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Monday, July 25, 2011

His Darkest Salvation by Juliana Stone

His Darkest Salvation by Juliana Stone
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (282 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

In a world on the brink of chaos, passion and vengeance collide . . .

After six months in hell, Julian Castille has returned to the world a changed man—no longer the calm, powerful CEO, but a shifter fully embraced by the blood of his clan. Julian has one goal: find the key to the portal that stands between the human realm and unprecedented darkness, in order to win back the pieces of his soul. The last thing he needs is a distraction like the beautiful, enigmatic Jaden DaCosta.

Three years ago, a forbidden night of passion left Jaden forever altered: mated to Julian Castille—bound to a man who despises her. But the temptation to trust this darker, more savage—and more captivating—Julian is overwhelming. And as they fight for their immortal souls, their insatiable desire for each other may prove their fatal undoing . . .

Julian Castillo had been missing for three years. He’s back and he doesn’t even care about Jaden. Nor does he seem to know that they have mated…

This is fast paced story about shapeshifters and forces beyond our world. Julian has been in hell, literally, and he has very little time to accomplish his mission here on earth if he wishes to earn redemption. The premise of the story is pure fantasy, but the plot stands up well. There’s lots of action, and you get caught up in the fight between the jaguar clans. Julian is Castillo; Jaden is DeCosta. They’re sworn enemies. But in this fight, they need each other’s skills to find the portal.

The author creates hard-hitting characters with a touch of evil in them. She adds sorcerers and gods themselves to the story. You’ll keep turning pages to see just what is going to happen next. There are constant surprises in the story.

I enjoy reading about animal shape shifters, and jaguars fascinate me. But the real reason this story appealed to me was the romance between these two opposing clan members. They can’t trust each other, but they do love each other even if they are fighting it. They argue a lot and I enjoyed watching them turn from enemies into embracing the love between them.

Ms. Stone has created a complicated plot with lots of little subplots. There will be more in this series, I’m sure. She’s going to pick up one of the strings she left hanging out and work another story from there.

Why not get a copy of this book and maybe the first two in the Jaguar Warrior series? You won’t be bored!