Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Fallen by Tenaya Jayne

Title: Fallen
Author: Tenaya Jayne
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/NA
Series: Shadows of Regia (Book One)
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisI will never submit to the man who killed my best matter what destiny says.  

Half vampire and wealthy playboy, Maddox lives his life in the public eye and thoroughly enjoys his bad reputation. But what most people believe of him is not who he really is. Life has always been easy for Maddox, but now a dark figure moves through the shadows slaughtering innocent young women, and the evidence points at him as his exes start turning up dead with his name carved into their skin. 

Erin hates everything Maddox stands for and when her best friend becomes the most recent in the line of mysterious killings, she has no doubt the rich lothario is responsible. Torn by grief, Erin decides to take matters into her own hands and she will stop at nothing to make Maddox pay. 

But when the two rivals finally come head to head, neither is prepared for the sparks that fly or the eternal bond that destiny weaves between their souls. Maddox is desperate to keep Erin by his side and prove to her his innocence.  Erin would rather die than submit to being his destined life mate… And her death is just what the killer has in mind. 

This is a full novel. Book 1 of 3 in The Shadows of Regia Trilogy. 

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A great start for a new series to obsess over!

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Maddox uses his celebrity status to lure girls to his bed. Then he dumps them without another thought. It's just a way to cope with the fact that he isn't the warrior his father hoped he would be, nor the mage everyone expected. Yet, when one of his conquests winds up dead with his name on her wrists, he's suspect #1. And even if the authorities clear him, public opinion might not be so forgiving to the playboy.

When Erin learns her best friend has supposedly committed suicide, she doesn't believe it for a second. She knows her friend was murdered and Erin is sure that Maddox is guilty. The problem? When Erin tries to enact revenge on Maddox, she discovers her life mate is none other than the manwhore in question. Determined to escape him and their mating, she will do whatever it takes to get her revenge first. But nothing and no one are what they seem...

I have to admit that I wasn't sure about this book at first. Reading the blurb, it seemed like an easy story to understand and since it was the first of the series, I didn't expect it to be so complex. There is a list of definitions and people at the beginning of the book. I highly recommend reading this before starting the story. I didn't and had to go back to read it once I realized how deep this story goes. Apparently, it's a spin-off series to a larger one already concluded.

It wasn't just the intensity of the fantasy world that gave me pause at the start. Maddox was a total jerk in the beginning. I really wanted to smother him, even though I know he was written this way for a reason. You have to dislike his behavior to appreciate the way he changes throughout the book. The first chapters are of him hitting rock bottom. After he realized his mistakes, he began to grow on me.

The whole soulmating process shocked me. It was pretty intense, but I can't really complain about it. I was intrigued by how deeply the couple's connection was. Sensing each other's feelings was pretty cool, especially when they were trying to figure each other out. The romance was steamy and I ate up every word of it. From the rocky start, I really am surprised by how much I loved this book.

One thing I think the author could have done a better job in was explaining just where we were when the book began. To be honest, I had no real idea if this Regia was a medieval place or a futuristic place or present day but maybe in an alternate realm. There is technology mentioned, but I needed some description of the structures to help me visualize where I was since I've never visited Regia before.

In closing...
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment and getting another dose of steamy soulmating. Five suns!

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