Title: Ancient Vengeance
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Ancients Rising #6
Release Date: December 27, 2022
Stella is determined to leave her realm and get some freedom from their smothering protectiveness. But her trip to New Orleans doesn’t go as planned and she finds herself with a protective bodyguard who she can’t get enough of, but isn’t telling the whole truth.
I really enjoyed Stella and Rhodes’ story. Stella is Juniper’s (Ancient Retribution) younger sister and is tired of being secluded and protected from the world. She is a smart, capable, and determined woman who just wants to actually experience life. I loved seeing Stella embrace life in New Orleans and learn to stand on her own capabilities.
“…she is my world and I will do anything to keep her safe and protected-not that my female needs it as she is fierce.”
Rhodes is an assassin who was tasked with kidnapping Stella. Instead he realizes she is his mate and does everything he can to protect her. Rhodes was extremely protective of Stella and made that known any time a male was around, but he never felt overbearing because he respected Stella and her ability to keep herself safe. While there is some strife between these two towards the end, I think it all played out perfectly for the situation. These two had a wonderful and very strong bond from the very beginning and I loved seeing them get their HEA.
Overall, this was another wonderful addition to this series. I love that we are getting to know a lot of the main characters that are shaping this new version of New Orleans. But, I really need Christian to admit his feelings for a certain lion and stop killing me with all the wait.
Trigger Warnings: torture, poisoning, brief mention of mass death from a natural disaster
*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*
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