The fourth in Michelle M. Pillow’s Divinity Warriors series, Taking Karre introduces us to this heroine before the four women in the series meet. Karre is a survivor, and I was honestly not sure just who she was because of her use of other people’s memories and personas as she skipped from one dimension to the next. When she is captured by the Divinity Corporation and brought to Staria, she is thrown into the mix with the women we have met earlier in the series.
Vidar is another Starian warrior, and convinced that women are a convenience, not a necessity. Although he is expected to attend the breeding ceremony, his attention is really focused on protecting what is his; and a woman doesn’t enter into that equation. While his attraction and desire for Karre was only sparked by their hasty bedding, her disappearance shortly after left him feeling unsure: a feeling that makes him more frustrated and confused than amenable to another woman.
Karre is by far the most guarded and modern woman of the four: living so many years as a thief, and successfully managing to outwit and outmaneuver the Divinity Corporation hunters. Unfortunately, her time of freewheeling travel is up, and the corporation is seeking their revenge. Far more outrageous than any woman Vidar has ever met, her veneer of cool and composed is cracking, and little pieces of her real self are showing through. When Vidar claims her, and they start their new life together, neither knows what is really going to happen, or just how they will make it work.
Karre is softening Vidar, showing him how to live in and for the moment, and he has her feeling secure and protected for the first time in her life. Rebecca Cook manages to imbue the slight softening of Karre’s tone in her speech and thoughts as the story progresses: this serves to reinforce the gradual loosening of Karre’s iron grip on her thoughts and feelings, and helps build empathy for her character. Additionally, Cook’s voicing for Vidar fits his initial frustration and confusion, and later his contentment with his relationship and new wife. This is an unusual quality in a narration, and enhanced the impact of listening versus reading the story.
As one of the four stories in this series, it does work as a stand-alone story. But, I would suggest that you start at the beginning and read or listen in order. Each story brings a new component to the world, adding layers of depth and brings the ongoing struggle against the ‘ultimate foe’ to a climax in this story. I really have loved this series: the perfect mix of action, world and relationships with an erotic component that will have you reaching for a cool drink. And, fortunately, we continue to learn more from the world that Pillow has created in Divinity Warriors as she moves to the Divinity Healers series.
Stars Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Taking Karre
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Narrator: Rebecca Cook
Published by: The Raven Books
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 37 minutes
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The fourth Divinity Warriors book, set in the Divinity Universe.
Sir Vidar of Spearhead is too busy guarding the borderlands to bother with the headache of selecting a bride. Ordered to marry by the king, he plans to grab a woman and get back to the warfront as soon as possible. That is, until he meets the alluring Lady Karre with her teasing eyes, lush lips and irresistible ways.
Known by many names, inter-dimensional thief Karre has only one purpose—take down the company that ruined her life. When her luck runs out and she’s caught, Divinity Corporation condemns her to matrimony on a primitive, warrior-filled plane where Karre soon discovers there are worse fates than being the sexual prisoner to a man with insatiable carnal appetites.
Before long, days and nights filled with a surfeit of sexual bliss become something neither expected, and when Karre is taken, Vidar is forced to confront emotions a battle-hardened warrior never expected to feel.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.