Friday, November 18, 2011


Title: Nexus
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-248-0
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

By day, Marcus Roth is a top-notch criminal attorney for a small but prestigious firm but by night, he kills demons. He knows that he’s important to his lover and hearth…Joseph Locke…but is Marcus really just a simple warder? 

While on a trip to Lexington, Kentucky for Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, Marcus discovers just how important he is to the other people in his life. He uncovers demon activity threatening Joe’s father and ends up revealing his warder identity to all of his lover’s family. To save the people he loves, Marcus must fight against a traitor and demons, putting himself at risk and threatening his life with Joe. Even if he lives through the ordeal, it doesn’t mean he’ll ever forgive himself or understand that his hearth and fellow warders can’t do without him. 

Nexus is release five in the Warder series and I’m sad to say it’s the last one. Please note that the books should be read in order. 

There’s just so much about this book and series I enjoyed. The warder/sentinel world building is filled with larger-than-life personalities and vivid descriptions, there’s lots of fun, bantering dialogue, and it has plenty of kick-ass demon killing, good friendships and sizzling hot sex. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the family side of a warder and his hearth, making it extra special. Joe’s family is great…funny, kind, warm and they love Marcus like crazy.  

As much as I’ve enjoyed the other books…and Sinnerman I loved…seeing the love and commitment of a long-term warder/hearth relationship is wonderful. Marcus is a quiet kind of guy, deeply committed to his hearth and friends. He’s warm, protective and kind…unless he’s killing a demon, then watch out. Then there’s Joe, who’s much more feisty and demanding in what he wants, despite his physical handicap. They’re so cute and loving together, you could almost get tooth decay. 

It was great seeing all the other warders, their hearths and sentinel Jael. There’s plenty of action sprinkled throughout, lots of emotion, danger and suspense (especially near the end) and a plotline that doesn’t let up and keeps you racing to the end. So, here at the end, all I can say is that I’m sorry to see the series end and I’ll be re-reading them again in the future. Enjoy!!

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