Lux in Shadow Paperback – 30 Jun 2009
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Lux is happy for his brother, Zander, and his new grathia (lifemate). But he just can't forget how he failed to protect his lover from the recent violence. And now he's plagued with desire for the handsome werewolf Alpha, Arygon, who he wants but feels he must resist to punish himself. Exacerbating the situation is their mission to find the missing sister of the man who almost killed them. According to their seer, this woman must be protected. It only takes one glimpse of the woman they're looking for and both males are hooked. But each will have their own internal demons to fight before they can be true mates.
There's so much more going on, but I don't want to give it all away! Suffice to say this series has caught my attention in a big way and now my quandry is: Do I wait for the print version of book 3 "Twilight Guardian" or do I give into the lure of quick satisfaction and buy the ebook that's already available? Decisions, decisions. This series is one I don't confuse with any other paranormal or vamps and weres out there because it has enough differences to stand out in my memory. The first book was a twosome, this one is a threesome--but both books are ultimately about love, finding that special someone/s, and accepting their strengths and weaknesses as well as your own. All this and hot sex too.
Arygon Dydarren knows he is anathema to his people, a male who seeks sexual companionship from other males, but ever since he first set eyes on Lux Sariel, he's had hope. The Goddess would not have given him a male mate if She thought he was worthless. Lux may be stubborn as all hell, but Arygon is sticking by him, putting himself right in his face until the vampire sees what's right in front of him. And when he catches scent of the female werewolf they'd been sent to retrieve, and he and Lux finally see the ethereal beauty for the first time, Arygon realizes something that Lux is too guilt-laden to see or sense for himself. Lux Sariel doesn't just have one mate...he's got two.
She is Antara, the bogeyman of her people, the destroyer. Since she was a child, Sylvain has been kept hidden, kept safe, but it has been a safety that's limited her contact with the outside world and ostracized her from her people. She is the werewolf who cannot change shape, the one who stands in the space between, and according to the true legends, and against all male superstition, she is not to destroy, but to save her people. And her first scent of Lux Sariel tells her two things, the prophecy has begun...and Lux is her mate.
Arygon and Sylvain have a bullheaded mate and a prophecy to see to, and Lux isn't cooperating. And only the three of them together will be able to change the course of both of their species. The Mother Goddess has deemed it so.
R.G. Alexander has created a dark, delicious world with fascinating and original mythos that is unrivaled in erotic romance. I was highly impressed with the first book in the series, Regina in the Sun, and almost taken aback at the quality of world building and depth of history imbued in that dark gem.
Picking up shortly after Regina in the Sun left off, the story shifts focus to the Trueblood vampire Lux Sariel and the werewolf Alpha Arygon Dydarren, two characters we met in the previous novel, and their quest for the sister to Grey Wolf that Regina asked them to find. Lux is hardly recognizable as the weight of his recent past weighs on him, but his emotional state and the reasons behind his motivations are wonderfully described and detailed. Arygon is a nice counterpoint with his unashamed sensuality blanketing a core of vulnerability and a tragic, heartbreaking past. I enjoyed both of their characters and applaud Alexander's ability to pen realistic emotional consequence to her male characters.
I wasn't as pleased with Sylvain, but that's no criticism of the author. Her character is well written, given depth and a realistic backstory to explain her personality. My preferences, though, lie in stronger, confident female leads, females who know their own strength and mind and use it. Sylvain is far more submissive in nature than I prefer.
As in the first book, Lux in Shadow offers up solid story potential, building off the mythos previously defined. For that reason I wouldn't recommend this one as a stand-alone novel and would suggest readers start with the first book in the series to get a better idea of the world and the characters of Lux and Arygon.
The drawbacks of the first book, though, are felt even more keenly in this one, and I had some significant issues with the berevity of the non-sexual aspects of the plot. The exposition was handled nicely for those who have read the first book, but there wasn't much development given to the progressing arc of the series plot and almost nothing of consequence to stand out as a episodic book plot arc beyond the sexual relationship between the three lead characters. That's a huge shame, because Alexander went into such fantastic depth with the history of this world and the dangers threatening all of the species, only to skimp to such egregious degree on using that backdrop to develop an equally rich and robust story.
Bluntly put, there's just too much sex and not nearly enough that's not.
I almost can't believe I'm saying that. Admittedly, the sex is very well written and hot. Alexander writes lusty, erotic, delightfully graphic sex scenes. I've mentioned in other reviews that Menage a trois relationships very rarely work for me, but the one between Lux, Arygon, and Sylvain is one of the best I've read - and that's strictly due to Alexander's talents. They truly are a loving threesome, and they have all mated to each other, which satisfies my need for equality in a relationship. That being said, so many of the sex scenes seemed more about titillation than plot progression, and that's where my line is between an erotic novel and plotless erotica.
That impression wasn't helped along by the fact that Lux is a dominant who likes sexual control, and bondage came into play often. I like a little bondage and dominance as much as the next gal, but to the exclusion of all else isn't to my taste, so it's possible I'm biased, but the sex seemed more about physical pleasure than emotional connection and the emotional connection between the characters felt lacking in ways it hadn't been between Regina and Zander in the first book.
I would love to see what Alexander can really do with this dark, twisted world she's created and the vibrant, three dimensional characters she can develop. So far the focus seems to be more on the sex than on the story, especially in this book. A better balance between the two would definitely take this series to a whole other level.
WARNING: This book contains sumptuously sexy scenes of explicit sex, unconventional sex, voyeurism, bondage, menage a trois, and the following sexual pairings: M/M, M/F, M/F/M, & M/M/F, and may offend some readers.
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So warned, you can try it out yourself and see how you feel.
In terms of the series, it pushes the storyline along nicely. The romance was a tricky balance of a threesome becoming mated and I felt it handled it well. By the end of the book all three individuals were dedicated to each other and their three-way bond.
The story line was really a backdrop for the lust and romance, but even so, there was a lot going on and a lot at stake. It held together just fine. The lust was balanced nicely against some deeper emotional connections. All three characters- Lux, Arygon, and Sylvain stood as their own individuals and they worked well together. As you got to know each of them, you were just as drawn as they were to each other.
Bottom line though- either you want that kind of reading experience or you don't. I loved it. Not only the sex, but the whole reality created where the balance between vampire, were and human relations are tenuous... It's a ton of fun. I got to the end and wanted to do it all over again! Hopefully you will too.
"Lux In Shadow" by R.G. Alexander is the second in her sensual `Children of the Goddess' series. Lux Sariel is still recovering from the horrendous loss of his lover and unwilling to accept the advances of the formerly reviled Arygon Dydarren who was Alpha of a werewolf pack. Both males are interested in Sylvain, sister of the vanquished Shadow Wolf alpha (Grey). Sylvain has an uncanny role to play in the future of both the vampires and weres but Lux and Arygon are more concerned about claiming their mate. Sylvain's role as Antara places her in danger from all of the other Weres who are determined to end her life but she may be the catalyst to alter interactions between humans, weres and vampires forever. Lux must learn to allow himself to love again, Arygon must find those who accept him for who he is and Sylvain must find the strength to fulfill her destiny.
Another steamy addition to a wonderfully erotic series featuring a complex intermingling of vampire and werewolf societies interacting with humans. Pack taboos and the requisite power struggles are intermixed with folklore and the age-old conflict between seemingly powerless females and headstrong males who subscribe to the `might makes right' theory. Intriguing secondary characters provide connections to other tales as the ongoing struggle between good and evil continues to play out. An entertaining read.
© Night Owl Reviews
The two men find Sylvain and she is more than they bargained for. Lux feels a pull toward both Arygon and Sylvain, but pushes his feeling away for fear of caring again.
Sylvain is an anomaly in the wolf world and forced to hide for most of her life. She knows she is part of a great prophecy just waiting to come to pass. She spies Lux and Arygon and knows the prophecy is upon her.
Will the three come together to save the Vampire and Wolf worlds? Or will Lux's guilt keep them apart?
Lux in Shadow, book two in the Children of the Goddess series, is even better than book one, Regina in the Sun. Once again R.G. Alexander pulls out all the stops with my emotions.
Lux is so filled with guilt that it takes both Arygon and Sylvain to help him realize that it isn't his fault his lover died. Sylvain is strong yet innocent and unaware of her strength. Arygon is unsure of himself and his role in the relationship, but between Lux and Sylvain, he is right where he belongs. The three are made for each other and as the story progresses, they all begin to see what they mean to each other.
Lux in Shadow is a little darker than Regina in the Sun, but I think it needs to be with Lux's journey through his guilt. Ms. Alexander knows how to put so much emotion in her stories, not to mention the tension and chemistry between the characters
I was hoping that Lux in Shadow would live up to Regina in the Sun. Ms. Alexander did not disappoint me and even surpassed book one, and that is why I am Joyfully Recommending Lux in Shadow.
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