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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Kiss Of The Betrayer by Boone Brux
Review copy, courtesy of Edelweiss..
This is the first book I've ever read by Boone Brux & let me reassure you, she now has a fan for life! This book was action-packed, quickly paced & never once did she leave out any details. Just an edge of your seat, drama & action filled romp!
This book introduces us to Luc Le Daun, a gorgeous but disturbed Bringer male & the beautiful, troubled Jade Kendell, a female Bringer. Bringers are immortals tasked with ridding the human world of the Bane which are demons. Luc & Jade come together after Jade tries to kill him to pay back a family blood debt, as she belives he is responsible for her parents' death & her sister turning into a demon. She doesn't realize that he is a Bringer and immortal, thus her murder plan doesn't go correctly. Luc tracks her down after she flees the attempted murder scene. Let the chaos begin! The sparks between these two are noticeable from the beginning and both of them try to ignore the growing attraction between each other. Jade feels guilt about it because Luc used to date her sister Esmerelda, before the horrifying death of their parents. Part of the reason Jade tries to take her revenge on Luc is also the fact that at the time their parents were murdered, her beloved sister Esmerelda, was changed into a demon Bane now known as Rell and she retained some of her humanity, enough so as to raise Jade from childhood and keep her safe. The demon Bane are out to get Luc & Jade as they both have come into their powers, Rell is still out for blood & the Bane are planning something big... Will Luc & Jade overcome their differences & manage to stay alive long enough to test the growing attraction between them? Or will the Bane separate them forever..
This book is a definite must-read! Fast paced drama & oh-so-steamy love scenes.. One of those books you just can't put down! Grab this book today & get ready to enter the world of The Bringer & The Bane, by Boone Brux!
Platinum Reviews gives Boone & "Kiss Of The Betrayer":
5 Platinum Rings!
For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.
Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she’s brought into the Bringers’ fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.
In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.
The Shrouded Forest, Outer Faela, Inness
“Come out, come out, wherever you are.” The demon’s taunt circled
through Jade’s veiled hiding place. “You can’t escape.” Leaves
rustled, shuffling under the demon’s feet. Its call drew closer. “You
can never escape.”
Jade ground her teeth together and squeezed her right arm,
cringing against the searing bite racing up her limbs. After all these
years, she’d still not gotten used to Bane burn, as she called it. Her
gaze darted around her small hiding spot inside the hollowed tree
trunk, searching for something to draw the demon’s attention away.
Dampness seeped through the seat of Jade’s pants and sent an
involuntary shiver up her spine—whether from cold or anticipation,
she couldn’t say.
A stone lay half-buried beneath the layer of rotting leaves.
Careful not to make a sound, she picked up the rock and let it drop
into her palm.
“You know I’ll find you,” the demon called from farther away.
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With achingly slow movements, Jade scooted low enough to get
a clear shot through the branches. She waited, listening. Nothing.
Cursed demon. The stretching silence chipped away at her patience.
Not a single leaf fluttered beyond her cover, but the needle-like
bites on her skin told her the demon huntress was near.
Jade drew her hand back and focused on a spot several yards
away. Concentrating, she closed her eyes and sought the ancient
words. An earth magic chant, normally dormant until she needed
it, filled her mind and rushed from her lips in an indistinct hiss. She
snapped her wrist forward and released the stone.
As if thrown with full force, the rock sailed through the
opening in the branches and disappeared into the shadows of the
surrounding woods. A small crack echoed when the stone hit what
must have been the trunk of a tree.
She held her breath but didn’t have to wait long. Three running
steps thundered toward her hiding place. She tensed, ready to fight.
The loud thump of the demon’s wings extending was followed by
a rushing uptake of air. The dark shadow soared above her and
headed toward the sound of the rock. It banked left and disappeared
into the wall of trees.
Not waiting to see if her ruse worked, Jade scrambled from
her spot, the twigs tearing the green kerchief from her head and
scoring her back with their sharp points. She didn’t stop to retrieve
the material or examine her injuries. Escape was her only thought.
Any second, the demon would realize she’d outsmarted it and
return to the hunt, more determined than ever. Jade raced in the
opposite direction, never running in a straight line for too long. She
snaked a path through the trees in an all-too-familiar pattern meant
to throw her pursuer off her trail. The woods blurred. Her chest
tightened and her breathing became labored, but she didn’t stop.
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Prickles nipped at her skin, which meant the danger was still
near. A stitch of pain jabbed at her side. She wrapped an arm
around her waist, but it didn’t help stem the discomfort. She craned
her neck to look over her shoulder. Only the dark woods yawned
behind her—empty—demonless as far as she could see.
Hope jabbed at her, teasing her into slowing her step, mocking
her with the possibility that she’d actually eluded the Bane. She
scanned the canopy. Still no demon. Her jog slowed and finally
stopped. Blood pounded against her chest like a drum, ricocheting
into her ears. She dragged in a deep breath, willing her body to
A rivulet of sweat ran down the back of her neck, beneath
her loose and tangled hair. She pushed the damp strands from her
face. Her gaze raked the trees and sky for movement. Nothing. The
demon lived for this kind of challenge. It loved to taunt its prey,
which was her at this moment, into doing something stupid, namely
standing around like an idiot the way she was now.
Jade began to jog again, ignoring the pinch in her side but not
ignoring the raw burn that swept across her skin. Pain was the one
thing that could divide her attention and make her lose focus. Over
the years she’d mastered tolerance for many of life’s discomforts—
cold, hunger, loneliness—but pain refused to be conquered.
She massaged her ribs. Just a little farther and she’d reach the
sanctified grounds of the small chapel. There she’d be safe and could
The throbbing pain suddenly flared, her only warning before
large talons wrapped around her upper arms and lifted her from the
ground. Jade screamed, her stomach lurching toward her feet. Her
body swung wildly, the demon’s wings pulling her higher, cresting
the tops of the trees.
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Nausea rolled through her. “Put me down!”
A high-pitched cackle erupted from above. “Are you sure about
Next to pain, she hated heights most. Vomit crept up her throat
and she swallowed hard, fighting against the demon’s hold. Swirling
air from the flapping wings battered her.
“You promised, no flying!”
The demon cackled again. “Promises are meant to be broken.”
“Damn it, Rell, put me down!”
“You’re no fun.”
Jade bit her tongue when the creature flipped its body to point
head down. The sting had hardly registered before they fell into a
spiral, plunging toward the earth. Her stomach slammed into her
throat. Heartbeats hammered against her chest as the ground raced
up to meet her.
Please, Sainted Ones, let me die now.
They circled low over the smooth rise of a hill. Without warning,
Rell let her go and Jade suddenly found herself toppling through
the air. A scream ripped from her throat but turned to a heavy grunt
when she hit the ground hard and tumbled across the rise in a tangle
of limbs. Stiff vegetation scraped a layer or more of flesh from her
arms. A thorny bush blocked her path and she crashed into it, its
sharp branches enveloping her. She groaned and rolled away from
the plant’s painful embrace to lay with her arms and legs thrown
Stinging cuts licked her body. “Fucking demon,” she muttered.
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