Bookish academic Diana Laughton has been having terrible dreams. Dreams of battle, dreams of blood... dreams so vivid she's living them day and night. When demons invade her quiet life, she wonders if she's going mad. Or if perhaps she's remembering a past life she had no idea existed...
In the midst of betrayal, he must protect her
Mythean Guardian Cadan Trinovante loved and betrayed Britain's warrior queen Boudica two millennia ago. Now he's tasked with protecting mortals whose lives affect the fate of humanity. His latest assignment is Boudica herself, reincarnated as a woman with no idea of her past or her fated future. Though in the irresistible form of Diana Laughton, it's possible Cadan has once again met his match...
To succumb to seduction could prove fatal
Thrown together in a shadowy world that exists alongside our own, Diana and Cadan must fight not only the demonic forces that want Diana dead, but a past and a passion that have lasted centuries. Their desire could be deadly. But as evil from the underworld unites against them, their only hope could be each other.
Diana has always had incredibly realistic and often frightening dreams but recently her nightmares seem to be encroaching on her reality. When she is attacked by a strange and fierce creature that's not human, it's as if something long forgotten awakens inside her and she kills the monster. Left reeling and confused, Diana is stunned when a tattoo appears on her wrist. As she's a keen student of history, she recognises it as a landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland and feels strangely compelled to go there.
Cadan is an ancient warrior who has been granted immortality to fight the demons that would destroy life here on Earth. Once he loved a woman with all his heart, but he watched as her life ebbed out of her. That woman was Boudica, the queen of the Iceni, and Cadan tried so hard to protect her but now lives with the guilt of knowing she felt betrayed by him. When Diana appears, it's clear she carries the soul of the long dead Celtic queen, but why now has she finally been reborn? There's something happening in the Underworld and only with Diana's help can the balance be maintained but Caden will do all he can to protect his resurrected lover whether she wants it or not!
I wasn't sure at first if I would be completely hooked by this concept but the characters won me over. Diana is such a revelation as she willingly embraces this new and let's be honest strange world she finds herself in. She's never fazed or hesitant and yes, I could quite believe she carried the soul of such a strong warrior woman. Diana constantly embraced her new role and wholeheartedly fought to get to the truth. Unfortunately, the maddening Cadan tried very hard to conceal the truth from her but Diana is a very determined woman!
Cadan, oh Cadan, what can I say about you? You were doomed to love a woman who could not be everything you needed in a partner; a woman with a mission that consumed her. Poor Cadan was born in a time when women were to be protected and his attitude still shows this. His desire to protect first Bouduca and now Diana sees him making terrible mistakes and I wanted to shake him, but Diana is a thoroughly modern woman and more than a match for him. In fact this is a romance, but it's not two people instantly going at it like rabbits no it's a fierce attraction that simmers between the couple and when they finally get horizontal they (metaphorically) set the sheets on fire!
So a great start to a completely unique series. I'm very intrigued by the supporting characters and there's a wealth of magical talents for Ms Hall to explore. There's still a lot to find out about these Mytheans and I for one can't wait to discover more.