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Review: Deliver Me from Temptation by Tes Hilaire

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Deliver Me from Temptation
Author: Tes Hilaire
Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Paladin Warriors Book #2
ISBN: 978-1402264375
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley

About the book:

      Logan Screwed Up…Big Time
      When things go bump in the night, Logan bumps back. Vampires, demons, succubi—you name it, he’s fought it. His job as Paladin angel warrior is to protect humans. Not fall for one.
      She Never Believed in Divine Intervention…Until Now
      Detective Jessica Waters protects humans too-with her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. She doesn’t believe in fate. But if anyone looks like a gift from the gods, it’s Logan. And he clearly knows more about her case than he’s letting on…

What VampBards talking about:

      I think that Jessica Waters is the most kick-ass heroine I’ve read this year.  Well, she’s at least in the top three.  With spunk, sass, and an attitude that doesn’t make her afraid of her own shadow nor doubt her convictions, she makes the perfect bond mate for a Paladin warrior.  At least that’s what Logan Calhoun III thinks.
      I really enjoyed Tes Hilaire’s second installment of the Paladin Warriors series, Deliver Me from Temptation.  I actually sat down and devoured it in pretty much one sitting.  The book moved ahead, just when I thought I’d get a lull, with excellent pacing, plot and character development.
      Yes.  I mentioned that Jessica is bad-ass.  She does, however, come with her own set of hang-ups that put her in danger from the Paladin’s sworn enemy, Lucifer.  With a heart that has been hardened and jaded from hurts in her life, Jessica has the power, as a police officer, to let things go.  Except she’s as tenacious as a bulldog, and doesn’t let go until she’s solved a case.  No matter what it may cost her.  Her reasons are personal, and evolve from her personal past.  I thought Ms. Hilaire did an awesome job of carefully unraveling Jess’ past for the reader.  It didn’t happen too fast, nor too slowly.
      Logan Calhoun, the resident hottie/ Paladin-sworn-to-make-the-world-a-better-place, has experienced the spark of finding his bond mate.  Only, he’s reluctant to let the bond fully form because she’s… **gasp** human.  He doesn’t know whether he’d be able to survive if he allowed himself to mark her and they fully bonded.  Because Logan has been brought up knowing that he’s destined to follow in his father’s footsteps because he’s the last of the full-blooded Paladin, he’s been all about ‘what’s good for the race and their cause’.  Oops.  He thought about himself for once.  Daddy didn’t like it.  Logan is actually the epitome of the attentive man.  He gives Jessica the space she needs to be herself without being overbearing and bossy like so many of the alpha males we read about in the genre.  I think that is what made me empathetic toward him and his cause from square-one.
      The way Logan and Jessica connected seemed to be intimate and all-in, even though both seemed to be holding back a part of themselves they weren’t ready to share.
      The over-arching plot for the series seems to be moving.  There didn’t seem to be a lot of progression, but I suppose every inch towards the ultimate resolution helps.  We did have more background knowledge revealed about Calhoun Sr., and about the relics.  We also saw a bit of Roland and Valin, with hints into his storyline (to come, I hope!).  I also liked seeing Alex!
      Nice little story.  Well-written, and developed Logan Jr. in a way I didn’t think possible.  Look out for the hook at the end; don’t think the story’s done at the end of the last conflict!  Kudos to Ms. Hilaire for composing a pleasing resolution to a difficult problem.  I look forward to reading the next installment of the Paladin Warriors series.

VampBards Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
 
 
Purchase Info:
Deliver Me from Temptation (Book 2)
Reviews in the Series:
Deliver Me from Darkness (Book 1)
  • Wonderful review! I was waiting for this one after I read Tes’s first book. I have my copy, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I will most likely make it my next read, especially considering how much you enjoyed it. 😉
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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