The rich and available Captain Drake Devlin had the biggest body count in World War I. Injected with serum that turned him into something unnatural, Drake’s troop annihilated the enemy, but once his tour ended, Drake was plunged into a world of family tragedy and financial ruin.
Sienna Caldwell is stunning to even the biggest cynic; with her exotic looks and rich brown skin, the playboy wasn’t exempt from her charms. Buckling under the pressure of his financially strapped inheritance, Drake makes a deal with the devil to marry the prosperous landowner in order to protect her. After one year, he can return the black beauty back to her island and collect on the fortune that will save his family’s reputation, but the task proves far easier said than done. The war may have made Drake into something lethal, but he soon finds his new bride was born more powerful than he could ever imagine. Not only does Drake have to figure out away to keep his hands off his alluring wife, but also he has to make sure she stays alive.
This is an intriguing erotic read with a lot of action and intriguing characters. At times it almost felt like there was too much going on, but Carlton managed to create a story that kept me entertained and left me wanting more.
Drake and his men were experimented on during the war which left them as werewolves. With the war over, they now use their abilities to reap vengeance on those deemed criminals by the government. Drake sees himself as someone who will never find love until the day he meets Sienna, a woman with secrets of her own. I was intrigued by Drake and his crew's abilities and wished I could've learned more about the program and their after-war missions. I felt that there were a lot of loose ends where this was concerned and it left me disappointed. I wish we'd seen more emotions from Drake as well. I never felt a connection to him as he seemed to bottle up his emotions. He was definitely sexy though and someone who could protect the girl no matter what.
Sienna also has unique abilities which emerged when least expected. I also liked that she was colored since too many books don't want to address this issue and the racism associated with it. This book did touch on the racism, a character close to the hero surprisingly as well as others, and I applaud this author for doing so. Sienna was mysterious and exotic and this is what drew Drake to her. Yes, the fact that she was rich was nice but ultimately didn't matter to him.
Drake and Sienna had a rocky relationship. They had a strong sexual connection and their sexual interludes were steamy, and at times animalistic, but they were always fighting against each other. I never really felt they were in love, but I was very intrigued by their relationship and wanted them to stay together.
The best part of the story were the secondary characters. Grey and Maddie were complex and rough around the edges and I really wanted to know everything I could about them. The small glimpses of their earlier lives were tantalizing but not near enough information. I would be thrilled to see books devoted to just them as I thought their characters left a lasting impression through their outspokenness and many layers of emotions and issues. While these two were my favorites, there are others who I enjoyed and would also love reading more about.
While I had some issues with the primary characters, it was the secondary characters that kept me turning the pages as well as the pulse pounding action sequences. The scenery was written in such a way as to draw you in and added to the eroticism of the story and characters. There were many strings left hanging to easily bring forth a sequel which I truly hope happens. So for those wanting a different kind of paranormal story definitely look towards Sweet As Sin by Kenya Carlton.
My rating for this is a B-
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.