Reluctant Revenge by Xandra James
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena
Nash was bound to her completely – by a blood connection and a deep desire. An Enforcer for the Supranormal community, he was obligated to protect the sexy assignment from those who coveted her future Angelic abilities, but can he forgive the woman whose family had devastated his world?
Sienna, upon the realization she'd been betrayed by her family for keeping her birthright a secret, seeks solace in the arms of her surly and reluctant protector; a demon hybrid with a secret of his own. Can she come to terms with her destiny after discovering that she could be as dangerous as those Nash was protecting her from?
Is a vow of revenge more powerful than the lure of one’s heart?
Sienna had grown up in an emotionally cold home. Her mother gone, her father too busy, the only love she knew was that of her grandmother and brothers. She’d be the first to admit she was spoiled and never lacked for anything…material. But what good are worldly things when they’re merely given to veil dark secrets? A few hours before her birthday, Sienna’s whole life turns upside down. Suddenly, the scary things from nightmares and bad movies become real. The only person saving her from the clutches of evil is a man who is just as emotionally distant as her father, but hot as Hell. With her life in danger, her hormones in overdrive, and her mind on the brink of Crazy town, turning thirty promises to be a birthday to remember.
Nash had made a promise: revenge on the man who murdered his beloved and ripped out his heart. He’d waited a long time for the opportunity to take from the Clementis what they’d taken from him. Now that he had Sienna in his clutches, it’d be nothing to snuff out her life. And yet, he felt the stirrings of emotions he’d thought long dead in his dark heart. She evoked feelings he didn’t want, desires he shouldn’t have. Suddenly, his simple plan for vengeance became complicated. How could he kill his life-mate?
Reluctant Revenge was an exciting ride. The chemistry between the characters kept me enthralled, eager to see what happened next. Ms. James adds her own spin to the typical “vampire” character, calling them Strix. Her demons are sexy-as-hell-hot, and her creativity is refreshing and new. The book isn’t riddled with redundant sex. No, Ms. James adds enough heat to get your hormones going, but doesn’t flood the book with one sex scene after another. There were a few editing errors and point-of-view violations; but nothing distracting enough to take away from the story itself. Overall, I loved her tale and look forward to reading some more of her work. Perhaps there’s a story for Jesse or Austin? My piqued interest can only hope.
If you’re looking for an exciting book packed full of paranormal creatures, sexy heroes, and feisty damsels in distress, then look no further, Reluctant Revenge promises to fulfill your need for demons, excitement, and steamy romance.