Destiny Unchained (Shadows of Destiny Book 3)

Adult
Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
A paranormal romance about a cold-hearted vampire assassin and a warm, passionate alpha of a werewolf pack. They form a wary alliance to hunt down a werewolf serial killer stalking the Northwest, and fall in love in the most unlikeliest of circumstances. More

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Words: 50,470
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465929945
About Leia Shaw

Leia Shaw is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, Shadows of Destiny. Thinking up fae politics, plotting dragon power games, and calculating how fast werewolves can change forms has given her a way to express those dark places in her mind. More recently, she’s branched out into the erotic world and has written a humorous but heartwarming contemporary BDSM romance 31 Flavors of Kink. She is also co-authoring the bestselling Badass Brats series.

Leia lives in New England with her husband and two kids. Though she will go to her grave denying it, her husband insists she would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.

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Review by: Amanda chefamanda@gmail.com on Nov. 10, 2012 :
Natalia is a vampire assassin with a penchant for ending up tied to trees and Cristian is an alpha werewolf. Their very species dictate that they become mortal enemies, but they can't fight their attraction to each other. Natalia struggles to maintain the walls she's spent centuries building around her heart while they hunt a rogue werewolf in a race to stop him before he kills again.

Shaw has a fabulous sense of humor and it comes through in all her books. I love the banter between her characters and the fourth book in the Shadows of Destiny series is just as fun as the first three.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DarkBloodyVamp on March 28, 2012 :
Pain, isolation, and loneliness is what Natalia has endured for the past 800 years, forced to live an existence where only death and revenge are her driving life force. After so much time has past it may take a tall, muscular, alpha werewolf to throw her off track and make her take a closer look at what it means to live an immortal life.

Natalia is known as The Huntress and has become notorious for her ability to kill her targets in the supernatural world that there is even a bounty on her head. Despite all the centuries of killing it has not been able to help heal her heart at the past wrongs that have been inflicted upon her. Since her turning she has keep herself isolated because of shame and fear of what she had become until she allowed her heart to open up to another. The betrayal that she suffered made her promise to never allow another into her heart until Cristian.

Cristian didn't know what to expect when he captures the beautiful vampire that has him intrigued and has captured his heart. This alpha werewolf, also a park ranger, finds himself curious about this vampire and before he knows it he has partnered himself with her to hunt a serial killer in their midst.

I really enjoyed this book not only for the hot, steamy scenes (who could resist a gorgeous 6'6” alpha werewolf built like a Greek God) but also for the emotional connection that the two developed despite their differences. Both have endured traumatic past events and it is Cristian who is able to move on, but Natalia cannot seem to let go. I love how Cristian felt the attraction for Natalia and didn't let the fact she is a vampire from stopping him. The banter that occurred between them and Natalia's refusal to give into her feelings made me laugh out loud at times and at the same time want to smack her across her head for being so stubborn.

I have read the other books in this series and this has been the best one to date. Paranormal romance readers who definitely have a thing for hunky werewolves will enjoy this one. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series that comes out, Destiny Bewitched.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: UTCBookBlog on Jan. 18, 2012 :
I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Having read the previous one and thinking we were going to get a bit more of the Underworld politics and relations with the fae, it came as a shock that the main characters for this story are a lone vampire assassin, Natalia, who is a pretty kick ass chick and has lived with a resentment towards werewolves because her own mate was one and the pack turned against her (many many moons ago). The hero? A sexy and open minded Alpha werewolf who likes to and is skilled at using rope ;)

She's in his territory hunting a rogue werewolf killer who is actually besting her at every chance he gets. She needs Cristian's help. Even though she hates to admit it.

Both the hero and heroine in this story were very likeable. No stupid moments, plenty of funny banter and who can resist an alpha that, even though he's going against pack logic, wants a vampire!

The story was also interesting with the werewolf killer . We only get to see the Queen of the Underworld and the mention of the fae towards the end so now I'm curious to see if that's the route we'll see in the next book.

I definitely recommend this series. They're not extremely long but they pack all the story you need, lots of hotness and humor, and all with great writing!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DarkBloodyVamp on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Pain, isolation, and loneliness is what Natalia has endured for the past 800 years, forced to live an existence where only death and revenge are her driving life force. After so much time has past it may take a tall, muscular, alpha werewolf to throw her off track and make her take a closer look at what it means to live an immortal life.

Natalia is known as The Huntress and has become notorious for her ability to kill her targets in the supernatural world that there is even a bounty on her head. Despite all the centuries of killing it has not been able to help heal her heart at the past wrongs that have been inflicted upon her. Since her turning she has keep herself isolated because of shame and fear of what she had become until she allowed her heart to open up to another. The betrayal that she suffered made her promise to never allow another into her heart until Cristian.

Cristian didn't know what to expect when he captures the beautiful vampire that has him intrigued and has captured his heart. This alpha werewolf, also a park ranger, finds himself curious about this vampire and before he knows it he has partnered himself with her to hunt a serial killer in their midst.

I really enjoyed this book not only for the hot, steamy scenes (who could resist a gorgeous 6'6” alpha werewolf built like a Greek God) but also for the emotional connection that the two developed despite their differences. Both have endured traumatic past events and it is Cristian who is able to move on, but Natalia cannot seem to let go. I love how Cristian felt the attraction for Natalia and didn't let the fact she is a vampire from stopping him. The banter that occurred between them and Natalia's refusal to give into her feelings made me laugh out loud at times and at the same time want to smack her across her head for being so stubborn.

I have read the other books in this series and this has been the best one to date. Paranormal romance readers who definitely have a thing for hunky werewolves will enjoy this one. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series that comes out, Destiny Bewitched.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Zais on Dec. 30, 2011 :
Destiny Unchained is fantastic and the chemistry between Christian and Natalia is electrifying making it a definite must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on Dec. 21, 2011 :
This book was awesome by far my favorite in the Shadows of Destiny series.
Natalia is a kick butt heroine that was feisty and independent and a little snarky and I really enjoyed watching her character change and grow and become better without losing herself or the greatness of who she was.
I loved Cristian too, he was the perfect alpha (literally!) male. Possessive and strong and protective and loving and just swoon worthy.
I loved watching him and Natalia interact and how they became better just being near each other.

I love Shaw's books, I can always count on getting a well written book that has a great love story with some steamy scenes (definitely not YA), great plot line and some loveable characters.
Shaw's work has always impressed me but I can tell that with this latest installment her writing really has grown and just keeps getting better and better.
I am so excited for the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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