There exists a world beyond our own. It is a world of ancient magic and well-guarded secrets, a world of strict laws and harsh punishments for those who betray them, a world inhabited by the Ikati, a race of gifted people who are so much more than they first appear. Brought together by fate in this world of danger and beauty, two people with dark pasts will meet.
Morgan is beautiful, smart, sexy…and about to die. Convicted of treason against her shape-shifting kin, she is given one last chance at redemption; discover the hidden lair of the enemy intent on destroying every one of her kind, or forfeit her life.
Xander is ruthless, heartless, cold-blooded…and assigned to kill her if she fails in her task. Expecting to feel nothing but contempt for the traitor under his watch, the assassin accompanies Morgan on her search, but as the two race through the heart of Italy while the clock winds down to zero hour, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of desire as powerful as it is forbidden.
Their passion will test everything they believe in, and endanger the future of the tribe itself.
And here is MissB2U's review:
This was a tough book to review because even though there were parts where things seemed to be taking off overall it was a “meh”. After I finished reading it I knew I had to wait awhile to give it a grade because I was too irritated to be fair.
There were three problem areas for me. First, this is book two in the series and Ms. Geissinger fails to fill in enough of the back-story to have the beginning of this book make much sense.
Second, there were characters and plot lines that were way too similar to other paranormal authors’ works that distracted me from some pretty nifty plot action unique to this book.
Third, there were too many contradictions for many of the characters’ actions to be credible. (More on this in a moment…) Those things combined with constantly trying to put the pieces of the abovementioned back story together made it hard to read more than a couple of pages at a time. It was flat out frustrating.
Sentenced to death for treason against her English colony of the Ikati, (read Book One), Morgan is given a shot at redemption by the Queen, Morgan’s former bestie. Morgan has two weeks in which to find the location of the feral colony of Expurgari who captured and tortured the Queen based on something Morgan said or did, I don’t know ‘cause I haven’t read the first book yet. Also, there is a secret shared between Morgan and the Queen which is another reason for the Queen to save Morgan’s sorry ass, but again, Book One. Should Morgan fail she will be executed.
That task will fall to Xander, the totally hot six century old Ikati assassin from the Brazil colony who will accompany Morgan to Rome. She knows he’s totally serious about this because a) he has hash marks tattooed on his chest tallying all his kills, and her mark is there too just not crossed off and b) he collars her so she can’t shape shift into her animal form. This leaves her defenseless except for her gift of Suggestion. If she touches someone and thinks a suggestion like, “take your pants off and run around outside”, next thing you know you’ll be running around commando in the front yard. Also his face looks stony. A lot.
The contradictions drove me crazy. Morgan has only been allowed out of her colony in England once in her life but she’s totally comfortable flying in a private jet and finding her way around a foreign city. Wearing bloody rags, she was tossed into a holding cell and held for weeks before her execution date, yet when she enters the hall to meet her fate she looks like she’s ready for a Vogue photo shoot. Her wardrobe in Rome consists of lots of shoes from Chanel and Louboutin but she leaves on the trip straight from her (delayed) execution. Who packed for her and where did all these fabulous clothes come from? Why does she leave her shoes all over Rome without a second thought?
Xander has survived for six centuries as one of an elite group of assassins but when he meets Morgan his brain turns to mush. She gives him the slip in Rome with the equivalent of “Hey, your shoe is untied”. Then she enters her first Fever, she’s fertile), and he can hardly deal; and then he finds out she’s a VIRGIN and he turns into a big ‘ole cranky, jealous horndog. Oh, the Alpha of the feral colony can smell her and talk dirty to her in her head so this makes Xander even more jealous. And also makes her try to do the Hokey Pokey with him in Saint Peter’s Basilica. I know, right?!
It’s a mess, y’all. And yet, somewhere between teh hot seks and the “Brotherhood” wannabes there is some really nice writing that kept me reading. After I thought about the book for several days I realized that I’d still give it only a C-, but I’m sad about it. Not sad enough, however, to read any more books in this series.