Dark Dynasties #4
Lion shifter Rakshasa, Tasmin is shocked when he wakes up to find that his clan has been died for many years and that everything has changed. Determined to find the person who spelled him to sleep and cursed him with a demonic possession he seeks out the new risen Lilim Queen for help. Tasmin finds himself seeking the company of the Queen’s best friend and human Bailey but he knows he can’t be trusted around her as long as this monster is inside him. Bailey has been struggling ever since her friend Lily was turned into a vampire and she knows she’ll have to decide whether to embrace the work of night or sever all ties.
I was sad to have this series come to an end, but I certainly enjoyed it. Tasmin’s story was heartbreaking because you could tell how much he was bothered by losing control. Tasmin’s story was so interesting, being the last Rakshasa alive and his struggle with his possession was written so well. Tasmin was such an honorable man and it was heartbreaking to watch him lose control of himself and know that he was a threat to everyone he cared about.
Bailey knew that she didn’t fit into the world of vampires but was desperately trying to hold onto her friendship with Lily and then Tasmin shows up and she’s drawn even deeper into their world. There was one thing I didn’t like which concerns Bailey and is a pretty big spoiler so be warned (see bottom of page for spoiler).
The overall conflict with Arsinoe felt a bit rushed and seemed like it was quickly wrapped up. There was also another enemy that wasn’t found and conquered and that was just left open ended. I think I read somewhere that the author hasn’t always been able to finish her books the way she wants due to publisher contracting so that might be why it feels like there were other books planned for this series.
Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.
The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay’s gentle touch can subdue Tasmin’s inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?
Published by Forever Romance on January 29, 2013
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At one point in the book, Bailey is thinking about her friendship with Lily and her growing feelings for Tasmin and how as a human she is vulnerable. Bay comes to the realization that she “belongs in the light” and if given the choice she would stay human. Shortly after this, Bay, Lily, Ty and others are being transported and are attacked by Ptolemy. Bay is bitten so that she will be changed into a Ptolemy as a way to hurt Lily. Tasmin kills the vampire before he can give Bay his blood but she’s been so drained that the only way to save her is to turn her, so Tasmin turns her into a Rakshasa. When Bay realizes what happened she admits she wasn’t ready to die and she doesn’t blame Tasmin for turning her but it just made the situation a bit uncomfortable since the reader knows that Bay had already thought about this and decided to stay human.