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Soul Deep

Soul Deep, February 2013
Dark Souls #2
by Anne Hope

Samhain Publishing
Featuring: Regan; Marcus
373 pages
ISBN: 1619212501
EAN: 9781619212503
Kindle: B009ZCG07Q
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"A journey of redemption and love that will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart"

Fresh Fiction Review

Soul Deep
Anne Hope

Reviewed by Mahvish Saeed
Posted June 8, 2013

Romance Paranormal | Fantasy Urban

A prophecy, a false-prophet, end of the world-Apocalypse and a couple of Watchers on the run in a bid to save a child.

SOUL DEEP, the second book in the Dark Souls series delves deeper into the world of fallen angels and the nephilim living among the humans. One is a group sworn to protect the humans, the Watchers, while the other two groups are of Rogues and Kleptopsychs who thrive on ingesting human souls.

Marcus is a Watcher who for almost two centuries, is the most loyal and obedient soldier to Cal, the leader of Watchers. Haunted by his dark past and to atone for his sins, he has made it his mission to unquestioningly follow his leader and protect the humanity at any cost. Efficient, unemotional, unrelenting and stubborn, the only boon Marcus finds in his life is Regan, his partner. Amongst the Watchers, apart from Cal, Jace & Lia, she is the one most in tune with her lost soul therefore she feels emotions which others are deprived off, making her reckless. In the time they have been partners, Regan's heart and actions have fascinated and attracted Marcus, making him feel stuff he didn't think possible but the strict vow of celibacy has made him ignore them.

Now Regan has done it again, gone rogue just to save a child she has found herself attached to and Marcus has choice to make of either hunting her down and killing her or acknowledge his own unexpected feelings, break all the vows and commit to protect her and the child whose destiny might be to destroy or save the world. Not a choice when the one woman who can make him feel love is threatened. On the run, being chased by enemies and friends, the only family they knew, what will be the final outcome?

Though an action packed, thoroughly entertaining book with vibrant characters, it took me some time to get into SOUL DEEP because I have not read the first book, therefore was unfamiliar with the background. A lot of history and origins of their world are explained but some are still a bit vague. I loved the chemistry and smart-ass conversations between Regan and Marcus and the utter devotion to their beliefs. The secondary characters were also very vibrant but the two who captured my attention and still refuse to let go are, Adrian and the angel Micah. They stole the show for me whenever they were in the scene. I honestly cannot wait for the next book in the series. The journey of redemption and love will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart and satisfaction with the ending. SOUL DEEP is a highly recommend read for all those who love a healthy dose of action, redemption and love... You will not be disappointed.

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SUMMARY

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers' most faithful soldier. Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.

His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers' strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now.

When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

On the run, hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus fight to thwart an age–old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world...or save it.

Excerpt

Marcus found Regan standing at the top of one of the numerous cliffs that barricaded the Watchers' complex, staring down at the sea, her features pinched with concentration. The rain had finally stopped, but dampness still hung in the salt–laden air. A thin mist hugged her feminine figure, making moisture bead on her skin. She looked intangible, as elusive as the fog encompassing her. Regan was so strong and capable, he sometimes forgot how delicate she was.

The sight of her standing so close to the edge triggered all his protective instincts, and something else—the forbidden desire to touch. "Penny for your thoughts," he said, burying his fists in his jacket pockets, where they wouldn't be tempted to stray.

She smiled but didn't turn to look at him. "Is that all they're worth?"

"You drive a hard bargain. How 'bout a quarter?"

She laced her arms across her chest as the sun slowly set behind red–hued clouds. "What's going to happen to him, Marcus?"

He didn't have to ask her who she meant. Ever since they'd found Ben cowering in that kitchen, the boy had dominated her thoughts, maybe even her heart. Marcus had never believed it was possible for their kind to love, but recently he'd been forced to revisit that assumption. He'd seen it firsthand with Jace and Lia, and now he was seeing it again with Regan. Maybe one didn't necessarily need to have a soul in order to love. Maybe just the echo of it was enough, similar to a phantom limb that continued to throb long after it was severed.

"Cal hasn't come to any decisions yet," he told her.

A brisk breeze blew, sending her curls rioting around her face. Again, he was seized by the urge to reach out to her, to smooth back her hair, to run the pad of his thumb across her mouth.

A mouth meant to be kissed.

He gave himself a mental kick, focused his attention on the churning waves below. He had no business kissing Regan. No business even thinking about it. When he'd taken the blood vow, he'd made a conscious choice to swear off sex, same as all those who bore the Watchers' mark.

Only Jace and Lia seemed exempt from this oath, and Marcus couldn't for the life of him figure out why. He'd seen Cal punish his followers for far less a crime. If there was one thing his leader demanded, it was absolute loyalty.

Regan picked up a pebble, then flung it over the cliff into the restless ocean. "Do you believe in destiny?"

The question took him off guard. "I'm not sure. I know Cal swears by it."

"I didn't ask about Cal. I asked about you." She ran her fingers through her hair, exactly as he'd imagined himself doing. "Cal's always preaching about fate, and for the most part, I believe him. But deep down, there's this inkling of doubt, and it gets me thinking sometimes. If everything really is preordained, what happens to free will? Does it even exist or are we just being strung along?"

"When did you go all philosophical on me?"

She inhaled deeply, drawing his attention to the gentle swell of her breasts. Ignoring the kick beneath his ribs, he looked past her, fixing his gaze on the rocky shore again.

"I don't know," she said. "I've been having this feeling lately, like there's something I'm supposed to do, but I'm not sure what that is. I only know it involves Ben. He's important somehow."

He'd been having the same feeling, but he refrained from telling her. The last thing he wanted was for her to grow even more obsessed with the boy. In their world, obsession and impulsiveness often spelled disaster.

"Regan, you need to trust Cal to do the right thing. You know the drill—no Watcher can deviate from the plan. If you do anything, anything that compromises the mission, you will be labeled a Rogue. And you know better than anyone how the Watchers deal with Rogues."

They hunted them down and exterminated them. The idea of that happening to Regan tore a painful strip out of him. He'd spent too many years training her, working alongside her, fighting to keep her alive, to lose her now. Had she been capable of reading his thoughts, she would've argued that she was the one always bailing him out of trouble, and she would've been right. She'd saved him more times than he could count. They were a team, more in tune than most, able to regenerate each other with nothing more than a touch, thanks to the Watchers' bond.

The truth was, he couldn't picture his life without her.

Losing the battle, he clasped her arms and turned her to face him. "Promise me you won't do anything stupid."

She tensed at his touch, inclined her head to look at him. "Define stupid."

Those sweet–looking lips hovered inches below his, too damn appealing to ignore. Right there and then, standing at the edge of a deadly overhang ensnared by Regan's smoky gaze, Marcus understood the precise meaning of stupidity.

He was tempted to demonstrate, but he didn't. Releasing her, he secured a safe distance between them. "Just think before you act. That's all I ask."

She visibly deflated, and he could've sworn disappointment momentarily flittered across her face. Above them, the sun's dying rays struggled to pulse against a sky determined to suffocate them. Regan grabbed another pebble and sent it whizzing through the air with a note of finality. "Thinking is overrated."

A bitter laugh rumbled in his throat. If he wasn't so damned disciplined, he would've agreed.


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