By Kendra Leigh Castle
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: PublisherThe last-and most lethal-of his kind . . .
Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.
The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay's gentle touch can subdue Tasmin's inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?
Tasmin has just woken up from hundreds of years of sleep to find his world completely turned upside down; he has a demon living inside of him and he's the last living member of his Rakshasa bloodline. Trying to find the answer to why he slept so long and what state the world is in now, Tasmin stumbles into Bay's grooming shop. Bay is completely taken aback by this extremely attractive yet lethal man. She knows he wants answers from her best friend turned vampire queen Lily, but Bay can't help but be intrigued by this mysterious man. As tension builds between the bloodlines, promising a bloody battle in the near future, Bay has to remember she's merely a mortal while Tasmin has to fight his demon for control. especially when his feelings for Bay are concerned.
It's been a while since I've read a really good paranormal romance, so reading this one was such a fantastic change! From the moment we met Tasmin, I was completely gone. He is such a strong lion/vampire (which in itself is awesome. Who knew you could be a lion shape-shifter and a vampire?) and he'll do anything to keep control and stay true to who he is. And it's completely adorable how he addresses Bay by her full name, Bailey. Being basically the only mortal in this paranormal read, Bay's character was pretty awesome too. She's a really strong-willed girl who can take care of herself and she owns an adorable pet grooming shop. Grimm, though, had to be my favorite character. He's Bay's huge, slobbery dog who has a personality all of his own.
Basically, I loved everything about this book. The chemistry between Bay and Tasmin was perfect; they're relationship developed at just the right speed and it was so sweet watching them grow closer. The paranormal conflict of the story was really intriguing as well. You didn't know who was on what side and if the demon would take control of Tasmin once and for all.
I don't know how it took me so long to read one of Kendra Leigh Castle's books! This one is the fourth in the Dark Dynasties series and I know for sure I'm going to pick the first three up as soon as I can. This one has unique paranormal characters with a steamy romance you can't help but get addicted to. If you're a fan of paranormal romances, you have to check this one out. You'll definitely be in for an awesome, addicting read.