatings, some attempted rape and references to 53 years of past rapes and torture.
While this is a great story and I obviously enjoyed it thoroughly, I felt there were a few things missing but not enough to take away from a 5 star rating. Even though the setting is Louisiana, we get only 3 or 4 Cajun phrases in the dialogue. And it would have been nice to have a small glossary at the beginning that explained more fully who the Veilerians (the good guys) and the Eturians (the bad guys) are and how and why the war was started. Perhaps this was covered in an earlier book in the series. Other than that, this can be read as a stand alone.
I think fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres will enjoy this book very much. Now I have to find the first two books in the series to read.
WARNING - Spoiler alert!!!!!
We do get an HEA and then some at the end. I love the "and then some"; that it doesn't just with them getting together but continues into the future a bit.