Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…
Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…
*** I received an ARC from Kensington through NetGalley for an honest review. Expected publication date: 12/22/14 ***
I’ve done with this series what is extremely abnormal for me, I read it out of order, and in this case I am beginning with the last book in the series, so this is a huge anomaly for me. I did try to read from the beginning but Fated, book 1, just couldn’t hold my interest at the time, but with Marked I didn’t have that issue. I had read enough of Fated to have a working knowledge of the world and who Janie is and her role in the overall story arc. Had I read the series in order I know that I would have picked up on the subtle undercurrents between the various factions but the explanations given throughout the book were more than enough so that I didn’t feel lost and found myself enjoying the interactions between the characters.
I liked Janie, she was that mix of strength, compassion, intelligence, conviction and even a little brattiness, that made her a strong female character that I could admire and would want as a friend by my side should things go bad. Zane was quite dominant and alpha, but his need to protect his mother and brothers, as well as Janie, gave him the heart needed so that his my way or the highway point of view didn’t get pushed into him being an ass. Janie and Zane as a couple were fun and because they had known each other in the dreamworld there was a level of trust already set between them, so in turn it mean that there wasn’t a ton of angst to sift through, just enough to keep things interesting without going totally overboard.
As this is the final book in the series there was a lot going on and while there were a few places where things slowed down, they didn’t drag. They were well placed and necessary to the story, just as the twists and turns were, even as things came to their final conclusion. The epilogue is quite extensive but it is understandable and as someone who hasn’t read the previous books it got my curiosity going as to what led all of the people to where they are now and will give the first book another go.
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