Claimed is the third and final instalment in the Torzial series by Via Mari. I have loved this series, far more than I ever expected- the series really captivated me, and loved every minute that I spent between its pages. I really liked the Prestian series, but I can honestly say that this book and series, are my favourite reads of Ms. Mari’s. They have eclipsed the Prestian series, in my eyes, and left me wanting much more of Ms. Mari’s work.
This book picks up right where the previous book left off, so, if you haven’t done so, I really recommend reading the first two books before starting on this one. Just so you are up to date with all the important factors, bridging storyline/s, and exciting developments- that will allow you to both follow and understand all the interconnected threads of the storyline. You don’t need to have read the Prestian books to enjoy this series, but as it has some shared/ recurring characters, as well as some timeline/storyline elements- I would recommend it- as it will definitely enhance your reading experience.
As with the other two books, this is a romantic suspense that’s full of action, danger, secrets, hidden agendas, humour, mystery, lots more sexual exploration & awakening, some light bondage, spanking, red hot sizzling scenes, mafia, twists and turns, surprising developments, revelations, intrigue and lots, lots more! There is so much going on in the story, but Ms. Mari orchestrates everything quite effortlessly, keeping me enthralled- and in breathless with anticipation. Ms. Mari really seems to have hit her stride with these books, and seems totally comfortable and at ease with her craft- and it really shows in this well written and captivating story!
This is primarily a suspense story- with a great erotic romance woven through it. I love how Via Mari is able to build such intense tension, chemistry, and intrigue- but manages to balance it all with lots of emotion, tenderness, and a little bit of humour.
After the intense developments in the last book, things are not quite ‘smooth sailing’ in this book. There are still some serious obstacles to overcome, and a lot at stake. Danger is an ever present threat. Their trust will be tested, again. So, will these two finally find a way to put all the danger behind them and embrace a future together? Or will the sinister forces win out in the end?
I really love these two, they are such fantastic characters- superbly crafted, with fully developed and complex personalities. I was completely immersed in their story, emotionally invested in them and their ‘lives’- strung out on all the detail, reading anxiously to discover what happens to them and how their story will ‘end’.
A brilliant conclusion to the series!
Thank you, Via Mari!
Reviewed by @angelahayes