His Darkest Embrace
Jaguar Warriors - Book #2
By Juliana Stone
Release Date: October 26, 2010
In His Darkest Embrace, second in Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series, Stone plunges the reader back into the jungles of Belize for another intense, action packed, edge-of-your-seat battle between good and evil and a love story that defies all odds.
Wounded during a battle with the evil DaCosta jaguar shifters, Iraqi veteran and jaguar shapeshifter, Jagger Castille disappears into the Belize jungle. Weary of post-war stress and the human race in general, Jagger stays in jaguar form, living in the jungle and avoiding all human contact, including the family and friends who search for him. It’s only when he encounters a woman being attacked by DaCosta jaguars that he reverts to human form to rescue her and, once rescued, Jagger discovers he doesn’t want to let her go. He’s already lost one young woman who he had vowed to protect. He’s not about to lose another.
Elite eagle warrior, Skye Knightly, is on a mission. For centuries, eagle warriors have been the keepers of the portal between the human and demon worlds. Now the portal is at risk and it falls to Skye to find the portal and seal it forever to prevent the horror and destruction that will ensue if the demon world is unleashed upon mankind. The last thing she needs is a jaguar shifter shadowing her every step, intent upon protecting her just because he saved her life.
With Skye and Jagger, Stone has created the ultimate “opposites attract” story. As an eagle shifter, Skye has been taught from birth to fear and distrust the jaguar, her natural enemy. Yet now, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a jaguar who shares her ever-deepening attraction. But she won’t give in easily. Skye and Jagger are both strong, independent warriors, used to calling the shots and not depending on another for protection. As you can imagine, this is a volatile and fiery combination. I loved it!
The love scenes between the two warriors sizzle, the intensity of the race through the jungle had me holding my breath and the hopelessness of their love broke my heart. For only one thing will save the world from the demon invasion: an eagle warrior sacrifice. When Skye seals the portal she will be sucked into the horrors of the demon underworld…forever.
Once again, Juliana Stone has written an intense, emotional and sizzling hot story with non-stop action, chilling villains (I hope never to meet one of her demons!) and plenty of story twists and surprises along the way. His Darkest Embrace kept me reading long into the night and left me counting the days until the release of the next book in the series. I can’t wait!
While His Darkest Embrace stands on its own, for a more complete understanding of the story, I highly recommend reading the previous book in the series, His Darkest Hunger, first.
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins/Avon for providing an advanced copy of His Darkest Embrace for review.