Erin Bolton knows her former foster sister is a sorceress and a witch, but she wants nothing to do with that world. Fear dictates her life, panic attacks disable her, and only alcohol gives her the freedom she craves. The day before her twenty first birthday, a tall, dark, and terrifying vampire, Marcelo, turns Erin's world upside down. He convinces her that he was sent to escort her to the safety of the Underworld, where her sister is waiting. But she wonders, who will keep her safe from him?My Thoughts: First things first: I haven't read book 1. Did that cause any problems in my ability to follow along with what was happening in this book? Nope. Either I used my totally awesome superpowers to figure things out or Leia Shaw did a good job bringing us slow folks up to date. Personally, I'm leaning toward my superpowers but I have a sneaking suspicion that I had nothing to do with it.
Marcelo postponed his eight hundred year search for his wife to perform a small favor for the Queen of the Underworld. When the errand turns into a week long journey across the country toting a fragile female, his life takes a turn for the unexpected. Especially when, on Erin's twenty first birthday, he discovers there is more to this girl than meets the eye. And now instinct claims she's his. His mate. Meant for him, and him alone. Forever.
Can Marcelo give up his dream of reuniting with his long lost wife to be with the woman his body yearns for? Can Erin conquer her deep-rooted fears and confront the destiny only she can fulfill?
Now, Erin's a little screwed up. She has some issues. A few. You'd hardly notice them. She has panic attacks. And she drinks to numb herself. And she uses men as security blankets. Yeah. She's a mess. But she pulls things together. She straps on her steel corset (not really), gets back up on that horse (no horses were harmed in the writing of this novel) and kicks her fears right where it hurts (also, she shoots people in the throat, but you'll need to read the book to see her do that).
Marcelo is a surly, frustrated Alpha vampire who's a little too hung up on the past. But he gets better, too! It's awesome! I don't necessarily agree with the way he made Erin face her social anxiety woes because sometimes wanting something to go away doesn't make it go away. However, since it worked for the story and, quite frankly, I didn't want her to become a raving alcoholic, I'm smiling and moving along.
Fun, fast paced and interesting, Leia Shaw has created a world full of magic and mayhem. A world that's well worth delving into.
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Destiny United was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.