Book Three in the Angels of the Dark series. A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. Yet when he's captured and poisoned by the
Phoenix, it's a mere
halfling that saves him. Worse, she's invoking some serious protective urges
and desires within him. Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her
attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her from slavery challenges her
every notion. But together they seem to heal each other, and as the wounds
start to seal, the past becomes less important than securing a future together.
I became addicted to Showalter with her Lords of the Underworld series and am hooked on this one as well. I know when I pick up one of her books I'll be transferred into a world of blood and gore and revenge, while coming out with a HEA to make me swoon. Thane's tale was particularly interesting in the fact that when he and his fellow warriors were captured in hell, he wasn't touched, but he was tortured just the same by watching his comrades suffer. He came out of it a broken man and Elin brought back his softer, protective side. The BDSM angle--immortal style--was fun to watch transition into something Thane no longer needed. I loved Elin's spirit too, as she wasn't a weakling, even with few/no powers. You'll see snippets of the Lords ties and the ending to that series with hints in the storyline in this book. Cannot wait for Bjorn and Xeries' books next.