Review: Soul Avenged by Keri Lake

Title: Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath #1)
Author: Keri Lake
Publication:January 16, 2013 by Keri Lake
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Reason for Reading:
Ebook provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Passion is blind in vengeance and love ...

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.
The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.
Now, one motive burns in her soul:


The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds. Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance

Ayden is an Alexi soldier.  A member of a fierce group of warriors who hunt and destroy Lycans.  A once normal girl, she is now a fighter with no memory of her normal, happy life.  All she knows is that a Lycan killed her family and left her for dead.  Her memories have been replaced with an insatiable appetite for vengeance!

While being an Alexi soldier has taught her everything she knows, it's interfering with her goal of finding and killing the Lycan responsible for the attack on her family.  To accomplish this, she extricates herself from the Alexi and hires the Sons of Wrath.  The Sons of Wrath are a band of demonic brothers who descend from the demon Wrath.  They will aid and protect Ayden on her mission.

On a hunt one evening, Ayden encounters Kane, a recently bitten man who will soon become a new Lycan.  As she attempts to rid the world of one more man-eating monster, she is awashed in memories that she cannot place.  She, uncharacteristically, decides to spare him in the hopes that he might be the key to the answers she seeks.  She only has seven days.  Seven days before he becomes the enemy and will no longer be of use to her.

The world that Keri Lake has created is the perfect backdrop for Ayden's character.  Set in Detroit, this dark, edgy, gritty world is full of things that go bump in the night and is not for the feint of heart.  Ayden is a fearless, tough as nails killing machine.  She feels and fears nothing.  Yet somehow, her interactions with Kane begin to expose the raw nerves that she thought she no longer had.  There is so much more in her - more pain, more fear, more potential for goodness than even she realized.  Snarky, brave, fun, and flirty Kane is an all around good guy and this time, it's the hero who helps the tortured heroine.  Not quite the alpha that the brothers are, he brings his own sex appeal to the story that Ayden cannot deny.  The chemistry between them is electric.  Their interactions alternate between warm and tender to raw and passionate.
"Gavin, Logan, Calix. Was there a sale on trendy names when they were born, or something?"
It's not just about Ayden and Kane, though.  We can't forget The Sons!  We meet five of the seven insanely hot and dynamic brothers who add so much to the story: Gavin, Logan, Calix, and twins Zeke & Zayne.  Each one different from the next, they add layers of humor, power, loyalty, and even compassion. I loved Ayden's relationship with each of them.  They were quick to exasperate her, make her laugh, and have her back when she needed it; as if they were her brothers too!
“Calix shook his head. “Don’t mind him. Logan is what happens when kids don’t get hugged enough.”  
Soul Avenged is the stuff that great Urban Fantasies are made of.  A kick-ass heroine, a brave hero, sexy and funny alpha males, action, romance, and suspense mixed with just a dash of sci-fi.  If you are a fan of Underworld, then you will be a fan of Soul Avenged by Keri Lake.


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