Title: Heart in Hand (Warder Series #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Leith Haas, Simon Kim
POV: 1st person
Setting: Alternate Reality
Cover Rating: 4
Simon Kim is very much in love with Leith Haas, but Leith is a Warder. His job—hunting demons—is dangerous and important, and Simon doesn’t want to distract the man he loves more than life with the small stuff. But he doesn’t quite get that when a Warder takes a Hearth, the Warder gives his heart without reservation. When Leith claimed Simon, Leith bared his soul, leaving himself vulnerable before the only man he’s certain he’ll ever love.
When Simon is sucked further into Leith’s perilous world—and into an alternate dimension—Simon realizes that the only strength he can give his Warder is the strength of his love. Can Simon sacrifice the control he has come to treasure for the man who already owns his soul?
Think it’s impossible to combine a sigh-worthy romance with demons, werewolves, and any number of other creatures that exist in the hellish realms of the Underworld? Well, think again because Mary Calmes has done just that in Heart in Hand, the third installment in the Warder series, where warders fight to protect humanity from the unnatural forces of evil, and their hearths fight to keep them grounded to home and, well, hearth.
Leith Haas and Simon Kim steam up the pages of Heart in Hand as Simon narrates the story of his and Leith’s first meeting: the attraction, the need, the inexplicable bond they feel for each other that goes far deeper than mere chemistry. The connection between a warder and his hearth is a visceral commitment that becomes essential to the warder’s existence. It’s a difficult connection for Simon to navigate at times, but in the end, when all hell breaks loose and it’s up to Simon to extend himself beyond any other experiences he’s ever had, that primal bond will serve to rescue his warder and defeat the plans of the demon Saudrian.
Mary Calmes has written a fast paced paranormal set in a world where the natural and the supernatural intersect flawlessly; where two men—each strong and capable, yet vulnerable—aren’t afraid to express their love for each other, through both words and actions.
This is romantic adventure that does its best to keep the reader turning pages (too fast), and succeeds. As if it weren’t enough to have two strong protagonists, the author also gives us some pretty intriguing minor characters as well—Raphael Caliva, the kyrie demon—yeah, I’m just sayin’. I think I could love him if he weren’t just a tiny bit scary.
Reviewed By: Lisa