I can never say no to a sexy romance with a broody male character. I know, I know, cliche, but what does that matter when something is done well? Or, as in the case of Reine’s Salvation by Elyzabeth M. VaLey, done fantastically well. It was everything I expected and then some, with a great story, great dialogue, and truly great character development. It also carried multiple messages and symbolism that packed a powerful emotional punch. Oh, and it was of course, as you will be able to tell by the exclusive excerpt below, sexy as sin (pun intended). It’s not a long read, and definitely something to pick up if you’re looking for a steamy, heart-warming story for the holiday season. Note: Book was exchanged for an honest review.
Alpha Protectors, 1
He’s the kind of man her mother warned her to steer clear from…
Mystique is happy with her current life, but for years she’s struggled on a path of self-destruction. She knows she shouldn’t get involved with the brooding hunk at the bar, but how can she stay away when his sorrowful gaze is so compelling?
Reine has lost everything: his wife, his friends, his ability to fight, and his identity as an Alpha Protector. There’s nothing left for him except a world of anger and bitterness. At least, that’s what he believes until he meets an intrepid waitress.
The attraction between them is immediate, but while Reine can’t let go of his past, Mystique is not willing to return to hers. With darkness constantly closing in, will they find a way to be together? Or, will Reine’s behavior destroy their future?
I know what some people might be thinking when they read the blurb: “I’ve read that story before.” Sure. We all have. And so what? The execution is what matters, and once again, VaLey pulled it off flawlessly. The story starts with the introduction of our broody hero, Reine, getting assigned to watch a sleepy town where little to nothing will happen. Or so he thinks, until a happy-go-lucky-waitress comes over and serves him. From there, it’s a steady build up of desire, passion, and trust, with demons not too far behind.
If the supernatural isn’t you’re thing, don’t worry––there isn’t an overwhelming amount. In all honesty, that’s my single complaint, but only because I’m addicted to supernatural and paranormal things. In essence, this is a story about two broken people trying to come together and fall in love despite their sins and pain in both recent and distant pasts. This is a character driven story more than anything else.
And the characters are phenomenal. I’m honestly torn between who I love more: Reine is broody, but despite his physical disability (that’s right, he’s not your typical sexy brooding hunk), he still carries a warrior’s attitude and a truckload of guilt for his past and what he suffered because of it. Watching him struggle through his anger, grief, and doubt was entirely compelling and gave me some truly stand-up-and-cheer moments.
In contrast, Mystique is fantastic! The kind of girl you instantly want to be friends with and get to know better. She’s not a fighter, but holy smokes is she strong. Her backstory is truly tragic and how she overcame it was eye-opening and alarming. Hearing her talk of it was one of the most compelling parts of the book, easily my favourite next to Reine’s final confrontation at the end.
I’m sure I don’t need to mention that the romance is sexy as hell. This is an Evernight book, after all. While the length of the book and the other elements of the story didn’t allow for a whole lot of sexy time, VaLey made it count. The passion and chemistry between Reine and Mystique was intense and vivid.
All in all, there is a lot in this short novel, and it’s just as spectacular and fun as the rest of VaLey’s books. Definitely recommended to all romance fans. Be sure to keep reading for the exclusive excerpt to tantalize and tease you!
Reine sighed. “Can we talk about something else?”
“Sure,” she agreed. She observed him for an instant. His eyes were closed. Her gaze traveled across his nose and over to his full lips. Damn it if she didn’t want to kiss him. She lay back down, trying to still her beating heart. “What would you like to talk about?” she asked.
“How about this insane attraction we’re both feeling?”
“What?” Mystique squeaked.
“You heard me.”
Mystique shut her eyes as she heard the rustle of his clothes. She didn’t dare open them.
“I haven’t felt so attracted to any woman in over two years, and from what you’ve told me, it’s been a while for you too.”
Eight years, she thought. She’d kept herself away from one-night stands and sex with others in general, afraid she’d become angry and bitter again if things didn’t work out. She played with her toys and enjoyed her body on her own. It had been enough, until Reine. He was driving her hormones crazy.
“Well, yes.” She licked her lips.
“Damn it, woman, do you know what that does to me?”
Mystique gasped as Reine’s lips brushed against hers.
“It makes me want to devour your mouth,” he whispered.
“I’m sorry,” she said, sounding breathless to her own ears.
“Don’t be. Look at me,” Reine said gruffly.
She opened her eyes and found his face inches away. The intensity of his gaze was like looking into a pool of flaming desire that threatened to consume her.
“Don’t think. It’ll make it easier.”
She didn’t have time to issue a protest as he lowered his head and kissed her. They both groaned as their lips melded against each other. His teeth snagged on her bottom lip, pulling slightly and making her body react like a fire alarm at the first hint of smoke. His tongue licked a path across her bottom and upper bow, and she eagerly opened up for him, needing to taste more. Her nipples hardened beneath her top.
Reine pulled her up into a sitting position and smashed his lips against hers. He possessed her mouth with his, not with strength, but with the ability of a man who knew what he was doing. His tongue delved deep, intertwining with hers. Mystique moaned. Her mind went blank, her senses taking priority over anything else. All she could do was feel the touch of his hand on her back, and the warmth of his mouth against hers.
Breathless, they both pulled back after a few minutes. Her hands trembling, she pushed a few strands of his hair away from his face. Reine kissed her gently. She angled her head and he explored her mouth at a more leisurely pace.
“You drive me insane,” he whispered. “This is not normal,” he insisted.
“I want to fuck you,” he groaned into her ear. He brought her hand to his cock. Eagerly, she stroked him over his jeans. Liquid rushed to coat her panties and a dull ache began to throb between her legs.
“And what are you waiting for?”
“I can’t. Not here. Not after what you’ve told me.”
“What?” She placed a hand on his chest and pushed back. “What do you mean?”
About Elyzabeth M. VaLey
Considered weird by normal standards – what is normal anyway?- Elyzabeth M. VaLey enjoys making up songs about mundane things, doodling stars and flowers on any blank sheet of paper, talking to her Lab whenever he feigns interest and coming up with love stories to make readers dream.
From contemporary to historical or fantasy, she enjoys writing stories about good and evil, love and passion and all that comes in between happy ever after.
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