Reviewed by Marieke
TITLE: Soul Struck
SERIES: The Warlock Brothers Of Havenbridge #3
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 224 pages
Like the electricity he commands, Pierce Blackmoor streaks through life on raw power and pure sexual energy. His conquests on the battlefield and in the bedroom form his foundation, but that bedrock crumbles when his younger brothers’ abilities surpass his own. Pierce finds himself at an all-time low, and clawing his way back to the top becomes his only concern.
Pierce’s plan to reassert his dominance, however, takes a backseat when he wounds Kale Aquilo, an emissary of the Beast King, lord of all shifters.
Kale’s beguiling nature shoots like a lightning bolt straight to Pierce’s soul, and when the soft-spoken Kale relays that a virus is killing his people, Pierce abandons his quest for power to do something he has never done before—protect someone other than himself.
As Kale, Pierce, and his brothers struggle to find the root of the magical virus spreading plague across Aeaea, the shifter island, they face a gauntlet of old and new foes. Soul struck, Pierce and Kale must uncover the truth behind the conspiracy gathering in the shadows.
Pierce is the oldest of the three brothers and the most arrogant. He’s jealous, short of temper and very competitive. Now that both Mason and Thad have found their mates AND their powers have increased, Pierce wants to prove he’s still the strongest and true heir of the role of priest of their coven. But his power gets out of control and he almost kills one of his brothers. He also hits something out of the sky, but he has no idea what.
When he runs to blow off steam, he meets Kale, a sweet, shy and handsome young man. Pierce takes him home and his brothers are suspicious of how and why Kale showed up. Then they find out he’s a shifter from Aeaea on a mission to get help from the conclave. Of course a lot goes wrong and the conclave thwarts every move they want to make. Ben a.k.a. Ebenezer Kane makes their lives miserable and is the real problem on the shifter island.
I don’t want to give away too much because there is a lot of suspense in this book (again) and if I tell you even the tiniest detail, you might figure some stuff out and ruin the story.
What I can say is that in the beginning I hated Pierce. He was behaving obnoxiously and I wanted to slap him…hard! But then again, that kind of emotion is a good thing when it comes to writing. Jacob does emotion very well. Of course, Pierce has to change during the journey they take, or this book would have gotten a one heart rating.
Kane is the sweetest ‘mate’ we have met so far. He’s very innocent but also very compassionate and loving. I loved him so.
The action is this book is very well written and had me on the edge of my seat (which doesn’t happen very often).
Ben/Ebenezer has this whole plan set up for the brothers, the shifters and others––which I will not tell. He’s always one step ahead, but he has had a whole lot of time to prepare and plot. At times it feels so hopeless to fight, but the brothers will have to.
In this part of the series we also get to see a bit of emotion in dad, which almost made me cry. Pierce starts to understand his father better and will get a lesson in love and other feelings. It was brilliant. The only thing I didn’t really like is how fast he turns from a jackass to a sweet boyfriend. And maybe how little sex there is in this one (heh heh heh)
Really hope we’ll get more in this series, even though there are no more brothers. There’s still Adam and the other single boys…Please Jacob…pretty please…