It's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that's okay. That which doesn't kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn't quite right. And it's not just because she can't even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can't seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
I love this book! It's so amazing, and I loved Jo and Cadegan, they were awesome characters, Jo with her bad luck, and her saying from Tiyana (so sad what happened to her!) that Tuesday is the new Monday because 1 day wasn't enough time to fit in all the bad things. And Cadegan, so deprived of human touch, and getting Jo, that was just great. And plus, I don't have one specific favourite line, since the whole book was!
I loved the scene where they pull a Freaky Friday, not the why, and the later of what happens because of it, but the beginning, and how they each other's bodies, their original ones, and the ones they go back to, sexually and otherwise, that was just hilarious!
Oh, what we learn about this book! Like things about Thorn, 2 main things, 1) Cadegan is his brother-except that he's not. Cadegan is his son! Which makes #2 all the more important, because 2) Thorn is Noir's grandson. You know, Noir, the bad guy, or the building bad, since at least, like Dream Warrior!
This book connects officially (for me, since I don't know of the previous connections in previous books) the Lords of Avalon series to the Dark-Hunter Universe, which is a mixed bag, what with how much I want Darkness Within, but we get to have this, even if we only really got mentions of the Merlin court.
My one compliant? It was too short! Reading on my computer, it said that there was just over 220 pages. But about 20 of those pages were the beginning of Born of Betrayal. I guess I'm spoiled, what with Acheron, Styxx, Born in Silence, and Born in Fury, but still, I'd have loved to have more story, because it's just such a freaking amazing book! And not a compliant, but a note, that it ends like Styxx, with the birth of a baby!
This was a fantastic book, and it has stuff that's going further along Dragonsbane!
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunterverse #29, Dark-Hunter #14, Were-Hunter #8, Hellchaser #6, Lords of Avalon #3
Read: September 2nd, 2014
Reason Why: Love this series, it's so freaking good! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: September 2nd 2014