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by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Released: May 1, 2012
Series: The League #5
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Kere is a lethal assassin and also one of the founding members of the Sentella, an organization whose aim is to fight injustice where they find it. But, he is also Darling Cruel, the next Ruler of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the Universe and also one of the most despised men in space. Humiliated and tortured on a daily basis to keep his family safe no one really knows the true Darling Cruel, not even the woman he loves, Zarya , the leader of the rebels who oppose his family rule and knows him as Kere, an ally to her cause. But, her love for Darling is tested when her men drag him to her in chains without his mask…..and she fails with devastating consequences.I admit I was highly skeptical about this book, I mean Darling was gay right? So what’s he doing with a girlfriend? I was told it would all be explained in the book to my complete satisfaction, and I admit I am not as devastated as I thought I would be. In any other authors work apart from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s I may have still been disgruntled, but been as Ms Kenyon seems to take great delight in torturing her heroes more then any other author I have ever read, her coming up with Darling being gay in a severely homophobic society who enjoys watching his pain and humiliation kind of makes sense.
But despite being apprehensive about the gay thing, I have been looking forward to this book, although I don’t really like her Dark Hunter series (there are exceptions, Vane and Wren yum!) the League series has captured my imagination. Logically I know that it is basically Dark Hunters -in -Space, but something about it makes me pre-order each new book in the series. This book wasn’t that much different from the others, only to time it was Darling’s turn on the rack and Zarya’s turn to sooth him, and I liked both of them and they definitely had on the page chemistry. I did find their relationship a little bit hard to swallow at first because of previous events, but by the end, much like the gay issue, I accepted it.
What I liked most about this book was the way at the end the game has been changed, and I can’t wait to see the impact this has on the next book In the series, which I believe in Hauk’s although it looks like there will be a novella for Maris towards the end of year.
Although this wasn’t much different from any of the other books in the series, I did enjoy it and will be eagerly waiting for the next book.