A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. It will take the woman who calls him enemy to give him a reason to live. Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they have been joined by destiny 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 own—but can she trust a man on the edge? 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.
**Summary taken from Author Website**
Disclaimer: ARC Copy Provided by Netgalley for an honest review
Oh My Goodness what a follow on book this was! Book two in Juliana Stone's Jaguar Warrior Series, His Darkest Embrace tells Jagger's story. After months of being in his jaguar form Jagger stumbles upon Skye being attacked by an enemy Jaguar gang deep in the heart of the jungle, after saving her it's apparent he is instantly attracted to this woman, wanting to know what she is up to, why the Dacosta gang is after her and his burgeoning attraction he keeps Skye close determined to find out all her secrets.
Skye is an eagle knight, charged with keeping an ancient portal relic safe she has to outwit the enemy to close the portal ensuring the human worlds safety from the demons, Jaguar's have long since been an enemy to the eagles and yet she's drawn to the dynamic sexy Jaguar who is dogging her every movement through the deep Belize jungle.
After loving the first book in this series 'His Darkest Hunger' there is always a fear the sequel will bomb, i'm so happy HDE didn't, in fact it rocked my socks! Juliana Stone BROUGHT IT! it's fast paced, has twists and turns, a bite your lip intense romance and you really feel connected to the main leads along with being intrigued by the secondary characters.
I loved Jagger and Skye, together they were enigmatic, i wanted their dialogue to go on and go. Separately they had a depth and warmth and fighting spirit. Whatever was thrown at Skye she dealt with it, she didn't whine or cower or turn into a pumped up steroid robot either (all things that make me want to vomit nails onto a heroine. he!) the girl is dealing with a lot, the loss of her dad, the disappearance of her brother, baddies are after her, shes falling for a man who belongs to a race she's always thought of as the enemy and she's faced with an ultimate dilemma, to choose a life with the man, or to choose a world free of hell and its demons.
Oh my gosh i was so HOOKED into this story, i couldn't stop reading, the author knows just how to twist and turn a tale to grab my attention. The descriptions of the transformation from human to animal was fascinating, i loved the magical aspects in the book.
i LOVED Skye...i kinda want to be her when i grow up, she was a heroine i would have happily read more of. Together the pair made reading the story so engaging, there is lots of steam, lots of teases, lots of intense sexual chemistry. IN-TENSE! Poor Jagger got c*ckblocked more than one time, i felt for the poor Jaguar.
Now i'm even more ravenous for book three in the Jaguar Warrior Series 'His Darkest Salvation" out July 2011 (according to Goodreads)
Quotes i loved:
Who the hell was she kidding? Could she trust him. Please! The real question was, could she trust herself? - Skye
"you need my help, and fuck if i know why i'm still willing to give it, but you will come with me one way or another. If that means hog tying you and carrying you out of here on my back, then so be it" - Jagger
Christ, he sounded like Tarzan, and from what little he knew about Skye, she sure as hell wouldn't be content as Jane. Hell, she'd be kicking Tarzan's ass from here to Mexico
Sidenote: I'm so excited/intrigued to see more of Julian(brother) and Nico(bad ass jungle man!)
PS. i never want to get kissed by a demon. Everrrr! (read it to know what i mean. he!)
I give His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone 4.5 Sparkles out of 5! A Team-Jaguar-Fantastic-Read!
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His Darkest Embrace is released 26th October 2010.