★★★ NEW RELEASE ★★★
THE DEFENDER by Donna Grant is now live!
Publisher: DL Grant, LLC
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
It is the 4th standalone in the Sons of Texas Series.
Their love knows no borders.
A loner who exudes danger, Lev Ivanski has spent his life in service to one man, someone he loves and respects. But things are changing. Rapidly. Lev and his boss have allies and friends and a new mission more important their than business, all because of the Saints. This clandestine organization needs to be taken down, and Lev has the skills to help. What he doesn’t expect is to be at the mercy of a woman who makes him crave more than he ever thought possible.
Determined and dedicated, Reyna Harris is used to danger and living on the edge. An ex-CIA operative, she’s been embedded with the Saints for years, trying to take them down from the inside. When her cover is blown, she is forced to trust a man she just met, fighting their way out of one battle after another. But there’s something about Lev that Reyna knows she can trust. And love. She needs Lev – and not just to take a swipe at the Saints. Together they’re an unstoppable force. And with their friends, they just might succeed in their mission.
An Intriguing and grave adventure across the lands and oceans. A life-threatening fight against the evil powers, to save the world from the Saint, even if the price is your life.
I actually thought I had read the previous books in the series, but soon came into a realization that I had not. Yet I didn't feel like that was a problem to be able to follow what was going on in The Defender, how they came out to be in the current situation was well outlined.
And the situation is rather different from the norm I am used to reading, when the person I should consider the hero, Lev Ivanski, is a Russian mob captain, second to the leader. At any point, while running for their lives, is Lev's criminal lifestyle discussed. His boss, the mobster himself, is referred to as a good-hearted man, though, and that itself sounded like an oxymoron.
Reyna Harris is a smart, talented lady who studied linguistics and had worked years as a CIA operative. She immediately connected with Lev, and their team effort to escape within their lives was seamless, even harmonious, as despite their lifestyles and history, nearly immediately trusted one other.
I liked the chemistry between Lev and Reyna, it seemed genuine and true. It definitely was the highlight of the tale for me, how they opened up to each other like peeling off layers of their souls.
The passion between them was ardent, the love scenes detailed yet tastefully done. Both Reyna and Lev seemed ageless, looking at their history and what they had accomplished in their lives putting them much further up in an age in my mind that they seemed to be in the story.
The escape through mainland Europe to Sweden and across Norway had me going back and forth several times, cause the timeline didn't seem to match what a native to this area knows to be true. I tried to let that go, as well as some cultural differences that were overlooked, but then there was the fact that everything seems to point out that the attempted escape is happening during summertime, yet there are mentions of nighttime darkness, and dawn, and - no. Basic knowledge of the Nordic: it does not get dark at all during the summer, the white nights are real.
When reading an eARC you never know if the plot holes and mistakes are later on fixed before the book reaches the stores, thus I try not to let that kind of things get to me, and I try to set the focus on the main storyline, not nitpick the details, unless they scream at you. And I think the overall story of The Defender is a good one, it was engaging, I wanted to know what happens, who will survive, how will their survive, and how do they continue to live from here, if they are still alive.
The action is brutal, lethal, and savage. The characters, many of whom get their own spotlight in the story, a chance to tell their point of view of the events (in the third person) are an engrossing group of people.
The story underlines that no person is ultimately all bad or all good, there are several sides to each of them, shadows and secrets following all the characters, yet not overpowering them.
I was immersed in the tale, it got my emotions engaged, and even though at times I was yelling at the book (!) there never was a moment that thought I DNF it, I needed to know, I was hooked, all the way to the explosive end.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com
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