Sexy and dark, Jaded is the intriguing follow-up to Jeweled. Bast has created a trio of tortured survivors who find love and healing in this historical gem.
Lilya, Byron and Alek come together at Byron’s behest because he feels that Lilya can draw Alek out of his depression and tap into his healing majick, which can help the people suffering after the revolution. Alek wants no part of it because his powers did not save the one he loved. Byron also wants Lilya in his life again after several years apart. He rescued her after a brutal attack left her for dead but felt she wasn’t ready to be with him then. She has established a life for herself as a courtesan and isn’t sure she’s ready to take the leap of faith and trust necessary to be with Byron again. Lurking in the background is the psychopath whose actions led to Lilya’s attack. He feels that she is his possession and he will stop at nothing to get her back. (HEAT, Jun., 312 pp., $15.00)