Powerful and Moving
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci-fi
Book Length (Est.): 13 Pages
Crave surpassed the limits of mortal endurance and survived years of torture by the Rautt. For years he’d been isolated, chained in darkness, kept in filth, starved, taken to the point of death only to be restored so that his enemies could begin the cycle again. His family thought he was dead, but the woman who’d held his heart and his promise never gave up hope.
After his rescue, his memory and sanity gone, Dandy will plumb the depths of love to bring him back from hell, while his community sets out to prove that he’ll never be alone again.
*I received an ARC of this book free from Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
The last thing Carnal did before his death was see Crave free. It was the gut-wrenching ending to book one that leads straight into book two. Crave had been held and tortured by the Rautt for years and when his people got him back he wasn’t the same man he was before. All that darkness had clouded his mind and pushed him to the brink of madness. But Dandy never gave up hope…not once. Not until one day she realized it was time for her to move on with her life like Crave seemed to be doing with his.
The mind is funny thing though, sometimes one little word can turn things around. And sometimes it takes an act of determination and love to set things right. Nothing comes easy to the Exiled, but they sure know how to come together to take care of their own.
“He’s got this insane idea that he no longer deserves you. He’s got it in his head that he needs to prove to you that he’d die for you.”
The depths of emotions in this book are endless. Crave is powerful and moving. I laughed and cried and couldn’t have put it down if I’d tried.
This is the second book in the Exiled series and it was just as good as, if not better than, Carnal. Victoria Danann’s writing has a way of moving your soul. The characters easily win you over and it’s not long before you’re feeling what they feel and wanting what they want.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: There are so many moving moments in this book, but I don’t want to give anything good away so I’m going with something a little lighter…may favorite laughable moment happens when Crave and Dandy are discussing a little gift from Flora.
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Eight years earlier.
Dandy and Crave had taken the hike up the western mountain to the waterfall pool. Everyone knew where it was, but few people went because the effort to get there was worth mention.
The pool was small, only fifteen feet across, but the water was beautiful and clear. It was also cold since it began its journey higher up as snow melt. Crave thought it was the prettiest spot in the world, surrounded by pink granite outcroppings, aspens and evergreen trees.
They’d removed their clothes and jumped in, Dandy shrieking about the cold while he pretended to be immune and laughed at her. They swam and splashed, but after a time ended up kissing and exploring each other’s postpubescent bodies.
In many ways Dandy thought those first shy touches were the most erotic things that would ever happen to her. It was then and there that Crave had also declared.
“I love you, Dandy. You’re my promise.”
She laughed. “You can’t just say I’m your promise, Crave. You have to ask me. Don’t you know that?”
He looked a little hurt, but started again. “Dandelion. I love you. Are you going to be my promise or not?”
“I will.” She smiled showing off her white teeth. Then she grew serious as a thundercloud. “But I’d better never catch you with another female.”
Crave was offended at the suggestion. Even in his fantasies, the only female he could imagine mounting was Dandelion. “I wouldn’t do that.” Understanding flitted across his boyish features as he considered the implications and his expression changed to a look of worry. “Same for you.Right? No other males.”
Dandy smiled a perfectly coy female smile and drew closer. “I would never, Crave,” she breathed. “You’re my promise.”
His forehead smoothed as he relaxed then promptly dunked her under with a mischievous grin.
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