Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: The Danger That is Damion

The Danger That is Damion (Zodious - Book 3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks,Inc.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: Paperback, 352pp.
ISBN-13: 978-1402251627
ISBN: 1402251629

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)




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Books In The Series: The Legend of Michael (2011), The Storm That Is Sterling (2011), The Danger That Is Damion (2012)

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Excerpt from The Danger That is Damion

Synopsis:

Lethally passionate, wickedly dangerous...

Renegade warrior Damion Browne is a soldier of soldiers, an enforcer of the code of honor. With ruthless precision, he calculates risks as deliberately as he does his lover's satisfaction. Now it's up to him to defeat a new generation of female Super Soldiers, including the one woman perfectly programmed to be his downfall.

His enemy...or his soul mate?

Lara Martin has never felt powerful, until she's brainwashed to destroy the one man who can help her find the answers she so desperately seeks. Alone and embroiled in lies, Lara must turn to Damion for the key to the truth ...

Thoughts:

Lisa Renee Jones continues the popular Zodius series with her latest installment, The Danger That is Damion. The third book in the series is just as action packed and suspenseful as the first two and will have readers on the edge of their seats from the first page to the last. Jones' ability to build a world that is vastly different from our own in some ways and eerily similar in others is outstanding. Jones effortlessly blends romance and suspense into a reading experience that is captivating and full of surprises.

When "Project Zodius" first went off the map and soldiers were injected with Alien DNA that enhanced their senses and gave them super speed and healing capacity, as well as, strength and some unusual characteristics it was clear that these super-soliders, G-TECH'S, were anything but normal. Lisa Renee Jones does a fantastic job of building this incredible world in the first two books of this series, but continues to show how it changes and evolves in each new book. Readers may have believed that Powell was down for the count, but he is clearly resurrected in the latest installment in the series, and just as ruthless and devious as before. He is the ultimate bad guy in this series, but he has some help with his Zodlus soldiers under the command of Adam Rain. 


Adam and his brother Caleb are on two different sides of the conflict in this series. Adam is leading the Zodius soldiers and Caleb is the leader of the Renegades who are resisting Powell's evil intent and trying to protect the world from the Zodius. Each of the men in the previous two books, Michael and Sterling were powerful and magnetic and that's the case with Damion as well. Fans of the Zodius series know Damion as a hard nosed renegade that always goes by the book. He doesn't veer from the plan or change course, that is until he meets Lara. 

Lara is one of Powell's new creations. Female G-TECH'S that have been brainwashed. Lara doesn't even remember her last name. Her memories have been taken and Damion is one of the few that can help her. But he is her enemy or so she has been taught. Lara's character is quite different from previous heroines in the series. She is a passionate and charismatic woman, but she is a fighter, a warrior. I always think is harder for characters who have a strong sense of self to understand they have been manipulated and used and I think Jones does a wonderful job of bringing that out in Lara's character.


Both Lara and Damion try to resist the attraction they feel for each other. Essentially they are on opposite sides and makes for a hard relationship. But when Damion first sees Lara it's obvious that something is brewing. I liked the fact that she turned Damion's by the book attitude to mush. He is willing to do just about anything for this woman and that was very interesting to read. But this is romantic suspense and I would have to say that the books leans heavy on the suspense side of things. There is some romance, but it is not as key to the book as in some novels. The spark between Lara and Damion is definitely there, but there was a lot more going on the novel than concentrating on their relationship. 


That's not to say it isn't a good book. It's excellent! But if you are looking for a strong romantic edge to the book, I don't think you'll find it. It is suspenseful and chalked full of action and readers who are fans of the series will love it. It expands the Zodius world and sets up for future books in the series. I have read and reviewed all three books and would definitely consider this one my favorite of the series. New readers will be happy to know that each book in the series can be read as a stand alone and a helpful glossary in this one will help to get readers up to speed on what's going on. A great addition to the series!

The Danger That is Damion is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!


Award-winning author, Lisa Renee Jones, has published more than fifteen novels in several languages, spanning multiple genres of romance - contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. She debuted for Nocturne and Blaze on the Bookscan bestseller list.

2 comments:

Renee said...

I have loved anything Lisa Renee Jones writes. She always takes me away to wherever she is and makes me laugh and cry. I've read this one, and it is FABULOUS!

Lexi H said...

Oooh, brainwhashed. Yet still attracted to the "enemy". Sounds great, I haven't tried a book by Jones yet.