Title: Infinite Betrayal
Authors: Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 21st, 2011
Mina Roarke had always been told she was special. In what way, she never fully understood until circumstances led her down a path of adrenaline-charged danger, blazing sexual heat and ultimate betrayal.
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 not claim the one person he’s forbidden to have?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I am always on the lookout for new paranormal romance books, since it is my favorite genre to read, and just happened across this book one day on Goodreads. I love shifters, so I downloaded the book and hoped for the best.
We are brought into the world of Mina who is devastated by the recent loss of her mother. She has never known her father and her mother has been her sole caretaker her entire life. With her world completely shattered, Mina does not know where to turn next or how she will ever get over this new void in her heart. After the funeral, she discovers that the father she thought to be dead is actually alive and living in Germany. At the encouragement of her best friend, Chloe, she heads to Germany to seek out her father and try to get some answers about where he has been all her life.
I instantly liked Mina, she is not a fierce warrior, but she has been through a lot in her life, she is strong emotionally and her sarcastic nature cracked me up. The only thing I would say that bothered me a little was later in the book, she was a little too accepting of some life changing information she received. Not about whom her father is, but other information I expected her to question more, information I would have questioned more, she took in stride. I suppose she could just have that sort of accepting personality, but I personally would have needed more time to process some of the knowledge she gained and therefore I struggled with her quick approval of her circumstances.
As for Mathias, oh I liked him. Alpha male: check, shifter: check, stubborn to the core: check. This is my favorite type of guy to watch fall in love. They think they are so tough, and yet they fall so hard. He was crazy protective of Mina, but he was so sweet and gentle with her when there was no immediate danger threatening her, which was very rare. The action starts pretty quickly after Mina gets to Germany and rarely lets up. I loved the constant movement of the plot and racing through the book to see where this journey was going to lead the two of them next.
The romance in this book was one of those instant attraction, fall head over heels pretty quickly kind of stories. I don’t mind having those types of relationships, especially in the world of shifters when they often feel who their destined mate is long before they can put that feeling into words. Mathias did try and fight this attraction for a while because of who Mina’s father was. She was off limits to him, forbidden fruit that he wanted with every fiber of his being. He used all his will power to fight his natural instincts to claim her, which just lead to a delicious build in the tension that I savored every moment of. When Mathias finally does decide to throw caution to the wind and give into the feelings, it is hot!
I also enjoyed the new mythology in this world, while we do meet shifters; they have their own unique background. I always relish discovering new authors perspective on shifters and their lore in the paranormal world. It is refreshing to get a new take on a subject you already know a little bit about and this book was no exception. You are not bogged down with a lot of world building in this novel, but I do hope that in the next book the authors will delve into where this race came from a little further. The focus of this book really remained on the connection between Mina and Mathias and I could appreciate that.
There is only one part of this book that I did not enjoy and it is going to be a little spoilery, so if you do not want to know about it I would skip on to the next paragraph and not read what I am about to write. The part that was very, very difficult for me to read was when Luca gets a hold on Mina. Many times in paranormal romance novels there comes a point where the bad guy catches up with our protagonists and takes somebody hostage. They are kept against their will for some time, but nothing truly evil befalls them while captive. In this book, Luca actually gets away with as close as you can get to raping Mina as possible. It was just hard to read all the detail of this brutal behavior. I have to confess to skimming through some of it, I just cannot take watching someone do that to a woman without cringing. Did anyone else read this book and feel that way or am I alone in this? I am interested to get other people’s reactions to this. Either way, I still enjoyed the book; I just could have done without these maybe fifteen or so pages.
I did enjoy getting to know some of the secondary characters such as Chloe and Talon. Chloe is Mina’s best friend and had a couple of surprises for us there at the end that I did not predict at all. Aren’t those the best ones though? When the author catches you totally off guard? That happens here and I loved it! Talon also had me laughing out loud and is definitely someone I want to see more of in the future. Luckily their book is next and I am itching to get my hands on it.
Overall, this is a solid paranormal romance book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves shifters and wants to read a fun, fast paced, hot and steamy romance. I am really excited to see what Gayle and Robyn will bring us in their next book!