Books Fangs with a Heart by Tempeste O’Riley
Fangs with a Heart by Tempeste O’Riley
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Chain of Fate (Book 2)
May 22, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
POTENTIAL TRIGGERS: This book deals with the aftereffects of past physical and psychological abuse, which may trigger some readers.
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.
When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.
Fated Heart Doesn’t Mean Insta-Love
I had not read book one in this series when I volunteered to read this one, and I don’t feel that I missed out on anything in doing so, though there is background that will certainly enhance the reading of this book. However, I must admit that I immediately went and grabbed book one, Whiskers of a Chance, as soon as I was done because I was hooked!
Trace is a lynx who has suffered severe physical and mental trauma in his past, and is uncomfortable with most everyone around him because of it. For all that he’s a powerful shifter, he’s also as submissive as they come. Sasha is the most powerful vampire in the Konstantin coven, but meeting his fated heart five years ago and discovering that Trace doesn’t want to mate him has left Sasha in a sour state of depression.
In his position as council representative, Trace must frequently interact with Sasha on a formal basis as liaison between the shifter tribe and the coven, leading to all sorts of inner angst.
The world-building is extensive, allowing for a rich visual in the brain. The characters are plenty and varied, with some standout peripheral characters, such as Sasha’s valet, Jalin, who can be as demure as possible one moment, then in a pique the next, yet always amusing to the reader. I loved this character! From close-minded relatives to plotting villains, there is plenty to keep you interested and the story moving forward.
I really disliked how Jalin and Dr. Niko manipulated Trace (and I can’t say more than that without giving too much away). It came across to me as mental assault, though I understood that it was part of the conflict resolution in Trace’s healing. It seemed dangerous to me to force such a thing, though this is just my opinion, and there is all sorts of creative license at play here, so your mileage may vary. Once you get beyond this ick factor, however, the chemistry is super strong and the sexy times are hot hot hot!
I loved the genuine concern on the parts of so many for Trace’s protection, healing, and success. None of it seemed contrived or ‘forced’ by the author, but rather it felt organic and grew at its own pace. Also, the dialogue does get flowery, but I’m all for that – I’m a sucker for a sweet talker, and Sasha is certainly that.
I am rating this at 3.5 stars, and I’m rounding up for sites that don’t accept halves. This is my first Tempest O’Riley book, and I definitely recommend it! I am looking forward to the next installment.
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