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Monday, April 11, 2011

Daryk Hunter by Denise Agnew

Daryk Hunter by Denise Agnew
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (195 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

When Magonian archaeologist Ketera Aldrancos’ father is imprisoned, she’s determined to save him. Before she can do so, her ship is wrecked. Water laps at her, a man’s strong arms surround her. His husky voice soothes her. Then she realizes she’s on a foreign beach in the arms of a dreaded Dragonian. A man who looks nothing like the men she’s known. His closeness, his touch sends waves of need through Ketera’s core and shame runs through her. After all, passions are sinful.

Dane Charger, a Dragonian Daryk One, cradles the woman in his arms. He aches to introduce her to the headiest lovemaking imaginable. But his eyes flame red and a growl vibrates his throat when he realizes he’ll need to protect her from marauding slave traders led by a vicious rogue—who just happens to also be his half brother.

Two people whose supercontinents are separated by ocean and two thousand years of prejudice and fear. Two people who may be the secret to saving a race from extinction.

Dragon fodder or devil’s concubine? Which would you choose?

Life has dealt Ketera some hard blows. Her father’s life hangs precariously by an ever thinning thread, she barely escapes drowning when her ship sinks, and now she's stuck on the barbaric continent of Dragonia where every creature, man or beast, either wants to kill her or force her into sexual slavery. Every creature save one—Dane Charger, a Daryk One who she quickly learns possesses the ability to turn everything she thought she knew about his continent upside down, and introduce her to the pleasures she’s secretly yearned for, but never dared dream would come true.

Dane’s whole life has been spent protecting the innocent—an oath taken by all Daryk Ones. While some have gone rogue, choosing to follow his half-brother’s crazed ideas about stealing women from their rival continent Magonia—Ketera’s homeland—and forcing them into sexual slavery, he’s remained true to his vows. He can’t dispute that Draconia needs fertile females or that the people of both continents will ultimately perish if they don’t come together, but he doesn’t condone rape. From the moment he lays eyes on Ketera, his normal protective mode kicks into high-gear. Much as he fights against it, he soon realizes she’s far more important to him than a means of repopulating his homeland.

While I read books one and two of the Daryk World Series out of order, I have to say this was equally as enjoyable as book two. The author does an excellent job of bringing the characters from both stories together in critical junctures. Ms. Agnew has set things up nicely for book three and can’t wait to dive in. The characters in this story are fully developed. I loved seeing the emotional struggles slowly resolve as the story progressed. It never felt rushed or lagged, but rather kept a nice even pace with enough action and excitement to keep me turning the pages.

As in book two, the sex is blazing hot—as in, grab something cold to drink, you’re gonna need it, hot. There were very few editing errors, mainly some missing words, but nothing that detracted from the story. I only picked up on one point-of-view violation, but it was minor and certainly didn’t interrupt my reading other than I had to reread the paragraph to make sure I hadn’t mistaken it. If there were more, they were so minute I didn’t notice. Overall, I loved the story and can’t wait to start the next installment.

A warrior with a sense of honor, a maiden with a sense of duty, and enough excitement, peril, and lovemaking to keep your heart racing is what awaits you in Ms. Agnew’s Daryk Hunter, Book One of her Daryk World Series. With its touching characters, this is one of those stories that stay with you long after you reach the end.

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