Cover Design: Lou Harper
Length: 330 Pages
The Guardians Of Gaia Series
BlurbDeath, be not proud…
The conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and the Guardians of Gaia draws closer, but the theriomorphs and their allies are caught between vampires loyal to Elizabeth Bathory’s daughter, Anna, and humans controlled by Elizabeth and her sire, Thrace. With the forces of evil now pressing on them from two sides, the theriomorphs need help, and they need it fast!
And soonest our best men with thee do go...
It has been five hundred years since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving theriomorphs, lost his mate at the hands of his worst enemy. But Gaia never revealed the whole truth about Raphael’s fate, and Antonio is shocked when Raphael arrives to train Evan St. John and Adam Carson as true Dark Guardians. Yet the man who returns after so long is not the same man Antonio once loved. The hard and lonely life as Gaia’s hunter has changed Raphael almost as much as his lost memories of Antonio and the love they once shared.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men...
Antonio must work with the stranger who wears his lover’s face, and while Raphael is welcomed by most of the team, one member sees his return as a threat to his own place in Antonio’s life. But Thrace has allied himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the theriomorphs and Dark Guardians must work together in a race against time to discover Thrace’s plan. Even as Antonio and Raphael are irresistibly drawn to one another, Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time. If he and his team fail in their mission, millions will die, for Thrace will stop at nothing to destroy Gaia once and for all.
4 out of 5 (very good)
Be Not Proud is the third book in the Blood Bathory series. In this story, we learn more about Antonio and his bonded mate, Raphael. Five hundred years ago, Thrace killed Raphael and taunted Antonio about it. Although he spent a year feral, trying to cope with the loss, Antonio was able to return to humanity, although the loss never faded. Things change though, when Raphael reappears in Antonio's life, bringing back feelings Antonio thought had gone forever.
This was an excellent story, and a great way to finish Elizabeth's story. I am really hoping this isn't the end of the series though, as there is still at least one more pair I want to hear from! The pacing is perfect for this book, and the emotions are detailed enough so you can feel the torment our two MCs go through. Although I understood Jean-Paul's role, I didn't exactly get on with him to begin with. I thought his actions were spot on once Marielle had spoken with him, but the constant possessiveness was starting to grate on me. He is, however, one of the ones I want to hear more about, so he wasn't all bad!
This was written beautifully, and the pacing was perfect. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the whole series. Absolutely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.
Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.
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