Saturday, March 17, 2012


Title: Takeo
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-380-7
Genre: {M/M] Paranormal Fantasy Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Takeo doesn’t know what happened but when he wakes, he’s in a dark, dank cell and he’s manacled to the wall.  All he can think of is his lover, Kamiko, and when he’s threatened by his captor, Constantine, Takeo knows he has to find a way to escape before it’s too late.  

Surviving horrible personal circumstances, Kamiko has since led a quiet and secluded life. He’s been friends with Takeo for several years and kept his desire for the warrior hidden. Kamiko doesn’t know what to think when he’s suddenly whisked away from his home to the demon world for his safety, but he goes willing to be with Takeo. 

Loving Kamiko isn’t easy for Takeo. He knows what he feels but isn’t able to express it without making a mess of their relationship. Misunderstandings and miscommunication are driving them apart and if Takeo isn’t careful, Constantine will get his mate before they can work through their problems.  

Takeo is release number four in Lynn Hagen’s Demon Warriors series. Be aware that with the continuing plot line and interconnected characters, the books should be read in order.  

Kamiko is an interesting character and it’s great getting the chance to see this abuse survivor blossom and grow into the self-assured and loving man he’s meant to be. When we first see the change in his behavior it’s almost a shock but then I realized it’s because he’s comfortable in his new life and relationship. That made me smile.  Takeo, on the other hand, I found frustrating. We are told snippets of his history but I never felt I had a good handle on what in his past made him react like he did. And his emotions are all over the place, widely swinging from caring and tender, to angry and acting like a jerk.  

It was nice getting to see the other warriors but I missed the other mates in this book. The villain, Constantine, is an active presence and he moved the story forward a bit but I still don’t know where this aspect of the plotline is going. I assume we’ll learn more in the next release (which should be about Panahasi), an installment I’m looking forward to after reading the last portion of the final chapter.

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