Monday, October 15, 2012

Alexandra Ivy - Beyond the Darkness

Salvatore Giuliani is not a happy werewolf. It's his duty as leader to track down the pureblood females who can keep his people from extinction. But the moment he catches scent of Harley, a pureblood held by a pack of mangy curs, his savage need for her obliterates all other instincts. And the only thing worse than being captured is finding that beautiful, independent Harley defiantly refuses to become his mate.
Harley has been taught to distrust all Weres, especially their arrogant king. She won't be used for breeding or bonded against her will, not even to a man who makes every nerve tingle with awareness. Yet Salvatore is her key to saving the family she never knew she had -- if she dares to succumb to his dark, predatory desire, and face a vicious enemy sworn to destroy them both...

Comment: This is the sixth book in the Guardians Of Eternity series. It was finally time for the king of weres to have his story.

Salvatore is the king of the weres and looking for the pureblood sisters in order to find help to the weres because only purebloods can have babies and the four sisters are the only ones who are genetically changed not to shift so they can carry a baby full term. The weres race has been losing powers with time and not too many are getting born and Salvatore fears the end might be near.
Harley is one of four sisters and has been deceived by Caine, a cur looking for the way to be a pureblood and he kept Harley for her blood. Now Harley is found by Salvatore and together they run away to safety, especially when they discover Caine was also deceived by a were Salvatore thought was dead but with the help of demons, is back to kill Salvatore and end the race.

In this book, we finally see Salvatore finding his girl. We0ve known him since book 3 and I always thought he was too arrogant and conceited but of course, in his book we get a new perspective of his actions and the reasons why he is so dedicated to the weres. I can't say I like him better now, but I see why he acts the way he does and this gives a different light to his personality.
Harley is another of the 4 sisters and she's a headstrong person, she wants to live life the best way she can and after being kept closed in the house for so long, she wants to see what life has to offer. She and Salvatore get together and they give in to their attraction right away and at some point they admit they need the other, so there wasn't really any strong conflict in this. I think their romance wasn't one of the best because everything seemed too easy for them and they didn't act more in love for silly reasons. So, it really wasn't one of my favorites. Plus, they both had very strong and determined personality, which can be good but I like a little more vulnerability in my characters.
The overall plot was interesting and the author has lined up many of the sub plots in motion and some things got tidier, you know, so it's both easy to follow the story and it gives us a certain feel of closure in some things which is good. I can see where the author is going and I think this is one of her best features. I admit it, I don't think she's the best writer out there, but she knows her story, she knows where she's going and I have to say she's better at it than so many others.
I liked seeing so many characters and I'm curious over some of them, hopefully I'll read their stories soon.
This one was easily read but could have been better, in my opinion.

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