Eternal Mates #2
Release Date: February 22, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Won @Fantasy Is More Fun
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
The moment the demon King Thorne of the Third Realm set eyes on the mortal huntress Sable, he knew she was his fated one. The fiery, dangerous female awakened hungers he had never experienced before, a dark craving and passion that has consumed him in their time apart. As the lunar cycle wanes, she enters his world again and nothing will stand in the way of him claiming his forever with her - not the relentless assault from the Fifth Realm or the dark elf male determined to seduce her out of his grasp.
Intent on achieving the coveted position of commander at Archangel, Sable leads her small team into the dark underworld and the Third Realm, to a war where her allies are the very creatures she normally hunts - vampires, werewolves, and demons. Her eagerness to lead the deadly mission has everything to do with winning her promotion, and nothing to do with the kingdom's brash, lethally seductive demon king - a king who stirred fierce desire and wildfire heat in her with just a look and an innocent touch when they first met, and has been in her wicked dreams ever since.
As the gathering storm between rivals unleashes irresistible passion that flares white-hot and the heat of the battle brings life-shattering realisations, can Sable place her duty before her heart? Or will she surrender to her deepest desires and be claimed by a demon king?
Holy goodness! I think I enjoyed this second installment even more than the first!
Claimed by a Demon King reunites us with characters we've already met and introduces a few new ones. There are a few reasons I think it made more of an impression on me. One -- since Sable is a hunter for Archangel, she can fight. I love a heroine who kicks ass. Since she can fight, there was more action. More action made for more drama. Two -- Sable is strong-willed, hard-headed, and a smartass. This made for more fun because she always had a sharp barb, a smart comeback for every situation. This also meant the play between her and Thorne was more fun - AND set up for more steam between them. And three -- Thorne. I like this alpha demon. A. LOT. He knew he had his work cut out for him with Sable and he didn't shy away from the challenge. He also didn't go complete caveman on her. He observed and learned what it would take to win Sable -- then executed. Perfectly.
The conflict in this installment -- the battle for Thorne's kingdom -- placed multiple species together fighting for a common goal. Demons, vampires, werewolves, elves, and humans -- species that, in Heaton's world, don't always play well together. That upped the tension and made for exciting and sometimes humorous encounters. I'm anxious to see what Heaton has in store for all these alpha males!