Saturday, July 23, 2011

His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

His Darkest Embrace

Courtesy of Goodreads:  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.


This was the second installment in the Jaguar Shifters Series and it pretty much picked up right where the previous book left off.  I liked this only because I had read the previous book and didn’t need a lot of background. If I had picked this up without having any prior knowledge, I am pretty sure I would have been lost. 

There wasn’t a lot of world building but the plot was pretty clear and simple.  To say that there was a lot of action is an understatement.  It seemed like every other page had some sort of fight or conflict which left little time for romance.

Jagger and Skye are the main characters in this book and although there were times I could feel the sexual tension between them, most of the story was spent on their dislike for each other until suddenly they realized they were in love and poof the book was over. 

Overall I just felt kinda blah after finishing the story.  I found myself skimming through many of the action scenes and not really being able to visualize what was happening.  This was a vast change from the first book which I enjoyed very much.  Hopefully the third book, His Darkest Salvation, will be more enjoyable and will involve more relatable situations and characters.  I give His Darkest Embrace two stars with the hope that I can give future books a better review!


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