Friday, June 1, 2012

Book review - Heart Of The Warrior - Donya Lynne

Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father sexually assaulted his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his overwhelming attraction to his teammate, Arion.

Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev over a month ago, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin.

Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other.


After reading Donya’s debut novel Rise of the Fallen – I had to read her next book Heart of the Warrior.  I have to openly admit, I’m not normally into m/m romance and don’t read it often. But after reading Heart of The warrior, I’d have to admit I loved it. Imnot going into the storyline to much read the blurb but here are thoughts On why I enjoyed this story.

Donya grasps at the emotions, descriptions, love and romance between Ari and Sev like poetry. It flows so smoothly, its tasteful, loving and wow .

……M/M is not every readers genre and honestly not one of my favourites – but  after reading this, I think I could sway – lol.. The story doesnt just focus on these two boys, it interacts with all the characters giving us a great storyline as well as the romance .

  Ari and Sev have an attraction they both can’t deny,** A CALLING **  it draws them together but with the outer problems – aka Ari’s homophobic parents and best friend Io,  he is not quite sure how to approach his new found love in the public eye.

The sex scenes between Sev and Ari was tasteful, loving, erotic and very intimate. The tenderness when they were in bed, bathroom or wherever there love took them  was so palpable that it was like a living thing.  They proved to be a match made – filled with sensual loving, and all qualms and worries cast aside.  The obstacle in place was just Ari being able to tell the world know how much he loved Sev.  Honestly as I said before I'm not normally into m/m but this story was so well crafted I just felt the love for the pair wafting off the pages. Steamy and sexy as sin. !! The descriptions we well placed – Donya has not held back and has crafted the loving magnificently. ** Hot dam – and smoking **

Being an m/m read, Donya has definably in cooperated so much into the storyline, more than just romance, but  Lots of kick arse action -  hot characters,and characters that I’m sure you will fall in love with and swoon over. Even new characters where introduced into the story.

 We are also given a different light into other characters.  Micha we are shown a different side of  and Tracian I can’t wait to read his story... He has that dark side – but sexy as hell. ** I love a dark and mysterious man ** ** licks lips**

 The characterizations in this story are impeccably drawn and the writing just fantastic. I can see the difference in Donyas progression in her writing from book one to this one.. And must say book two is an eye opener into Donya's writing.  Book two is   better than book one  in my eyes. !!! As much as I loved Micha – Sev and Ari where hot.

Heart of the Warrior does contain slight traces of BDSM, language some may not like, but I felt it fits the story perfect and lots of m/m action and also a little m/f action as well.  We see the AKM fighting for justice and trying to create a little peace between the Vampires and Drecks or at least some form of justice from the drugs roaming the streets. Gina continues on her vendetta for revenge , and finds  more than she ever bargained for.

There are a lot of ahhh moments, moments where you will be reaching for the tissues, and I think if Ari hadn’t jumped on that dam bed with Sev I would’ve been there right beside him.. ** sniff sniff ** The emotions that Donya has put forth will pull at your heart strings, have you sniffing, and moments where you sigh or maybe event throttle some B**tch. Lol

The strength and tone of the story also alternates and changes. Not in a bad way, it gives us intrigue .  There are times when there is kick arse action – intrigue,  times of romance and rumination,  sadness and hurt,  times of  forgiveness and devotion and of course friendship building along the way. Friendships and understanding are built in Heart of the Warrior and I can’t wait for book three.

Overall Heart of the Warrior - is complete with hot romance, fluent flowing dialogue, and action that is kick arse . Whether it be in the bedroom ** waggle eyebrows ** or out on the field.  Not only are the characters hunky and well-rounded** snickers** but believable and well put forth.

Donya Lynne Give me more of AKM  – all I can ask is that you write us that next book pronto as I can’t wait for the next instalment.

Read book one before this it will give you insight into the characters and series put forth .

I rated this 5 /5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heart of the Warrior can be brought here via Amazon  > Heart of The Warrior

and book one is currenlty only - 99 cents at amazon ! Grab your copy today here > Rise of the Fallen AKM book one -99 cents

1 comment:

Kara Lee Lovell said...

Great review. Kat! I love how you write a review. You should be an author. You make the book your reviewing so vivid and even though I also don't usually read m/m you bring the book home! I have already bought this and the first book and can't wait to read them, especially now!