Soul Resurrected by Keri Lake
Series: Sons of Wrath #2
Published on: October 31, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
As Wrath’s fiercest son, Logan carries the scars of fifty years spent in the most dreaded prison of the underworld, for a sin he’d kill to keep secret. Enduring decades of gruesome torture has left Logan feared by and detached from others, until a female Alexi’s blood resurrects his soul from death and, with it, the pleasures he’s been denied for so long.
Plagued by shame of her own, Calla is drawn to the ruthless demon, Logan, whose insatiable craving for her touch rouses buried passions and, for once, leaves her feeling desired.
A dark and dangerous evil has been reawakened, however, and when Calla is drawn too close to its breeding grounds, Logan vows to summon the violence of Wrath in order to keep her safe. First, though, Calla must save him from a past riddled with deceit and corruption … but only if she can accept the chilling consequences of unearthing his vilest skeleton.
When I first found out that Keri Lake’s Sons of Wrath series was going to switch from a female Alexi’s POV to that of a male demon’s I had some concerns. Paranormal Romances typically follow a similar pattern by featuring a different couple in each installment. Urban Fantasies on the other hand, usually offer a more interconnected story arc so, with good reason, I was worried that these books were going to lose some of their gritty feel by focusing too much on the romance. There is a love story blended into the plot line but other than that and the supernatural elements that’s where the parallels between these two genres end. Soul Resurrected is dark, raw and, at times downright gruesome while somehow also succeeding at being smokin’ hot; an unlikely combination that works for Keri Lake.
The first half of this novel was slower paced than I would have liked; it felt weighed down by the character development and the plot set-up was too drawn out in my opinion. However, when the action does finally kick in, this book’s entertainment factor skyrockets. After trudging through the first 200 pages I suddenly found myself glued to my eReader until I had read the very last page. I enjoyed the dual POV narration because, with characters as complex as Logan and Calla, the only way to truly understand them is to see the world through their eyes. The world-building and dark tone continues to be the shining stars of this series; their uniqueness and brilliance are what keeps me coming back for more.
I first picked-up Soul Avenged because of Lake’s Lycans and even though they turned out to be a little eviler than I would have liked; that still doesn’t change the fact that I have a soft spot for sexy shifters. Going into this second installment I didn’t have high hopes of her wolves redeeming themselves so when Keri introduced the Pureblood Pack I was psyched about the possibility of good werewolves! I was thrilled to see the Lycans play a larger role in this novel and I think it also bodes well for the future of this series. In Soul Resurrected Lake expands upon their mythology and even works a wolfish curve ball into this story’s plot line. I still wouldn’t go so far as to call this a werewolf series but there are definitely enough furry elements to keep me happy!
Logan and Calla are two very broken characters but in the Sons of Wrath universe that’s pretty much the norm. You can’t be an Alexi soldier or a demon of the underworld without having a least one deep, dark secret. I enjoyed watching these two try to fix each other; it was like passing an accident on the highway, gruesome but for some reason you just can’t look away. I loved Calla’s quiet strength and Logan’s twisted sense of right and wrong; together they make the perfect dysfunctional couple! The chemistry between these two is explosive and there’s a “sex therapy” session that you definitely won’t want to miss!
Soul Resurrected starts off slow but finishes strong thanks to its unpredictable plot and jaw dropping revelations; a great follow-up installment!