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His Darkest Embrace

(Jaguar Warriors #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. A woman who calls him enemy will give him reason to live...

Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they are now joined in a mission entrusted to Skye's family centuries ago: nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.

Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Avon
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Mandi Schreiner
Aug 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this one.

I heard such good things about book one I was eager to try His Darkest Embrace. I use the word chemistry a lot in my reviews, and it is hard to explain why some heroes and heroines have this, and others don't. I did not feel chemistry between Jagger and Skye at all. They both felt like such flat characters - I didn't understand their attraction to one another. Skye doesn't trust him, yet submits to a kiss. Jagger feels this overwhelming need to protect her, but it felt
rated 4.5 out of 5
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Oh My Goodness what a follow on book this was! Book two in Juliana Stone's Jaguar Warrior Series, His Darkest Embrace tells Jagger's story. After months of being in his jaguar form Jagger stumbles upon Skye being attacked by an enemy Jaguar gang deep in the heart of the jungle, after saving her it's apparent he is instantly attracted to this woman, wanting to know what she is up to, why the Dacosta gang is after her and his burgeoning attraction
Laurie Garrison
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PNR readers that loves high action and romance
Awesome read!! I loved the first book in this series, this one picked up where it left off and gave me so much more. It starts off in full force action and just about stays that way through the whole book. I have never read anything like it before, if this wasn’t enough the author tops it with two enemies that has to some how find love, Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get my world done, so I could get back to another world that was highly entertaining and exciting to read. If your looking for ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read book 3 first, am now reading backwards, book 1 is up next!-lol
BTW, I don't suggest reading out of order with this series.

I was grabbed from the first in this book and it definitely caught me up in the plot and characters. The action kept up til the end. Your heart will race as they are constantly running from someone or something.

My only complaint is that I feel like Skye and Jagger spent so much time dancing around each other that I don't blame Jagger at all for calling her a cock-tease
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
His Darkest Embrace follows a few months after where His Darkest Hunger left off and is a great read with the youngest Castille brother. Jagger is a dark and intense shifter wanting to escape the horrors of the real world and delve into his jaguar soul until he meets the proud and secretive Skye . They have a instant and powerful physical attraction but a difficult chemistry. Jagger is suspicious of Skye but refuses to let her go and will track her to the ends of the jungle. Skye has important r ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**3.5 stars**

I was really looking forward to this book. Jagger is the younger brother, funny and goofy but hiding something deep that he went through. Unfortunately for me, it played out about the same as the first love conquers all.

I did enjoy Jagger and Skye and it was interesting to see them get together. There was one part when he got back into contact with his friends and family from PATU and they told him their suspicions of Skye. He then called her a whore and some other stuff!
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Um, well...I can see why a lot of people are annoyed by this book.

It's completely unsatisfactory. Event's are left unresolved, there is a major lack of connection between h/h, and was it just my imagination or was Jagger's past a big non-event - I'm still not entirely sure who the heck Eden was and why Jagger still agonises over her death. The up and down relationship between Jagger and Skye was really annoying. Even if a book is awful, I'm usually still able to appreciate the love scenes but ev
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG what an intense and awesome read. Ms. Stone is an exceptional story teller. My stomach was in knots almost the entire read; the intensity is off the charts, it's pace is great and the senuality factor is of the charts as well. I love her characters and I appreicate that she brings the others in to the story if only for brief periods. And check out the damn cover, it's HOT. This is definitely a terrific series and I highly recommend it to any and all whole enjoy paranormal romance. These guys ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Juliana Stone delivers the second installment to her wildly, hot and exotic Jaguar Series.

Skye Knightly is a proud fierce eagle knight shifter. Her kind has been extinct for many years, killed off by different shifters, especially the jaguars. The eagle knights are guardians of different artifacts and Skye has a duty to protect a well sought after artifact. Her father was once keeper of a portal that opens up the underworld. His last mission before his murder was to seal the portal to ensure tha
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Book two in Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series picks up a couple of months after His Darkest Hunger. The two oldest Castille brothers left their younger brother Jagger in the jungle not knowing if he was alive or not. Jagger has been roaming the jungle, fully embracing his jaguar. Jagger has a mix of post-traumatic stress disorder and survivors guilt, maybe. I never fully understood him staying behind in the jungle and shifting to cat for extended period of time while estranging himself from ...more
I’m going to start the review by snarking on this book, but seriously, once I turned off my brain it was a lot of fun.

Jagger the jaguar-shifter (le sigh- at least it’s not Jhaggher) “existed peacefully with the vast array of animals that inhabited the dense mountain terrain he’d come to love." (Dude, he’s a cat. They’re carnivores. Unless he became a vegetarian – which is a death sentence for cats – I kind of doubt that.) After spending several weeks (months?) avoiding contact with his family, h
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
The second book of Juliana Stone's Jaguar Warrior series is about the youngest Castille, Jagger who disappeared at the end of His Darkest Hunger. Jagger was a soilder in the Middle East and is facing his own demons, his memories. Skye was a prisoner of the Degas jaguars with Libby and helped her find Libby and Jaxon's baby, but then wanted Libby to tell everyone she died in the end. Why we don't know?

On Jagger's three month hitatis from reality, Skye stumbles into his territory and flips his lif
Juliana Chen
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
3,5 stars for me..

it is a first book I read for this series, and I like it..

just made me really curious and exited for Julian's story...

a good start for me, to consider the next book.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this one ages ago, and picked it back up a couple of months ago. I fell in love with the story, and I remember going through the rest of the series a while back as well, still, this has to be my favorite book in the series.

I love the twists and turns the characters take as they try to figure things out, and the way they leave the end of the story is both complete, and enough to leave folks guessing and wanting to read more. The style can vary between slow and a quick paced, but overall ev
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie  G
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jagger Castille is a jaguar shifter and has been in a self imposed exile in the jungles of Mexico for months. One night a fight between two jaguar shifters and a woman spills into his cave and he intervenes to save the woman's life. When he gets a better look at the unconscious female, she brings out feelings in him he thought he banished. He is not sure why but he will do anything to protect this beautiful, stubborn female. Skye Knightly is an eagle shifter and is on a mission to permanently se ...more
Lady Rogue
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Pj Ausdenmore
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

In His Darkest Embrace, second in Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series, Stone plunges the reader back into the jungles of Belize for another intense, action packed, edge-of-your-seat battle between good and evil and a love story that defies all odds.

Wounded during a battle with the evil DaCosta jaguar shifters, Iraqi veteran and jaguar shapeshifter, Jagger Castille disappears into the Belize jungle. Weary of post-war stress and the human race in general, Jagger stays in jaguar form, l
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Let me just start by saying how much I love the cover of this book! It is just gorgeous!
Skye is enamoured by a cave that she was sent to by a mission she needs to complete of behalf of her dead father, needing to close and seal a portal to the demon underworld, she stayed there exploring far too long past dark and now needs to find her way back to base camp, traipsing through the jungle alone, which she soon discovers was a mistake on her part. Skye is an eagle shifter and in the past had been
Jagger has spent the last 2 months living in the jungle in his jaguar form trying to forget the things he witnessed in the army. He has no intention of returning to the real world and wouldn't even have taken his human form if he hadn't witnessed an attack on Sky by 2 other jaguars. After stepping in to rescue Sky he finds himself attracted to her and feeling strangely protective of her. Sky has other ideas though, as an Eagle shifter the jaguars have always been her sworn enemy so the last thin ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
The very first thing you need to know about His Darkest Embrace is that I enjoyed it way, way more than I did its predecessor, His Darkest Hunger. Jagger has his problems and his trust issues and his danger and deception, but there wasn't the feeling of...disrespect...towards Skye that I felt between Jaxon and Libby in the first book. The story also really comes to life and takes on layers and facets that are unusual and unique (in a good way), and the ending, while not a happily ever after per ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
I was really impressed with His Darkest Hunger. Really. The way it ended, with Jagger just disappearing into the jungle left me with high expectations for His Darkest Embrace. That turned out to be unfortunate because everything about Jagger was disappointing. He was an overbearing, egotistical arsehole who thought he knew what was best and that was that. It was enormously dissatisfying.

Skye is running from jaguar shifters—bad ones—when she is saved by one. As an eagle shifter, Skye is at her pe
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
HIS DARKEST EMBRACE by Juliana Stone is an interesting paranormal romance.It is Book two in the "Jaguar Warrior" series (Book one "Darkest Hunger") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,page turning,the plot is easy flowing with twists and turns. It has treachery, magic, danger, passion, adventure,romance, sensuality,evil,the underworld,demons,jaguar warriors,werewolves,vampires,eagles, shapeshifters,and the salvation of Earth.The hero, Jagger,is a Jaguar Warrio ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
The first Juliana Stone I’ve read and the second in her trilogy, well I think it’s a trilogy.

Why with all the graphic artists out there do authors settle for covers that do absolutely nothing for their books? First impressions like a well laid out banquet must be a feast for the eyes, at least for me. Bite me and call me shallow, if left to my own devices I would have passed it on the shelf and missed out on an entertaining though at times choppy read.

Mentally recuperating and hiding out in the
Dec 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, ebook
After reading the first book His Darkest Hungert, I didn't have very high expectations for the next book in this series, even though the overall storyline appealed to me the characters sadly didn't. I felt this especially with His Darkest Embrace. I had a feeling about this book before I bought it, hoping that the first one was just a one off. Sadly though, I bought this before reading Mandi's DNF review of it and although I enjoyed the first half of the story I did have to force myself to finis ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

This was a rather hard read for me. After reading book 1 of this series, His Darkest Hunger, and enjoying that, I was excited to read Jagger's, the youngest brother, story. As we end book 1 we know that Jagger is "lost" somewhere in the Belizean jungle. I of course assumed his story would at least begin in the jungle but that he'd somehow come back to his "real-life" in his journey toward his HEA. Unfortunately, and most disappointingly, the entire story stays in the jungle and centers on
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Jagger Castille is a Jaguar Warrior who has gone into a self imposed exile in the jungles of Belize and has not been in human form for two months. Skye Knightly is an Eagle Knight Shifter who is on a mission to close the demon portal that her father had died trying to seal it. Fast on her heels is the big bad Cormac O'Hara who wants to reach the portal first.

Jagger comes to Skye's rescue and tries to help her with her mission. His brothers also help out where they can.
Unfortunately (and do not h
Paranormal Kiss
His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone is the second book in the Jaguar Warrior series. It is an intense and fast paced book that takes you into the steamy heat of the Belizean jungle. It is about Skye and Jagger, both of who are shifters. Skye is an Eagle Knight and Jagger is a Jaguar Warrior. They meet in the jungle and feel a connection and attraction to each other but both have reasons not trust the other. The characters are well done with a depth that helps us to know them. Skye is a strong w ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juliana-stone
I read book 1 in this story, and had high hopes for the sequel. Unfortunately it didn't deliver. Honestly, the story itself wasn't bad it had lots of promise, but it was still a struggle to finish this story. As far as romance goes, it felt like these 2 characters were forced together rather than having real chemistry. Also the story was a bit disjointed as it moved in several different directions. Some of this is for set-up of the future books which I get, but the bouncing around made this hard ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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USA Today bestselling author and 2015 RITA® winner JULIANA STONE fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult as well as adult contemporary romance—books that have garnered starred reviews from Publish ...more

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