True Destiny, Book 5
Slade Saeter endured centuries of torture, longing for the day he could claim Magnus Tate and Sylvia Grimm as mates. Now freedom is his, but nightmares still plague this son of Loki, and he fears his lovers will believe him too fragile to bond.
Magnus never thought he could have the woman of his dreams, not when she was broken by his own father, her heart shattered by Thor’s infidelities and their ultimate divorce. But Slade’s determination gives him a glimmer of hope.
Never one to let anything keep her down for long, Sylvia has long since healed from her ex-husband’s betrayals. But accepting her own stepson as a bonded mate? While it’s something she can wrap her body around, her heart is another story.
As three war-weary, damaged hearts slowly find balance among them, they form bonds of surprising strength. But with danger descending upon them with the fury of a Valkyrie, time is the one thing they may not have.
This is a ménage but don't be put off as I think anyone who has suffered as much as Slade Saeter has, truly deserves a little happiness and now he has found it in the protective arms of Magnus Tate. The only thing left to do, should be to claim Sylvia Grimm, but the centuries of torment at the hands of Thor, Magnus's own father makes for a challenge but these two strong males are more than ready for that. As Slade heals, his bond with Magnus strengthens but it's time everyone stopped tip toeing around him. Yes, he has suffered debilitating injuries that not even his shifter abilities can totally heal, but he is most definitely not broken! The problem is though Thor still has those loyal to him and danger is about to come right inside Sylvia's door.
Wow, there's lots going on in this book and quite a lot of characters to get to know. I hadn't read the previous book but managed to understand what was happening quite quickly. Although, I have to admit the fact that these Norse gods use both their original names and more modern ones did give me pause at times and meant I had to remember which character was which. I had a vision of Ms Bell using a spreadsheet to organise just who her characters are or rather were! I also found myself trying to work out how to pronounce some of the more unusual names and that somewhat slowed the rhythm of my reading down.
As mentioned, there are a lot of characters and hosting a party in this world must be a nightmare! Step mothers, missing fathers, divorces and sibling rivalry all add up to form a very complicated background and these beings have been fighting amongst themselves for centuries. I think this is most definitely a series best read in order and I regret that I hadn't already discovered this series. I'm not sure if I will get the next book as I prefer the author’s shifter series but I'm sure many lovers of Norse mythology will enjoy this crazy mixed up world that Ms Bell has created.