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Posted May 18, 2012 by Buffy Kennedy in Top Reads
 
 

Review: Edge of Passion (Cloak Warriors Book 1) by Tina Folsom


TLDR Recap:

Thanks to his immortal Cloak Warrior powers, Aiden has been protecting humans for two centuries, but the demons are getting stronger, and the Cloak Warriors are losing charges more and more of late. After some tough losses, Aiden is assigned to protect a woman who could be the key to humanity’s undoing if she fell into the demons’ hands. Aiden is loyal, but the scientist he’s protecting, Leila, opens up his eyes to a whole host of challenges, the biggest being their forbidden relationship. GraveTells thinks this is a must read!

  • Title: Edge of Passion
  • Series: Cloak Warriors Book 1
  • Author: Tina Folsom
  • Prominent Characters: Aiden and Leila
  • Recommended Reader Age: 18+
  • Sexual Content Level: Explicit

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Thoughts:

So this book took me on an adventure! The action begins right away, along with the story. It doesn’t take long before you get a sense of who the characters are, and even the world is pretty easy to understand. Aiden begrudgingly takes this next assignment to protect an important scientist, despite a growing sense of futility, and finds more than he bargains for in the feisty, intelligent Leila. The action is non-stop, as is the occasionally embarrassing sexual tension, making for a very well paced story.

At first I actually didn’t much like Aiden, besides the honor code he lives by, because he was cynical and temperamental. As time went on, other than an occasional asinine comment towards Leila, he really grew on me as she changed him. His partner Manus however, deserved to be smacked. Often. As for Aiden’s best friend and fellow Cloak Warrior, Hamish…Well I just hope his story is next :D.

There were a few moments where I thought I saw a little inconsistency, such as “I thought she was wearing a bathrobe, and now he’s tearing her jeans off? *scratches head*”. However, the heat of the moment, as you might imagine, *clears throat* makes you completely ignore afore mentioned observation. My only real complaint is that in all the mystery, we are shown the identity of the primary villain just a chapter or two before the characters discover it, completely ruining the surprise. While that really bugged me, the conflict was still very exciting and the ending utterly satisfying, especially since it leaves room for more! The best part is that while there’s action and intrigue, and loads of steam, overall it’s actually a fairly light-hearted read, and it had me up until 4AM finishing it because I couldn’t put it down.

Memorable Quotes:

Awkward…

“Oh dear,” he heard her murmur before she came running down the stairs, dressed only in a long bathrobe, covering her from neck to toe, her long hair open and slightly disheveled.
“Aiden, it’s so good to see you.” She hugged him enthusiastically, sparing him having to look at her in embarrassment. No son wanted to know that his parents had just had sex.
“You should have let us know you were visiting,” his father said as he walked down the stairs, dressed in jogging pants and nothing else.
“We’re sorry to intrude,” Pearce apologized, clearing his throat as he avoided looking at Aiden’s mother.
“Well, luckily you didn’t get here any earlier than you did.”
“Barclay!” his wife admonished, a blush staining her cheeks underneath the golden sheen.

If you liked Edge of Passion…

If you liked Edge of Passion, give Covet by J.R. Ward a try. It’s a world about angels who are charged with fighting to protect select humans from the grips of a demon seductress. It’s a somewhat darker story, and there’s more from the villain’s point of view than we see here, but there are some subtle similarities between the characters, and the stakes are just as high.

Another suggestion would be Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day. The warriors gave an oath to protect mankind from the shifters and vampires, and that oath is put to the test more than ever. It’s got more paranormal to it, but very sexy men with some really neat powers. And it’s sometimes nice to see vampires as villains again. What I really appreciate is that there’s not often a passage from the villain’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

Tina Folsom gives us a heartfelt story about a jaded warrior learning to trust again, and a dedicated scientist learning to be truly selfless. She weaves in corruption, mystery, and my favorite, mates that were always meant to be. This action-packed, romantic adventure is definitely not one to be missed! GraveTells dubs Edge of Passion a must-read!

Rating: Edge of Passion

A Must Read


Buffy Kennedy

 
Aspiring author and avid reader. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and am a stay home mother of two.