I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This novel took me by surprise - with two tales wonderfully told in one breath. The stories look entirely different and unrelated to begin with and they've been presented beautifully. The characters are weaved in and out remarkably well and the overall reading experience is smooth and delightful. Kudos to the author for choosing this style, and handling it well! In the first story, "The Takeover", we come across Omar James, who is the King of the North African pride, drowned in his love for Anise, whom he thinks of as his soul's mate. Anise is wary of Omar's advances, as her experience with Derrick, who is the Tor of the United States, whose child she is carrying, has left her bitter and mistrusting of men. In the second story, "The Defender", the tale revolves around Tyson who is unfortunate to witness his own soul's mate perish in battle, and Harmony, a former captive now on the run. Destiny brings these two together and now need each other's help to overcome their own obstacles.
While the first story talks about how one's soul's mate is brought to one's life, and narrates the challenges in winning over the heart of one's soul mate at the cost of many things of the heart and mind, the second talks about how not all is lost even after one has to see one's own soul's mate brutally die, making us see how life always has a surprise just around the corner. Steeped in paranormal occurences and beliefs, the novel also blends in the romance and adventure elements very well. The different characters, right from the adamant and stubborn Anise, the turmoiled Omar, the mourning Tyson to the alluring Harmony, are each remarkable. I really enjoyed this read, and I would recommend it to lovers of paranormal and adventurous romances.
My rating for this book: 4 stars