Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: Darkness Torn Asunder (Paladins of Darkness #9.5) by Alexis Morgan

Book coverDarkness Torn Asunder (Paladins of Darkness #9.5) by Alexis Morgan
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Continuing the sexy, paranormal Paladins series where Darkness on Fire left off, this original e-novella features larger-than-life warriors in a secret army that battles evil in the modern world.

Fifteen years after Emmett Stone was unjustly imprisoned for a brutal attack, the true aggressor came forward to tell the truth about that fatal night. Shortly before Emmett’s release from prison, he’s visited by two men who understand his strange ability to rapidly heal from anything, and why he’s driven to protect those around him. And they have a very unusual job offer for him…

When Emmett cuts his hand at work, his boss insists he go to get stitched up. To keep up the charade of normalcy, Emmett goes to the free clinic, where he meets Jana. Instantly drawn to her quiet beauty and caring nature, he vows to protect her at all costs. But will his fierce protectiveness and hidden secrets cause Jana to run?

I'm so glad to be back in the world of the Paladins, even if this is a short story.

Emmett comes into finding out he is a Paladin very late in his life and after spending 15 years in prison for something he didn't do. He's all the things that a Paladin is even if he's not one of them yet. Strong, loyal, honorable, protective. A fighter for justice and for those who are weak. He struggles with the idea of becoming a Paladin and takes a job as a bartender instead.

The thing I love about this story is I get to visit with some of the previous Paladins I've read about - Devlin, Trahern, DJ, Cullen, etc. It's good to spend some time with these guys again.

Aside from the little reunion, it's also fascinating to see what happens to a person when he rejects his Paladin calling, and it is a calling. It's a constant ache that only gets worse until the person gives in and follows where he's been genetically built to go. Very interesting.

Jana is one of those heroines that I like to describe as a strong, brave heroine, and a fighter. I loved that she fought for Emmett even when he thought pushing her away was the best thing for her. She didn't give up on him, on them. I think it takes a strong woman to see the man you love go through what all Paladins go through many times in their long lives and come out of it sane, and still willing to stick by him. That's what Jana is.

I finished this story and when I got to the end, I teared up a bit. I'm such a sap.

I love Ms Morgan's writing and her Paladin series. I hope she will write more.

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About the author

authorAlexis Morgan grew up near St. Louis and received a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She and her husband have made the Pacific Northwest their home for more than thirty years, where she launched her career as a writer. She is published in paranormal romance, fantasy romance, American West historicals, and most recently, contemporary romances with her new Snowberry Creek series.

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  1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! I had such fun telling Emmett's story. :-)

    1. You are very welcome. I hope there will be more Paladin stories. I love them.