Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sparkle and Purr
Sparkle and Purr, Stormy Glenn, Siren Publishing
The gathering is called. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings.
Elder Davan Solaris has secrets, the most important being the love he still harbors for Manuel Tejarda, the man he bonded with four years ago at the last Great Gathering. Some days, thoughts of Manuel are the only thing that keeps him going. Other days, the anguish of being abandoned brings him to his knees. Manuel will always hold his heart. When Manuel appears at this year's Great Gathering, Davan panics. He's given up too much to let Manuel rip his heart apart again. Besides, he has an even bigger secret to hide, and this one he needs to hide from Manuel.
Manuel knows Davan betrayed him. He has the proof. But he can't help but seek Davan out when he attends the gathering. A cloud of rage fills him when he discovers the plans of the elder council and he takes that anger out on Davan, claiming the man as his mate. When his mind clears, Manuel's only thought is to guard his heart from the one man that has the power to destroy it, even if that means not having Davan as his mate. Destroying the forces bent on keeping them apart might be easier than giving Davan up, especially when Manuel discovers the secrets Davan has been keeping from him.
YES! It finally happened. Someone took down an Elder. They got a taste of their own medicine, and it was sweet. SPARKLE AND PURR is the 10th in the Midnight Mating series and I think this is my favorite of the series…..so far. Not only do we find out more of the backstory as to why the Elders made the decision to force matings, but now we know it was not a unanimous vote.
Elder Davan Solaris thought he had everything; he was in love and couldn't be happier, until Manuel Tejarda left him with no explanation. Devastated and needing something to focus on to work through the loss, Davan throws himself into being elected the youngest Elder on the council. Now four years later, Davan didn't realize how hard seeing the man that he mated and left him would be until they came face to face.
Manuel has never forgiven Davan for betraying him. He is a proud jaguar shifter and no one is going to make a fool of him, especially some fae whore. He has the proof and he is going to confront Davan at the Gathering. When he learns what the Elders have done, he claims Davan in a fit of rage. Now he has to deal with the fallout and do what he should have done 4 years ago….talk to Davan.
But even if Davan and Manuel can find a way past the hurt and betrayal, there are still people that do not want them to be together.
This story is heart wrenching and an emotional rollercoaster. I felt myself wanting to shake Manuel and tell him to grow up. The hurt and lies that tear these two people apart could have been avoided if Manuel had just talked to Davan.
Davan is one of those strong-when-they-have-to-be characters that you can't help but root for. The outside manipulation and the heartbreak that it creates felt so real. I love when an author can make me care about their characters that much. You can relate to the hurt that both characters felt with their versions of what happened.
This is one of those stories that will make you believe in second chances and the power of true love. This is a great addition to the series and for me the most developed of the storylines. It also makes you think that maybe there is something more going on with Elder Burke, because he seems to be in the middle of a LOT of the pairings.
I give Sparkle and Purr 5 chocolate dipped strawberries!!
This review was originally posted ar The Romance Reviews: