Book Review – Healing Aiden by Jocelynn Drake


Lords of Discord #5
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 261
Characters: Aiden/Ronan
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series
Blurb:
Aiden Varik has had two great loves in his very long life.

And he lost them both too soon.

His only wish is to protect his four vampire sons and their mates.

But someone from Aiden’s distant past has returned to break down the walls erected around his wounded heart.

Temptation never tasted so sweet.

Can Aiden find the strength to risk his heart yet again? Especially when this man is accompanied by Aiden’s enemies.

Healing Aiden is the fifth and final book in the Lords of Discord paranormal romance series. This book contains vampires, werewolves, witches, overprotective sons, secrets, broken hearts, hope, redemption, and a love that will never end.

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Review

This book reminds me of why I love this series so much, and want it in paperback. I love the Variks, and I enjoyed the insight of watching them from Aiden’s POV, and finally reading out his story.

I loved how the story started with his time as human with Ronan, and then showed his first meeting with the boys would be become his sons. I enjoyed the glimpse of Julianna before she became ill, and seeing why she and Aiden fell in love.

This story has everything I’ve come to expect from the Variks, and more. Their banter is one of my favourite parts, and this had that in spades. I loved how Ronan fitted right in, and catching up with Winter and Fox in particular now they’ve been together a while.

I liked that Aiden did struggle with feeling disloyal to Julianna, and the message via Winter was very sweet. I figured that had come towards the end of the last book for good reason. I love Aiden’s relationship with his family and vice versa, and how Ronan takes Ethan under his wing re his powers.

I loved how Aiden and Ronan pick up with their banter, as though no time has passed at all, yet are understandably wary of each other. Wow, they’re old. I had to laugh about the ongoing bet, and how none of the Variks were even close with their guesses. The insight as to why Aiden didn’t want to be king made a lot of sense, and made his becoming the king of the American vampires all the more bittersweet. He and Ronan together are fabulous, and they’re good for each other, and not just because they share a history, but because they understand each other in a way no one else can. Their first meeting is wonderfully tentative, as is their touching of each other, and making sure each other is real.

The world building is fabulous, and I particularly liked the thinking about what would happen if wolves were turned, and that Winter and Fox are considering the long term repercussions of their life together. Ronan’s power is cool, but Aiden’s….wow, never saw that coming, and understandable why he doesn’t use it. I like how their powers hook into their personalities and what they’ve been through.

I liked the way the plot was woven through Aiden and Ronan’s relationship, and the closure with the European vampires whom I suspect won’t be bothering them again.

The ending was perfect, adding wonderfully well to the ongoing instagram theme of the other books in the series. I’m going to miss these guys.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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