Review for Essence of Loyalty by Rachel Leigh Smith
He fought for her. Now she must fight for him.
Lorin, Prime of Arkos House, just wants to do his job and court his Sunny, High Lady Sagira Memeos. But a private meeting with the emperor reveals Essence, an illegal designer drug targeting Lokmane, is spreading to the edges of the Marcasian empire. Which threatens Lok'ma. Lorin takes his private war public--and puts those he loves in danger.
Sunny isn’t sure Lorin’s war is a good idea. Especially since he’s asked her to be a daro ally in the Marcasian Lords’ Chamber. It puts a giant target on her sisters. When Lorin's war spills over into her personal life and her house is broken into, backing away from him is the only answer she can find.
When Lorin is shot, then kidnapped from a public place, Sunny must accept her societal position and go on record as a Lokmane rights supporter. But taking a stand puts her future with Lorin—as well as his life—in jeopardy. Choosing between love and loyalty might break them both.
Rachel Leigh Smith's "Essence of Loyalty" is the sixth tale in the A'yen's Legacy series, but you could read it as a standalone. As always, there is a full ensemble cast and amazing storytelling. Sunny and Lorin each have their past and their duties working against them. Such a detailed story and a great overarching storyline. Such an interesting universe, with different plot elements than anything I've ever seen before. I can't wait to read what comes next!
4.5 out of 5 stars
Just in case you missed it, here's my review of the first five books in the series:
Rachel Leigh Smith’s "“The King’s Mistress” are the first and second books in her A’yen’s Legacy series. It’s an interesting science fiction romance series. Sort of “Stargate” meets “In Distress” by Caethes Faron (which is a M/M read that’s very well done). The series is daring – I like that she took the chance to have the leading man have a history with another man. The main characters, Fae and A’yen are both complex and multifaceted. Definitely a series for smart readers to really dig into. #2 is definitely not a standalone book, you need to read #1 first in order to understand the intricate details of this mythology and to get to know the full ensemble of characters. My only small issue is that I wish we had gotten more detailed descriptions of the intimate scenes – seems like we get the start of the scene or a recap of what happened, but never a nice, full-on sexy scene.
4 out of 5 stars
Rachel Leigh Smith's "To Save a Life" is the third book in her A'yen's Legacy series. It’s an interesting science fiction romance series. Sort of “Stargate” meets “In Distress” by Caethes Faron (which is a M/M read that’s very well done). This time we get to have a more in depth look at Ro. Ro has been marked as a sex slave and he can get into minds. Once again, all of the characters are amazingly deep and the story line has lots of complex twists and turns. Many of the intimate scenes are done with a more closed door approach, describing the beginning of the act or using only vague terms. Some readers prefer that, but I like a little more naughty stuff! There will be a #4 and I can't wait to read it.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Rachel Leigh Smith's "Freedom's Embrace" is the fourth tale in the A'yen's Legacy series, but you could read it as a standalone. As always, there is a full ensemble cast and amazing storytelling. The way they connect through their minds when far apart is heart wrenching! Once again, the author isn't afraid to mix in M/M relationships and I think that's so brave. The intimate scenes are glorious and powerful. I can't wait to read #5, "Hidden in Ashes."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Rachel Leigh Smith's "Hidden in Ashes" is the fifth tale in the A'yen's Legacy series. Again, this series takes my breath away. The web is woven more and more masterfully at each step! I love, love, love the mythology and how the markings and cascades work. Sunny and Lorin...mmmm....so hawt! I hope we get to hear more of their continuing story later. I can't wait to keep reading this series, I hope it never ends!
5 out of 5 stars