Friday, October 1, 2010

Review: His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

His Darkest Embrace (Jaguar Warriors, #2)His Darkest Embrace
Jaguar Warriors #2
By Juliana Stone
Courtesy of NetGalley
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Avon

A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. A woman who calls him enemy will give him reason to live . . .Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they are now joined in a mission entrusted to Skye's family centuries ago: nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever . . . until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye's passion is equal to Jagger's—but can she trust a man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?Each is the other's sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.

My Thoughts:

His Darkest Embrace is dark & sexy; every page will leave you craving for more!

This second novel in Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series follows a few months after His Darkest Hunger and is the youngest Castille brother’s story, Jagger.
Jagger Castille is a dark and intense shifter with a troubled past, full of guilt and loss. Wanting to escape the horrors of the real world and delve into his jaguar soul, Jagger escapes to the jungle; cutting ties with even his family until he meets the proud and secretive Skye Knightly.
Skye is an eagle knight, and one of the last of her kind. When her father is murdered the protection and destruction of an ancient artifact falls to her, but a group of jaguars and an evil sorcerer is determined to take it from her. Skye must travel through the deadly jungle of Belize if she’s to have any hope of saving mankind but when a demon starts to hunt her, making her question her own sanity, can she make it in time?

Jagger and Skye have an instant and powerful physical attraction but a difficult chemistry. Jagger is suspicious of Skye but refuses to let her go and will track her to the ends of the jungle. Skye has important responsibilities to her clan and the world, being with an enemy jaguar is not part of her plan. 
The story line is well paced, a definite page-turner, and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger so that I'm itching for Julian's book, His Darkest Salvation, which is up next. The only reason I gave this novel four wine glasses as oppose to five is because the chemistry between the two main characters was hard for me to get into and accept. There were too many contradictions in their dialogue with each other. But, by the end I was happy with how their relationship finally flowed. Oh, and did I mention Declan? I don’t know what it is about that sexy warlock but me likey and I’m just dying for his own novel, Wicked Road to Hell.  

Chuck full of suspense, mystery, action, deceit and steamy love scenes in the wilds of the jungle, His Darkest Embrace is an exciting continuation in the Jaguar Warriors series. 

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses, Loved it!

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