by Ember Shane
Published by Self Published on July 12, 2014
Genres: New Adult Paranormal 18+
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When Doyle Hawthorne first discovered the truth behind his royal lineage, he couldn't have imagined a worse fate. In fact, rubbing elbows with royalty, a government-created race of super zombies, could've been found at the top of his Not To Do list. Unfortunately, no one asked for his opinion before his induction into the royal court.
Now Doyle must come to terms with how his royal status endangers Addy, his pheromone-bonded mate. He realizes he needs more instruction in self-control than his current teacher can provide. Forced to seek out William, the long-standing alpha of the colony he'd helped free, he begs for assistance. This is no easy task as both William and Doyle possess a strong predisposition to lead. But if Doyle can survive the education, it could prove invaluable.
Of High Treason in the follow-up novel to Of Royal Descent and continues to follow Doyle Hawthorne and friends as they navigate their way through the volatile atmosphere of royal subculture.
Intended for audiences 18+ due to language and sexual content.
Of High Treason is the second book in The Doyle Hawthorne Series and it was another exciting continuation of Doyle’s story. I loved the first book Of Royal Descent (here is my 5 star review). And I loved Of High Treason. Another 5 Stars for this author but this series deserves 5+++ Stars!
You really need to read the first book but I will try to include no spoilers in this review. Of High Treason picks up where we left in the first book. Doyle is still adjusting to his new life as a royal zombie but now he is happy to be with his family and close friends. Their lives are still in danger and there are twists in the story that made me question who can they really trust. This second book has a change in which there are now 4 point-of-views: Doyle, Addy, Kai and Chuck.
Addy, Doyle’s girlfriend, is a strong character. She’s accepted Doyle and his zombie status but she is struggling with their relationship. She is smart and independent. But we see and understand her frustration with Doyle. He continues to make choices for them without her input. Rather than sit back and cry she takes matters in her own hands. She makes a bold move that I would be hesitant to do, but it made a great twist in the story!
Kai is Addy’s best friend and is still the smart ass which I love. We do see her vulnerable side and it is heart breaking. But we realize she is a survivor and I can’t wait to find out what she does in the next book!
Chuck is Doyle’s best friend and is still the hilarious side kick. We see a darker side of him but he still is such a smart ass he had me laughing and angry at the same time.
I am so happy that the author decided to write the different POVs. I loved this group of friends in the first book so it is nice to form a connection with each one. The change between POV’s is well done and it flowed well with the story. Doyle is the main character but the amount of time spent in the different POVs is perfect that it doesn’t cause an interruption with the pace of the story.
The Doyle Hawthorne Series has romance, action and comedy. I am still amazed that this is the author’s first series. Ember Shane is a talented writer and she created a unique story. With this book she increased the heat between the characters with some steamy scenes, and wow they were hot! The action scenes were exciting and have the right amount of details so I can imagine everything as if I was watching a movie. This book is about zombies so there are some violent scenes. They are graphic but not grotesque, enough to show the strength these creatures have.
I think this is an amazing series that all paranormal fans would love. I also think this is perfect for readers who are new to paranormal or looking for something different to read. This is a fresh idea so there are no clichés that would turn you off (for example how you may feel towards another vampire story). This is a new species of zombies and the author did a great job of developing her new world without feeling overwhelmed with too much detail. I can’t wait to read more from Ember Shane and highly recommend this book to everyone!!
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