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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    Dark and Delicious PNR More good old Paranormal Romance fun. Thi

    Dark and Delicious PNR
    More good old Paranormal Romance fun. This book is about the third and last Castille brother, Julian. Unlike his brothers Jaxon and Jagger, Julian didn’t embrace his Jaguar nature growing up. Instead, he chose to become C.E.O. of the family business and was doing a damn good job of it. Three years ago Julian had a one night stand with a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, his tryst partner turned out to be the daughter of the DeCosta clan patriarch, a truly evil man and sworn enemy of the Castille Clan. Julian treated her like the manipulative scum he *thought she was (you know where this is going ) and never looked back. Then six months ago he was dragged into the shifter world to help his brothers and ended up being cast into Hell alongside his friend and ally Declan (more on his sexy self later).

    Julian and Declan, who have had their souls shredded for the last six months, have been let out of Hell on a mission to locate a portal that can open the door from Hell into the human world. The catch is whatever is left of their souls will continue to fall away unless they deliver the portal to the mysterious “Bill” and pledge 1000 years to his service. Either way they have no chance of returning to their old lives.

    Dysfunctional doesn’t even begin to describe Jaden DeCosta’s family. She hates her father and brothers, and with good reason. She is a fierce Jaguar warrior that has been working as a double agent with the two other Castille brothers to destroy her father. When she unknowingly met Julian (who didn’t know she was a double agent) three years ago she made the mistake of giving into her inner Jaguar and claimed him as her mate. She has spent the last three years hating him while her inner soul still yearning for him. Her life pretty much sucks.

    Jaden and Julian must work together to find the portal that will open the door to hell. Both of them are angry with themselves and each other for their current situation. They start in a very dark place, but fate has other plans for them. The mating bond between Jaguars is a powerful thing, more powerful than Hell itself. Once they get their head out of their butts and acknowledge their feelings they become quite the kick-ass team in the fight to save the world. This is definitely the darkest (heehee, pun intended) of the three Jaguar books, but I like my PNR dark so it worked for me.
    One of things Juliana Stone does well is provide background information at the right moment. I would find myself thinking “I don’t remember this” and BAM! there would be the explanation I needed. You really don’t have to read the first two books to keep up with what is going on in this one. However, I do suggest reading the others so you can get the smexy details of the other Castille brother’s HEAs.

    This story brings to a close the Jaguar series, but it segues nicely into the beginning of Stone’s new series League of Guardians. The first book Wicked Road to Hell is Declan’s story. He was a strong sorcerer before spending six months in Hell. He came back much stronger and with a darkness in his heart that he has hidden well so far. There is something about a man that can wield magic that turns me on ;)
    I give this 4 Jaguar loving Sheep!

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Another sensational read from paranormal romance author Juliana Stone and a stunning conclusion to her Jaguar Warriors trilogy.

    His Darkest Salvation picks up six months after His Darkest Embrace. Dark, sensual and full of adrenaline pumping action, Juliana Stone delivers an exciting conclusion for the Castille brothers. The series arc consists of complex world building so I would recommend reading the first two novels prior to diving into His Darkest Salvation.

    I was unsure as to how I would feel about Julian's story because in the previous two novels Julian didn't stand out or have that alpha quality to him that his brothers had. He wasn't a warrior and has spent his life denying his jaguar heritage until he assists on rescue mission with Jaxon, then he slowly starts to embrace his animal side. I should have known not to doubt Juliana Stone's ability to weave a captivating story though!
    In His Darkest Salvation J. Stone adds unseen dimensions to Julian's character; dark and tormented, his struggle with the missing pieces of his soul will capture your heart even as you want to beat him senseless for being such an ass! Yet while Julian knows that he is being a heartless jerk, he just can't seem to care and you feel for him because he tries to but is ultimately incapable due the darkness inside of him. Jaden DaCosta is a tough-as-nails heroine though, a warrior through and through who can more then take care of herself. Being the daughter of the evil and manipulative DaCosta leader Jaden fights for what is right and is totally fierce. This novel would not have been the same without her, J. Stone did a fantastic job fitting the perfect heroine to the hero here because I don't think anyone else would of been able to put up with Julian and stick by his side throughout the way Jaden did, even as she hates herself for not being able to let him go. There's no fighting the fact that their animals are drawn to each other though. This adds an abundance of sexual tension, anger and conflicting emotions to an already intense plot.
    J. Stone has superbly woven an intricate tale of romance and end-of-the-world suspense that is unmatched IMO. By the end I was craving for more.

    Though the ending was decidedly evil for Declan fans, such as myself, I cannot wait for the spin-off series, League of Guardians, in which we will find out the answers to a whole bunch of questions that arisen at the end of His Darkest Salvation. Now please hurry up and get here April, I'm already going through Declan withdrawals and need Wicked Road to Hell now! Evil, evil author making me wait through three novels and a novella for his story! LoL I ? Declan and I was very pleased that he played a big part in this novel. But, back to the review. Jaguar Warriors is a must read series and if you haven't picked it up yet then you should right away! For fans of the series, you will not be disappointed with this last book and it is sure to leave you hungering for more as well!

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