Infinite Betrayal

Blood Feud, #1

Mourning her mother's death, Mina Roarke is shocked to discover boxes of letters from her "deceased" father. Having more questions than answers, Mina travels to the Black Forest in Germany to confront a man she thought was dead. Fate leads her to Mathias, a man who leads her down a path full of danger, intense sexual heat and the ultimate betrayal. Will Mina learn to trust the man who's captured her heart?

As a general for the Coteri, a secret shifter race, Mathias is used to following orders. Told to protect Mina at all costs, will he be able to control his animal instincts and not claim his king's secret daughter, the one person he's forbidden to have?

Infinite Betrayal is the fascinating first book in the paranormal romantic suspense series, Infinity, by Gayle Donnelly and Robin Mackenzie. It's full of betrayal, family secrets, intense sensuality and adventure. Both Mina and Mathias are likable characters who drew me into their story; I found their forbidden romance sweet and sexy.

Mina is an interesting character; she's young, beautiful and has just discovered she's fairly rich. She's also short tempered, has trust issues and has been having a hard time kicking her nicotine habit. Discovering her mother lied about her father, Mina is determined to find the truth - even if it means traveling to a foreign country on her own and confronting a man she's never met. Mina's emotions are believable and drew me into the story. From the start, her journey is an adventure filled with typical travel issues like lost luggage and spilled beverages. When she reaches her destination she finds herself attracted to the man sent to guard her while she waits for her father. An attraction she tries to fight without success.

Mathias is a fantastic character; he's strong, capable and incredibly hot. He's a complete Alpha male used to being in control. He's completely surprised by his immediate and intense attraction to Mina, the Coteri king's secret daughter, who he's been assigned to guard. Unable to disclose her birthright, he finds himself pretending to be less than he is - an incredibly powerful shape shifter in charge of an army at war with an enemy who would do anything to get their hands on her. Mathias has no choice but to withhold the truth.

The scenes between Mina and Mathias are full of lively dialogue and sexual tension. The more time they spend together, the greater their attraction grows. Mina can't understand why she needs protection and Mathias can't tell her the truth. He also can't take her to her father's castle until the king informs his council about her secret birth and half-human, half-Coteri heritage. Mathias is between a rock and a hard place; unable to deny his attraction he finds himself claiming Mina as his mate. He knows his actions are a violation of the king's orders and Coteri law.

The secondary characters in this story contribute significantly, from King Roderic, Mina's father, a man who wants to have a relationship with a daughter he's had to deny for too long, to Talon and Tremayne, Coteri soldiers under Mathias leadership, who provided a touch of humor to the story. We also meet Valencia and her son Luca, the leaders of the Valta, former members of the Coteri who have become their enemy. The Valta have no desire to live alongside man and nature as has been the Coteri way for centuries, they don't want to be the guardians of both but would rather become the masters of mankind, who they consider inferior. When they realize Mina's importance to their cause; kidnapping her is just a part of their plan.

The story concludes on a high note with Mina's rescue and return to the Coteri. She meets her father for the first time and both he and Mathias reveal the truth. I was pleased with the story overall and with the world which Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Mackenzie have built. While the story begins somewhat slowly and some passages are a little repetitious, the pace picks up speed. The end even gives us clues as to who the main characters will be in the next story in the series, Infinite Surrender, which is currently under progress. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Mackenzie take us next.

Book Blurb for Infinite Betrayal

Mina Roarke has always been told she is special. In what way, she’s never fully understood…until circumstances lead her down a path of adrenaline-charged danger and blazing sexual heat, and introduce her to a world she never knew existed.

Mathias, a warrior for a secret shifter race known as the Coteri, has been ordered to protect Mina at all costs. Although his oath to protect her is paramount, can he rein in his animal instincts long enough to avoid claiming the one person he’s forbidden to have?

Reader Advisory: This book contains brief scenes of torture with explicit sexual overtones that some readers might find offensive.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00