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Friday, May 24, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Dark Salvation by Katie Salidas

Title: Dark Salvation
Series: Immortalis #6
Author: Katie Salidas
Published: March 2013, Rising Sign Books
Format; Ebook received for review

A gathering storm of violence is on the horizon. Whispered threats of the Acta Sanctorum’s return have the supernatural world abuzz. Only recently aware of the other world hidden behind our own, Kitara Vanders has barely scratched the surface of what being supernatural truly means. A special woman in her own right, she possesses unique telepathic abilities, gifts that have recently come under the scrutiny of the Acta Sanctorum, a fanatical organization whose mission is to cleanse the world of anything supernatural. Targeted and marked for death, Kitara’s only hope lies with the lethally seductive yet emotionally scarred warrior Nicholas.

Knowing full well the atrocities of which the Acta Sanctorum is capable, Nicholas is all too eager for the battle to begin. Fueled by pain and rage from the loss of his mate, he’s itching for a fight, but one thing stands in his way: Kitara, a beautiful dark-haired woman with unique psychic abilities and an unusual link to the Saints. Despite his resolve to remain focused on his mission, a purely physical relationship binds them together in a way neither of them expected. And when her life hangs in the balance, Nicholas finds his own is teetering on the edge too.

This was my first introduction to the Immortalis series, and to Katie Salidas, too.  And in all honesty, I really liked this book.  Dark Salvation is number six in the series, but at no point did I feel lost or like I was missing backstory.  I think that is important when dealing with a high numbered series, because sometimes people just aren't able to start from book one.

Nicholas is a vampire, a very old vampire.  I mean like centuries old.  And lately he's been a bit of a jerk.  It's not that he doesn't have reason though.  His mate, Rozaline, had died a few months prior.  And he is just not moving on.  He is training and pushing everyone around him to train more.  Train for what?  To kill the Saints.  The Acta Sanctorum, the ones responsible for her death.  Aside from that, he's a bit of a gruff guy, and some might even say a bit of a jerk.  And then one night his old friend, Lysander, takes him out on the town, to try and regroup.  And that's when he first meets her.  Kitara.

Kitara is a witch, but she will tell you she is just a pagan.  And she has a lot of power, enough that she can withstand Nicholas' mind intrusion.  Not even vampires can do that, so color him impressed.  She's a sparky woman, she stands up for herself and she is tough.  I like her. Kitara also has a habit of getting herself right into harm's path, but luckily for her, Nicholas is able to show up - multiple times - and save her.  Enough that he keeps a tally.  She is in Boston searching for her boyfriend who left her when he became tied up with the Saints.  He considered her to be part of the supernatural things he now hated.

And there was some humor.  Snarky and fun humor, lots of banter between Nicholas and Kitara.  I loved that.  It really helped offset times when there was action, high tension, or dramatic scenes.  It wasn't a "love at first sight" type of thing with them.  The relationship between the two of them really wasn't even a sure thing.  At least that's what it felt like to me.  And I liked that too, not knowing.

But when something happens and Kitara is missing, all bets are off.  Nicholas is a man on a mission.  And oh boy, do I love a man on a mission when it comes to the woman he has realized he cares for!

So this book has a lot of aspects that I really love.  It's got the fire and spark, along with sexual chemisty - and sexual heat.  Sexy vampires and kickass women.  I think its a definite must read!

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, she still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale… Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

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Steamy Excerpt Love!

“You act like you haven’t seen a woman before.” Kitara teased.

“It’s been a long time.”

She must have picked up the hesitation in his voice. “I’m sorry, was that rude of me? I just meant—”

Nicholas silenced her with a finger. “Tonight is for us. No pain. No past. Just this.” He had to remind himself as well. He found himself connecting with her in ways he had not thought possible before. But she was not his. And would never be. Tonight was for fun. Stress relief. Taking their mind off things. Hell, any excuse would work, but the bottom line was, none of this would happen again.

His hand traveled down to the small thatch of curls between her legs. He captured her lips again as his fingers found her clit. She was so wet, so hot, and Nicholas loved the way her body responded to his touch.

Kitara moaned into his mouth as he rolled her nub between his fingers. She reached out and wove her fingers into his soft dark hair, tugging and yanking as he hit just the right spots.
He loved that little tug and pull as she tightened her grip in response to his movements, encouraging him to do more. Nicholas gently pinched and parted her nether lips, then dipped a finger into the heat between.

She was already sopping wet. Kitara whimpered as Nicholas coated his fingers in her sweet juices.

The heady scent of her arousal taunted him. He needed a taste. Nicholas pulled away from her delicious lips and met her lusty eyes. “Lie back.” It was an order, not a request, and one Kitara was more than willing to follow.

She relaxed back onto the mattress and spread her legs out in offering to him.

Nicholas shucked off his clothes and knelt before her reverently, as if praying to the gods for the bountiful feast that lay before him.

He slipped his hands under her thighs and lifted her legs up to pull her closer. He dragged in a long, slow breath, taking in every note of her sweet perfume before giving her a gentle lash of his tongue.

Her body jerked as his velvety tongue swirled across her engorged clit. He nibbled at it and sucked it hard into his mouth. Kitara couldn’t hold back her whimpering sobs, begging with each panting breath for more.

Nicholas continued his exploration. He delved between her folds, lapping up her juice like a cat with cream, savoring her sweet essence.

He could spend all day drinking from her fountain and enjoying the sounds of her pleasure. He traced every inch of her lips with his tongue as if mapping out every delectable inch of her.