Contemporary Romance

Review: Kato

Kato by D.B. Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another exciting, shouldn’t be missed novel in the Stone Warriors series by the author who gave us Vampires in America.

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until…

I just love this intro, it’d be hard not to get hooked right from the start and have you wondering who will unbound the next warrior from his prison and what will he do once he’s free. This time, it’s Kato and Grace’s story that kept me turning pages. Theirs is an unlikely romance or perhaps it was destined.

“It was as if his energy recognized her energy as was tugging at it, trying to get its attention.”

Grace Van Allen loves the challenge of translating ancient scrolls and she enjoys doing so at night with only a statue as her companion who she likes to talk to. One night, while asking for his help she unwittingly releases her gorgeous stone warrior from his curse along with some lethal demons.

Kato Amadi, son of the Dark Witch, whose blood was infused with magic that feed his soul. A fierce warrior who fought equally well with his blade as he did with his magic. He has now emerged from captivity to fight demons once more, but has discovered that being a man out of time requires a reliable guide, but as they track down the threats they realize that a greater evil is behind them. Kato and Grace will need to trust each other in order to survive.

I have come to expect strong, possessive and protective alpha male heroes and equally strong and smart heroines from D.B. Reynolds and she certainly delivers in Kato. What surprised me a bit was Kato’s vulnerability, but Grace’s brashness didn’t surprise me one bit. Even though her world was rocked by the discovery of demons, magic and millennia old warriors come to life, she believed in said warrior, fought for him and beside him. There’s more to Kato besides good character development though, it has an ingenious, fast paced plot that wraps around a sizzling romance.

Devoted D.B. Reynolds’ fans will love it. Kato is gripping, sexy, and buoyed by Reynolds’ ability to describe fast paced, nail biting action sequences that are so vivid I can practically see the movie in my mind’s eye. I loved catching up with Damian and Casey and I can’t wait to get my hands on Nick Katsaros’ story, but between now and then, Reynolds is sure to give us more kick@ss Stone Warriors stories.

Kato is book #2 in the Stone Warriors series by D.B. Reynolds. It is a standalone, full-length paranormal romance. Told from two points of view with a happy ending.

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4.5 stars

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *

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