Book Reviews

Chained Hearts (Sentries 3) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Futuristic / Science Fiction / Future Earth / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-August-2013

Book Blurb

Todd and Nick Ruger are alive and on the run in the Yellowknife Protectorate, but maybe not for long. After narrowly escaping New Colorado, where they were implicated in the assassination of Chancellor Shaffer, they’re running out of steam: Todd is gravely ill and Nick’s injured. Just when it seems like the harsh winter will get the best of them, they find refuge with a doctor in the isolated town of Elk’s Ridge.

On the surface, Elk’s Ridge seems the ideal place to rebuild their lives. Nick begins training as the doctor’s apprentice, and Todd works in a lumberyard until they’re recovered enough to return to their duties as Sentries. They make friends, forge a new life, and most importantly, there’s no sign of anyone from New Colorado.

They should have known it was too good to be true. Victor Raleigh, the new Vice Chancellor of New Colorado, knows all about Nick’s psychic abilities, and he wants them in his corner. When Nick is betrayed and captured, Todd sees no alternative but to head back to the war zone to rescue him. But will Nick be the same man Todd loves after Raleigh’s pet psychic vampire is through with him?

Book Review

I was frantic to jump right into this third book in the 'Sentries' series because book two was so fantastic and I just knew this story was going to lead me on another imaginative adventure. The beginning of the story was rather heartbreaking with Nick being desperate to get help for Todd as his coughing and respiration gets worse and worse. However, they luck out when they land in Elk's Ridge and meet Dr. Porter who treats Todd and the bite on Nick's shoulder from their fight with the kelbit at the end of book two. And, just as the kelbit, itself, was completely repulsive, so is the bite it left in Nick. Ugh.

The reprieve and calm that Todd and Nick get in Elk's Ridge is truly a balm for the soul. They have been through so much recently that just being able to relax and take care of each other feels like a miracle. It stands to reason, though, that this time of healing isn't going to last and the identity of the betrayer came as no surprise. Nick is stolen from Todd and returned to New Colorado City and the vice chancellor. The vice chancellor's evil pet is worse, even, than the kelbit was. Jah'lar uses your emotions to trap you and he can make you feel either safe and loved or give you immense fear and pain. I didn't like him (there's a shocker).

It was intense watching Todd and Nick exact revenge against Jah'lar but, unfortunately, they weren't able to take care of the vice chancellor. This book ended on a huge cliffhanger which made me greedy to start the next book. It doesn't seem to matter, though, what life keeps throwing at Todd and Nick. Theirs is a love story for the ages because nothing will ever keep them apart permanently. Nothing.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/63590 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-June-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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