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Heart of the Warrior

(All The King's Men #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  936 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father sexually assaulted his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make ma ...more
ebook, 330 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Phoenix Press (first published May 23rd 2012)
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May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This Book is excellent......READ IT!!!!

If you Love Paranormal Romance with a bit more edge to it, elements of BDSM. If you like m/m as well as m/f..........THEN READ THIS BOOK!!

Can I compare it to other books in this genre...yes, the theme is tried and tested......but this IS different.

Donya Lynne is fast moving up there with my favorites, we are only on book #2 and I am already invested in this series.....I. LOVE. IT.

In the last book (Rise of the Fallen AKM#1) Sev and Ari shared an intimate mom
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★



Oh My Gosh...I Love Them....Yum!

♥This book is sweet n' spicy
♥The plot was awesome.
♥The world is fun and intriguing.
♥The character's are well developed.
♥The book is well written & well paced.

Gosh, I Just Loved this one~ it is my Favorite thus far~it was an Awesome Read!

For MM book lovers you only need to read book 1 and this one, to enjoy this lovely. I look forward to more MM lovin from th
This book...
Where the hell have you been hiding from me, you little bastard?

I don't know what took me so long to find this gem, but I'm sure glad I did.

First, I have to commend Donya for her terrific writing, and she did a great job in describing the world she created and the mating bond between two vampires. This was truly a fast-paced story that I could not put down.

Also, it was a lot more emotional than I was expecting. I did actually get teary-eyed a few times watching the hard time Sev and
I went into this book expecting it to rock my socks after seeing all the 4+ star reviews. Sadly, my socks were stuck firmly to my feet. Color me disappointed because I found this story for the most part to be unoriginal peppered with a few bright spots and the characters were cliche.

I didn't care for Ari at all and Sev was a little too bend over and take it for my tastes.

I'm new to this author so I'm not sure what else she's written but if you are reading this for m/m just be prepared for a hug
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Masters of Secrets. Overcome by traitors. Brutal choices.

Severin has become an expert at concealing pieces of his true identity. His mother, a dreck, was raped by his vampire father and then abandoned and left to raise her half-breed son alone. He was gifted with a rare defensive quality, iron skin and used this to his advantage. Through training and wars Sev became the perfect weapon, and was convinced he was created to destroy.
He found love briefly, but his world was flipped over when a jeal
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sev & Ari hot Smexy!
2.5 stars

Warning in advance about rambling and mild spoilers.

Random thoughts:
- It was definitely the wrong time for me to pick up this book. As Lover at Last's release date gets closer, I get more excited about it. Since this book is PNR, a m/m novel in a mainstream series - as far as I am aware, certain correlations are inevitable. It got me worried about LAL, because of reasons. This book reads like het PNR, only the chick replaced with a guy. Worse yet, I wasn't sure which guy was the chick.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Donya’s debut novel Rise of the Fallen – I had to read her next book Heart of the Warrior. I have to openly admit, I’m not normally into m/m romance and don’t read it often. But after reading Heart of The warrior, I’d have to admit I loved it. Imnot going into the storyline to much read the blurb but here are thoughts On why I enjoyed this story.

Donya grasps at the emotions, descriptions, love and romance between Ari and Sev like poetry. It flows so smoothly, its tasteful, loving a
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Erotic m/m paranormal romance with a GFY theme. This book is part of a series and each book in the series has a different couple. The author seems to be trying to cover all bases because the series includes m/f, m/m, menage and BDSM partnerships. The heroes are part of a Vampire Warrior sect that defends humans against supernaturals. The mythology is fairly weak. The emphasis of the book is on the mating bond and sex. For it's type it is fairly enjoyable and should appeal to fans of erotica roma ...more
Arion and Sev are great. I love their story sooooo much. Finding your true mate and having to go through such a struggle to be together, it will get to me every time. In this book the kink was a little more but not with the MC but with Traceon. I needed more of that with the MC and I would have been over the moon.
Sandy S
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
HEART OF THE WARRIOR (AKM #2) by Donya Lynne

HEART OF THE WARRIOR is the second novel in Donya Lynne’s All The King’s Men paranormal vampire series. This particular storyline features a M/M relationship between two AKM warriors Severin and Arion. Sev has known that Ari would one day be his mate, but it will be Ari’s need for acceptance by his family that will force the newly mated couple into a world that neither one expected.

Sev and Ari’s relationship turned personal between the pages of Donya’s
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Sev and Ari was an interesting one. I have not read or listened to the first book and for the most part, this book serves as a stand-alone; however, there were a few sections that were a bit off. The writing style of Donya Lynne captured my imagination and made me want to stay with the story and I found myself routing for our protagonists. Though I will admit that I wanted to throttle Ari on several occasions. I understood Micah's frustration with the two of them. The story was full ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I gave the first book 4 stars and this one 3 stars because of Ari.
I didn’t like him in the first book and in this book I still didn’t like him.
I really liked Sev who I felt deserved a stronger mate.
I understood Ari and his feeling about being gay and coming out of the closet as they say but too mate with Sev and then just accept what his parents did with the St. Patrick’s Day party was just ridiculous in my eyes. Talk about not having a backbone and the excuse he gave Micah just drove me mad.
Ally Vance
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
After reading and loving the first book in the series I simply had to read the next one. Donya Lynne did not disappoint me.

I loved the characters and the story that builds nicely as the book progresses. This had the whole package (hehehe), a well-thought out plot, interesting and fully developed characters, a story with plenty of action, and steamy hot scenes that had me fanning myself profusely. Ari and Sev are wonderful characters and made for a great couple to read about.

I also enjoyed meetin
Norma Edel
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It is my favourite from the series to date and I've read them all.

I'll admit, the storyline may not be for everyone but it will definitely have you stopping to think, not just about relationships but how they're percieved by others.

We cannot help who we fall in love with. Our heart makes that choice. So? Do you follow your heart or do you try to conform to standards expected of you?

Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one better than the first one.
I'm not into M/M so I skimmed through the numerous sex scenes, but I liked the build up, the relationship between Arion and Severin, how it wasn't rushed but dealt with the problems they had in its own time.
Gina's introduction was good as well, not rushed or useless. And in the end we are given a glimpse of the future storylines with Malek and Io.
A good second book, it kept me hooked up to the story.
Suzanne Gandolfi-lapham
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect !
While there will be some close minded people who will frown upon the love between Ari and Sev it was perfect. I am a HUGE fan of paranormal be it romance or urban fantasy the romance between them would have been perfect in any setting. I wish the whole series was on Audible. The narration was full of emotion and the world building was interesting. I liked this better than the first. I rarely give 5 stars but this one deserves them.
b. binaohan
Man. MAN.

While it is the case that crying and tears aren't something that men, even warriors, do (or shouldn't do) but... These guys seriously cry *a lot*. I mean it. They are crying practically every other moment because they just have SO MANY FEELS. Lmao.

I suppose in context it also makes sense since Lynne at least gives them some magical woowoo reason for why they are so emotional, but still......
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pretty mediocre and predictable, with more bad analogies per paragraph than I could handle. First a babe Ruth imitation, then fighting like mr t (from Rocky? Really?) and then ironman..... too much and too silly. Plus this guy's had lifetimes of fighting, but just joined? And vampires are homophobic? I couldn't get past the first few chapters
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Fell in love
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
I wasn’t looking forward to this book. But I found it beautifully written. I ended up loving these two males and this book.
Theresa Channell
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: man-love
Ĺove, love, LOVE Sev & Ari's book. Book 1 got me hooked and I had to read Book 2...TWICE! I'm a fan for All the King's Men and can't get enough. I'm looking forward for my next fix...come on Book 10!
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had already liked the first novel in the series and it took me a while to work up to reading this because it centered around the male enforcers I got a glimpse of in that book. I have never read a romance where it centered around two men before, but am really glad that I got to read this one. I was so pulled into this from the beginning and it totally surprised me how much I got into it. The characters were so real in their feelings and reactions that I found myself sympathizing with them or b ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All the King's Men #2
Heart of the Warrior (AKM, #2) by Donya Lynne Heart of the Warrior by Donya Lynne is everything of romance the if it can all help it. Heart of the Warrior, sequel to Rise of the Fallen was an excellent book with almost the perfect mix of romance, conflict and hope for the future. I give it 4.5 stars.

Here is my breakdown of ratings for the different aspects of this book:
Ease of Readability - 10/10 no problems whatsoever!
Uniqueness of Story - 8/10 The story had a lot of unique characteristics to it, though it did have a
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a definite improvement over the first book! I felt like I understood the world a lot better and really felt like I got to know more about each of the characters. I loved Sev and Ari. They felt so much more fleshed out in this.

Sev has been tortured wanting Ari since their one encounter six weeks earlier. Unbeknownst to him Ari has been struggling with the same longings. While their passion for each other is strong it isn't going to be that easy. Ari fears admitting he's gay to the homoph
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
So, I really disliked the first book in this series but I felt that the second book had promise judging by the teaser we received in the first book.

Unfortunately this book is vomit worthy.

There are some hot scenes with these two..and then more sex scenes..and then more and more until I really did not care. I like a good m/m erotica but this had no substance. The two men fuck up all the time, they are both hypocritical and apologise far to easily when really..who gives a shit? Your issues are mea
Dana Busenbark
We focus on Severin in this book, and some of what we saw with him and Arion in the first book as far as their friendship. What is going through Severin's head makes me want to weep for him after he helps Arion. He helps Arion who got the snot beat out of him by Micah in the first book. What does Severin help Arion figure out? When Malek talks him into going to the Four Alarm Bar with some of the others from the team, what happens? We flip chapters and see someone named Gina checking into a hote ...more
Loutia Johnson
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the cliques work

This is by far the most emotional sexy m/m book I have ever read. Ari and sev are right up there with Soren and Kingsley from the original sinners series. I felt like ari and sev belonged together and it's not often a writer can convince me of that. I gave this book a star because of that. Ari and Sev are one hot couple :). But moving on I like Micah but i don't see the connect he has with sam. Sev is by far my favorite in th series. I will always remember his patience
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friggin-hawt
This book I loved it! It was because of Sev and Ari that I continued reading "Rise of the Fallen" .... the first time I met them, I knew they will head to a heartache road. So many hurts and so many secrets and so many times of betrayals.

Ari never knew he was gay but when he found out he was so scared telling people about himself. Especially to his parents (cos they would disown him) and to his best buddy Io (which he is an ass!) Sev had been hurt so many times. His father, his boyfriend who was
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Donya Lynne is the author of the award winning All the King's Men Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In j ...more

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