Claimed By Light (A Bound By Hades Novel) by Reese Monroe
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**
Having lived for hundreds of years…easy – falling in love and being vulnerable, that is truly terrifying to Gate Keeper (or demon hunter) Halena Girard! After her sister or Companion as she was called is killed in the line of duty, protecting her, Halena has had a very hard time letting anyone in. But when a smooth talking Slade Bennet comes walking to up to her at a local bar with ulterior motives of his own, she can’t help but feel something for him…he’s different, she can sense it.
Sent on a mission for the very demons that Halena kills, Slade is there for one thing, and one thing only – to save his little sister Abby from the fate of being a demon the rest of her life…even if that means betraying the gorgeous red-head and turning her over to the demons. As Slade watches the demons do their worst to Halena, he figures he is just an innocent bystander who is protecting his baby sister, given their parents death when she was young – and of course, Slade now feels responsible for his rebelling sibling. But is that all there is to it, or was the passion and lust that was between he and Halena real, before he turned her over to be tortured by the demons she is supposed to return to Hades? With the help of other Gate Keepers and his little sister, Slade and Halena have to chose – fate or rebellion, as only one will work for them. The Great One has a plan and Slade as her Mate is part of it, but is Helena strong enough to follow it blindly for the sake of the safety of humanity?
WOW – let me start by saying this book was great! I had a hard time putting it down – there was action, romance, betrayal, and much more written through the pages of this book. I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the context – how The Great One created the Gate Keepers, they dispatch the demons and keep the balance, etc. And I don’t think there is a red blooded woman alive that wouldn’t want Slade fighting on their side! He’s loyal (well, he ends up that way at least), loving toward his family, and H-O-T! This was a very enjoyable read – looking forward to more from Ms. Monroe!