By Amy Kennedy, RBTB Contributing Editor
Band-of-brothers romances…there’s something about all those manly men living, loving, and working together to fight against a “big bad” and then felled by the love of a perfect placeholder heroine. It just makes me want to…sigh.
No wonder I delved happily into Ann Hinnenkamp’s sexy, satisfying, and sometimes zany “Dyad Quest,” second in her Dyad series. The Dyad, males, born in pairs and immortal, each choose a human partner to work with to help keep the Earth and its inhabitants safe. A Dyad pair raises their partner’s "Balance," which is like super-energized chi. The human partner runs faster, fights stronger, and lives longer.
Five hundred years ago, the Dyads recruited Aiden Rawlings as a human partner. Mired in the tragedy of losing his wife and child, Aiden joined them, vowing to never care deeply for anyone again. Now Aiden and his Dyad partners are investigating Meir Industries when they find Jude Kapfor bleeding to death on the street. A visceral reaction to the woman has him begging his Dyad to bring her back from the edge of death.
His Dyad agree, on the condition that Aiden watches over her. Suddenly, Aiden, a man of temporary and uncomplicated relationships is responsible for Jude’s safety, and her life. She’s brought to a safe house where other Dyad and their human partners live to continue her healing.
At the ‘almost moment’ of her death, Jude, ironically, wonders where this gorgeous Aiden has been all her life. Once healed -- huge surprise for Jude -- she agrees to work with the Dyad, spying for them at Meir Industries, where she’s a scientist . Jude goes back to the lab with Aiden as her live-in bodyguard, and tries to get used to living with a larger-than-life alpha protector, and an attraction to him that’s immediate, intense, and unexpected.
But snooping at Meir Industries leaves Jude in increasing danger. Aiden knows he has to be vigilant, yet feels he’s too distracted to protect her like he wants. If he’s not thinking about kissing her, he’s imagining about all the ways she can die as he lives on. Aiden’s sure a different partner can protect her better.
There’s no future for them and Jude knows it. She can’t ask Aiden to leave the Dyads – it’s who he is – and she’s a mortal woman destined to age and die. They both think to do the right thing, and let each other go. The only chance for them to be together is if the Dyad intervene.
Ann Hinnenkamp’s “Dyad Quest” is a joy to read, with laugh-out-loud moments, and hot guys fighting for justice -- and our planet; Hennenkamp shows us heroes who care about our environment are cool.
Falling in love with Aiden and the other ‘brothers,’ is easy, ‘cause not only are they sexy and good, they’re full of pranks and laughter. And is there anything sexier than a funny man? Find out when you –
Buy the book.
What’s your favorite thing about Band of Brothers books? What are some of your faves and why? And is there anything sexier than a funny man?