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Embrace the PowerEmbrace the Power (Blood Rose #9) by Caris Roane

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Synopsis: Do you love alpha warriors haunted by dark pasts? Do vampires, shifters and fae make your night? Meet Mastyr Vampire Stone, a hunky warrior in desperate need of a worthy woman…

Mastyr Vampire Stone wants to bond with Aralynn, his battle partner, until he learns she lives a double life as a woman he despises…

For hundreds of years, Stone has lived a solitary life, serving Tannisford Realm as he battles the deadly Invictus wraith-pairs with his Vampire Guard. In recent weeks, he’s run missions with a beautiful wolf named Aralynn. Mortally wounded by the Ancient Fae, Aralynn saves Stone’s life and one taste of her healing blood confirms she’s a blood rose. He’s all set to bond with her when he learns she lives a double life as a woman he despises. But how can he cut Aralynn off when her blood calls to him like nothing he’s ever known before?

Rosamunde experienced the first real freedom of her thousand years of life when Davido the Wise taught her how to transform into Aralynn, a perfect battle partner for Mastyr Stone. But how was she to know that fighting wraith-pairs beside the Mastyr would incite every suppressed desire she’s ever had? Worse, she carries three secrets, each one of which has the power to sever her relationship with him forever. How can she earn his trust, when she’s lied to him and deceived him the whole time she’s served beside him?

Review:  The last book in the series was the best way to end it all. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the emotional turmoil they both go through, and the final conflict and battle with Margetta was perfectly well written. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. It was passionate and full of emotion. It was delicious and delightful to read. I really liked the two main characters. They were strong and well written. The obstacles they faced were well plotted out and executed. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this last book in the series.

Rosamunde is the stand-in Queen of Ferrenden Peace. She was never supposed to be Queen, but when her mother dies when she is 9 she steps up and takes on the responsibilities–to make sure Margetta never finds and gets into Ferrenden Peace.  To do that she makes sure the mist that surrounds the whole city stays strong and it causes Ferrenden Peace to become a myth to the rest of the Nine Realms.  A thousand years later Ferrenden Peace is rediscovered.  The Mastyrs of the Nine Realms all come to speak with her and Stone is quickly disgusted with the fact that she has done nothing but enjoy castle life. He believes she has had the power to destroy Margetta and never did. He believes her a coward and she can’t tell him the truth.

Aralynn is a wolf shifter that is also half Fae. She turns up at Stone’s Command Center and they become partners in fighting the Invictus.  They are drawn to each other and passion flairs. But Aralynn has secrets, she is in truth Rosamunde in disguise.  Becoming Aralynn allowed Rosamunde a chance to leave the castle and live and fight. She loves it, but she also knows how much Stone hates Rosamunde so she is worried that if they give into their passion when the truth comes out he will be furious.

Well, as things go, the secrets are gradually revealed and each time a new secret is revealed, Stone steps back and goes back to hating her, believing she betrayed him with the secrets and that the secrets prove his original opinion of her–she is a coward.

The final confrontation between Margetta, Stone, and Rosamunde was perfect; it had the emotional turmoil that I love in a romance, it tested the love of the couple, and Margetta doesn’t make it easy to win.  After 8 books, you don’t want the final battle to be weak, and this one wasn’t.  It was a great read! Love how it ended.

Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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