Taken by Desire by Valerie Twombly *Review
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Greydon has two important missions: Find his brothers and rescue his people. His duty becomes complicated when he’s forced to beg a human to save his life.
Aimee Jarvis always considered her bookstore a detour to bigger things. Little did she realize her next stop would be the intriguing world of a demon prince. Yet, she finds the dangerous Greydon alluring.
While their attraction continues to burn, they both deny what their hearts already know. It will take the mystery of an ancient civilization and a shocking discovery for them to admit their desire
Taken by Desire is the first book in the Demonic series. First of all, I would like to say that if you love paranormal books with sexy royal demons, an antique prophecy and evil gods, this is the book for you. Secondly, I think that this novel has some aspects that are quite original such as the mixture of magic, demons serving the gods, Atlantis legends, magical DNA test and blood rituals. However, at some point I thought that the novel was a little too charged. The beginning was a little too rushed. One second we have our male lead and sexy demon prince celebrating his younger brother’s birthday with his parents, the next second this world is in chaos, his parents are dead and he is forced to flee the battle to save his life to fulfill a prophecy. I must confess that I was curious about the prophecy he had to fulfill and the perspective of demons that the author presented in her book. However, I some terms that were used confused me. Don’t worry, the author explains them later in the story but it really made me lose focus.
Taken by Desire tells of Greydon, a demon prince that is acclaimed by his people as their savior and destructor of Zolar, an evil god. What I loved the most about him was his loyalty to his family and his people. He was so devoted to them that it almost killed him to leave them in order to survive and fulfill his prophecy. He almost decided to give up the one female he was truly been attracted to because his first priority must always been restoring his kingdom. Besides, relationships between humans and demons, though not forbidden, were taboo. I believe that denying his feelings for a while was the normal thing to do but I truly felt that the way his relationship with our heroine lacked some fluency. I swear that some parts of the book just made me stare at the page silently because the way the hero and heroine were behaving was so random and it didn’t match the situation they were in. For example, how convenient is that a demon had a magical ancient device that tested the DNA or that you are almost dying but you use your last strength to magically make a hamburger appear? I know that our heroine was starving and shocked but even if she was hungry, you can’t use your magic recklessly when you could be too weak and could even die just to feed her.
Aimee, our heroine, owns a bookshop. She is sweet and kind and has a soft spot for defenseless and hurt creatures. It is no wonder that she helps a stranger that claimed to be a demon when he told her that if she didn’t he would die. If I was in her place I would have screamed or cried when I got teleported to a strange place with the bleeding stranger. Sure, he saved her life so the right thing to do was return the favor. Also, he was his only hope to return to her world. However, I think she took things way too pretty well, considering her circumstances. I so loved her kind soul but I agree with her best friend, Aimee has a pretty low self-esteem. For a pretty good part of the book she keeps trying to convince herself that whatever she has with Greydon will never be because she isn’t good enough. She insisted that she is no full-blooded demon or royalty. Therefore, she couldn’t be what Greydon, future king of his people, or his kingdom needs. I truly wanted to scream at her to stop worrying about such small stuff because what really matters the most is that the love is mutual. I was glad that at least one of them came to their senses. I am not telling you who exactly because it would spoil the surprise.
There is a small warning I should give you. This book can’t be read as a standalone. It is up to you to decide if you wait for book 2 to be released before starting book one or if you feel brave enough to fall in love with the story and wait for book 2.http://www.amazon.com/review/R2SQMXRT6FR7OF