9645576The third in the Sons of the Zodiac series, Warrior Betrayed follows the Tarus warrior Quinn falling in love with a multibillioniare heiress Montana Grant, who unbeknownst to her, is head of a very dirty shipping company thanks to her daddy.

And thanks to her mum, Montana is destined to be the next Greek goddess of peace.

See, what a lot of folks don’t know apparently, is that when Zeus married his first wife Themis, goddess of justice, they actually had several children together.  The Moirai also known as the Fates: Clotho who weaves the life of all things, Lachesis who measures the lifespan, and Atropos who cuts the thread of life when the creature is to die.  But less known to the modern world are their sisters the Horae, goddess of natural justice and the natural hours of time: Eunomia the goddess of lawfulness, Diké the goddess of right, and Eirene the goddess of peace.

Eirene was the goddess of peace before she chose to leave Olympus and immortality behind when she fell in love with Montana’s father.  Themis let her go, but told Eirene that she would have Eirene’s daughter as the next goddess of peace.

So Eirene is mortal, and now she’s dying.  When she’s gone, Montana is due to become the next goddess of peace.  But she needs to live that long.

Montana’s father died a few months before the story starts, and it is Montana’s plan to take the company public, which will benefit everyone.  Well, everyone who doesn’t have an interest in keeping the company and their shady back room dealings private.  And of course one of these people happen to be a fallen Taurus warrior.

And you can’t get mad at me for ‘spoiling’ that part.  It’s introduced like 2/3 chapters in.  The big thing is the ‘why’ behind his motivations, and that doesn’t come out until much later on.  Hint: Not what you think.

Anyways, so Montana is dodging all these attacks on her life, And Quinn happens to be along for the ride, trying to keep her safe.  They fall in love of course along the way, because lets face it ladies.  It’s kinda hard to not fall in love with a gorgeous man who’s saving your life every time you turn around.

Warrior Betrayed also deals with the fall out from the previous book, when Quinn refused to help his Warrior brother Kane help his lady love Ilsa.  It has understandably caused some tension which is dealt with here, and thankfully most of it is on Quinn’s side.  He was just worrying too much.

It’s also interesting to see the transformation with Montana from mortal to immortal.  The leading lady from the first book Warrior Ascended Ava became an immortal at the very end, when Themis was basically so proud of Ava’s sacrifice that she brought Ava back from the dead as an immortal with all the powers that come with it.

The thing is, it’s a sudden transformation, and we don’t see the aftermath of her learning all about her new abilities and how to  use and control them.  Here with Montana, we do.  It’s only when Eirene dies that Montana can become the next goddess of peace, and Eirene is dying, so slowly Montana is gaining all these abilities and powers that come with being immortal, one at a time and learning as she gains them how to use and control them.  I liked that.

It took a little bit longer for the characters to get together here, but I think that’s only natural.  Kinda hard to jump into bed with a guy, no matter how hot he is, when you learn that all these myths are actually reality and you’re turning into one.

The biggest thing is the title.  Didn’t quite get it.  So far Addison Fox has had a theme with all her titles matching something of the plot.  In Warrior Ascended, it was Ava who ascended to the status of a warrior.  In Warrior Avenged, Kane was finally able to take out the sorcerer who curse him millennium ago.  Even the next book coming, Warrior Enchanted makes sense.  Granted I haven’t read it but if I’m right one of the Warriors falls in love with a witch who lives next door.

But in Warrior Betrayed…who was betrayed?  I guess you could say Montana was betrayed by the fallen Taurus warrior, or that the Warriors as a brotherhood were betrayed by their fallen comrade, but it just doesn’t make sense.  There is no one things that you can point to in this book and go ‘AHA!  There’s the title!’

There’s also a nice little showdown between Enyo and Themis, where Enyo runs away with her tail between her legs, and we see the leading ladies of two later books set up here: Callie and Enyo’s sister Eris, the goddess of strife.  Not sure when they’ll show up, or who they’ll get in the end, but it will be interesting to see.

This series has really gone uphill from the first one.  It just seems to get better and better.  I can’t wait for the fourth one Warrior Enchanted to come out later this year.

But until then I think I’ll entertain myself with the third book in Pauline Gedge‘s King’s Man trilogy…The King’s Man.  Here’s an excerpt:

6877776Twelve-year-old Amunhotep III has ascended the throne to become pharaoh of Egypt, the richest empire on earth. The boy’s mother is regent, and she has brought to court the renowned seer, Huy, son of a humble farmer, to act as scribe and counsel to her royal son. It’s a position of power and responsibility, one that is fraught with intrigue and the lure of corruption. For it is Huy who controls the treasury, the military, and all construction and taxation-and perhaps most important, it is Huy who chooses the young pharaoh’s queen. His actions and premonitions, as well as his legendary past, make him very few friends and a great many enemies…

And just because I can’t wait a year for the stupid thing to come out in paperback, I’ll be alternating between King’s Man and the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series: Lover Reborn.

10993282In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?Save

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