Book Blurb :
Tasked with protecting humanity from harm, the last thing Ashe Granger was searching for on his mission was his destined mate. Then, a mysterious dark-eyed beauty reluctantly offered him shelter. A spark of danger—and a soul-deep recognition—ignited a burning, carnal need .Since her family’s exile, Juliana Sabin had borne full responsibility for their safety. So when evil struck, she had no choice but to ally herself with the sexy guardian vampire. Now, months later, Ashe is back and tempting Juliana to reveal her darkest secrets and desires. For the killer stalking the shadows isn’t acting alone—and he won’t rest until his deadly cravings are fulfilled.
When I requested this book, I didn’t know that this was part of Rhyannon Byrd’s Primal Instinct series and that the characters from the series are featured in this series. This story isn’t being labeled a spin off but I would say it is connected to the series since the author hasn’t made a clarification. When I found this out, I was intrigued as I haven’t had the chance to fully read the Primal series. I have paperbacks and eBooks of the series scattered over my computer and house and it has me engaged me to see where these characters feature in the Primal Instinct series.
The Grangers is a new series featuring the clan of Grangers—one of the wealthy families of Deschanel vampires. It starts off with Ashe Granger, who is on a mission to find his destined mate even though he doesn’t want to admit that he knows that the woman he meets is his mate. A few years ago his destined mate Juliana Sabin and her family were banished to the Wasteland, a desolate place for all vampire criminals since the council couldn’t make a decision whether or not to terminate them and still aren’t divulging why.
Juliana fell in love with the wrong vampire when she was younger and since then regrets it and the decision has haunted her because of the things that befell the Sabin clan afterwards. When a chance to escape from the Wastelands and find the truth is provided by a mysterious benefactor, she takes the opportunity as a way to get rid of her guilt even though it means she has to seek help from the one man she can’t forget and the one man who can help her, Ashe Granger.
With Ashe seeking her and Juliana seeking him, sooner or later they have to find each other and it will inevitably bring trouble. Juliana last saw Ashe when he visited their former compound and it appeared he was all over her cousin. With Ashe’s reputation as a ladies’ man, it wasn’t hard to see that her cousin was the latest woman Ashe was interested in. However, her cousin was a ruse as Ashe who didn’t want to admit that he had met his destined mate: Juliana. He was burning for her, which is a sure sign when males meet their mate that continues until they properly consummate their relationship.
With Ashe still denying that she is his mate and Juliana in more trouble than ever since someone wants to wipe her family off the face of the planet, the two have to work together to save her family. It looks like she’s the number one target for those after her and with people after them the story is going to by action packed.
The author writes a strong, dramatic, fast paced story full of danger, love, chemistry and intensity as they take Europe by storm trying to find out who is behind the Sabin sentencing and who wants Juliana dead. You won’t want to put this book down until you find out who and why this vampire Juliana was once in love with has caused so much pain to her and Ashe. Ashe is not forthcoming about his pain and the way he deals with it by taking it out on Juliana, the woman of his dreams, will leave you hating him at times, but he is such a character that you can forgive him when learn the truth at the same time we do about Juliana.
Juliana is a young woman whose one decision is haunting her and she has the future of her family to consider. She only wants Ashe’s help and doesn’t want to revisit the past where she harboured an attraction for him. She’s not like an icy queen or anything that will turn you off, but a very determined woman who knows what she must do and will do anything to save her family and maybe Ashe as they go on this journey together.
This book was only recently released here in Australia, and though it’s been out since April in other countries, I think for loyal Aussie readers who wait until the official Australian release, it’s worth the wait. I give it 4 couples.
Publisher : Harlequin Mira
Source : Publicist Provided for Review
Released : September 2012 (Australia Release Date)