Arrow To The Soul by Lea Griffith (No Mercy #2) & GIVEAWAY

Arrow To The Soul by Lea GriffithAvailable: February 6, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Taliesin

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

She walks in the darkness—it is all she has ever known.

Arrow walks with death. It is bitter and black, and covers every step she takes. Trained from the crib to be nothing more than a death-bringer she knows she was born without a soul. The darkness is where she’s comfortable and she carries the weight of her duty notched on bow—ready to fly straight and true in to her enemy’s hearts.

He has known love and loss—and then he finds her in the darkness.

Adam knows his calling. Protect and serve. As a member of Trident Corporation he has found the perfect place to meet his obligations. Then he sees a woman with eyes of amber and he is taken under by her darkness. He touches her heart and knows he has no choice—share his light with a killer or lose his soul to her.

Darkness and light. Two sides of one coin. Retribution draws them together but before all is said and done they will learn love can either break you or make you stronger.

Arrow has nothing but death and her sisters. Given up at birth based on a Japanese superstition, honed by warrior monks and then stolen by The Collective she has nothing else to offer but a quick ending to those she is charged with killing. Now that she and her sisters in death have gone rouge and are trying to take down The Collective one piece at a time, she’s even more deadly. Her honor and loyalty to her sisters Bullet, Blade and Bone is sacred to her unlike anything else and she’d do anything to protect them and Bullet’s lover Rand by default.

Trident Corporation is the most important part of Adam’s life and he’ll do anything to help Rand stop The Collective. When the deadly Asian beauty, Arrow shows up in Mexico and takes out the President of the country Adam knows he may have to eliminate her if they’re to further their mission. Yet the woman calls to a primal part of him that he thought to be held solely by another. Fighting her is inevitable but perhaps loving her is too.

If you follow my blog at all you’ll know that last year I fell in love with a book called Bullet To The Heart. I fell in love so hard I named it my 2013 book of the year..no easy feat. I then stalked, err I mean politely waited for book two to become available. When it popped up in my email, I fangirled all over the place. Then I got nervous. What if it didn’t live up to book one? What if I hated it? I chewed on my nails for a few minutes and then realized that regardless of my worries, I couldn’t NOT start it right away. About half way through the first chapter I realized I never should have doubted the awesomeness I’m coming to understand is Lea Griffith, because this book was extremely well done and I loved every minute of it.

Arrow is truly a force to behold. She’s damaged and lives by her own set of rules. She’s also ruthless and doesn’t know the meaning of the word lose. Having been told she was evil and meant for nothing but death her entire life has created a woman who doesn’t know anything other than darkness. Underneath her calm exterior she houses a chaotic underbelly that she seeks to quiet using the power of her mind. She may understand the emotions Adam evokes in her but she doesn’t know how to process them. So she spends a get deal of time fighting him on every level possible as a way to purge herself of these feelings. Which works well because Adam is fighting his attraction to her just as much. He feels guilty for feeling things for a killer but also because for years he’s been searching for the one woman that was taken from him years before.  These two fight constantly but the attraction that simmers underneath and the way Griffith conveys it is amazing. I should mention Adam is Native American…good God almighty like Griffith had to go and make him hotter just for me! Because of his own heritage Adam is extremely honed and spiritual in his own way. I really loved how Griffith made these two characters completely different but gave them backgrounds that felt so much alike.

While Griffith weaves Arrow and Adams tale she also furthers the series arc of what it is The Collective wants and who the leader Joseph turns to as the women slowly take out his allies. The mysterious child they seem to all be searching for is alluded to but as of yet hasn’t graced the pages. I’m curious as to what role he will play as the series progresses but I doubt we’ll get much info until the last book. There was definite story set up between Dimitry and Bone and I have only guesses as to how they seem to already be familiar with each other when everyone else thinks they just met.

The one thing about this book that had me faltering a bit was all the terminology from Arrow’s Asian descent. She speaks her native language throughout the book with different turn of phrase but being an ebook it made it difficult for me to turn to the glossary provided at the end of the book. I found myself glancing and bypassing those sentences but when I got to the end of the book and read the meanings I realized how much more emotion I could have felt throughout the book had those meanings been easier accessed.

Arrow To The Soul is a book (and a series as a whole) that you need to experience yourself. It is extremely powerful, moving and compelling to the point that I can’t even convey how much I’m in love with it. The depth of emotion Griffith provides her readers is unlike anything else I’ve read. She moves me to tears and breaks my heart with these four women and their gut wrenching story and how they have prevailed since escaping The Collective. The men of Trident are some of the best heroes I’ve ever read. Courageous, intelligent and alpha to the core, each man brings something to the table that gives these women joy and something they’ve been without for so long, love. These women may not need saving in the most convenient sense because they are kick ass to the highest level but they need something much more important from these men. Belonging and understanding.

I give Arrow To The Soul by Lea Griffith 5 stars! 

*GIVEAWAY – I have one e-copy in the format of your choice to a random commentor here on the blog! Open internationally until 2-07-14 @ 11:59 EST with the winner announced shortly after**

13 Comments

  1. I am blown away by this review, Nikki. Happy tears. I’m so glad my words brought you a couple/few hours of happiness. Gonna shout this one from the rooftops!

  2. Thanks! I did get Bullet to the Heart from Amazon, but I haven’t seen Arrow to Soul offered yet through amazon. I just find it strange since today is it’s release date. I’m dying to read this book!

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