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Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher
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bookshelves: urban-paranormal-romace, romance
Read in May, 2009

Not as good as I was expecting, coming from the wife of one of my favorite authors, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

This story follows the lives of men called Sentinels in their war against demons, protect humanity behind the yellow curtain and all that jazz.

The thing is these men have an expiration date if they do not find a mate. They have so much power in them to fight these demons that it hurts them and their women act as conduits for that power. The strength of the women lies in throwing around magic spells, while the strength of the men lies more in martial arts. The women siphon off this raw physical energy to fuel their own spells. Only problem is all the Sentinal women were murdered two thousand years ago, leaving the men alone with no ability to procreate and no hope of survival after a certain length of time.

So of course when one of their women are found, all the men around her go crazy for the chance to bond with her and save their lives.

Love the concept of the story, and it was written well. My only problem is the end, when out of nowhere it seems the leader of the demons pops up talking about having a child with someone. What? Where'd you come from, and who are you talking about?

Little bit of a sloppy ending, but interested me enough that I will continue on with the series.
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