Saturday, June 1, 2013

With Everything I Am (The Three Series) Review

One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect… what, he does not know. Until he, in the form of wolf, meets a young, human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn't quite understand.

But in the end, she protects him. Then he finds this human child is his destined mate.

Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her mother and father are assassinated but before, her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant from others, no family, no close friends and always guarding against exposure.

Then the intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and therefore she becomes targeted by the wolves who have aligned with other immortals to enslave the human race. Callum has war on his hands and is forced to claim his mate and quickly integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening to her.

As Sonia attempts to adjust, not entirely successfully, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life and as werewolves only have one mate their entire lives, their union for him is unbearably bitter as well as unbelievably sweet.

Then he finds that due to her illness, her human life will be even shorter and he is forced to endure the increased bitter while doing everything he can to make Sonia’s short life incredibly sweet.

This is one of my favorite series of Kristen Ashley's because it is such an amazing, enchanting world that she builds.  The Vampires are sexy and mysterious and yet somehow not horribly cold and cruel.  The Werewolves are sexy and dominant and playful and loving.  I really can't wait to read the third book in this group.

Callum and Sonia are connected as kids when Sonia, unknowingly, saves Callum from hunters.  We see a fierce little girl stand up against grown men who have shot and wounded a wolf.  She demands that they leave her wolf alone.  A wolf she would go on to dream about for years to come.  Sonia takes the wolf with her to her families cabin so she can have her father heal him.  Little does the little one know, her parents aren't coming back and the wolf that she protected heals quickly.

Flash forward many years later, to a grown Sonia who has been living a rather peaceful and safe existence alone, running a business and again unknowingly, being cared for by a vampire named Gregor.  Gregor took over the care for Sonia after her parents die and he becomes like a father figure to her.  Guiding her and teaching her about life.  He really does care for her and you see what he would do to save her.

Callum grows up and takes over as king of the wolves after his father dies.  Unlike Sonia, he knows who his mate is and what his destiny is.  Or so he thinks.  He saves Sonia before a pack of wolves can rape her and murder her.  Callum doesn't normally do relationships so having a mate at first is inconvenient.  But the minute he gets to know her, he starts falling for her.

As you should  know by now with all romance novels, they are at a stalemate.  Callum is bossy and doesn't take into consideration Sonia's inexperience and feelings.  Sonia is stubborn and refuses to compromise with Callum and his demands.  It becomes a battle of wills.  All the while Sonia is also fighting to stave off a mysterious disease that could kill her.

There are a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs in this novel.  It is one of my favorites that KA has ever written.  This series is awesome because you can read the books as stand alones.  You will realize they are part of a series, but they are so strong that you don't have to read the series.

I give this novel 5 lipsticks!

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