Friday, October 3, 2014

Royal Obsession by Cyndi Friberg

Title: Royal Obsession
Series: Shadow Assassins, 1
Author: Cyndi Friberg
Publisher: Anything But Ordinary Books
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
Word Count:57,500
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Shadow Assassins, Book One: Radical separatists, created at the onset of the Great Conflict, have been made obsolete by years of peace. They live in their subterranean Shadow Maze and only emerge when it’s time to breed. For Varrik, that time is now.

Varrik, current leader of the Shadow Assassins, knows his people are on the verge of extinction. If they cannot adapt, they will die. Yet if his son were a direct descendant of the High Queen it would secure a place for future generations. Protecting his people is his first priority, so Varrik assembles a hunting party and kidnaps the royal twins. He is determined to claim the eldest for his own.

Echo, the younger princess, knows her pampered sister will never survive the sexual appetites of their virile captor. Echo doesn't understand the powerful attraction she feels for Varrik, but drawing his attention is a far better choice than allowing him to overwhelm her twin. She doesn't expect to find him fascinating or to crave the demanding passion he ignites. Can a dominating warrior and his willing captive bring light to the Shadow Maze?

This is my first time reading Cyndi Friberg’s work and I enjoyed the experience.  And although Royal Obsession is an off shoot from a line in her Beyond Ontariese series, it is unnecessary to have read the series to understand the first book in this the first in the Shadow Assassins series. 
In Echo, Ms. Friberg gave us a wonderfully strong character with secrets aplenty.  She was determined to protect her sister even at the cost of her virtue.  But I loved that she was still able to listen with compassion and think past her circumstances.  She was strong willed but not stubborn which isn’t always easy to be or write but Ms. Friberg handled that balance in such a way that I genuinely like her.  She bent the truth but didn’t bend her honor in the process.  I adored Varrik.  He was in such a tough spot.  But he made decisions based upon the letter of the law even as he skirted the edge.  I loved that he was fighting for a better way of life for his people even if he would be unable to enjoy the fruits of his labor.  I loved the way he was with Echo and wanted them to find a way to succeed in a way both of them could live with. 
Ms. Friberg gave us two strong characters that fit and I enjoyed seeing how she wove their spirits together.  This will not be the last time that I read Cyndi Friberg’s work.

                                  Four Twinkling Stars

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