Review: Embrace the Night by Joss Ware

11 Mar

Favorite Lines: “Gangas were slow and clumsy. They couldn’t climb. But they were bigger than a man and a half, and strong, and they ate human flesh … after tearing it into bite-sized pieces.” (p. 52)

In 2010 earthquakes forced part of the U.S.A. to sink. They were followed by an illness that killed a large majority of the survivors. Fifty years later, a group of rebels discovered that the “Strangers,” a rich man’s club were responsible for the destruction of civilization. The Strangers are immortal, but five men, all damaged in different ways, survived. And they all have special powers.

Simon Japp was a dangerous man before the world collapsed. He has been given a second chance and a wonderful ability to use on his search for redemption. When he is paired with Sage Corrigan he fights to keep her at bay, determined that he is undeserving of her and happy life. In search of answers, they return to a place Sage escaped as a child and as the tension rises so does their attraction for one another.

I don’t like drug users to be my heroes. That is just me. However, Joss Ware has found a way to turn a person I assume was a junkie into a hero worthy of redemption and a book I will read. Embrace the Night Eternal is a paranormal romance set in the future. It pairs a woman who is scorned and unfairly labeled with a man who cannot see his own worth. The two fit together like peanut butter and jelly.

There are sizzling scenes and moments when I want to smack Simon. There are other moments when I want Sage to “woman up.” I want her to know what she wants and just say it. I wanted Sage and Simon together and any and all odds against them swept away. I became invested in their relationship.

The polygamous setting the couple placed themselves in seemed to be a man’s wet dream come to life. It was a cult setting that I clearly pictured like a movie playing in my mind. And despite my dislike of zombie books, I loved the tiny role they played in this book.

There is a book before Embrace the Night Eternal called, Beyond the Night. I didn’t have a problem reading the series out of order, but I’m sure it would have been easier had I have read book one first.


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