Daryk Rogue by Denise Agnew
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Aeon
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena
Ruled by treacherous desires to mate… He would kill and die for her.
When Xandra Shorenus’ husband murders her family in retaliation for her defiance she escapes, but a huge wave wrecks her ship. Rogue Daryk One Rayder Tyrus saves her but commands her allegiance with one kiss. She is his now, in and out of bed.
Rayder has infiltrated a dangerous faction, his need for redemption and retribution absolute. Desire to protect Xandra mixes with powerful carnal needs that demand he show her pleasures she never could have imagined in her sheltered life. They discover a fiery connection forged between hot kisses, adventurous touches and mind-melting unions. They must learn to survive the wrath of the breeder-slaver who hates Rayder, the elements of jungle and desert that rule the land, and a war about to erupt that could separate them forever.
One continent teaches women to be passionless, subservient; the other encourages open sexuality, equality; but neither offers Xandra the escape she needs from a murdering husband determined to pursue her to the ends of their planet, and a Daryk One determined to make her his.
When Xandra’s ship sinks and she escapes not only the clutches of Taris Elian, but also a cold watery grave as well, she quickly learns that her reprieve is temporary as she finds herself the prisoner of another man. But this one stirs her blood in more in ways her first husband never did; ways in which a proper young lady such as herself should never be privy to. Despite her fury at being another man’s prize, and her resolve to escape to finish what set her running from her homeland in the first place, she can’t help but allow her curiosity about sex to cloud her better judgment. She’s never met a man like Rayder, a Daryk One, and quickly learns that while not all the tales she’s heard about Draconian men are true, many of them are. She just hasn’t figured out if the pleasures he promises are ones she’s willing to allow.
Rayder is more than happy to educate Xandra in the pleasures of the flesh. From the very first kiss, he knows she’s his mate, even if finding her at this juncture of his life proves inconvenient. On a mission of revenge, he’s getting close to his victory and can’t afford to be waylaid by a pretty face. But it’s more than Xandra’s beauty that reels him in, everything about her drives him insane. He’d heard the rumors about what happens when a Daryk One finds his true mate; he just didn’t expect it to happen to him. Find her he has, and he’s not about to let her go. Struggling between finishing his three-year long quest and keeping his woman safe from the brutal inhabitants of his homeland, he’ll have to decide just how much he’s willing to risk to get everything he wants, without losing what’s most precious to him in the process.
I really enjoyed Daryk Rogue. The sexual tension between Rayder and Xandra kept me on the edge of my seat, eagerly turning the page to see what happened next. Ms. Agnew does a wonderful job with plot description and character depth. As the story goes along, you’ll find yourself not knowing who to trust or who to feel sorry for. She provides enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. The sex is not for the faint of heart. Rayder is a passionate man and opens Xandra to a whole new world of pleasure which the author describes with great detail. There is a lot of anal play so be prepared. There were some editing errors that caught my eye, but weren’t too distracting. Still, it's very well written.
Do you like maidens in distress who are willing to face their perils head on? How about hunky men who know how to wield more than one type of sword? Put them together and you get a book full of action, adventure, some haughty female sass, and a ton of hot steamy sex that’s sure to make you want to pounce on your partner. Snatch up a copy of Ms. Agnew’s Daryk Rogue. You won’t be disappointed.