Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Tour for Fatal Desire by Valerie Twombly (Review & GIVEAWAY)

After reading the first book in the Guardians series I became excited for the next book in the series.  That day has now arrived with the return of Valerie Twombly and her latest paranormal release, Fatal Desire.  Keep reading to learn more about this book and series along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle too!

A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream.
When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the Gods have gifted him with a mate, he is raging mad. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.
Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.
Two worlds, one desire.
When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?



Caleb is dark, hot, and commanding in human form. As a dragon, he’s a force to be reckoned with. When he witnesses the slave Lileta being beaten by his Overlord Odage, he nearly comes unglued. Without understanding why, he asks to take the slave as his own, but soon realizes his longing is more than an attraction to a beautiful woman. In a sick twist of fate, the gods have given him a demon as his mate—one he can never touch unless he wishes his own death. His only choice is to grant her freedom.
Lileta wanted to kill Caleb, but when she is freed by this tempting male, her anger turns to a desire that can only prove fatal. Even if she could claim him as her own, her dark past makes her unworthy of his love.
When their paths continue to intertwine, spiraling them to the brink of passion, can they resist the yearnings burning within them, or will they submit to their fatal desire?



This book picks up right where the previous installment left off.  There's still a battle waging between certain factions of vampires called Guardians, whose job is to keep humans safe, and dragon shifters who used to work alongside vampires.  A powerful demon's machinations has turned friend against friend in the next step in his plan to unleash Hell on Earth.  The fight gets even more fast-paced and convoluted in this installment with numerous characters and storylines being juggled.  Just when you think we've reached the end danger again rears its ugly head to put everyone in jeopardy in more pulse-pounding action scenes.  Though this story does end on a happy note there's still a sense of foreboding that leaves a character we've come to care about in jeopardy and us waiting breathlessly for the next installment.

Along with a very busy overall storyline there's a delightful romance underway between two people not meant to be together as their blood is toxic to the other.  Lileta was kidnapped when she was young and forced into slavery.  She's a demon whose power was stripped from her which leaves her angry and waiting for death as her only hope of escape.  The dragon shifter who claims her though gives her her life back which sets them on a rocky path to HEA as she rebels against his domineering ways.  She's strong-willed and wants to fight back against those who hurt her but her unwanted Mate tries his best to keep her safe.  Their relationship is full of witty and snarky banter that's laden with sexual tension.  She ultimately wants him but doesn't want their loving to kill him.  A secret about her parentage changes everything though and brings even more danger to the story in an unexpected twist.

Caleb is a strong-willed, sexy, and charming dragon shifter who's drawn to Lileta the moment he sees her and is shocked to discover she's his chosen Mate as her blood is toxic to him.  He admires her and is willing to get closer to her regardless of the danger.  He's had a lot of loss in his life and Lileta gives him a glimpse of a future with family and unending love if she's just willing to give them a chance.  Caleb is an admirable hero willing to sacrifice everything for the woman he's come to love.  He claims not to understand women but he does an incredible job of winning me over with his subtle romanticism.  I also found his interactions with his brother Diego endearing and enjoyed the added sense of family depicted.

This book has a storyline with a lot going on, sometimes too much.  There's a slew of characters that sometimes get confusing but they're all definitely unique as is the mythology.  The romance between Caleb and Lileta is sexy after starting off with a slow burn and is intertwined nicely with the action and suspense.  Ms. Twombly's Guardian series continues to entertain and though I'm sometimes unsure of what the endgame is, it's an intriguing and exciting journey worth taking and one lover's of the paranormal will especially enjoy.

My rating for this is a B+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.
Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.
Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.



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  1. Thanks for having me today and for the wonderful review.

    1. I'm honored to be hosting you again and enjoying the continuing saga of the Guardians/Dragon Shifters. Seth's story looks like it will be an emotional read and I'm looking forward to it! I hope to have you return when it's released too!

      The Scarf Princess

  2. This sounds like a rollercoaster of a read!

  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  4. This sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing your review!