Content Warnings: Sexual content, blood/gore, violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, murder, racism, noncon, dubcon, and ableist language.
Mention of: rape, child abuse, drug abuse/addiction, and witnessing a parent’s torture and murder.
The first time I read this book was years ago and with the cover re-issue of book 5 [Eternal Rider, also the first book in the Four Horsemen/Lords of Deliverance series] I decided I wanted to re-read this series.
When I originally read this story I thought it was such a sweet and passionate supernatural romance…after this second read though…not so much. Overall I still enjoyed the story and loved getting back into reading all the characters of Underworld General but I feel like I needed more to truly feel the connection between Tayla and Eidolon.
From the start, Tayla and Eidolon have a mutual physical attraction though they initially attempt to fight it since they should be enemies. Their first few sexual encounters aren’t completely consensual on both sides which gave me the ick.
Bit of a spoiler but something I feel is important to say…after witnessing the torture, rape, and murder of her mother Tayla has never been able to orgasm with a partner and even has difficulty reaching orgasm alone. When she tries having sex she usually has horrible flashbacks to her mother’s murder which prevents her, understandably, from reaching orgasm. Once she tells this to Eidolon he’s determined to help her reach orgasm and they have sex…in which she orgasms. I really would have loved more inner monologue from Tayla talking about how this conversation, vulnerability and trust in Eidolon to tell him, made her feel. The way it all goes down in the books it’s like…oh after years of unresolved trauma within minutes she’s now cured because of a man.
I feel that the story would have been better if more focus was spent on showing a growing connection between Tayla and Eidolon and less time spent on introducing so many other aspects of the world or they should have given us like 100 more pages or so to fully explore everything they threw at us. Getting to see so many POVs and meet so many characters is great but I feel like the main couple needed a little more focus for me to understand and feel their connection.