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Beast of Desire by Lisa Renee Jones
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bookshelves: action, fantasy, fantasy-other-world, fantasy-romance, sensuous
Read from March 31 to April 08, 2011

Des - white knight, Jag's right hand... inca indian mother, spanish conquistador father, slave, betrayed by spanish ruler's daughter, died at hands of a beast, and for the few seconds of being a beast, he was consumed with killing the spanish ruler... saved by Salvador to be a Knight of White... his beast is growing in power, as Des denies the man he was... it is time for his test & for his mate...

Jessica - daughter of a senator & an archeologist, an archeologist whos passion was for Solomon, and the Journal of Solomon, hidden in the box of Solomon, said to contain a list of angelic bloodlines... her mother ignored her health in her pursuit and died of a cancer that went too far before she saw a doctor... a year has passed, the Journal (with a map to the box) has been found by one of her mother's teams (still funded by her father)... Jessica works at the museum and is torn between the same love as her mother for the work, and her father's anger at a work that took his wife's life & he doesn't want to see the same happen to his daughter... The Journal is to be unveiled in a week at a charity event for cancer... under Jessica's tutelage...

And both the Beasts and Knights want the journal - one to track the angelic lines to destroy descendents, and the other to protect the journal & the families found in it... Jessica's mother was pretty sure they were of one of the bloodlines... and in fact, these bloodlines produce mates compatible with the Knights...

Des meets Jessica, posing as a potential donor for some artifact... and the attraction, the rightness, the calm is there from the first... Des' job is to get access to the event & to the journal... the plan to steal the journal from the Beasts... unknown to them is Gary, a coworker who is enticed by the Beasts to help them in turn for entry into their ranks... The Beasts, as a whole fail, because each has their own agenda - Cain is prime, Segundo (yes) is Second, and Adrian is his second... Segundo & Cain cannot personally 'interfere', and Adrian is working behind the scenes to try and usurp Segundo... and Segundo works counter to Adrian by bringing in Hell Hounds to protect his interest... and then throw Gary into the mix, trying to usurp Adrian by the use of the Hounds, not knowing that the Hounds work for Segundo... those Knights might be in trouble if the bad guys truly worked together...

Des keeps the truth from Jessica with difficulty, takes her home, and they cannot resist one another... Des feels the pull of his Beast to take her as his mate (bite her/mark her - and he is afraid to kill her), and is afraid - so he leaves her in the morning, not intending to have anything more to do with her...

Gary & Hounds try and steal Jessica's mother's personal journals, thinking it will give them valuable information... but Des (and therefore his team) is with Jessica at her home when the attempt is tried... the Knight team retrieve the journals from the hounds... and the team plans the same thing for Solomon's journal, the night of the charity event... but it doesn't quite work, and Gary, hounds, & Adrian try to track the box through the map in the journal... in the meantime, Jessica, feeling betrayed by Des is taken to their command center & reunited with the journals... when Jessica meets Jag, and Jag knows she is Des' potential mate, he holds her hand and she 'sees' the truth of Des & their mission... she agrees to help them...

Des does his best to resist her - the one time they make love again, he feels the beast too close... but they have her mom's journals and a map that Jessica gets from her mom, and the head to south america - to Des homeland... and it ends up that the tree where he had been tied & beaten hundreds of years earlier is the tree where the box was hidden... they locate the box, the Beasts & hounds attack... they almost succeed in kidnapping Jessica, box & journal, but Des & Max (of book 3) save her - but she is mortally wounded...

when she awakens two days later, Des is there, and shows her where he marked her to make him his - and once assured he did it because he knows she is his (and he is hers), not just to save her life, they fall into each others' arms... and yes have sex...

and then they join with Jag & Karen, and her father, and open the box... Jessica is asked to decipher to list so that the Knights may protect the families, and have hope of finding their mates... and Karen's sister Eva returns with her father as his assistant and protector...

and Knight Rock and Healer Marisol still 'dance' around each other... terribly drawn, and yet denied consumation... I want to read their story... : )
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