DARK EMBRACE
by Brenda Joyce

September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-77334-3
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This third book in the Masters of Time series centers around Aidan, the Wolf of Awe. The story behind his fall from the Brotherhood is revealed and his anger is certainly understood.


Fathered by a demon, Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, fights for innocence instead of evil, and is a member of the Brotherhood. But when his demon father, Moray, in an attempt to bring him over to dark side, murders his son right in front of his eyes, Aidan gives up on everything. The only thing he wants to do before he dies is to see Moray dead first.


Brie is an empath living in modern New York City. She met Aidan once, and though they never even spoke to each other, she was very drawn to him. Now, a year later, she is overwhelmed by grief, and realizes it is coming from Aidan. Though centuries apart, his pain is so acute she doesn’t know how he survives. When Brie is attacked a few nights later, Aidan shows up in his wolf form and saves her.


Next thing Brie knows she's in 1502 Scotland and Aidan doesn’t even want her there. Aidan doesn’t understand why after sixty-six years of ignoring the innocents, he couldn’t ignore Brie in danger. He has every intention of sending her right back until she proves able to see his son’s ghostly apparition. He wants her around long enough to tell him what his son is trying to communicate.


Brie feels so much anguish and hate from Aidan, but despite his surly manner, she can’t help but feel attracted to him. But Brie knows what the very near future holds for Aidan, and she wants more than anything to change it. Unfortunately Aidan doesn’t care if he lives or dies, he just wants revenge first.


As Brie fights to bring him back to life, Aidan struggles to ignore his growing feelings for her because he soon realizes she’s another innocent that Moray can use to hurt him.


Brie may be rather nerdy in the modern day times, but when it comes to fighting for her man she will do whatever needs to be done. Aidan may be angry, but never are we unsympathetic to his pain. Characters from the two previous books in the series arrive to help Brie, and even to stand with Aidan, though there are so many hard feelings towards him. This is a great addition to a series that keeps getting better and better.


Reviewed in August 2008 by Jackie.

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