Happily Ever After Book Nerd Recommendation
In Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #3
Everything changed for Barak q’Young when he crossed the barrier into the human world; he expected to die at the end of a Paladin sword but instead, he ends up saving a human woman and finds himself being protected by the very people he’s been raised to despise. Adjusting to the human world has been hard, especially when the Regents and Paladins are reluctant to trust him. Geologist Lacey Sebastian isn’t happy when Barak is assigned to her lab and it gets even worse when she meets the man who turns out to be intelligent, honorable, and way too attractive for Lacey’s peace of mind.
“He represented everything she’d been brought up to hate, yet Barak was a far cry from the monster her brother and the other Paladins had made his kind out to be.”
I really enjoyed In Darkness Reborn and I was excited to be back with the Seattle Paladins. Dr. Laurel Young stood up for Barak and kept him from being killed or sent back to his world but Barak wonders if he was really shown mercy. He struggles to fit into a world that doesn’t accept him and I felt so much for Barak and his lonely existence. He has this stoic quality to his personality and you can tell he’s used to be alone and he’s accepted that as his lot in life. Every time he was pushed away or treated poorly by others I just wanted to hug him and tell him he was loved.
Initially, Lacey wants nothing to do with an Other and she’s pissed that she’s stuck with Barak. She doesn’t trust him and it’s made worse by Lacey’s Paladin brother, Penn, who is constantly trying to pick a fight with Barak. But Lacey can’t deny her attraction and she’s not a woman to suffer fools, including herself. Lacey’s dislike of Barak was natural considering her upbringing but there were a few times I wanted to shake her and make her see how much pain Barak was in. That being said, I really liked Lacey’s fire and passion both for her work and for those she cares about.
Once these two give in they’re on fire but all of their problems aren’t solved because Barak is keeping some pretty big secrets and if they want to be together it may just be them against everyone else. This series continues to build momentum as the Paladins continue to look for the person who is stealing from the Other’s world and going after Paladins in the human world.
5 out of 5 stars
Once a warrior for the Others, Barak q’Young is caught between two worlds — exiled from his homeland, and a pariah among his enemies, the Paladins. While hunting a betrayer who’s selling the precious blue gems that light the Others’ world, Barak must aid geologist Lacey Sebastian in her research for the Paladins. Barak is instantly drawn to the fiery, beautiful woman, but Lacey initially despises the enemy intruder. Soon she sees beyond his violent past, though, finding the dark warrior intriguing — and extremely sexy.
Though neither can resist the passion that blazes between them, Barak is torn between loyalties, hiding a secret gift that could prove useful to Lacey’s research, at the sacrifice of his own people. But when Lacey is kidnapped and held hostage, Barak realizes he will do anything to save her . . . even risk his own life.
Published by Pocket Star on June 26, 2007
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