Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Lexi Ander
Series: Darksoul #1
Heroes: Sūnder & Gabriel
Genre: M/M Scifi
Length: 320 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: If Sūnder Alārd had been born female he would have been cherished for being faeborn—born with magick—and his birth celebrated. Instead, his L’fÿn mother insisted on his death. Only his Panthrÿn father’s desperate escape through the forest saved him. With most Chándariāns uneasy in his presence due to rumors he is doomed to become a darksoul, and unlikely to find a mate because of it, Sunder has nevertheless carved out an honorable existence as a warrior and commander. Serving as bodyguard and chaperone for the Chándariān prince, Sūnder accompanies his charge to the annual mating festival on Earth, and when the prince is injured, he can’t help but be fascinated by the tongue-tied nurse who attends them at the hospital.
At sixteen years of age, Gabriel St. Baptista came home to discover his parents had taken off into space, leaving him behind to look after himself. Gabe never recovered from the unexpected desertion, and keeps everyone at arm’s length to avoid being abandoned again. However, after meeting Sūnder, Gabe finds himself unable to resist the bond between them and breaks all of his carefully crafted rules to spend time with the Chándariān, regardless of the fact that Sūnder will soon leave. Scared by what he feels for Sūnder, Gabe can only hope his heart won’t be too broken when Sūnder returns to Chándaria.
But deceit and treachery is all around them, and when Gabe saves Sūnder’s life, it sets off a chain of events that could either tear Gabe and Sūnder apart or give them both exactly what they want.
Sūnder grew up hated by his mother’s people because he’s faeborn and has magick, something that, up until his birth, meant death for male newborns. Somehow he’s managed to grow up into a respected warrior and commander so when he goes to Earth to guard the Chándariān prince, he doesn’t expect to find his mate. Gabriel hasn’t had it easy lately. His parents left him when he was sixteen and aside from his best friend, he doesn’t have anyone else in his life. When he meets Sūnder, his whole world tilts but he knows their time together can’t last. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get and the closer they get to finding out who Gabriel really is.
OMG, where has this book been my whole life? I somehow missed it during the M/M Romance Group’s Love is an Open Road event and what a shame that was! This one surprised the heck out of me, though. I knew it was scifi but I didn’t really know what I was getting into and once I started it, I was sucked right in! It starts off with a bang and just keeps going from there. When I thought I was starting to see where things were going, something would happen and take it into a different direction. I will say that this book does have mpreg in it. However, it’s not the traditional kind and I won’t go into details with it but readers should be aware that this happens so they don’t get blind-sided.
As for the characters, Sūnder starts off a little cold. He’s been hated by his mother’s people and not allowed to acknowledge his father or brother so it’s made him a little bitter. All that changes when he meets Gabriel because one thing after another happens that finally gives him what he’s been craving in life. It was interesting to see that change happen because he’s a completely different person by the end of the book, he’s more vulnerable and more understanding. For Gabriel, he develops so much in this book that I almost didn’t recognize him. He starts off this naive, innocent guy and then by the end, he’s this sorta leader. It was so fascinating to see how much these two developed in their relationship not just romantically but also mentally. I just fell in love with this story and have that urge to re-read it already even though I just finished it!
I ADORED this book and the only thing I had an issue with is there was too much sex for my liking. I loved the chemistry between Sūnder and Gabriel but still too much sex on page for me.
In the end, this was an amazing book. I loved the world building and the character development. I liked that Ms. Ander wrote about them after they get together and not just left it at that because I’m always curious about ‘after’. Long story short, I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! Give this one a try if you enjoy a great scifi book with a few surprises along the way.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*