Title - Return of the Ascendant
Author - Raine Thomas
Series - Ascendant #1
Published - April 8th 2014
Publisher - Lambe Books
Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.
Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.
With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.
As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.
Kyra has finally moved out of the dorms into her own place with her bestie her junior year should be amazing. It’s already starting off awesome with a fraternity party with her friends that should be a fun night out. However on her walk across campus she encounters the lights going out and a tall stranger grabs her guiding her surprisingly to her friends who he just happens to know. Thinking it’s a set up the truth never crosses her mind that he’s an alien bodyguard sent to protect her. When they are attached again by the dark creature in the night it becomes apparent that Kyra’s whole world has been a lie, and that the only one who can save her is Ty.
As the truth unfolds Kyra learns that not only is she an alien but she is also expected to be the leader of her people who will bring peace but at what cost. The more time she spends with Ty she can’t deny her attraction to him which goes against the rules because a matchmaker will pair her up. Upon arrival on her home planet she’s welcomed back with open arms but the advisor to her parents quickly wants to lock down her emotions and pull the memories of Ty from her so that he can control her. Will Kyra and Ty be able to be together? What about the Shelvaks the rival race who’s tried to kill her? Can she unite them?
I like Kyra she doesn’t have any of her memories of her past but after being attacked by aliens she handles it well. I wasn’t sure about Ty at first but as the book progressed he was perfect for Kyra they have this fiery chemistry. We have a little bit of her friends from school who are also aliens as well as some new characters on her home planet. However it’s clearly about the future of Kyra and her forbidden relationship between Ty.
I didn’t know what to expect with this one I didn’t read the synopsis when I decided to start it because I fell in love with the gorgeous cover. I instantly was captivated by the story it draws you in with hot aliens fighting bad aliens to protect the girl. I’ve not read a lot of alien books but they are quickly becoming a favorite of mine the more I read. I found the idea for Return of the Ascendant unique and exciting it’s a captivating novel. I really loved the chemistry between the main characters while they do have a few steamy moments they aren’t overwhelming which I found refreshing. I’m the kind of reader who prefers story to steamy moments and prefer them to be placed tastefully in the story which the author does. This is my first book by the author but I’m a fan of her writing style. I already have the next two in the series ready to go. Looking forward to seeing how the series will play out.