by Jillian Neal
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Gifted Realm - Book 4
Expected Publication Date: July 18, 2014
Publisher: Realm Press
Dan Vindico is the Chief
of Elite Iodex, the fiercest, peacekeeping, police force in the Realm.
He appears to have been constructed of raw sinew and steel. He’s sought
revenge for his fiancée’s murder for the last decade. As he tears apart
the men responsible, seemingly without end, he finds himself drowning in
the riptide. Amelia’s kidnapper is going to walk free. The knowledge
drives Dan to the brink.
Rainer Lawson, son of the assassinated
Crown Governor and the newest officer to earn the Elite rank, can’t seem
to do anything more than watch his boss be crushed under the weight.
With Emily on another continent, Rainer has already let his guard down
for one brief moment and has seen the brutality of the Interfeci.
They’ve taken something he can’t ever get back. Can they be stopped? Can
they save Vindico from the hellish abyss he seems determined to let
Vindico can’t continue on. He’s reached the end.
Narrowly escaping certain imprisonment and possible death, his body
seems unwilling to fight anymore. While licking his inflicting wounds,
in walks his saving grace. He’s hit Rock Bottom. Rainer, Logan, Garrett,
and all of his men can’t save him. Perhaps, what he needs are the wings
of an Angel. Can he have anything good in his life? Can he have true
love again? How can he keep her from ending up like Amelia? Could it
ever be worth the risk?
Rock Bottom by Jillian Neal
My Rating: 5 Stars
Have you been following the Haydenshire Family the ‘stars” of Jillian Neal’s The Realm Series? Go read them, I’ll wait…Rock Bottom is Ms. Neal’s latest addition to this unique series in a world where there are “gifted’ humans and non-gifted, living in a tenuous existence where evil still tries to overpower good. Through it all, the Haydenshires feel like a cross between the Brady Bunch/Eight is Enough/the Waltons and those “adult movies” you can find behind the curtains. This time out Ms. Neal threads several subplots together to weave a picture of the fast-paced and often frantic world of the Crown Governor, his growing family and the continuing threats that surround them.
One of their closest friends and greatest allies is Dan Vindico, the almost super-powered Chief of the Elite Iodex Police. Slowly imploding from the inside out, Dan cannot let go of his tortured past, the day he lost the love of his life and he has finally hit Rock Bottom. Enter a beautiful, gifted woman, Fionna, who has been one of many to fantasize about the powerful warrior who is unable to give more than his body to anyone. Will she be the one to break through his emotional exile? Is she strong enough? Is it even safe for her to been seen with Dan or would she have to be his little secret?
Once again, Jillian Neal showcases her ability to take fantasy to a new level, making it feel real and frighteningly plausible. From the warmth and loyalty in the powerful Haydenshire family that extends to those they love to the brutal realities that lurk around every corner to the steaming romance shared by lovers, I was in Ms. Neal’s world, believing every word, seeing every scene, feeling every emotion. This author can write, but even I am amazed at how she can go from the precious first weeks of a newborn’s life to a melt your eyeballs sexual scene in the flip of a page! Must be pure, raw talent!
I received an ARC edition from Jillian Neal in exchange for my honest review.