Guild Hunter, Book 5
©2012 Nalini Singh ; (P)2012 Tantor
When Spymaster Jason is forced to give a blood bond of honor to Princess Mahiya, swearing he'll protect the Archangel Neha's best interests & secrets basically, he expects to meet a pampered, spoiled princess...instead, Mahiya is...something else. Jason senses in Mahiya a woman of strength, both of character and abilities, and a woman who has been largely ignored and overlooked by those around her in Neha's court. He's intrigued...and for the Spymaster, who has few words for any, and wastes time on none, this is much.
Mahiya has but one wish...to escape Neha's court. Her life with her aunt Neha ~ Mahiya being the babe of a tryst between Neha's unfaithful consort and her sister, Mahiya's mother ~ has been nothing but being that of a tool for Neha. And she's suffered enough...she's somehow kept herself from becoming bitter and broken, and longs to be free and to find a love and just LIVE.
But in Jason she finds a man she can't help falling for. She knows he'll never love her, he'll never stay with her...he's told her so. But her heart is touched by this man who actually SEES her, HEARS her, and WANTS her.
And with all the death & intrigue that is going on in Neha's court, he might very well be her only chance at escape...
I actually LOVED this book! If you follow the series, you know all these books are awesome, and it's hard to top Raphael...but for me, Jason came damn close.
I think because he's so strong & silent, and HE brought himself back from being such a broken, lost child ( you have to READ or LISTEN to it find out! ) without anyone's help. He's such a solitary creature, even while he's friends & confidant with Raphael and the other of the Seven. I love that Nalini didn't try to change him for Mahiya...he didn't suddenly become this chatty, bubbly full of love dandy, lol. He just WAS who he was...and Mahiya didn't accept for that...she loved him for that. She felt safe with him for that. This book just gave me that this is RIGHT feeling...I struggled with what to write here, but I don't want to give away a ton of deets, but I want to convey how very much
Jason & Mahiya as a couple vie with Raphael & Ehlana for perfection for me.
Nalini's writing only gets better...
And as this was the audio version ~ I have to tell you, this is the only way I do the Angel books. I actually WAIT for the delayed release date.
I LOVE the way Justine Eyre narrates these books...she does and incredible job with all the voices!