BURNING DAWN by Gena Showalter
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Format: Paperback ARC
Rating: 5 stars!
A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches–a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.
Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears–and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.
Gena Showalter has been a favorite author of mine since I entered into the world of everything paranormal. She’s an amazing writer with the knack to entrance her audience like no other. I seriously have fallen in love with every series she puts out!! Every. Single. One.
When the Angles of the Dark series came about I was immediately excited about it. We get a glimpse of some of them in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworlds (LOTU) series and it was then that I became intrigued by them. Thane’s story was the main one I wanted to know more of. He captured my attention and would not let it go!!
If you’ve read the other books in this series (and even some from the LOTU) then you know Thane is part of the trio that were tortured endlessly and it left him and his two other friends damaged. Thane was left with a certain need for violence and it carries over into his….um…well, extracurricular activities with women. And believe me, there is a long line of women. He likes to torture them and be tortured in return. He also doesn’t do repeats except with Kendra which has led him to where is he in the beginning of BURNING DAWN: captured and enslaved to her. When the book starts he doesn’t even know himself anymore. All he can think about is Kendra (due to her Phoenix mojo). He was reduced to nothing but her sex slave.
Elin, who is also a slave at this very same Phoenix compound and a halfling (half Phoenix/half human), turns out to be a huge asset in Thane’s rescue and in turn is rescued by him. She’s snarky and sarcastic and I love everything about this character’s personality. Even though she has fears of her own she still risks her life to end Thane’s addiction to Kendra. She has inner strength and when it comes out it is amazing. Showalter is exquisite at writing heroines that readers can’t help but love and Elin is no different.
“we’re supposed to be booty calling each other,” she said, lazily grinding on him, making him gasp, “and yes, I turned a noun into a verb. We aren’t supposed to be living with each other.” … “Living go ether makes it easier to booty call.” A laugh bubbled up, but it emerged as a moan of pleasure. “You lived with Kendra, and look what happened to her.” “You aren’t trying to enslave me.” “That wasn’t what you said last week.” He stiffened. “I knew I wasn’t forgiven for that, either.” —Burning Dawn, Gena Showalter.
Once Thane and Elin escape the compound Thane realizes that he is drawn to Elin in ways that he isn’t use to and Elin feels the same. Their relationship..or lack there of…gives complicated a whole new meaning, especially since Thane swears to never deal with the Phoenix again and she’s half-Phoenix (a piece of info that comes back to bite her later on in the book). Together Thane and Elin have an explosive amount of chemistry. The steaminess in BURNING DAWN will make you want to stop and fan yourself. It is mind-blowing. The physical chemistry between them isn’t all they have together though. Thane realizes he doesn’t want to hurt or torture Elin and that surprises him. He wants to do nothing but protect and pleasure her. I loved watching this beautiful, tortured angel grow emotionally and lean to love. It was a very unique experience and I think Showalter did a fantastic job of displaying the amount of emotional chemistry between Elin and Thane. In my opinion, this made the physical scenes more intimate. We, as readers, could actually “see” Thane’s emotional connection with her.
Overall, BURNING DAWN lived up to what I expected. Elin’s colorful personality brought this book to the next level for me. I love a heroine who is sarcastic and blossoms throughout the book. The storyline flowed perfectly and the characters were amazing as always. I’m definitely looking forward to more from Gena Showalter and the Angels of the Dark series!!! **fingers crossed**
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the ARC paperback. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.