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Heart of the Warrior

Heart of the Warrior

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by Donya Lynne

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Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters


Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion.

Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin.

Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

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Phoenix Press
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All the King's Men , #2
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Meet the Author

As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and studying the writing craft with the goal of being published one day, and she is passionate about providing readers with what she calls an experience.

She has several projects planned and in progress, including eight more novels and two novellas in the All the King's Men series, as well as several stand-alone novels, another series, and several short stories and novellas. She would love to share her journey with you in this exciting venture.

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Heart of the Warrior 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say....this book was so much better than the first one. Yes there is m/m, but to tell you the truth it diidn't bother me in the least. This was an amazing love story that I would read again and again! When you truely love someone you should't worry about what others think. The most important thing is that you are true to yourself, and you follow your heart. I have never worried about what other people might say or if they didn't like me. My thinkingi is.....if you don't like me or want to get to know me...it is your loss, not mine. I would definately would recommend this book and series to anyone who love a good romance book. I was intrigued from the beginning of the book until the last page. What an Awesome way to escape the every day hum drum of life. You know an author is great when...you finish the book wanting more, you fall in love with the characters weather they are good or bad, when you finish the book and you feel as if you have lost a friend when the author can grab your attention from the beginning of the book all the way to the end. You must read this book and series......I promise you will notbe dissapointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series......it is a must read ! i am however disapointed with nook as the next book royal obession is not available with them yet it is on amazon as an ebook and the book after royal obession is on nook rebal obession so why not have the misssing one i just wanted everyone to have a heads up again the book is a must read......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg! Loved this book. Some might find the m/m content hard to grasp, but under all of that it is simply an incredible love story that shows what real love is supposed to be. The giving and receiving of hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this one! great sequel . . .maybe even better than the first! fast paced and really sucked you into the characters and story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. This book sucked me right into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was amazing! I wish the story was longer b/c I did not want it to end. Very hot, sexy, action-packed read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much of a story line unless your really into Male on Male relationships of the super natural kind... It is a good love story but I felt half the book was just detailing the sex between these two...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sev is now one of my top 5 heroes in all the genres I've read. I have reread it several times now and still love it. The secondary characters are great also. I had never read an H/H book before, but it's not really the main point of the book. It's a romance book and the H/H is just one component of it. If you have an open mind about these things, I highly recommend this book. If you are a traditionalist, this may not be the book for you. This is not a stand alone book, so make sure you read the other books first.
Suzeequee More than 1 year ago
Love knows no bounds!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome series of warriors keeping the peace between supernatural and humankind. Severin is the newbie with secrets of his own to keep. One of those is the fact he is attracted to Arion one of his fellow warriors. Arion is coming to realize he is gay but having trouble with what is expected of him and what he is learning about himself. I enjoyed the story of how they both are coming to terms with what they want and what family expects. The author does a great job with this series and the characters are full of such great emotion. Its a story of love and acceptance or not. Severin and Arion make decisions and choices regarding their own happiness which is how life should be. Great series and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for more of these warriors. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this authors style. Every book of hers I've read has been well done. Just confused by the fact that her novella in this series was longer than one of the full length books. Looking forward to the next one, hope its a bit longer than this one :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was enjoyable but the men acted just a bit too sappy to be termed "warriors" - and vampires at that.
Mysticgnome More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot about the same sex relationships from this book. In a good way! Good book, I am glad she is representing all types of relationships in her books. Good job Donya Lynne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! The story length was just right and was not rushed at any time. The sex was smoking hot as well. Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Vampires, hot sex, bdsm, m/m, all of my faves. I loved this book. M/M isn' t for everyone but I enjoy it along with m/f. Some people like f/f, not me. Severin & Ari's story is beautiful. I love Donya Lynne's writing style. IMHO All the King's Men ranks right up there with the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
PageFlipperz More than 1 year ago
After reading Donya’s debut novel Rise of the Fallen – I had to read her next book Heart of the Warrior. I have to openly admit, I’m not normally into m/m romance and don’t read it often. But after reading Heart of The warrior, I’d have to admit I loved it. Imnot going into the storyline to much read the blurb but here are thoughts On why I enjoyed this story. Donya grasps at the emotions, descriptions, love and romance between Ari and Sev like poetry. It flows so smoothly, its tasteful, loving and wow . ……M/M is not every readers genre and honestly not one of my favourites – but after reading this, I think I could sway – lol.. The story doesnt just focus on these two boys, it interacts with all the characters giving us a great storyline as well as the romance . Ari and Sev have an attraction they both can’t deny,** A CALLING ** it draws them together but with the outer problems – aka Ari’s homophobic parents and best friend Io, he is not quite sure how to approach his new found love in the public eye. The sex scenes between Sev and Ari was tasteful, loving, erotic and very intimate. The tenderness when they were in bed, bathroom or wherever there love took them was so palpable that it was like a living thing. They proved to be a match made – filled with sensual loving, and all qualms and worries cast aside. The obstacle in place was just Ari being able to tell the world know how much he loved Sev. Honestly as I said before I'm not normally into m/m but this story was so well crafted I just felt the love for the pair wafting off the pages. Steamy and sexy as sin. !! The descriptions we well placed – Donya has not held back and has crafted the loving magnificently. ** Hot dam – and smoking ** Being an m/m read, Donya has definably in cooperated so much into the storyline, more than just romance, but Lots of kick arse action - hot characters,and characters that I’m sure you will fall in love with and swoon over. Even new characters where introduced into the story. We are also given a different light into other characters. Micha we are shown a different side of and Tracian I can’t wait to read his story... He has that dark side – but sexy as hell. ** I love a dark and mysterious man ** ** licks lips** The characterizations in this story are impeccably drawn and the writing just fantastic. I can see the difference in Donyas progression in her writing from book one to this one.. And must say book two is an eye opener into Donya's writing. Book two is better than book one in my eyes. !!! As much as I loved Micha – Sev and Ari where hot. Heart of the Warrior does contain slight traces of BDSM, language some may not like, but I felt it fits the story perfect and lots of m/m action and also a little m/f action as well. We see the AKM fighting for justice and trying to create a little peace between the Vampires and Drecks or at least some form of justice from the drugs roaming the streets. Gina continues on her vendetta for revenge , and finds more than she ever bargained for. There are a lot of ahhh moments, moments where you will be reaching for the tissues, and I think if Ari hadn’t jumped on that dam bed with Sev I would’ve been there right beside him.. ** sniff sniff ** The emotions that Donya has put forth will pull at your heart strings, have you sniffing, and moments where you sigh or maybe event throttle some B**tch. Lol The strength or tone of the story also alternates and changes. There are times when there is kick arse action – intrigue, times of romance and rumination, sadness and hurt, times of forgiveness and devotion and of course friendship building along the way. Friendships and understanding are built in Heart of the Warrior and I can’t wait for book three. Overall Heart of the Warrior - is complete with hot romance, fluent flowing dialogue, and action that is kick arse . Whether it be in the bedroom ** waggle eyebrows ** or out on the field. Not only are the characters hunky and well-rounded** snickers** but believable and well put forth. Donya Lynne Give me more of AKM – all I can ask is that you write us that next book pronto as I can’t wait for the next instalment. Read book one before this it will give you insight into the characters and series put forth
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS SERIES:  HEART OF THE WARRIOR (AKM 2) by Donya Lynne HEART OF THE WARRIOR is the second novel (released May 25, 2012) in Donya Lynne’s All The King’s Men paranormal vampire series.  This particular storyline features a M/M relationship between two AKM warriors Severin and Arion.  Sev has known that Ari would one day be his mate, but it will be Ari’s need for acceptance by his family that will force the newly mated couple into a world that neither one expected. Sev and Ari’s relationship turned personal between the pages of Donya’s Rise of the Fallen. There is an attraction between Ari and Sev that is hard to deny. But the author has added a twist when a vampire finds his mate he will enter the CALLING-a need so great, that separation and rejection is both physically and emotionally painful. And over the course of the new-found bonding, separation is inevitable when one warrior is too frightened to come out or acknowledge his feelings in public.   Sev’s relationship with his mother is close. As a single parent raising a hybrid vampire Sev’a mother has known pain and sorrow.  And it is the story of his conception that has hurt Sev the most, knowing how his mother has suffered at the hands of an attacking vampire.  But Sev has a secret that he and his mother share and one that could ultimately end his career.  Heart of the Warrior and the author Donya Lynne will focus on many of the different aspects of a same sex relationship.  Donya treats the relationship with respect and the sexual encounters are romantic, loving and hot. Like many same sex couples, Sev and Ari will face rejection from friends and family, but in the end, the love and support from others, will be the ultimate show of approval and acceptance.  There are many moments that will cause a tear or two to fall, some will require a tissue and others will make you think-what if?? Heart of the Warrior is a romantic story about two people who will overcome the odds and find love, when so many others have not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recommend