Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade #2) by Stephanie Rowe
Synopsis: Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul. After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul. The Calydons Destiny: The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.
Although the Order of the Blade is a connected series, all books can be read as stand-alones and in any order. Books in the Order of the Blade series: Darkness Awakened (Book One), Darkness Seduced (Book Two), Darkness Surrendered (Book Three), Forever in Darkness (Book Four), Darkness Reborn (Book Five), Darkness Arisen (Book Six), Darkness Unleashed (Book Seven), Inferno of Darkness (Book Eight), Darkness Possessed (Book Nine), Shadows of Darkness (Book Ten), Hunt the Darkness (Book Eleven).
Review: The second book is jam-packed with action, passion, and suspense. I loved the characters and the plot, it was fast-paced and entertaining. This series gets going quickly, the author didn’t waste anytime with releasing their major enemy. Book two, has the heroes racing against time to stop Ezekiel from rising and fighting off Frank, who was introduced in book one. I don’t want to drop any spoilers but know that, unlike other series where the author waits until 5+ books in before the big-dog baddie is released, Rowe doesn’t, which is AWESOME. She isn’t dragging it out, she is just getting down to it, which is refreshing. Gideon and Lily are great together and they try really hard to fight their fate but in the end, their love is too strong to ignore. I loved it a lot, great story.