One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider the whole of his life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything- His birthright, his family and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, he’s once again on the outside looking in.
Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him while trying desperately to fit in. His family, the world, you name it. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.
But when he is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is. One who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.
Having spent his life as a living study of doomed relationships, Maris is well aware of the courtship and fiasco that invariably follows. Still, there is something about Ture he can’t resist. Something that won’t let him walk away when he knows he should.
But when old enemies return to threaten them both, they either have to stand together or die alone.
- Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction romance, Aliens, Futuristic, Space
- Age: adult, glbt
- Source: owned ebook
- Read on July 11, 2013
FINAL RATING: ★★★★☆/★★★★★
My reaction when i saw it will be longer than i expected:
My reaction after finishing the book:
First things first: I cannot describe how much i love The League series. I was in love with it and i am still in love with it, and no matter how many times i read these books, i will never grow tired of them. I have grown attached to the characters of this universe, and i can't help but love them all and want more about their lives and families.
Attention: this is the first mm story in The League series.
This was everything i expected and i got even more.
I love Sherrilyn, she never let me down with her books, and despite everything, she is a wise woman and great author, so if you have not read Sherri's books before, do it now!
This book was:
Another thing that is important for this story is that is meant to be read after Born of Silence at least. It gives you better insight to Maris and Darling's relationship which is damn complicated considering those two are inseparable. And mostly because those two plots are pretty much connected, unlike the other books (well, actually, the book starts with one of the scenes from the end of Born of Silence).
Maris Sulle has been one of my favorite characters in the whole league series. He is and will be always adorable and great character. And i was out of my mind when i first saw that he would be getting his own story, and with Ture! I liked Ture from the moment he appeared in Born of Silence, but Maris captured my heart in both this and all the others (Still, no one can beat Darling Cruel on my fav list).
♦ ~Maris Sulle~
Maris Sulle is one of the fiercest and deadliest assassins of Phrixians race, but also a disowned prince. He is a part of Sentella, but not active member so he goes as civilian.
Maris has always been a dear friend of Darling Cruel, and he would do anything for him - even give up his own happiness to see Darling with woman he loved. Maris is highly loyal to Darling, because Darling saved his life multiple time, and without him, he would be no one and nothing. He saved him when Maris' family disowned him and he gave him reason to be alive. And he will never forget that debt.
He is funny, he is adorable and he is truly wonderful guy - but he also keeps secrets, more dangerous that people think. Secrets of his own race. He is badass, fierce, and he doesn't trust easily. He will always and forever love Darling, even though he will never have him, but he accepted it. But he needs his own happiness too, but he is tired of hurting himself...
Maris felt his throat tighten. “I stopped fighting for myself a long time ago. But as much as I despise killing, I hate losing someone I love a lot more. How, with all my training and skills, can I stand back and let the ones I love most risk or lose their lives and do nothing for them?”
So when he meets Ture, he shows Maris that not every person is same and that he will accept everything that he is.
“I won’t hurt you, Mari. My heart is scarred and in pieces, too. I don’t trust lightly, but I want to trust you.”
“I will be here. Waiting.”
Some serious spoilers =>
I knew his past was horrible, but learning it this way was even worse... It's no wonder why he would rather be alone, then be hurt again. And his true watery form was adorable..i never expected him to be a mermaid...merman something?
♦ ~Ture Kelsin Xans~
“Are you calm now?”
Ture rolled his eyes. “Yes, my sanity just arrived.”
Ture is a friend of Zarya's, Darling's wife, and he rarely trusts people. They only hurt him and crushed his hopes, and because of that he sees only the worst in them. He believes that there are no people who would do anything for love and he refuses to believe in that. Until Darling and Maris appeared and showed him that there are people worth fighting, loving, and dying for.
Ture was interesting, and he was perfect balance for Maris, which i loved. he is funny and adorable and just fluffy ♥ He is not a fighter like Maris, but he has his own means of protecting his own.
Now that Ture had found one, he wanted to hold on to it for awhile. But even as that thought went through him, he knew the truth.
Love never lasted. People betrayed. And lovers inevitably disappointed each other.
What if they didn’t?
Ture tried to squelch that treacherous thought. He didn’t want to have hope. Hope had never been kind to him.
♦ Other characters:
Darling was amazing in this book, and as always, there to support Maris, and his choices. I just can't stop loving him no matter what i do! I loved Anachelle as well, the cute pregnant woman who grew to my heart. And i loved every Sentella member that appeared as usual. I can't help but grin every time Hauk makes jokes :)
Maris nodded as Darling left. Hauk came in a second later.
“What are you doing here?”
Hauk grinned. “Sitting on you while you panic. Making sure you don’t do something stupid. Are you planning to be stupid?”
“I try to avoid it.”
“Good for you. I don’t. Rather I embrace my natural stupidity with both arms.”
Anyway, i was so happy to read about them all that my brain went out of the window.
Fantastic addition to the story ~ Maris and Ture deserved their own happy ending, especially after all they had gone through. And i will forever love Maris, and i can't wait to read next League books just so i can read more about him and other Sentella members. If you wanna skip this book because you are not a slash/mm lover, you can do so, but i would still advise you to read it. After all, they are part of the big family too!
And she said to me that all little girls, regardless of what they say, dream of a prince to come in and sweep them off their feet and save the day. But what no one ever mentions is that all little boys dream of a princess to do the same thing for them. But the problem with princes and princesses is that they’re spoiled and self-absorbed. They act in their own best interest. They don’t go after their loved ones to rescue them so much as they do it for their own vainglory, and to serve themselves. While she’d had many princes try for her hand, it was a king who had claimed her heart. Unlike princes, kings take responsibility. They think of others instead of themselves and they will risk everything, even their very lives, for those they love. It is never about them, but rather about the ones they cherish most. They love to such depth that they would sacrifice all just to see their family smile. For every thousand princes, there is only one king. And such rare men do not deserve a useless princess who sits on her duff and orders others to worship her and do her bidding. Kings deserve queens— rare women who never flinch to do whatever it takes to keep their king safe. Women who have the courage to face any attacker and to rally to whatever challenge life throws at them.