When Passion Lies
by J. K. Beck

Series: Shadow Keepers #4
Published by Random House Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. BeckTiberius is a vampire dedicated to protecting his kind—and the secrets of the shadow world. Now, as his quest to become head of the Alliance draws within reach, a shattering new threat puts him to the ultimate test. It’s a nightmare of grim proportions: a dark plot to bring about the mass extermination of human and shadow alike. And it forces Tiberius to turn to the woman he loved and lost, the lover he still desires but doesn’t trust. Caris was Tiberius’s mate for centuries—until a fateful mission changed her forever. Her tortured secrets drove her into the arms of his rival, but desperation has brought her back. As a horrifying new weapon of mass destruction is about to be unleashed, Tiberius and Caris harness the power of their immortal and passionate love. But will it be enough to battle devastating odds and a ruthless enemy with the ambition to destroy them all?Don’t miss the short story “Shadow Keepers: Midnight” in the back of the book.

Tiberius and Caris were mates for centuries, which isn’t really a long time for vampires. They fought together and loved together until the night that Caris disappeared and when she returned, she had been changed into something that all vampires feared. Tiberius was torn between his love for Caris and his duty to protect his people. Politics and passion warred in Tiberius, until the gap between those two decisions tore them apart with a deep divide between them. The decision that he made changed Caris’ love into hatred – a very deep and strong hatred.

Now many years later, events have brought Tiberius and Caris back together but not as a loving couple. Caris is now part of a shadow group that Tiberius needs information on and time is running short for him to get it. Caris could care less what Tiberius wants and certainly has no plans on working with him anytime soon. However, they both discover that the love between has not disappear but was buried deep and has now sprung out again, just waiting for a chance to glow again. Danger is part of life for both Caris and Tiberius, so when they find themselves working together to discover who is trying to release an old horror into their world it was only a matter of time until those other old feelings came out also. Tiberius is just a vote away from gaining his dreamed of position as the Chairman of the Council but Caris can never join him in that place. Will they discover their love again, only to lose it to politics one more time?

Love and hate are separated by a very thin line so when two hearts are given a second chance, will they find love or be divided by hate? Tiberius and Caris seek this answer in When Passion Lies. I didn’t blame Caris on her feelings towards Tiberius when I read about what had driven her love into hate. When faced with the same thing, I believe most women would have reacted the same way. Tiberius had a lot to make up for and yet I couldn’t make myself hate him like I should have. I began to soften towards Tiberius as I learned just what he had been doing in the years since they were separated. It wasn’t hard to see that the passion between Tiberius and Caris was not only still there but just under the surface. Because they started off by loving and fighting side by side, I was not surprised to see that passion not only rose to the surface, but combusted between them. As I read the last few pages, I thought once again life would tear Tiberius and Caris apart but I was proved wrong when this time love was triumphant. When Passion Lies takes two battered hearts and helps them find the way to their happily ever after against deadly odds.

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