- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1385 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (13 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074KJTJT8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sweet Sacrifice (The Soul Mate Tree Book 9) Kindle Edition
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I didn’t realise that the author was going to take a bat to my emotions and live off my tears (unconfirmed rumours report that she lives off tears, she may just revel in them) when I opened this book, but it became clear that this was the case early on in the book.
The main character, Bash, is a former Navy SEAL who died in the course of duty and is now working on the side of angels in a war against demons. Firstly, I knew that Navy SEAL romance was a trope but this is the first one I’ve ever read – I kinda like it, it automatically assumes that the hero is honourable and there will be some violence (both are perks in my mind).
The angel thing didn’t entirely work for me, just because I’m not a huge fan of angels as a concept. Why I’m happy with demons and vampires, but not angels is a mystery for another day. I will point out that this book wasn’t religious in any way, or to my mind, blasphemous, so…. there’s that.
The writing style is so compelling, as always, which is why I devoured this book all in one. It’s a mix of paranormal and mundane reality to highlight the magical bits and romance. It’s a solid love between two normal people, cut short by tragedy. What’s especially refreshing is that the couple is already married, so there’s none of the ‘getting to know each other’ stage which I know some people find tedious.
What devastated me about this book was the stark reality of grief. Irene lost her husband to war two years ago and she can still barely function, knowing that there are millions of women out there like her that will never see their loved ones again breaks my heart. It’s also the reason I can’t watch war films or documentaries…. and don’t think I’ll be able to read another soldier romance again!
This is another great book from the author and I would highly recommend it for fans of romance, especially paranormal romance, who enjoy a good tearjerker!
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Sweet Sacrifice is the ninth book in The Soul Mate Tree Collective. It’s a series of standalone novellas, one for each month for thirteen months. We’re promised a collection of wonderful stories, all linked back to the soul mate tree. Thus far, I have read the first three novellas in the collective. The first three novellas – Realm of the Dragon, Can’t Stop the Music, and Between Venus & Mars – were all wonderful reads. I thoroughly enjoy them all, each offering something very different. I also have the fourth novella – The Trail to Love – on my Kindle, ready for me to dive into soon. Despite having novella number four on my Kindle, I had to read Sweet Sacrifice first. L.D. Rose is one of those authors I will willing bump up my to-read list. I needed to know what happened in Sweet Sacrifice, and I needed a fresh dose of L.D. Rose.
Sweet Sacrifice is a wonderful addition to The Soul Mate Tree Collective. This isn’t just my L.D. Rose bias speaking – it’s a fact that I need to state. The story is wonderful, playing with so many of your emotions throughout. Honestly, it’s a truly wonderful read. It had the trademarks I have come to recognise as pure L.D. Rose, along with offering a range of things we have yet to experience in The Order of the Senary series. Without a doubt, this story really shows off what L.D. Rose is capable of.
If you’re a fan of L.D. Rose, you need to pick this one up. If you’re a fan of The Soul Mate Tree Collective, you need to pick this one up. If you’re new to either, you cannot go wrong with picking this one up.
Sweet Sacrifice will be a difficult read for a number of people – it is a fact people need to be aware of in advance. Our male lead has made the greatest sacrifice possible – he gave his own life to save his brothers in arms. Sometimes authors fail to hit the right tone when telling soldier’s stories, yet this one is deeply emotional. There is a certain point in this story where things become overly emotional, where the details are shared, and people need to be warned of this. Not because there is a lot of gore, but because of how heavy the emotions are. There is no denying it will play with your heartstrings.
In addition to this deeply emotional story, L.D. Rose delivers a fantastic supernatural storylines. I like to think you can never go wrong with angels and demons, but you can. There are more bad stories out there than I care to accept. Sweet Sacrifice is not one of them. The classics of angel and demon stories can be found within this one, along with enough new stuff being introduced to make the story unique. You’re quickly pulled into the supernatural world, coming to love the world building and the characters.
My favourite aspect of this story was the way L.D. Rose kept us guessing until the very end. I once read an interview where a romance author spoke of how happily ever afters are a must. Romance is escapism, the fairy tale everyone is looking for. We expect to see rainbows and butterflies. L.D. Rose had me seriously doubting this. In the back of my mind, I was cursing the soul mate tree. It had to work – it just had to. Yet L.D. Rose had me seriously worried. The tension really does build in this regard. Mix it in with all the heavy emotions involved in the overall storyline, and you’re left a tight ball of tension throughout.
Without a doubt, this was a wonderful read. I cannot recommend this one enough, as it truly is beautiful.
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