March 24, 2012
Review: Desperate Betrayal by Hildie McQueen
Author: Hildie McQueen
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press (Sept. 7th 2011)
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NOTE: Story is for mature readers due to some sexual content.
Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him.
Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive.
Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?
Emma Blake is part demon and in need of help from a Protector (killer of demons) in order to save her sister from the master demon, Gerard. Cynden Fraser is the Protector Emma asks for help from. But what she doesn't tell him is that one, she's half demon, and two, she's leading him into a trap. But it's either that or let her sister die, and she won't do that.
Although initially Cyn refuses to help Emma, stating he doesn't do rescue missions, he eventually decides to help her. Cyn, an immortal warrior, has the ability to read minds but he can't read Emma's, at least not all of the time. He can tell she is more than simply human but he doesn't know exactly what she is and he doesn't trust her. He has a feeling that Emma is lying to him and that this rescue mission is nothing more than a trap. However, Cyn develops strong feelings for her. And Emma falls in love with him, which makes it that much harder to go through with her plans to betray him to save her sister.
Let me just start out by saying that I found this story of demons and protectors interesting. Both the demons and the protectors have fangs and they both drink blood. The demons need the blood to survive, much like a vampire, but they are not vampires. But the protectors do not need the blood to survive and generally only drink blood from their life-mates. It's because the demons are feeding from humans, and more often that not killing them as a result, that the Protectors are after them. There was quite a bit of action scenes in this, as you might expect with Protectors fighting off demons. And, of course, there is the romance aspect of the book which I enjoyed. Also, something that I totally loved was that there is sort of a flashback scene going back about 300 years to Scotland, where Cyn and his brother Kieran were born, adding a Historical element to this modern day story. You learn a little about how the transformation into becoming a Protector manifests itself.
Now although I did enjoy the story and would be happy to read more, after all, there are some things that have yet to be resolved by the end of this book, making way for the next installment, I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed. Now I can't say too much, or it might spoil the story, but there were a couple of events that took place that I thought were resolved way too easily. Plus I did find a good number of mistakes in the book. The errors didn't ruin the reading of the story for me but I did find myself getting a bit frustrated once or twice. Perhaps if I were to read it a second time, that wouldn't be the case.
Overall I liked Desperate Betrayal and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books of this genre!
** I received a copy of Desperate Betrayal for review as part of the Knights of the Round Table group on Goodreads.**
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