Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can't be a local animal, she doesn't need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she's plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.My Thoughts: I *thoroughly* enjoyed this book. Now, it could be because I find Norse mythology fascinating. Because I do. Or it could be because Eleri Stone has created a world that sucks you in and spits you out into a cold, merciless place that will shrivel your very soul. Okay, maybe it's not quite that bad. But the world is intriguing and sometimes horrifying and the people who populate it are made of awesome things. Also, there are swords. That's a win any way you look at it!
Aiden needs Grace's help to cross the portal between worlds and rescue his daughter. Grace is unlike any woman he's ever met. He's drawn to her courage, distressed by her vulnerability, and doubtful of her motives. But he knows that her visions are the key to defeating the enemy and bringing everyone home alive.
Grace wants a future with Aiden, even if it means she'll never have a normal life. When a test run to the portal takes a terrifying turn, they must learn to finally trust each other or Aiden's daughter, and their chance at love, will be lost forever...
Grace and Aiden. Oh, man. Grace's fiercely suppressed need to be accepted for who she is was heartbreaking. She's so ... tentative around people. She wants that connection but she's terrified of it. Her past has beaten her down to the point that she can't believe that someone would want her just for being her. It was honestly wrenching to see her continually mistaking Aiden's actions as he tries to do the right thing for disinterest. She simply couldn't comprehend that he wasn't doing things for her so that she would help him.
And Aiden. He has all this responsibility on his shoulders and then Grace falls into his life. I will say, that the iron control he has on his want was shiver inducing. The guy can smolder like it's nobody's business. Top off all his responsibilities to his people with the loss of his daughter and a whole lot of pent up sexual tension and you have a powder keg waiting to drop on Grace. Good thing Grace has some untapped strengths.
Beyond Grace and Aiden, the secondary characters are fabulous. Fen is just... well, let's just say that I'm super excited for his book.
Dark and bloody with plenty of emotional pull, the good folk of Ragnarok, Iowa are full of surprises. I wouldn't have it any other way!
Twilight of the Gods
1. Demon Crossings - Kindle
2. Witch Bound
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Demon Crossings was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.