Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: May 2012
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Seiran Rou is still recovering from the plot that almost killed him. Kelly Harding suggests a ski vacation in the middle of nowhere for peace and recuperation. Gabe, Seiran’s vampire partner, and Jamie, Seiran’s brother, go with them, too. It was supposed to be a complete rest for them all, but ends up anything but. First there’s the blizzard, and hints of evil. Then there’s the four men’s complicated relationships, and misunderstandings as well as honor, trust—or lack of it—and duty to be considered. Not to mention vampires, water and earth witches, and a killer.
I came to this book not realizing it was book three in the Dominion series, and found myself truly appreciating how the back story was cleverly woven into the story through actions and dialogue, rather than through narrative. Most of the time this was an excellent technique I applauded. But there were a few times when I wished I knew more about certain terms/groups of people. I expect they were explained in the earlier books. Still, an extra line of back story here and there would have helped new readers such as myself.
Shapeshifting was mentioned several times but didn’t actually happen so I’m hoping that’s brought out further in a later book.
The complicated relationships are handled well, as is the danger that surrounds them all. There is nice sexual tension as well as the tension from danger, and some excellent little character details woven into the story. A fast-paced entertaining read, with some excellent world building.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.