Born of Shadows, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Born of Shadows (A League Novel, #4)

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Redonk Nutshell: Two royals suspected of murder are forced to work together to save their lives – and end up falling for each other.

Official Synopsis: Just when you think you have it all figured out, life belts you to the ground. And when Caillen discovers a truth he’d never suspected about himself, everything in his life is turned on its head. Desideria has a secret of her own- one that could end her life if anyone ever learns it. The last thing she expects is to meet a criminal in her sheltered world never mind find herself marooned on a hostile colony with him while his enemies try to kill them both. And as they struggle to survive, her father’s favorite curse resonates. “May you get exactly what you want and live long enough to regret it.”

I’m going to start by saying this – see my redonk nutshell description up there?  That is pretty much the general set up for just about all The League novels.  Just so you’re forewarned.  That said, I still really enjoyed this book.  It’s been awhile since I’ve read A League novel, so it was really nice to delve back into the futuristic, ass-kicking universe.  As typical with most of Kenyon’s books, her characters are snarky, coarse, and passionate.  We’ve met Caillen previously in the first three books, and Born of Shadows is him finally finding his calling.  And his woman.  And lord knows Caillen’s had plenty, but the only woman truly capable of settling him is the ass-kicking, gorgeous princess Desideria.  Of course, they’re initially attracted to each other, but each of their cultures forbids it.  When they’re thrown together in an assassination attempt gone awry, they’re forced to work together to save their own hides. They grate on each others nerves, at first, but it gradually evolves into something else entirely, and before long, the two  are desperate to protect one another, despite the fact that each of their empires are trying to frame the other for their monarch’s assassinations.

What I like most about The League Novels are their combination of romance and action.  Reading one of these is like picking up a thriller – you simply can’t put it down.  It’s chocked full of action, intrigue, and humor. Watching the hero and heroine struggle with their feelings is not only romantic, but it’s humorous.  Kenyon is known for having sarcastic characters, and she doesn’t disappoint with Shadows.

I very much enjoyed this installment.  It makes me want to go back and re-read the first two, as we hear and see many of the same characters again.  If I had to pick a favorite, though, I think it would be the third, Born of Ice.  It’s set several years after the first, and features the kid of two of the main characters.

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5           Raunch: 2/5

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