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Monday, 3 July 2017

Paladin Series by Alexis Morgan


Blurb:
Devlin Bane: Born a Paladin, he is a member of an ancient band of warriors locked in a centuries-old war against evil. His destiny - to die over and over again to protect mankind from the Others, only to be revived each time by his mortal Handler. But his fierce strength and courage cannot save him from gradually becoming one of the monsters he was born to destroy.

Dr. Laurel Young, who has spent years training to become a Handler, must remain detached from her patients. But each time she revives the darkly compelling Devlin Bane, he claims a little more of her soul and incites in her desires that grow wilder and wilder — even as he inches closer to losing his humanity.

As the war against the Others grows more desperate, Laurel and Devlin can't help but give in to the fierce hunger that's sizzled between them for so long. Now they'll face the ultimate battle together — to save a dark, passionate love that goes against every rule as they join forces to fight an enemy who is closer than they ever imagined...


Rating: 3 Stars


Review:
This is a re-read of the series for me. I really enjoyed it the first time around, and I find I like it all the more now.

In the first book of the series we meet Devlin, the oldest and strongest Paladin in existence. His path toward turning Other is close, and he hates it. But he doesn't need to worry because his Handler, Laurel, is determined to find a way to save him. Even if it means she gets caught up in some nasty situations in order to do so.

I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow. Laurel is a kind hearted woman who adores her job, and the men under her care. But she's also a lady with attitude, and more than ready for the hot-tempered Devlin. Something he doesn't fail to notice. But it isn't all about the romance. There is plenty of sword swinging action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Powerful Paladins, romance, action, humour, and smart women. What more could you ask for in a good read?



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Blurb:
As a Paladin warrior, Blake Trahern fights and dies again and again to keep mankind safe from the Others. Sensing his humanity slipping away with each battle, he retreats from the world...until the one person who still has a claim on his soul needs his help. It's been twelve years since Blake vanished from Brenna Nichols's life, years that have turned her from a love-struck teen into a headstrong, sensual woman. He'll fearlessly give his life to protect her -- yet he dare not risk his heart.

Brenna is stunned by Blake's reappearance, and by a shocking discovery about her father. Everything she has ever believed is thrown into question -- everything except the desire that Blake still ignites. But as they search together for a traitor among the Paladins, danger looms: the next battle could tip Blake into madness, destroying his life, his soul...and the only woman he has ever loved.


Rating: 4 Stars


Review:
This instalment continues where the first left off, so from page one we get nothing but suspense and action. The storyline grows in this book, giving us more into the Regents, the Others, and even to other branches of the Paladins.

Ah, Trahern, my favourite Paladin for so many reasons. I really enjoyed watching the steely-eyed warrior soften toward Brenna. And of course I loved what she done for Blake in the long run. I think they are a good couple, they compliment each other.

Overall, this is a great read.



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Blurb:
Once a warrior for the Others, Barak q'Young is caught between two worlds -- exiled from his homeland, and a pariah among his enemies, the Paladins. While hunting a betrayer who's selling the precious blue gems that light the Others' world, Barak must aid geologist Lacey Sebastian in her research for the Paladins. Barak is instantly drawn to the fiery, beautiful woman, but Lacey initially despises the enemy intruder. Soon she sees beyond his violent past, though, finding the dark warrior intriguing -- and extremely sexy.

Though neither can resist the passion that blazes between them, Barak is torn between loyalties, hiding a secret gift that could prove useful to Lacey's research, at the sacrifice of his own people. But when Lacey is kidnapped and held hostage, Barak realizes he will do anything to save her . . . even risk his own life.


Rating: 4 Stars


Review:
Book three in the series, and in my opinion, the best so far. It has a Romeo & Juliet-esque feel to it. Barak, the enemy, and Lacey, the sister of a Paladin. Their attraction is instant, yet they try their hardest to deny their feelings for one another, and hide their relationship from the world for fear of being ostracised and ridiculed by those around them. These two have a lot of obstacles to overcome before they get what it is they truly want.

As with the previous books, the story involving the Regents and their dodgy dealings with the Others for 'blue stones' continues. So there is a good helping of suspense and action along with the romance, which makes for one hell of a read.


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Blurb:
A fiercely beautiful female leader from the Other world, Lusahn q'Arc can't forget the Paladin warrior she met in battle -- his chiseled body and piercing, thoughtful eyes still haunt her dreams. While investigating the smuggling of the mysterious blue stones used to light her shadowy world, Lusahn receives word that her missing brother, Barak, is alive -- and working with the Paladins. Although angry at his betrayal, she arranges to meet him. But at the appointed time it is not Barak who arrives, but Cullen Finley -- the enemy warrior who torments her memory.

Intense attraction immediately burns between Lusahn and Cullen despite their rival loyalties, and they can't help surrendering to passion. Their time together is limited, though, for soon Cullen must return to his own world -- with or without Lusahn. But when carefully laid plans go awry, together they must fight to keep their forbidden romance a secret -- and keep each other alive.


Rating: 4 Stars


Review:
I really enjoyed this instalment of the Paladin series. It took us to the other side of the barrier, and gave us a look into how the 'Others' live their lives, and why they are forced to cross into the other realm to die. Not only does it lead the Paladin's closer to figuring out what is happening with the blue stones, but it makes them see the 'Others' as more than just the crazed killers they believed them to be. And vice-versa for the Kalithians.

The more I read of this series, the more I like. The author always has a good balance of action and romance. And Cullen & Lusahn romance was great. They had been craving each other since their first encounter, and battle, at the barrier. Pining for the other. So when they meet again their attraction is instant. As is his need to possess and protect Lusahn and her children.



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Blurb:
Gwen Mosely's life changes forever when she stumbles across a handsome stranger, bleeding and left for dead in the woods behind her farm. But the real shock is how his wounds heal overnight -- a trait he shares with Gwen's teenaged half-brother Chase.

Jarvis Donahue can't keep his eyes -- or his hands -- off the sexy redhead who rescued him. Gwen's warm smile and lust-filled eyes are impossible to resist...but Jarvis immediately recognizes Chase as a fellow Paladin, a warrior born to defend mankind in the relentless battle against the Others. Although Gwen may hate Jarvis for it, he is dutybound to introduce Chase to the Paladins' dangerous lifestyle.


As the barrier between the two worlds weakens, the threat grows perilously close to Gwen's farm. Jarvis is determined to protect his lover -- but if he reveals his identity, he not only betrays his people's secret, he risks losing her forever...


Rating: 3.5 Stars


Review:
This the fifth instalment in the Paladin series, and even though it was a great book, it lacked something the previous books had in abundance. . . the romance. Jarvis and Gwen's relationship was a strenuous one from the beginning. They had some obstacles to overcome, mainly Jarvis' insecurities, but in the end they do end up together. It's just a shame we didn't see them get any more than a few chapters of the loved-ups.

Other than that we get to meet several new and interesting Paladins, who I hope we meet again in future books. And as with all the others we get a good helping of action and suspense. This is definitely a book I would read again.


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Blurb:
Hard-eyed and hard-bodied, Hunter Fitzsimon isn't what Tate Justice expected in a tenant for the apartment above her garage. Terse and intensely private, Hunter's mission is to protect a narrow stretch of the barrier between Earth and Kalithia against the Paladins' ruthless enemies -- a job that would be much easier without his sexy landlady nosing around. 

So when she follows Hunter into the woods late one night, he decides to teach Tate a lesson with a passionate kiss that brings her to her knees...and unexpectedly ignites red-hot desire deep in his soul. 

But the warrior's dark and dangerous world is no place for his fiery lover. Does possessing Tate mean turning his back on his brethren...or will Hunter forsake the woman of his dreams for the harsh duty he's always known?


Rating: 3.5 Stars


Review:
In this instalment we get to catch up with Hunter, the Paladin who had been tortured to death in Jarvis' book. Hunter is an ornery male who I have mixed feelings about. In one way I feel so bad about his circumstances, but in another I want to beat him for the way he treats Tate. He's not a horrible guy, just hurting, but at least he makes up for it in the end. And speaking of Tate, I love her. She's headstrong and stubborn. Fit for any hotheaded Paladin male.

As with other books, this one concentrates on the smuggling of the blue stones. And with the help of Larem, Barak, and few of our favourite Paladins, Hunter is finally able to solve the mystery of who is betraying who. Something I didn't see coming. . . 


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Blurb:
As the daughter of a Regent, Sasha has long known about the secret underworld of the Paladins and their work protecting her kind from the dark forces on the other side of the energy barrier. So when she is sent on her first solo investigation, on the path to becoming the first female Regent, she is determined to get the Seattle Paladins in line. Offering sanctuary to their Kalith enemies is simply unacceptable! But when she meets Larem, she is inexorably drawn to a dark and valiant warrior who is not at all what he appears to be. 

As the power struggle between Regents and Paladins rages on, someone starts making attacks on her life. Sasha must choose between loyalty to her own kind and the warrior she loves . . . with the very fate of humanity hanging in the balance.


Rating: 4 Stars


Review:
Another great read from this series. I love how the author can keep us glued to the pages with this storyline. It just keeps evolving without becoming uninteresting or repetitive. And it isn't just about the romance. There is a strong paranormal aspect to this book, and as with the others, it is packed with action and suspense.

In this instalment Larmen finally gets to find peace in the human realm. Having been forced across the barrier, he was finding it harder to adjust than his fellow Kalithians. He was met with hostility and discrimination from the guards, and even some of the Paladins. Yet he kept his head held high and fought with everything he was. I really like this character. I also have a soft spot for his woman. Head strong and stubborn, Sasha just seemed the perfect match for Larem. Their relationship had its ups and downs, but in the end true love won out, and they got a special kind of HEA.


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Blurb:
D.J. Clayborne has finally met his match. After weeks of playing cyber tag, a mysterious hacker bests D.J. at his own game. His nemesis downloads a top-secret history of the Paladins, forcing him to go on the hunt. The trail leads D.J. straight to Regina Morrison, a woman who is as sexy as she is talented in the cyber world.

Reggie has been working around the clock to stop a legendary computer hacker from accessing her clients’ files, but the last thing she expects is to have D.J. show up at her door. Or that he’s even hotter than his evasive avatar. Soon they’re flirting with a dangerous line between duty and desire.

Now, Reggie’s investigation gets her kidnapped by the Others and forced across the hostile energy barrier into an alien world. And it’s up to D.J. to track down the captivating woman whose ability to break through his firewalls is also breaking through to his warrior’s heart.


Rating: 4 Stars


Review:
Finally, we see D.J. get his girl. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I started reading the series. From the beginning, I’ve had a soft spot for hyperactive geek of a hottie, and I felt for him as he watched everyone settle down and his life changed against his wishes.

Enter Reggie, hacker extraordinaire. Having been hired to find the ‘Nightwalker’ she forces herself into D.J.’s life, and against his better judgement, he shows up at her door planning to force her back out of it.

But things aren’t that easy. The corrupt Regents catch wind of her meddling in their files, and plan to use her in their betrayal of the Organisation. This is when things get a little crazy and D.J finds himself in the one place he’d rather not be!

As with all the other instalments, this one is packed with a healthy helping of romance, action, and suspense. It’s a great read that’s hard to put down.


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Blurb:
When Kalith geologist Jora b'Larth notices strange seismic activity occurring around the underground energy barrier in Yellowstone National Park, she realizes someone otherworldly has been siphoning off energy. Keeping her identity under wraps, she reaches out to the enemy Paladins for help. 

When Paladin Penn Sebastian shows up, ready to investigate her allegations, Jora is unexpectedly attracted by his handsome face and intense blue eyes. And as they work together to solve the rift between their two worlds, something surprising happens: the two sworn enemies begin to fall in love.


Rating: 3 Stars


Review: 
In this instalment of the series Penn Sebastian finally gets a break! Unable to live his life as he wishes due to a debilitating injury, he’s forced to play watchman to the Paladin’s. Yet following a weird anonymous phone call, he gets the chance to go in and investigate. Turns out that the caller is actually a Kalith female who has an infinity for the rock, and who has discovered a plot to rob Earth of its resources in order to bring light to Kalithans. . . only problem is, it has the potential to destroy both worlds.

Action and suspense ensue as Penn and Jora, with the help of Barak and Larem, try to prevent the dangers brought on by the sickly barrier. And of course, there is the romance, as Jora brings out feelings of protection and love from her handsome Paladin. She makes Penn feel needed, secure in himself, and useful. Now if that doesn’t make for a good read, what does?


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Blurb:
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?

Rating: 3 Stars


Review:
This was a change from the other books in the series. It didn’t really revolve around the world of the Paladins, or their fight with the crazed Others and treacherous Regents. This instalment gave us a look into the life of a young Paladin who didn’t know he was a Paladin. One who wanted to live a normal life rather than believe that aliens are real and he was born to protect the world from them.

Following his release from prison, Emmett just wanted to live normally. Refusing to join the Seattle Paladins, he finds a job as a barman and falls in love with a feisty nurse who keeps him on his toes. It’s what he wanted, and he’s happy. However, the longer he’s in the area the more the barrier calls to him – driving him insane. This results in some dumb decisions being made, but it’s okay, he works it out in the end.

Shame it takes a crazed Other attack to make him realise where he really belongs. . .

I really enjoyed this instalment. As with all the other books, it kept me captivated. There is enough steamy romance, suspense, and action in this short story to make it a great read. My only complaint is that it was only a novella, and not a full novel. I'd like to see more of Emmett and his transition into the Paladin lifestyle.


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Author Bio:
USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and most recently, contemporary romance. Alexis has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.

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