Sunday, September 25, 2011

His Darkest Embrace By Juliana Stone

His Darkest Embrace (Jaguar Warriors #2)

Genre: Paranormal Romance


A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. A woman who calls him enemy will give him reason to live . . .

Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they are now joined in a mission entrusted to Skye's family centuries ago: nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.

Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever . . . until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye's passion is equal to Jagger's—but can she trust a man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?

Each is the other's sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.


Let me just start by saying how much I love the cover of this book! It is just gorgeous!

Skye is enamoured by a cave that she was sent to by a mission she needs to complete of behalf of her dead father, needing to close and seal a portal to the demon underworld, she stayed there exploring far too long past dark and now needs to find her way back to base camp, traipsing through the jungle alone, which she soon discovers was a mistake on her part. Skye is an eagle shifter and in the past had been held captive by Jaguar warriors after an ancient Aztec artefact, she had survived but being in the jungle alone she has put herself in danger if being captured by them again and ends up in fact being hunted by some, but before any real harm comes to her another jaguar comes to help her and kill the other jaguars for invading his domain but she refuses to let her guard down;

“If Skye didn’t know better, she’d say it felt as if the animal were warning her of danger. She shook her head. All jaguars were evil. They lived to hut and kill.”

When the jaguar, who just happens to be Jagger comes forward near her she makes the decision to make a dangerous jump to what she believes to be her only chance at survival, right over a waterfall. Jagger goes after her, she is hurt and unconscious, he brings her back to his cave. He has been living for months in Jaguar form, tired of losing the people he cared about in self imposed exile, tprtured by the images from his past in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Skye awakens, she runs for her life and now Jagger has to find her before a group of dangerous Jaguars get to her first. When he finally does find her again, he isn’t too much happy with her and expresses his distaste at her actions back at the cave;

“You’re the shifter from last night.” Her eyes narrowed and while ringed with fear, they seemed confused.
Jagger paused and then nodded. “Yeah, and uh, you’re welcome for saving your ass”. His face darkened slightly as he continued. “And thanks for the knock in the nuts this morning, nothing like a shot to the balls to really wake you up.””

And Skye has ultimately resigned herself to the fact that he is there to finish the job and finally kill her, but he manages to convince her otherwise and they head to Jagger’s hideout. Everyone comes to a head when Jagger’s brother turns up with help, they have been looking for him and they team up to help Skye find the portal and seal it, but not all goes t plan. I really like the cross-over with characters from the first book in this; it really sucks you into the story. There is no lack of heat in this book, the desire between Jagger and Skye sizzles. I liked this one more than I did the first in the series, it left me eager to read the third, a series for the shifter lovers.

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Teddyree said...

Yep I'm a shifter lover :) Will put this series on my watchlist since you're rating it so highly.
Have you read any of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series? HOT!

Jet said...

This series is fast becoming one of my favourites.

No, I haven't read any of the Psy-Changeling series but they are on my to-read list. Will have to get me some asap ;)