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Prowled Darkness by Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Dante's Circle #7
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Eliana Sawyer’s life was rocked from its foundation twice in as many years. She risked her heart and had it shattered into a thousand pieces when Malik left her with no warning. While she’d normally raise her chin and ignore the pain, she can’t forget what he gave her before he disappeared from her life.
Malik Ward is a prince amongst the lion shifters and knows that one day he will have to take a mate. Only, his people can never mate with humans. Under the mistaken impression that Eliana was only human, he forced himself to leave before they’d crossed a line and he broke his vow to his people. Now that he knows the truth about Eliana, however, it will take more than groveling to win back the one woman fated to be his.
While Eliana and Malik embark on a new sensuous path that might lead to disaster, the realms aren’t ready to allow the final lightning-struck human to be enveloped into their fold. The couple will have to combat those plotting against them, as well as the broken promises and heated emotions they share.
Warning: Contains a Leo with a bite that’s worse than his roar, a woman with one last chance at the life she’s always dreamt of, a flame that could extinguish with the wrong sacrifice, and the final journey in the bestselling Dante’s Circle series.
At the end of the last book I wanted to beat Malik something seriously. He has told Eliana that he no longer wants to see her and that they meant nothing to one another. So she has tried to go on with her life. She feels more lonely than ever now that she is the last single of the lighting struck, oh and she’s pregnant! She figures she will never have a mate, after all the guy she fell in love with is only a human, and will simply raise her child by herself.
Malik loved Eliana more than he wanted to admit, in fact his lion is certain she is their mate. The problem is that he can’t mate with a human and his father is dying. So he left her and returned to his own realm to take care of him and attempt to find a lioness to mate. Boy do these two need to learn the power of communication. If only a couple of things would have happened! One Eliana could have brought him around her friends and then he would have realized they were lighting struck. Anther was that Tristian, his friend and mate of one of Eliana’s friends, could have explained the whole lightning struck thing.
Either way these two think the other is human until Malik finds out about the lighting struck gals and heads to Dante’s Circle to find Eliana. He gets the shock of his life when he sees she is ready to pop! They finally begin to have conversations they should of had months ago and Eliana learns that lions don’t mate like the others do. There was a reason she didn’t change the first time her and Eliana had sex like the others. Things move pretty quickly from there with the baby coming and the need to return to his realm.
This finally book in the Dante’s Circle series was so good. My only issue was that I felt like it moved a little too face there towards the end. However that doesn’t take anything away from how great it was. I loved that when Eliana changed it was into a phoenix and what happens to her is so perfect. Malik spent so long trying to do the right thing that he almost missed out on his mate. Of course they do have to deal with his crazy family. I am going to miss the entire gang!
This was not one of those times.
Malik Ward wanted to throw up, even though he didn’t have a thing in his stomach. Or maybe yell at someone until he was so red in the face he couldn’t speak. Perhaps hit someone so he could feel bone smash against bone. Or maybe, just maybe, go down to his knees in front of the woman who carried his child and beg for forgiveness.
As Malik was in line for the lion throne and a Ward, the latter wouldn’t be happening.
If he were anything less than the lion he was, he’d have tucked his tail between his legs and walked out of the bar as quickly as he’d come in. But he wasn’t that kind of man, and now he had to face the consequences of his decisions.
And what consequences they were.
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