Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Dark Victory by Brenda Joyce

Title: Dark Victory
Author: Brenda Joyce
Source: Self Purchased
Length: Novel
Release Date: September 17, 2012
Reviewer: Jasmyn

Book 2 of The Rose Trilogy part of The Masters of Time series.

Highland warriors sworn to protect Innocence through the ages...

Fierce and powerful, Guy Macleod is every inch a Highland warrior.  Yet his future is uncertain.  Tormented by his family's murder, he rejects his noble vows in pursuit of revenge - until he's compelled to lead to the aid of a beautiful enchantress in modern-day Manhattan.  One look at Tabitha Rose, and Guy knows he must possess her - body and soul

A destiny that won't be denied....

Tabby has never met a man she wanted more, despite Guy's macho ways.  But her powers - and their newfound desire - are challenged by a jealous evil, and a supernatural showdown seems inevitable.  Somehow, Guy must keep Tabby safe ... and hold on to their dreams of a love that transcends centuries.

He didn't choose his destiny ... Destiny chose him.

The Rose Trilogy part of The Masters of Time has been a fantastic addition to the series so far.  It's great to have characters flow from one book to the other in such a cohesive way.  Tabby has been my favorite so far - and her story with Guy is almost beyond romantic.  They connect on such a deep level in a way that no one really thought was possible.  

Guy is fighting the demons of his childhood - a murdered family that he feels that he is honor bound to avenge over the ages.  Back in Manhattan, Tabby is being attacked by an evil that has hunted her through the ages.  They have to find a way to help each other before they are both lost forever.

As part of their struggle we get to see a little more into the background of the ancient brotherhood that all the Masters are a part of and how they work internally - it was quite a nice addition to an already great book.  My one and only small complaint was that a couple of the rules seemed to have been bent for the two main characters to help them along the way - but I'm sure it was just the gods throwing them a life line here and there.


  1. This is one of my favorite series, and I think this was one of my favorite books in the series!! I just loved Guy and Tabby! They were such fun to read.

  2. Thanks for the review! I read some of the other synopses of this series and this one looks the most interesting to me- is it necessary to start at the beginning of this series or can I read this one stand alone?

  3. It's possible to follow the story of Guy and Tabby as a stand alone story, however there are some references to couples and people from previous books that may leave you feeling just a little lost. If you can overlook those references, which are more developmental and secondary relationships than actually part of Guy and Tabby, then you should be fine reading it as a stand alone.


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