Defeat the Darkness by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #6
Hunter Fitzsimon has dedicated his life to the Paladins but after a brutal attack in the tunnels he’s barely holding it together. Taking an assignment with the Seattle Paladins by watching over an out of the way part of the barrier in Justice Point gives Hunter a chance to heal and find gain control of his anger. He just never planned for his attractive but nosy landlady, Tate Justice, to capture his attention and aggravate him all at the same time.
“Wounds of the soul take the longest to heal.”
Defeat the Darkness was a good read but doesn’t stand out in the series for me. That being said, it does answer a few of the long running series questions and sets up Larem as the next hero. The writing is the usual enjoyable and easily paced storytelling I expect from Alexis Morgan and with each new book I get more invested in the overall world. Our heroine Tate makes a feisty, if occasionally reckless, addition to the Paladin universe and she can certainly handle whatever Hunter decides to dish out. And she really needs that inner strength of personality because Hunter is truly a mess, understandably so. Tate has been taking care of herself for a long time and after her beloved Uncle dies, she inherits his old Victorian home/tea shop. Tate loves her small town and she’ll do anything to protect it which I guess is why she’s always trying to nose into Hunter’s business. Tate is obviously a nurturing soul because she can’t help but keep tabs on Hunter as she worries about his healing injuries, even when she doesn’t really know who he is or how he got injured in the first place. She’s a bit naive in her trust but for the most part she doesn’t have any reasons to suspect Hunter of anything.
For his part, Hunter tries to put up a fight and keep Tate at a distance but he keeps finding himself drawn back to her. After being attacked and tortured by crazed Others Hunter is still struggling to get full mobility back in his leg as well as get a handle on his mood swings. He has a hard time being around the barrier in St. Louis and he can’t stand the pity and sympathy from the other Paladins. Hunter is in full anger mode for a lot of the book and that’s a big part of why I didn’t enjoy this one as much. While Tate can and does stand up to him, he’s so hot and cold with her and constantly pushing her away. This isn’t one of my favorite dynamics for romances so I had to work through the book a bit.
3 out of 5 stars
References to a character who was attacked and tortured
Character experiences some flashbacks and PTSD
Hard-eyed and hard-bodied, Hunter Fitzsimon isn’t what Tate Justice expected in a tenant for the apartment above her garage. Terse and intensely private, Hunter’s mission is to protect a narrow stretch of the barrier between Earth and Kalithia against the Paladins’ ruthless enemies — a job that would be much easier without his sexy landlady nosing around. So when she follows Hunter into the woods late one night, he decides to teach Tate a lesson with a passionate kiss that brings her to her knees…and unexpectedly ignites red-hot desire deep in his soul. But the warrior’s dark and dangerous world is no place for his fiery lover. Does possessing Tate mean turning his back on his brethren…or will Hunter forsake the woman of his dreams for the harsh duty he’s always known?
Published by Pocket Books on February 23, 2010
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