Book Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Book Series: Dark Hunter 22.5
Released: 1/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 115 Price: $2.99 E-Book
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.
This is a short story included in the Dark Bites anthology and is the origin story for Styxx and Beth. This story is the origin of how their two souls met and fell in love. If you have not read Styxx you will be fine as this doesn’t give anything away. If you have read Styxx then this is a sad but interesting read to learn about how their love started. Warning, this does not end well but then again it is not the end of their story. The HEA comes in Styxx’s book.
It wasn’t a very long listen but it took me a bit to figure out that it was a prequel to Styxx’s book. I thought it was interesting but have to confess that I’m simply not that into reading about sex/romance anymore. I blame menopause. Whatever the reason I found myself losing interest once the characters started hooking up. If you are a fan of the series though you will want to add this one to your list as it will add to the broader overall scope of the world. Just be prepared for heartbreak.
My Rating: 3 Stars