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Review: The Promise of Sacrifice – C.J. Dragon

The Promise of Sacrifice - C.J. Dragon

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

How much can one man give when faced with the prejudice of two worlds?

Acknowledged at last by the Governing Council, his life mating accepted, Jonathan Thomsin makes a home on Daran with his husband, Talin of the Warrior Order. He knows he will never see Earth or his family again and learns to live with that endless grief.

Jon is ecstatic when the Daranii Council gives Jon permission to return to Earth for life-saving surgery and allows him to contact and stay with his family for six months.

He will be healed in body, his grief left behind on Daran. Everything is possible, even peace between Daran and Earth. There are many issues to solve, people to convince, and prejudices to overcome.

For Jon, there was one problem that overshadowed the rest. He had been irrevocably changed while on Daran.

Jon forgot the old adage “you can’t go home again.”

This is book 2 in the Daranii Justice Series. You should read book one, The Price of Surrender, before reading The Promise of Sacrifice to enjoy the full story.

The Review

Jon is finally living his dream of a visit to Earth and his family. Talin and a group of guards are greeted by Jon’s parents at the long-awaited reunion, one filled with love both for Jon and Talin.

Before leaving Daran, Talin insisted on revealing the role he played in Jon’s torture and his eventual forgiveness, giving Jon’s parents a chance to change their minds about welcoming him into the family. It took no time for them to forgive Talin, just as Jon did.

Jon’s lifesaving surgery to fix the damage done to him on Daran is prepared, and there’s both a feeling of fear and of hope. The surgery is 90% successful since some of the damage was so severe that a full repair was impossible. Once it’s over, Jon is released to return to his childhood home in Iowa. Talin is welcomed like a second son, and when Jon’s sister arrives, he’s treated like a brother too.

Jon and Talin’s both hope that Earth and Daran will finally put the war behind them and make peace. To help things along, Talin and Jon agree to do an interview, revealing all that happened when Jon was sent to Daran as a sacrifice to ensure there would be no more attacks against Earth. Retelling his story escalates Jon’s PTSD to a new high, and he refuses to ever talk about it again.

Talin is heartbroken when Jon calls out “stop, please kill me,” the words he said to Talin during the worst of his torture. As life-mates, Talin feels all the emotions of his husband, and his guilt becomes overpowering.

The interview also brings out the crazies, who surround Jon’s parent’s home with posters, screaming every kind of obscenity and threatening to kill Jon for sleeping with a Daranii. The fact that his sacrifice saved his planet, ensuring that the very ones screaming for his death were guaranteed their freedom, is totally forgotten.

Unfortunately, this behavior is nothing new. But Earth is not alone in their hatred, because there is danger on Daran too – the head of the Council is forced to give up his position due to his prejudice against Jon, and has formed a radical group calling for Jon’s death, and death to Earth as well.

This is the second book in the series and to fully appreciate it, I recommend reading them in order. I love this series – it’s full of secrets, sex, romance and surprises. The only problem I have is is the wait for book three – hopefully it won’t be long.

Five stars.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York. 

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