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Friday, November 16, 2012

Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker

Blind Destiny Book by Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (191 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s back to hell she goes…

Grimm’s Circle, Book 7

Myrsina knows the stories. As one of the oldest of the Grimm, she had a hand in writing most of them, but only she knows the dark origin of the Seven Bloody Sisters. It springs from the place of her birth—and her death. A place of pain and misery to which she plans to never return. Unless forced.

When Luc appears on her doorstep, her heart twists with suppressed longing for the man who can never be hers. The only man who can make her do the impossible—go home.

Luc may be blind, but through their unique, bittersweet connection, even he can see that the task laid before them is ripping Sina’s soul apart. This time it isn’t as simple as fighting a demon that has escaped from the netherplains.

Sina must go back in time—to that cursed ground—and right a wrong that she unknowingly brought about. To write a new ending to a story that may give them both a chance at happily ever after. Assuming they survive.

Blind Destiny is the seventh of Shiloh Walker’s Grimm’s Circle stories, and they just keep getting better each time. 

Myrsina is one of the oldest of the Grimm: guardian angels walking the Earth to protect humanity from demons that have crossed over from the netherworld. She knows all the stories, and even created a few herself. There is nothing that could get her to return to the place she fears, her homeland and the place where things went so terribly bad for her. Nothing, and no one, except for one man, the one weakness she carries deep inside.

Luc has been blind a long time, but with his ‘special’ sight, even he can see how this latest mission is affecting her. ‘Sina was Luc’s trainer, and he has had feelings for her since that long ago time. ‘Sina loves Luc as well, but thinks he is still in love with the wife he once loved, the woman who broke him so long ago, before he was a Grimm. When Will tells ‘Sina that she must return and correct the past in order to prevent more destruction, he send the one person that can get through to her on every level: Luc. Can she work with Luc, thinking he can never care for her, and then move on? Can Luc break down her barriers and show her what he feels for her? Once the mission is over, will these two go their separate ways, never knowing the truth of their feelings?

The world Ms. Walker has created is a dark and dangerous one; the characters are all well crafted, with strength and determination to do what they have been charged to do. I enjoy these grown up versions of the fairy tale characters we have all grown up with, and seeing them interact with each other to help humanity.

Myrsina is one of the first Grimm created, and she has seen more than many could have survived and stayed reasonably sane. She is strong, but alone, and does not ever want to go back to where things went so horribly bad for her. When she learns that what happened so long ago is still having repercussions, and that Will is charging her with fixing things, she wants to refuse him. When she finds that Will has partnered her with the one man she can’t forget, she realizes it may be her only chance to spend time with Luc. I enjoyed watching as ‘Sina slowly adjusts to being close to someone, and like her determination to ask for nothing more than he can give. She is a kick butt and ask questions later type of heroine, and I enjoyed seeing her softer side around Luc.

Luc may be blind, but he sees so much in spite of that disability. He has been alone for centuries, and has decided this mission will be his last, that he will be turning in his wings when this is over. When Will teams him with ‘Sina, he tries to convince her he has feelings, but when he thinks she is rejecting what he offers, he feels it is time to let her go. Luc is tired of wanting and never having the woman who lives and loves only in his heart. I really enjoyed watching as Luc worked his way past ‘Sina’s walls, and let her see what was in his heart, finally. He just wonders if it was already too late.

As with all of the Grimm’s Circle books, some of the enjoyment comes from figuring out which fairy tale characters are the basis for the story, and this one was no exception. The threads of this one converged to create a powerful and moving romance, and there were moments of passion along with some danger, and some lighter moments as well. I found the new character Ms. Walker introduced to be a fascinating addition to the cast of characters, and wonder if we will be seeing more of him in future stories. I also enjoyed the brief peek at Will’s life and can’t wait for his story in the future.