After a devastating betrayal resulting in the loss of a close friend a century ago, Dorian refuses to trust or engage with Immortals other than his Guardian family. His years of brutal fighting in the underground Immortal rings are over. He patrols the Realms and slakes his lust with the humans on Earth. Existing, but not living as he used to. He knows the moment he scents Rain that he has found his mate and after touching her he plans to avoid her as long as he can... Until he learns she is in danger. Raging, his beast demands that he go to her, but taking her from their enemy has repercussions he fully plans to escape at all costs.
For Dorian, finding a way out of mating Rain means he could succumb to madness and harm those that mean so much to him… but giving in to his burning urge for her means losing control in a heated mating frenzy sure to ignite them both and link them forever.
Warning: brief instances of M/F/F and M/F/M menage, a hot headed, dirty talking alpha male, voyeurism and sexually explicit scenes.
Rain is a mortal whose family has chosen to live in the Tetartos realm and since first seeing Dorian at her friend’s wedding, he's all she can think about. Problem is, he looks like he hates her and Rain has no idea why. When Rain starts showing signs of the "Mating Frenzy", it's feared she is bound to one of the evil acolytes who recently kidnapped her but no, it turns out the source of her misery is much closer to home and it's the one male who keeps trying to avoid her. It's Dorian!
Dorian has reason not to trust females but he was such an arrogant and rude armpit towards Rain!, accusing her of just wanting to share his immortality. Now the reader knows that if he would let his past go, Dorian would make an awesome Mate because he is just so protective. Luckily Rain is made of stern stuff and no matter how much her body might yearn for Dorian, she stays strong. When things come to ahead and they both realise that maybe they should take things further, it's still not quite a done deal; but Rain is never bitter and her quiet determination really impressed me. Although, I confess, it was Dorian's possessive nature that really gave me qualms.
I wanted more plot, if honest, and although there are some action scenes, and one in particular that had consequences that will reverberate as this series continues, I felt something was lacking. Yes, we still get to see the "bad guys' but I have a sneaky suspicion Ms Jay might try to redeem at least one of them. Sexy times dominate the second half of the book with dirty talk and interesting scenes involving water.
If explicit reads are not your thing then Denying Ecstasy is not for you, as believe me, you could not just flick through the odd page to avoid them. Having said that, I am enjoying this series and wonder just what will happen next. I believe it's Conn’s book up next and he's a lovely wolf shifter so I'm onboard for his book.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.