Description: Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy larger than ever expected. One by one, they’ll find their mates from the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men, and secure their place in history. The trouble now is Paige has too much pride to go down easily. When confronted by her mate, she convinces him to wait.
Donovan agrees to Paige’s plan until things around him start to go wrong. He’s losing his concentration, making mistakes on critical missions for the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), and now he’s assigned as Paige’s bodyguard. Donovan’s only weakness is his need for a mate to carry on the Breed. Now that he’s found Paige, the time has come for him to claim his mate. Taking Paige in hand might be the only choice he has as forces continue to mount against the Breed. Their Pronouncement will need to be sooner rather than later.
REVIEW: Vanished Pride is the 4th installment in The Seven Sin Sisters series. This is my second time reading one of Beck’s stories and my 2nd installment of The Seven Sin Sisters and so far this has been my favorite of the two. Though I enjoyed Madden in Lustful Cravings, I think Donovan had a lot more to offer as a character. The story keeps the same interesting plot, the breed fighting against an organization that now knows about their existence and that it is doing everything possible to use that information to their advantage, tying to cause chaos and death in their path.
I like how the plot kept the story interesting throughout its 98 pages. I was glad to see that Nassir may not longer be a threat to their race but knowing there is someone else behind his crimes keeps readers on the edge. I am a fan of this series and I love how nice Paige & Donovan’s story develops. It is short yes, but don’t let that fool you, the passion and desire is intense. Donovan a dominant by nature helps Paige overcome her sin and in terms help her understand their eternal union. I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to reading more of the breed. I think I have to go back and read book 2 & 3 because I know I am missing some hot and steamy stories. Have some water ready because you will need it, Donovan is sexy, smart and very dominant, everything you want to see in a man like him. Paige compliments him, together they make this story sweet yet steamy. I think Paloma Beck did a great job bringing these two characters together, great work and I can’t wait to read her next novella.
A LITTLE TEASE FROM VANISHED PRIDE
Donovan dangled his fork laden with chocolate cake in front of Paige. “Take a bite.”
“I can feed myself,” Paige snipped.
“I know. I just wanted to have some fun. Play along, Principessa.”
With the slightest hesitation, Paige opened her mouth and took in the bite. She moaned her pleasure as she closed her mouth and savored the rich decadence as Donovan pulled the fork from between her lips. His eyes were fixated on her mouth even as he took another forkful and placed it in his own mouth.
“Delicious,” Donovan’s voice was deep and rough, full of the lust he was finding difficult to reign in.
He fed them alternating bites and watched as she enjoyed the moment. For once, she almost seemed unconcerned, unhurried and, dare he suggest it, relaxed. Unable to stop himself, Donovan leaned in to lick a tiny smudge of the chocolate sauce from her lip. When she didn’t flinch—thank the Goddess—he brushed his lips against hers, this time for a kiss. It was gentle and slow at first, until she responded with her own need, and then he couldn’t help but deepen the kiss. Paige sighed ever so gently and opened to him. He ran his tongue along her lips and inside her mouth. She was delicious; a tempting blend of chocolate and desire.
Touching her after being denied all this time made him tremble with need. She was an exquisite beauty and yet…magical. It was as if he held a fairy in his palm, so delicate and soft. Donovan wanted to feel this power between them for all time. His mate was spectacular.
Suddenly she pulled away. “Stop this,” Paige said as she pushed against his chest with her tiny hands. Donovan was huge, broad compared to her slighter frame, and his muscles bulged as he took deep breaths to steady himself. He reigned his power in and sought self-control. Perhaps bringing her around wasn’t going to be as easy as he thought. He needed a way to show her she needed him as much as he needed her.
“Principessa, that was a close call. I can’t play this game of red light-green light with you without ramifications.” Only a fraction of the warning contained in Donovan’s eyes was conveyed by his tone.
“I need to focus on the Coupe du Monde. Once it’s over, once I’ve accomplished that, I can give myself to you.” Paige used her high-pitched, sweet-as-sin voice that seemed always to get him to agree. He was on to her now though, and it was not going to work this time.
“Here’s the thing about that, Princess, you don’t get to choose the when.”
“Yes, I do,” Paige actually crossed her arms in front of her chest and pouted, “And stop calling me Princess. I know you don’t mean it nicely.” She actually sounded hurt. Goddess, he wanted to bite her pouty lips, remembering the taste of only a few minutes earlier.
Instead, he asked, “Do you control everything in your life?”
“Yes.” Paige’s eyes flared and then turned sad. Donovan now saw how her need for control affected her. She was actually spiraling out of control and could barely hold on. He knew just the way to help her. Smiling, Donovan realized Madden had been right in his advice.
“Paige,” Donovan spoke her name very purposely, “You’re right. I use Princess when you are acting like a spoiled one. Now, you will need to forgive me for this but I have only now discovered what it is you have needed all along. Giving you time was not the answer.” As he made his final statement, he grabbed firmly onto her upper arms and brought her body across his lap.
Do I recommend this book? Yes! — More of The Seven Sin Sisters below!