Out Of The Shadows
At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .
Into The Fire
Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger--and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?
Praise for Born in Blood
"Ivy's fans will be invested in the development of romances introduced between supporting characters as well as further building of this conflicted universe." --Publishers Weekly
"An exciting and sizzling new paranormal romance series." --RT Book Reviews
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By Alexandra Ivy
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2015 Debbie Raleigh
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One glance into the private gym would send most humans fleeing in humiliation.
What normal male would want to lift weights next to a dozen Sentinels?
Not only were the warriors six foot plus of pure chiseled muscles and bad attitudes, but the very air reeked of aggression and testosterone-fueled competition.
Hardly a place for the weekend jock trying to battle the bulge.
It was, however, the perfect place for the Sentinels to work off a little steam.
The vast fitness center was filled with mats, punching bags, and treadmills. And, at the back of the room, there was a row of weight machines where the baddest of the badasses was currently bench-pressing enough weight to crush a mortal.
Fane looked like he'd been sculpted from stone. A six foot three behemoth, he had the strength of an ox and the speed of a cheetah. A result of the natural talents that came from being born a Sentinel, and the fact he'd been honed from his youth to become a weapon.
He was also covered from the top of his shaved head to the tips of his toes in intricate tattoos that protected him from all magic.
The monks who'd taken him in as a young child had trained him in all the known martial arts, as well as the most sophisticated weapons.
He was walking, talking death.
Which meant very few bothered to notice the dark eyes that held a razor-sharp intelligence or the starkly beautiful features beneath the elegant markings.
Something that rarely bothered Fane. For the past decade he'd been a guardian to Callie Brown. All people needed to know about him was that he would kill them the second they threatened the young diviner.
Now, he ...
Fane blew out a sigh, replacing the weights on the bar so he could wipe the sweat from his naked chest.
Three months ago Callie had nearly died when they'd battled the powerful necromancer Lord Zakhar, and during the battle she'd fallen in love with a human policeman. Or at least Duncan O'Conner had been passing as human. Turned out he had the extra powers of a Sentinel as well as being a soul-gazer, which meant he could read the souls of others. He was perfectly suited to take over the protection of Callie.
Fane's hand absently touched the center of his chest where he'd once felt the constant connection to Callie. They'd transferred the bond last week, but he still felt the strange void that was wearing on his nerves.
He needed a distraction.
The thought had barely passed through his mind when a shadow fell over him and he glanced up to discover a tall, lean man with copper-tinted skin and ebony eyes. Wolfe, the current Tagos (leader of all Sentinels) had a proud, hawkish nose, with heavy brows and prominent cheekbones that all combined to give him the appearance of an ancient Egyptian deity.
It was a face that spoke of power and fierce masculinity. The sort of face that intimidated men and made women wonder if he was as dangerous as he looked.
Just as arresting was the shoulder-length black hair that had a startling streak of gray that started at his right temple. There were whispers that when Wolfe was a babe he'd been touched by the devil.
Something Fane fully believed.
Swallowing a curse, Fane tossed aside his sweaty towel. Damn. This wasn't the distraction he'd been wanting.
Wolfe was dressed in jeans and a loose cotton shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He had his arms folded over his chest and was studying Fane with an expression that warned he wasn't pleased.
Around them the gym went silent as the other Sentinels pretended they weren't straining to overhear the potential confrontation.
"I heard through the grapevine you've taken a position as a trainer," he said. That was Wolfe. Always straight to the point.
Fane scowled. It'd been less than twenty-four hours since he'd made the decision to seek a position as trainer in a monastery halfway around the world. How the hell had word spread so fast?
"The grapevine should mind its own business."
The ebony eyes narrowed. "And I shouldn't have to listen to gossip to learn when one of my Sentinels is leaving Valhalla."
Fane met his Tagos glare for glare. "I have no direct duties here, at least not anymore. I'm allowed to return to the monastery without clearing it with you."
The air heated. Sentinels' body temperature ran hotter than humans, and when their emotions were provoked they could actually warm the air around them.
"Don't be an ass. This isn't about duties, I'm worried about you."
This was exactly what Fane didn't want.
He'd rather be shot in the head than have someone fussing over him.
"There's nothing to worry about. You know that I was a trainer for years before coming to Valhalla. I'm simply returning to my brothers in Tibet."
"You've just endured the removal of a long-standing bond. A traumatic experience for any guardian," the older man ruthlessly pressed. "And we're your brothers, you thankless son-of-a-bitch."
Fane gave an impatient shake of his head. Wolfe was a hunter Sentinel, not a guardian, which meant he could never understand the truth of the bond.
"I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong."
Wolfe slowly arched a brow. There weren't many who had the chutzpah to stand up to him.
"What am I thinking?"
"Callie and I never had a sexual relationship."
"Did you want one?"
"No," Fane growled. "Jesus Christ. She was like a sister to me. She still is."
The dark gaze never wavered. "And it doesn't bother you that she's with Duncan?"
"Not so long as he treats her right." Fane allowed a humorless smile to touch his lips. "If he doesn't ... I'll rip out his heart with my bare hands."
Wolfe nodded. They both understood it wasn't an empty threat.
"Good," the Tagos said. "But that wasn't my concern."
Fane surged to his feet, his tattoos deepening in response to his rising temper. It was barely past noon, but it'd already been a long day.
"Does this conversation have an end in sight?"
Wolfe stood his ground.
The man always stood his ground.
"This past decade has been dedicated to protecting Callie. Now you're going to have a void where the bond used to be. It's going to make you ..." He paused, as if sorting through his brain for the right word. "Twitchy."
Wolfe shrugged. "I was going to say as mean as a viper, but that would be an insult to the viper."
There was a snicker from the front of the room. Fane sent a glare that instantly had the younger Sentinel scurrying from the gym.
He returned his attention to his leader, his gaze narrowed. "And fuck you too."
"I'm serious, Fane." Wolfe insisted, standing with the calm of a born predator who could explode into violence in the blink of an eye. "You need to take time to adjust."
Fane grimaced. "Don't tell me your door is always open so we can chat about our feelings?"
"Hell, no." Wolfe shuddered. "But I'm always available if you need a partner who isn't terrified to spar with you."
"Ah, so you're offering to kick my ass?"
A hint of a smile softened Wolfe's austere features. "And to offer you a place at Valhalla. I'm in constant need of good warriors." The smile faded. "Especially after our battle with the necromancer. We lost too many."
Fane ground his teeth at the sharp stab of loss that pierced his heart. During the battle against the necromancer they'd lost far too many Sentinels. Many of them brothers that Fane had served with for decades.
And while the threat of death was a constant companion for warriors, they had rarely lost so many at one time.
It had left them dangerously weakened.
"All the more reason for me to train the next generation," he pointed out.
Wolfe refused to budge. Stubborn bastard.
"Someone else can handle the training. These are dangerous times. I need experienced warriors."
Smart enough to avoid ramming his head into a brick wall, Fane instead changed the topic of conversation.
"Did you find any information on the Brotherhood?"
Wolfe muttered a curse at the mention of the secret society of humans who had been discovered three months ago. Like many norms they held a profound hatred toward "mutants," but they were far more organized than most. And more troubling, they possessed a dangerous ability to sense high-bloods merely by being in their presence.
They were a new, unexpected complication.
The zealots might be nothing more than a pain in the ass. Or they might be ... genocidal.
"Nothing useful," Wolfe admitted, his tone revealing his barely leashed desire to pound the truth out of the bastards.
"I can do some digging at the monastery if you want," Fane offered. "Their library is the most extensive in the world. If there's information on the secret society, it will be there."
"Actually I have Arel working on gathering intel."
Wolfe nodded his head toward a young hunter Sentinel who was running on a treadmill. The overhead lights picked up the honey highlights in Arel's light brown hair and turned his eyes to molten gold. He looked like an angel unless you took time to notice the honed muscles and the merciless strength that simmered deep in the stunning eyes.
He also had the kind of charm that made women buzz around him like besotted bees.
Including one woman in particular for a short period of time.
His hands unconsciously clenched.
"Arel?" he ground out.
Wolfe made a sad attempt at looking innocent. "Is that a problem?"
"He's young." Fane forced his hands to relax, his expression stoic. He'd lost his right to make a claim on any woman years before. "And he has no magic," he continued.
Wolfe deliberately allowed his gaze to roam over Fane's distinctive tattoos. "Which means he has a shot at infiltrating the group if we decide they're going to be a danger in the future. Something that would be impossible for most of us."
Fane couldn't argue.
Although guardian Sentinels had the benefit of magic, as well as the protection of their tattooing to avoid spells and psychic attacks, they did tend to stand out in a crowd.
Understatement of the year.
Arel, on the other hand, looked like a kid fresh out of college.
"It's risky," Fane at last muttered. "We don't know how powerful this Brotherhood is."
Wolfe lifted a shoulder. "He's a Sentinel."
"True." Fane tried to dismiss the problem from his mind. Soon enough he would be in the seclusion of the monastery and the dangers of the world would no longer be his concern. Right? "It sounds like you have it covered. I'll send you more warriors when they've completed their training."
"Dammit, Fane ..." Wolfe bit off his words as the atmosphere in the gym abruptly changed.
Both men turned to discover what had happened.
Or rather ... who ... had happened.
"Shit," Fane breathed, a familiar ache settling in the center of his chest at the sight of the beautiful female who sashayed into the room.
Serra Vetrov had the habit of changing the atmosphere in rooms since she'd left the nursery.
Hell, he'd seen men walk into walls and drive cars off the road when she strolled past.
An elegantly tall woman with long, glossy black hair that contrasted with her pale, ivory skin, she had lush curves that she emphasized with her tight leather pants and matching vest that was cut to reveal a jaw-dropping amount of her generous breasts.
Her features were delicately carved. Her pale green eyes were thickly lashed, her nose narrow, and her lips so sensually full they gave the impression of a sex kitten.
Although anyone foolish enough to underestimate her was in for an unpleasant surprise.
Serra was not only a powerful psychic but she was also a rare telepath who could use objects to connect with the mind of the owner. Over the years, she'd used her talents more than once to find missing children or to track down violent offenders.
On the darker side, she could also use her skills to force humans, and those high-bloods without mental shields, to see illusions and could even implant memories in their more vulnerable minds.
Still, it wasn't her dangerous powers that made grown men scramble out of her path. Serra had a tongue that could flay at a hundred yards and she wasn't afraid to use it.
Wolfe sent Fane a mocking smile. "It appears I'm not the only one who listens to the grapevine. Good luck, amigo."
Turning, he strolled toward the cluster of Sentinels who were watching Serra cross the gym like a pack of starving hounds.
Serra kept her head held high and a smile pinned to her lips as she marched past the gaping men. She was female enough to appreciate being noticed by the opposite sex. Why not? But today she barely noticed the audible groans as she took a direct path toward her prey.
She felt a tiny surge of amusement at the thought of Fane being anyone's prey.
The massive warrior was 250 pounds of pure muscle and raw male power. He was also one of the rare few who was completely impervious to her ability to poke around in his mind.
Which was a blessing and a curse.
A blessing because it was impossible for a psychic to completely block out an intimate partner, which was a distraction that would make any lover cringe. There was nothing quite so demeaning as being in the middle of sex and to realize your partner was picturing Angelina Jolie.
And a curse because Fane was about as chatty as a rock. His feelings were locked down so tight Serra feared that someday they would explode.
And not in a good way.
Or maybe it would be good, she silently told herself, gliding to a halt directly in front of his half-naked form.
There weren't many things worse than watching all emotions being stripped away as you approached the man you'd loved for the past two decades.
Especially when she was a seething mass of emotions.
She wanted to grab his beautiful face in her hands and kiss him until he melted into a puddle of goo. No. She wanted to kick him in the nuts for being such a prick.
Maybe she'd kick him and then kiss it better.
To make matters worse she was on a lust-driven adrenaline high.
Just standing next to his half-naked body coated in sweat made her heart pump and her mouth dry.
God. She was so fucking pathetic.
Accepting that her companion wasn't going to break the awkward silence, she tilted her chin up another notch.
Any higher and she was going to be staring at the ceiling.
"Fane," she purred softly.
His dark gaze remained focused on her face, resisting any temptation to glance at her skimpy vest. Of course, if it hadn't been for the rare times she'd caught him casting covert glances at her body, she might suspect he hadn't yet realized she was a woman.
On the way to the gym she'd practiced what she was going to say. She was going to be cool. Composed. And in complete control.
Instead the fear lodged in the pit of her belly made her strike out like a petulant child.
He gave a slow dip of his head. "I'm returning to Tibet."
The fear began to spread through her body, her hands clenching at her sides. "Did you ever intend to tell me?"
"When?" she snapped. "On your way out the door?"
"Does it matter?"
Oh yeah. He was definitely getting kicked in the nuts.
"Yes, it damned well matters."
He remained stoic. Unmoved by her anger. "What do you want from me?"
She lowered her voice. It wasn't that she gave a shit that they had an audience. Living in Valhalla meant that privacy was a rare commodity. But she had some pride, dammit. She didn't want them to hear her beg.
"You know what I want."
Something flared through the dark eyes. Something that sliced through her heart like a dagger.
"It's impossible," he rasped. "I'll always care for you, Serra, but not in the way you need."
She should walk away.
It's what any woman with an ounce of sense would do.
But when had she claimed any sense when it came to this man?
Instead she stepped forward, bringing them nose to nose. Well, they would be nose to nose if he didn't have six inches on her.
He frowned, the heat from his body brushing over her bare skin like a caress. Serra shuddered. Oh God. She'd wanted him for so long.
It was like a sickness.
"A Sentinel doesn't lie."
She snorted at the ridiculous claim. "Maybe not, but you can twist the truth until it screams. And the truth is that you've always used your duty to Callie as a shield between us."
His fists landed on his hips, his eyes narrowing at her accusation. "My duty was more than a shield."
Okay. He had a point.
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This book had me hooked from the beginning, although I must warn you this is a series and is easier to understand if you have read the other books. This is an edge of your seat suspense story with plenty of paranormal aspects and romance as well. I enjoyed the story line as well as the chemistry between Serra and Fane. An all-around great read!
This is a fast paced well written romantic suspense story with paranormal elements. The byplay between the characters was real, the romance was sweet and steamy and the secondary characters were a blast. The female lead, Serra, is a psychic and telepath who has been sheltered by Valhalla and those that love her but not to the extent that she is an innocent. She is smart, tough and well liked except by the one man she loves to distraction, Fane. Fane is intent on protecting Serra from him and his love for her. Crazy right? I love that she doesn’t let him off the hook right away and protects her heart as best she can when he finally gets his head out of his tail and gives in to their love all while running all over town to save the villains daughter. Action, adventure, romance it doesn’t get any better than this.
4.5 *Book source ~ NetGalley Fane is a muscled warrior, a guardian Sentinel and now that his decade long protection of Callie is over he’s decided to leave Valhalla and go back to the monastery to train new Sentinels. But Serra, the powerful and sassy psychic, has been in love with him for years and she doesn’t want him to go. Except she can’t change his mind. It’s only when she’s kidnapped that Fane comes to his senses. But is he too late? Action, intrigue, mystery, steaminess, and great characters, this paranormal romance has it all. There are good guys, bad guys, an ambiguous guy, badasses and strong women. Fane is too alpha for my personal tastes, but that’s really my only complaint. This is an excellent story that kept me turning the pages as long as real life didn’t interfere. I’m enjoying this series so far and looking forward to more.
This one was better than book one by far! It was Serra and Fane's story and watching them in book one I hoped their book would be good and it was. It was delicious, filled with adventure, passion, a great plot line, a strong villain, and beautiful romance. Fame has been fighting his love for Serra for years. He has loved her from afar always pushing her away when she would seek him out and flirt with him. She has loved Fane for years too but she has heard that he has plans to move back to Tibet and after her last confrontation with him and his cold indifference toward her she has had enough of throwing herself at a man who clearly doesn't want her. It takes her being forced to leave Valhalla under a spell to make Fane realize that he can't keep fighting fate. She is in danger and the thought of losing her makes him realize that he has wasted so much time trying to protect her from his dangerous life. He sets out to save her and win her, but has the years of pushing her away finally caused her to not trust him with her heart? Has he waited too long to give in to his love and desire for her? Bas, as the supposed bad guy, was a nice touch to the plot line. He is a High Blood thought dead by the Mave when he has in fact built his own empire on power, greed, and on the selling of his and other High Blood's gifts. His daughter has been kidnapped and he must force Serra to use her psychic abilities to find her before he is forced to hand over a weapon of mass destruction to the kidnapper. He will do anything for his daughter, but he would rather not forsake the rest of the world to accomplish that goal. The entire plot line, character interactions, all of it made for a great story.
Great book. Fane is perfect. The chemistry between him and Serra was non stop and tragic in the first book, I was so happy to see the second book was their story. Loved it. I am hoping that there will be more to this series.
Blood Assassin (The Sentinels #2) by Alexandra Ivy Fane is one of the most feared and respected Sentinel. He has been struggling since being separated from his charge, Callie Brown, and request to be reassigned to the monastery. His plans change when the one woman who stirs his emotions, Serra Vetrov, is abducted. I enjoyed Fane in Book 1, Born in Blood, and was thrilled that Alexandra Ivy wrote his story. He is an impressive character that deserves attention. I appreciated learning more about him. I like that Serra is confident and strong. Being a psychic and telepath, her gifts are considered valuable. She has a good heart and wants to defend those that need her help, especially children. I also enjoyed our antagonist, Bas. He is a very interesting character that I was never quite sure how I felt about. He has a lot of depth and shades of grey. The plot was creative and full of detail. The character development is impeccable. The Epilogue was fantastic and can’t wait to see where it leads. I really enjoy the Sentinel series it is a refreshing take in the paranormal realm. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. OMG this series keeps getting better! Prepare yourself for a glowing review, cause I am so digging this new (to me) series. Only complaint I have is the freaking cliffhanger in the Epilogue with no future book listed on Goodreads to give me a hint of what is going to happen next. Edge of my freaking seat here and totally in the dark. Agony Ms. Ivy, I’m in agony and need to know what happens next. One other minor upset about news pertaining to the Guardian’s of Eternity series too, but don’t want to spoil anything for readers. So what made this book so great for me. I’m still loving this world with a society of enhanced humans with special powers. I’m guessing this is just what I am in the mood to read right now. It is close to paranormal, but feels fresh guess I might need a break from vamps for a while….maybe/maybe not. Anyway, the world is getting richer and more complex. We are delving into the world of these High Bloods more and learning that there isn’t necessarily a united front. We spent more time learning how they are trained and structured, along with more about their history. We also got a hint as to some future powers the High Bloods might have in future books and just how powerful or dangerous they could be. The ‘bad guy’, Bas, in this book was better than the last. I actually really liked him, kinda hope he gets his own book…and it is next. He was such an interesting character with a past full of secrets and questionable yet Honorable scruples. We also learned more about the Mave and that she and Wolfe have some serious chemistry. There is also a connection to Bas that I hope to learn more about in his book, hint, hint. There was not much interaction with normal humans and High Bloods in this book, but we did learn a bit more about this Brotherhood. I believe they are going to be the main antagonists for this series and hopefully they get more page time in the next book. Mainly because I’m curious to learn more about how they came about and why they hate High Bloods so much. The romance was better in this book, maybe a tad more frustrating. Sometimes I just wanted to smack them both upside the head a couple of time and tell them to get over themselves and get together already. I can see why Serra wanted to make him ‘suffer’ a bit, especially if she had been throwing herself at him for so long. And Fane, why is it that some men only want someone after they finally give up and try to move on. I know he wanted to protect her, but enough. They are both adults and need to let each other decide what risks they want to take to be with the one they love. It was a sweet paring though, I loved how protective Fane was and was totally surprised by his softer side. This is a great series and I wish I would have started it sooner. I hope there are plenty of books to come and that the wait isn’t long. Lovers of paranormal, sci-fi, and supernatural stories or movies should give this series a try.
Fane is a guardian, and one of the strongest and most capable. He has dedicated many years of his life to protecting and being part of the Sentinel’s, and recently has lost a woman he has spent many years protecting when she found love. Now he feels a loss, for the bond between a guardian and the one he protects is powerful, but there is one woman he has always wanted…but he knows he can never have, he knows he is not good enough for her, and plans on returning to the training center…but Serra has different plans. Serra has always loved Fane, and is willing to fight for a chance for them to be together. But she never imagined that what would bring them together, could destroy her. Serra is a powerful telepath, but when she is made to find a lost young girl who has been kidnapped, or die, she knows that she has little choice, and Fane despite his reservation will move heaven and earth to protect her. As Fane and Sherra race against time to find the kidnapped girl, a love erupts between them, and soon they realize they have to fight for that love which hard to hold onto…but will Sherra and Fane lose everything or will they succeed and find a future together… I will say that Alexandra Ivy has surprised me with this one. I have had the opportunity to read one of her historical paranormal romances..and just loved it, but have never returned to reading her until…now. Even though this is the second book in the series, I was hoping that I wouldn’t be too lost…and I wasn’t. Although I would have loved to have the opportunity to read the first book before reading this one, just to have more background information on Fane and Sherra. There are a lot of issues that Fane is dealing with that I think would be revealed in the first book. But the author does a great job in summarizing Fane and past struggles and the loss of his relationship with the woman he was protecting. Now just so there is no confusion, there was no physical intimacy between them…but what I sensed was more of a strong emotional connection and he protected her for a long time. You see how he struggles with that, and he was such a vibrant yet stubborn hero. I truly adored this hero, but tend to let his pride get in the way of happiness and Sherra. Sherra was just awesome…spirited and feisty, has her own abilities and powers, and she definitely knows how to stand up to Fane. These two had wonderful chemistry, and wowzers…can they heat a room up like fire….you might want a fire extinguisher with you when you read it. And you will want a chance to try this one out…an amazing story that won me over. I read this one in one sitting, there was so much detail and the writing was very stimulating and keeps you from straying from the book. Ivy has a certain unique voice that just captures your attention immediately and it’s near impossible to let go. As for my overall opinion of this one…well you can never go wrong with the sentinel’s. Sexy warriors who have delectable personalities, sassy heroine to make you want to know more, a plot that is thrilling and one step ahead of the reader, and some fierce desire that develops into a powerful and sexy love story….will thrill you to the core!! Get ready for some shocks, adventures, and some good/bade guys, a bit of a cliffhanger to leave you wanting more, and a wonderful ending that will leave you sighing in full satisfaction. Not one to miss out on.
Smoking cover. Great book.
I don't usually read this author often, but whenever I do I remember why I read her. Her books are action packed and always have you on the edge of your seat. There are time crunches mixed in with time crunches. Gotta save Molly, gotta save Serra, gotta figure out the criminal mastermind (there are SO MANY) behind the mastermind which means gotta save the world. My mind was in a whorl, but I loved it. I cannot wait to read more about the Sentinels, Assassins, Highbloods and The Mave.
I got sucked in from the first chapter! I haven't read the first book in the series, and while I wasn't lost, I do want to go back and read it. The chemistry and sexual tension between Serra and Fane is incredible after holding off for so many years. Fane is an alpha hero who can be sweet and tender when it comes to those he cares about. Serra is a strong heroine who can who hold her own against Fane. I really liked that while she gave into her attraction to Fane, she didn't make it too easy for him to regain her trust and heart. The story is exciting flows nicely with some unexpected turns, I wish we didn't have to wait so long to see where the next book takes us. eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyable Read! This is a great book; it is the second book in The Sentinels Series by Alexandra Ivy. Fane is a natural born guardian. Serra is a powerful psychic as well as a rare telepath who can connect minds through objects. Serra agrees to help find a businessman’s daughter who is kidnapped. While looking for the daughter she stumbles into a conspiracy and ends up in danger. The only one that can help her is Fane. This book kept me reading until the end, I did not want to put it down until I finished. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Blood Assassin was an excellent adventure that was totally worth taking. Fane is a Sentinel facing what could be considered a “change of life crisis”. His sole role was being a protector to a necromancer. Now that his role is obsolete, he struggles to find a new role and come to terms with his feeling for the necromancer's best friend, Serra. Fane and Serra have kept a careful hold on their relationship, but something is coming that will blow their hold to pieces. Serra is a telepath of superior ability. When Serra is trapped into a difficult situation, Fane comes to the rescue. All the carefully constructed walls between Serra and Fane must come down if Serra hopes to survive. It becomes a matter of trust and learning to let yourself reach for what you truly want, even if it means putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Ivy magically pulls us through Fane's and Serra's rocking but electrifying story. I have not found one book by Alexandra Ivy that I haven't wanted to devour. There is something charismatic about her characters that sucks you into their paranormal fantasy world and makes you emotionally invested in their lives. That being said if you love a great paranormal romance/urban fantasy you should really check out The Sentinels series by Alexandra Ivy.
I received this book through NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. This book is the first in the Sentinels series that I have read although I will certainly be reading book 1 now. Fane is all male, all alpha and is now at a loose end which is not good! The person he was bound to is now being protected (and loved) by someone else and he feels like he has a hole in his chest. Serra would love to be the one to fill that hole but Fane has knocked her back on every occasion, even when she asks him if it is true that he is leaving Valhalla. Things change though, and incidences happen that make Fane realise that he can't leave Serra and the thought that she might be about to leave him to somewhere he cannot follow, make him realise the depth of his feelings for her. Poor Serra though - all this time she's been the one after him, with him saying no, and the minute she says that that's enough, he's all over her. No wonder her head's in a spin. This story moves along at a steady pace and quickens with excitement in all the right places. The characters are all exceedingly well written but I loved being with Fane and Serra as they made their way through the story. Highly recommended for all fans of Paranormal Romance who like their men inked!
Another hit by Alexandra Ivy! This is a must read series!! I loved everything about this book.
Admit it; we all swoon over the hero who has an inner insecurity that is buried deep within his heart. Fane is the best of the best, the bravest of the brave, he is a Sentinel, a guardian who would die for those he protects. Outwardly fierce, he is adrift now that his former charge no longer needs him, too much time to think, not enough action. Serra is a highblood with a special talent that is needed by another to find his young daughter. Let’s say this businessman isn’t totally upfront in his dealings and has a list of enemies longer than a child’s Christmas wishlist. Naturally, instead of hiring Serra, or chancing that she may not be interested, he kidnaps her and gives her a deadly timetable to find his daughter. Serra has also been in love with and rebuffed by Fane. When Fane discovers she is missing, he will move mountains to keep her safe and alive. Looks like Fane has a huge, but secret emotional need for this fiery and amazing woman. What they must face together is finding the child, safe and hopefully unharmed, discover who took her and why and lastly how to stop a magic time bomb ticking off the minutes of Serra’s life. Adversity and fear bring out hidden emotions, and lusts, as Fane and Serra find passion in the time they have together. Can Fane redeem himself in his own eyes, will they find the girl and uncover the hidden truths? Never fear, Alexandra Ivy’s Blood Assassin is not a run-of-the-mill dark paranormal tale! Once again, she thrills us with her world, her fabulous dialogue, strong characters and romance. And her plot, absolutely twisted, surprising and intense. Writing like this is why the paranormal genre is huge!
**I received an ARC for this story in exchange for an honest review** Fane is a sentinel of humans. He was raised by monks. He has the strength of an ox and speed of a cheetah. He just finished being the guardian to Callie Brown for the past decade. Wolfe is the leader of all of the sentinels. Fane decided he wanted to return to Tibet to be with the monks. Serra Vetrov is a powerful psychic and rare telepath. Serra and Callie were sisters. Their parents took them to The Facility when they were children. Serra seems to be missing and even Inhera, leader of the psychics, didn't know where she was. Bas Cavrilo is a leader of thugs, outlaws, and misfits, which are mercenaries. Bas's daughter Molly was 4yrs old when she was kidnapped. Fane is in love with Serra, but is leaving as he feels it's better that way. Fane is very stubborn, especially when he believes he's right. He's very loyal, and although he doesn't usually show it, he's very caring. On his journey to find Serra and free her, you feel like you are right at his side rooting him on. He's definitely one of the good guys. Serra is hot-headed. She's also in love with Fane and makes no secret about it. You enjoy reading her character and realize why she acts the way she does. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It keeps you intrigued. It's very well written and I highly recommend it.
Another fantastic book by Alexandra Ivy,Blood Assassin, the Sentinels. This series is definitely one not to be missed. Be sure to pick it up I lnownyoubwill enjo I loved this story about Jayne and Ronen this couple had an interesting start that just skyrocketed to full action that never stopped. Combine that with romance, humor, life threatening danger and hot hot sex and you have a truly fantastic book. It seems as I read each additional story in this series they just keep getting better and better. Michelle Pillow has a way with words that grab your interest from the very first page and keeps you completely enraptured so that you can't put the book down until you read all the way through to the last word. I highly recommend this book and this series whole heartedly. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do. Be sure to pick up your copy, you will be glad that you did I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ Stars They protect humanity from those that would enslave. They are the unsung heroes that give their lives and the use of their gifts willingly when called upon. To the majority they are freaks and are beneath normal humans. This is the second book in Ms. Ivy’s series The Sentinels and it continues Fane’s story. Fane is a guardian that has trained all his life to protect and defend. His assignment as guardian to Callie Brown, a high-blood, has come to an end when she falls in love and bonds with her mate. This is a very unusual thing for a guardian since they are usually bound for life. He is a warrior without someone to guard and so he pledges himself to the Sentinels and no one else. If only he can deny his attraction Serra, a beautiful high-blood with unique gifts! She is the one that can slip beneath his guard and make him forget his plans, his responsibilities. Serra wants Fane and now that he is no longer Callie’s guardian, she sees no reason why she cannot have him. When Serra approaches Fane and tries to connect with him, he turns her down once again. He is leaving and return to monastery, where he will remain and there is no room for Serra in his plans. Broken hearted that he would leave her, Serra returns to her quarters. Serra finds herself kidnapped and forced into leaving the sanctuary of Valhalla. Will Serra survive the plan her kidnapper has for her? Why do they need her special gift? As soon as it is known that Serra is missing, Fane goes into warrior mode and follows. He pledges to find her and keep her safe but is that possible? But, can Fane keep his heart safe while protecting Serra? Is there more to what is happening than what they see? Is there evil intent behind the events that are unfolding? Hero: Fane 4.5 stars Heroine: Serra 4 stars Plot: 4.5 stars Steam Level: 4 stars Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book has it all! Lust, mystery, really hot sex and an unbelievably hot alpha male that never gives up! Would I recommend this author: Yes! Alexandra Ivy is on my must read author list. She produces amazing worlds with characters that grab your attention and refuse to let go until the last page is read. ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4 REVIEW: Another good book in Ms. Ivy’s ‘The Sentinels’ series. Really like Fane & Serra relationship and I enjoyed the story for the most part. But it was a bite of a cat and mouse game for most of the book. It seems that Fane & Serra were never going to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Molly. Not sure I like Bas at all, but was willing to do anything to keep Molly safe. So I guess you could like that about him. As the story went on I found myself liking him just a little bit more and in the epilogue I almost cried. Poor Bas. Lana (The Mave) and Wolfe were a nice little side story. Really like Lana & Wolfe, I hope these two become an item. Overall this book was a tad bit different then book one but it was still good. Blood Assassin added a new element to the Sentinel world. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Blood Assassin, Alexandra Ivy Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance I’ve enjoyed several of Alexandra’s books now, and she’s become one of those authors who automatically get a book check when I spot her name. So how on earth I missed the previous book in this series I don’t know. Still, it’s still early days for the series, I’d read the opener novel, and though each book is part of the overall story arc they are also stand alone in that they concern two individuals and the story behind them. So I met Fane and Serra, two talented and gorgeous people devoted to the Sentinels, and the ethos of protection they stand for. Fane has long yearned for Serra, but knows as a Guardian his life will always be in danger, so simply ignores his feelings. He won’t put anyone through that agony of wondering if their lover is dead. Poor Serra, she’s always blamed his cold shoulder on the fact he had to protect Callie, but now Callie’s married and Fane is no longer her Guardian she thinks maybe they’ve a chance...until she hears Fane is moving back to Tibet and the Monks that train Sentinels! She’s furious, annoyed, feel rejected and upset. Then something happens to place her life in danger, and it brings home to Fane all that he could lose. He joins her in her quest to find the kidnapper, and learns that along with Serra’s life there are far more things involved than just a simple kidnapping. Someone wants to keep him out of the loop, another group want to kill both him and Serra, the businessman is more than simply that, and there’s a whole conspiracy surrounding the kidnapping that involves humans and renegade High Bloods, and the person behind it all threatens the possible destruction of millions of people in the quest for ultimate power and control. A huge problem for him to solve, and of course Serra is furious at his intrusion and wants him to leave. Its another terrific read, full of Ivy’s trademark sensuality, linked with plots that seem to have nothing in common and yet are heavily dependent on each other. Its a puzzle I love to try to unravel – and usually don’t succeed. At around 80% I thought I'd worked out who was behind the kidnapping at least – but I was wrong, again! I love books like this, that make me think, that throw in so many possible pathways for the plot( s) to diverge along, and yet at the end everything is tied up so neatly that it all makes sense. Its fantasy, but with the reality that humans treat the Supernaturals in the same way as they treated Witches in history, with fear and suspicion, with wanting to be able to control them. Throw in a hot and sensual romance, that takes time and makes Fane work hard to reach Serra and be let in, and is a winner once again. Stars: Five -A great read of you are an Alexandra Ivy fan. ARC supplied by publishers and Netgalley.
After enjoying my introduction to the Sentinel World and another wonderful series by this author in Born in Blood, I was eager to continue with the series and read about another Sentinel's story. I like the blend of paranormal, intrigue action, and passion in these stories. This second book was no exception. I'm not sure about the rest of the series, but these two definitely need to be read in order. Both the hero, Fane, and the heroine, Serra, were introduced as minor characters in the previous book. The events of this book begin nearly as soon as the last one finished and the beginning of this one is sparked from that one both the character arcs and some ongoing series arcs. The story begins with Fane, the lethal Guardian Sentinel, at a loss after the high born he guarded for so many years begins her new life with her husband Guardian Sentinel. He is decided that he needs to return to the Sentinel training role he had before and leave behind the woman he dreams about and loves. In his mind, he is giving her up for her own good as his life is dangerous and takes him away a lot, but in Serra's mind, Fane is just issuing one more crushing rejection after she has put herself out there for him over and over. This time, really was the last time. No more. She's done letting Fane, intentionally or not, stomp on her heart. She will move on even if it kills her. In the meantime, a shadowy secretive rogue high born brings Serra too him by a compulsion and issues her an ultimatum. Help him find his abducted child or he will allow the poison he has put inside her body to activate and kill her. Any attempt to seek help from her fellow Valhalla highborns or Sentinels will result in the same. He is desperate and there is more at stake than just his missing child. Unfortunately, the rogue doesn't anticipate that Serra has a very dangerous protector who tracked her and will be staying right there with her until the rogue releases her from the poison. Serra is glad to have Fane there, but is determined to see his arrival to aid her as anything, but love. Fane knew the moment that Serra disappeared that he had made a huge mistake. How could he have even thought about separating from her? Serra is his- his to protect, his to care for and his to love- and the rogue will find that his days are numbered as soon as Serra is able to find the little girl with her psychic ability. Meanwhile, others and their activities move forward with their own plans that are on course for Armageddon if they are not stopped. This one presented so many actions and threads to keep my mind busy and my attention that I couldn't get lazy as I read. The book didn't drag, but I confess that some threads were more intriguing than others for me. I learned that sometimes the smallest thing can be a big deal later on. Like a really minor character from a previous book, Myst the archivist, red flagged for me when some mysterious and tantalizing details crop up. Then there is the growing role of the secret normal human organization set to take out all the highbloods (magical and gifted humans) along with the investigation of the temple in the desert that was revealed in book one. Add onto these things, the ongoing and growing plot of Wolfe and the Mave's relationship and that doesn't even include the current main characters. There is also the insertion of more Sentinel lore with the intro to the other rogue high blood groups and the assassins. Yeah, lots going on here. And that leads me to the hero and heroine. I liked them individually- Fane was all I hoped for after seeing the huge, trained warrior-protector who really cared for the woman he guarded. He was reared in a monastery without the benefit of familial love and only a harsh, strict regime, but yet he cares deeply and loves Serra passionately. He doesn't believe that he is a good bet for a long-term satisfying relationship so he seeks to do the right thing by Serra and not entrap her to him. Can't fault his motives even though he really wasn't giving her enough credit. At least not the Serra I met in the first book. Now, the Serra of this book maybe he had a point. Her about face in personality made me wonder if she could handle him being out of the room from her let alone out doing his job as a warrior Sentinel. Serra didn't make sense to me once Fane changed his mind and decided to quit resisting their relationship. She's this tough, confident, kickbutt woman with strong psychic powers who is gorgeous, brazen and knows her mind. She is determined to get her guy even if nefarious means are needed. He frustrates her and keeps her on her toes. He's the only guy that she can't just waggle her hips or give the come hither look and he comes. Serra's a cocky one so it was a nice balance that Fane was attracted, but not slobbering at her heels too. But then, as soon as she does have his attention, she turns into this insecure needy type that starts dinking around throwing up emotional walls and making excuses that he doesn't love her and that this is just duty, etc. Not once has Fane lied or given her less than the truth so why she suddenly can't seem to believe a word he says makes no sense to me especially when her actions made it clear that she both trusted and loved him. Fortunately, they are kept really busy on their mission so I didn't spend a lot of time with her doing her wishy washy thing. In the end, this was another exciting installment in the series. That teaser at the tail end will drive me nuts until I get the next installment. It wasn't a cliffhanger just this twist that leaves things in an interesting place. I would recommend this one and the series to those who enjoy paranormal romance involving witches and gifted humans or X-Men style spicy romance stories. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.