Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.
On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.
(I believe you could read each book as a stand alone, but reading the entire series in order makes each book resonate more.)
Marcus and Joe are Warder and Hearth and have been together for years before this story takes place. In fact they were the first couple in the series. They are in Kentucky to see Joe’s Grandfather’s Birthday. While there, they learn that Joe’s dad is being shaken down for money by a demon of all things.
Marcus goes to save the day and nearly loses his life. In his head, he’s not worthy of Joe so he hides from him, breaking Joe’s heart. After months of recovery he makes his way back to Joe, but he fears Joe may no longer want him, since he put himself at risk rather than save himself for Joe.
In the end, after much drama, the pair is stronger than ever and the entire “Clutch” of Warders is even stronger than before.
In this book the drama is extra scary, but also really funny. All the Warders have to go clubbing (essentially) to gain admittance to the demon they are hunting and that scene was hilarious.
Joe is snarky and sweetly needy, a fantastic juxtaposition for Marcus’ steadfast devotion and leadership. The rest of the Warders look up to Marcus and their devotion to him is touching.
There is a fair amount of awesomely hot sex – Mary Calmes writes some of the hottest sex scenes around- but the love the two share is what makes this story stand out. Joe and Marcus already love one another, though the relationship is tested, we get to see them function as an already involved couple more often than not.
I highly recommend this book and the series, and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thank God Paul Morey narrates this and the last book in this series! The other narrator just didn’t work for me. I love Paul and really loved his narration!
I thought it was funny that Joe (the smaller man) had the deeper voice of the two, but other than that I enjoyed his variations on the different.
4.5 of 5 stars
(This is my favorite cover in the series too! Yay Reese Dante!)
Copy Purchased for Review