Amidst brutal warfare, belonging seems a trite concept. A pipe dream, the stuff of naive fairy tales. But not for Salryc Luxx.
Private Luxx—Sal for short—is iliri, a member of a race surreptitiously dubbed “their kind” by humans and bred thousands of years ago to protect them. Humans consider them expendable, barely more than animals. Freaks. But in a karmic twist of fate, they’re also one of mankind’s most feared predators.
Abused and enslaved, the only control Sal has over her life is what military unit she serves with – if she’s good enough to be accepted, that is – and the only one to consider her is the best in the country, the Black Blades. To be feared as a Black Blade is as close to freedom as an iliran can get.
Everyone has secrets, and the Blades are no different. But acceptance into the Blades gives Sal something she never expected—the family she’s never had, not to mention a devoted line of potential mates. And with it, the protection of seven of the world’s greatest warriors. After only a few months of training, she surpasses their skills to become the most lethal member of the unit. It will take much longer for them to teach her who she is: their destiny.
But belonging has its own price—Sal fears she must choose between her life and the lives of her soulmates. And it’s only a matter of time before the enemy uncovers this vulnerability.
Each of the Black Blades will die to protect her. Some of them will submit to the bloodlust that overtakes her in battle and can be quenched only by roughly-passionate lovemaking—making way for very steamy love scenes. But it’s not all battle and fiery romance: so much of the pleasure here is in the relationships cultivated between Sal and her mates. Together, they’re as sweet as they are fierce. As protective as they are impassioned. And their relationships change and grow as beautifully as in any undying love story.