Monday, April 23, 2012
Spartan Surrender by Kristine Cheney review!
The exciting Spartan Heart Saga continues!
Stubborn and independent, Taryn Hampton takes a calculated gamble. Despite the dangers of a half-breed birth, she’s run off to Blackpool Sands, determined to deliver Thessalus’ baby alone. But when complications arise, desperation soon sets in. With no one around to save Taryn and her unborn child, she’s forced to barter with an evil nemesis for the safety of her newborn. Cursed to endure the consequences of her foolish decisions, she must face this eternal punishment with a mother’s sacrifice.
Thessalus Agiad wants only Taryn, but the willful woman refuses to submit to her feelings. Finding out about his unborn, half-breed babe, he’s aware that Taryn loves him, but she’s still terrified of his immortality. To make matters worse, she now fears his child that grows within her belly. Tired of her repeated rejections and the endless game of chasing after her, Thessalus gives the woman he loves an ultimatum.
The Oracle Demona is wretched, as ever. Tipped off by one of her visions, she awaits the day to retaliate against Dorien and Evangeline. Aware of Taryn’s impending folly, Demona exploits her mistakes to the point of utter devastation. The Witch hires the rakish immortal, Dastan, to carry out her evil plans, knowing well that he’s just another pawn in her self-rigged game.
Enamored with Taryn Hampton, Dastan wants the feisty vixen for himself. Thessalus Agiad is the only man who stands in his way. Hired by Demona to kidnap Taryn, Dastan decides it’s an added bonus to torment his enemy. But Taryn is sick with fever, and he gets more than he bargained for when she becomes a tempting siren in his bed. It matters not that his comely hostage believes that he is Thessalus.
Curses, manipulations, and fears may decimate everything that lies between Taryn and Thessalus, but sometimes love can balm the scars of a wounded soul, and force the most stubborn heart to surrender.
I have been waiting for this book for what seems like forever, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. I knew as soon as I saw the sexy, gorgeous cover that this story was going to be amazing, and it was.
Spartan Surrender is the fantastic and breathtaking new installment to Kristine's Spartan Series.
Spartan Surrender follows Taryn and Thessalus. Their story is a lot darker, more sensual, and more complicated than Spartan Heart. It is purely a battle of the heart for not only the characters, but for the readers as well. The novel is very emotional and heartbreaking. It may just be Kristine's best work yet! SS is a roller coaster, complete with some beautiful, touching, swoon worthy scenes, and some scenes that will have you cringing or grasping your Nook/Kindle for dear life. The book was so hard to put down. It's definitely one of those books that you will stay up all night reading, just so you can find out what happens next. This book really makes you feel for the characters. I cried during several parts and my heart broke along with Taryn.
All of our favorite immortals are back including a new immortal, Dastan. Dastan really throws a wrench into this story. Demona is back as well, and more twisted than ever. The end is just priceless and it really opens the way for the next book.
There are no words to describe how much I love these books. Kristine is an amazing writer and story-teller. She is one of my favorite Indie Authors! I constantly go back into Spartan Heart and Spartan Surrender because it pains me to be away from these characters. That's when you know how truly great a series it. I love how these books are a journey; true love conquering all obstacles. It's amazing how much these men really do cherish their women. That's one of the best parts of this series. I love how these big, strong immortal warriors care so passionately for what is theirs. I cannot wait for the next book or for Spartan Surrender to come out in paperback so I can add it to my shelf!!
I recommend this series to anyone looking for a series that is magical, romantic and addictive.