Release Date: May 1, 2012
Sons of the Zodiac #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Pisces warrior Drake Campbell and his zodiac brethren have driven themselves to the edge. He’d love to take comfort in the arms of the woman he cares for, if only she would lift her emotional barriers to him.
White witch Emerson Carano has more to worry about than the Pisces warrior. Their affair may be red-hot, but she keeps the sexy man at arm’s length to avoid getting hurt. When her estranged brother, Magnus, suddenly reappears—wielding a dangerous dark magic—Emerson has no choice but to ask Drake and his brothers for help.
Long-buried secrets and dangerous alliances will threaten the very foundation of the warriors while striking at the heart of Emerson’s carefully constructed world. Can she put aside her fears to join forces with the only man who can help her—even if her own family must pay a terrible price?
Drake Campbell is battle-weary and jaded after millennia of trying to protect humanity, as much from itself as anything else, but the Pisces warrior has found a new reason to live and love in the tiny witch next door. Though she’s spent years insulating herself against the dangers of caring for someone else, Emerson Carano just can’t help herself when it comes to the gorgeous immortal who threatens to shake down every wall she’s so carefully built around her heart. Now they have to battle together against a common enemy to save themselves and those they love, but it’ll take both of them finding faith in one another to keep everyone alive.
Though it’s several novels into the series, I’d never read any of the Sons of the Zodiac books, a fact I’m now fairly sorry about. This story was a lot of fun to read. It’s full of magic and action, and plenty of convincing sexual heat between the two main characters. Throw in an adrenaline-fueled cliffhanger of an ending, and Warrior Enchanted makes for a really good story.
Unlike some other novels I’ve read that revolve around an Alpha male and his vexing, but lovable, heroine, it is Emerson who puts up the biggest fight against their relationship in Warrior Enchanted. Drake never wavers in his steadfast pursuit of her, and Fox does a great job imbuing him with genuine patience and perseverance, rather than a more clichéd sense of exasperation and accommodation. Emerson’s denials do weigh things down occasionally, but she’s got a lot of inner conflict to work through in the midst of a battle that affects them all, and does so with an impressive display of personal strength.
Emerson and Drake are absolutely perfect together, each exhibiting the qualities of their zodiac signs to perfection. They complete one another, fight against one another, understand one another, and need one another desperately. Sexually, they are amazing together, and neither has any hesitation about indulging in what they both need in bed. Still, Fox presents a valid question: what happens when even great sex isn’t enough?
For me, Warrior Enchanted was a surprisingly fresh take on the conflicts and machinations constantly being played out in literature between mortals and gods. Fox handily keeps her warriors from becoming one-dimensional, and her heroines are each uniquely talented and capable women able to stand beside their men as equals in the war they are fighting. Having now added the previous Sons of the Zodiac novels to my TBR list, I’m already looking forward to seeing how the warriors’ story will play out.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)