Apr 16, 2013

{Review} of Soul Avenged by Keri Lake

Soul Avenged by Keri Lake
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Werewolf, Demon
AUTHORS BLOG: Keri Lakes' Site

Passion is blind in vengeance and love ...

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:


The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance

Why had I not read this book sooner? Loved the paranormal aspect of the werewolves being the bad guys, demons being the good guys and one tough kick butt girl who can take them all on in a fight. I really enjoyed this urban fantasy. It has a lot of characters to connect to, each have such great personalities and back stories that I loved and villains I loved to hate.

Soul Avenged follows Ayden, a woman who had lost her family to a horrible werewolf attack and who is now hunting them down. She has an interesting contract with a group of demons known as the Sons of Wrath, who help her on her mission. One night hunting she finds a newly turned man who has only a few days left until he turns into the beast she hates. But there is one thing off about him; every time she touches him she gets visions of something familiar. Now she thinks this man is her only hope of finding out who killed her family.

Ayden is a complicated character; the readers right from the start know that she can take care of her self and that all she wants to do is kill. When she meets Kane, who is a soon to be werewolf, she wants answers to the visions. But she also has so much hatred towards him that we get some great love hate action from them when they argue. The readers slowly unfold what happened in her past, who is connected, and why she is also running from a group she once trusted called the Alexi. But I feel all the best scenes were whenever she was with one of the Sons of Wrath, especially Gavin. I was surprised that this series focused on Ayden and not more on the Sons, but I feel this was still a good introduction to them.

Kane is the man Ayden and the Sons find one night. Once a doctor and now being threatened by Ayden, he really isn’t having a great day when the readers first meet him. I liked that even though he expected to die soon he still had a great snarky personality with Ayden. He was a good counterpart for her hateful mood, it seemed he couldn’t resist frustrating her. Their chemistry isn’t instant and the readers will be happy to see a nicely paced development in their relationship. His character I felt had the most change through out the story, the readers get to see him change from a weaker man to a powerful one.

Gavin is one of the many Sons of Wrath, I felt I should mention him a bit because he’s an important part of Aydens life. He care deeply for her, even though they have a contract I feel he’d do anything she’s ask without getting anything in return. I loved how even though he’s a bit of a ladies man, he was always there to have her and his brothers backs. I can’t wait for the story that focuses on him. He is joined by his is brother Logan, a extremely moody guy, Calix who I adored for his sweet persona, Zeke is a player and a bad boy down to the core, and Zayne who has a sad history but I feel the readers will get more about him later. Each demon I can tell will have their own story. I feel like the readers really got to know Gavin and Logan the best and either of these two will be in the next book as the lead. I have to say even though he may be a jerk sometimes I can’t wait for some more Logan after an interesting turn around occurs with him.

Overall I loved the concept of the demons of Wrath being the focus. It’s 100% urban fantasy adding in some seriously great twist in some of the characters storyline. I wished the story focused on the Sons more but I enjoyed the mystery behind what happened to Ayden and if she could help this lost wolf she found. The baddies were super evil and Lake did a fantastic job in making the readers hate the villains and hope that Ayden and the boys teach them a lesson. In the end this story is heavy on character development and makes the readers get attached to each one for their own special trait and suspenseful plot that connects them all. I can’t wait for the next book!

This is an adult urban fantasy that has sexual content meant for a mature audience. Fans of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series and Kresley Coles Immortals After Dark series will love Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath) by Keri Lake.

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