(Soul Match 5)
Bravery will lead you to your destiny.
The human and alien rebellion is at hand, but those who have already arrived at the secret military facility are without the one who has inspired them to stand against the Nall. Chris, the human chosen by the Alasharian spiritual leader, Sha Sha Ar, has been missing since the escape to the hideout. Those who have never seen Chris before, have only heard tales of his visions, begin to doubt his existence. Fear spreads through the group as humans and Alasharians alike wonder if they’re all doomed, that maybe Chris is a fantasy or has already fallen at the hands of the Nall.
Graham, Morgan and their Alasharian matches stand before the worried group to reassure them that Chris is real. They’ve barely begun to speak when they are forced to fight an unexpected foe. But before the final battle against the Nall and the Void begins, all must search within themselves to discover what part they will play to achieve their destiny—and to summon the bravery they’ll need to see it through.
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Polyamorous
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Age Difference, Alpha Character, Big Character / Little Character, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Hurt / Comfort, Menage
Word Count: 55097
Setting: The Rockies
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Hallosh stood above Morgan, gazing down at him where he lay sleeping amid the tangle of blankets they’d disrupted with their love play. He caught Rama’s gaze. His other mate held Morgan close as if protecting him. A silent understanding passed between them, Hallosh certain that Rama could sense the worry that plagued him over the coming battle. Their various roles had already been discussed during the meetings with the humans who wished to fight the Nall with them. While Hallosh was stronghe could fight valiantly at Rama’s side, there also needed to be a contingent of defenders who remained underground to protect those who were unable to protect themselves. Even though Morgan hadn’t been pleased that Rama would be facing the Nall without them, he’d eventually understood the logic behind the decision.READ MORE
Hallosh dipped his chin at Rama then exited their room, leaving Rama to comfort their Nasha should it be necessary. Soon, the scheduled gathering would commence in the large space the humans referred to as a cafeteria, but he wished to speak with Lara first, to verify with his fellow ex-advisor the order of speakers. She had become the unofficial coordinator of all the shared communications between Alasharians and humans. They didn’t have a hope against the Nall if they didn’t remain informed and united in their cause.
He’d seen firsthand the dark mania that had built in the Nall in the large parcels of time leading up to the Earth invasion and every moment since then. One thing remained clear above everything else—if they wavered in their resolve to restore goodness to their world, the Nall and all who had been poisoned by the Void would crush them without a thought.
As Hallosh rounded the corner into the room where they’d be gathering later, he spotted Lara speaking with a small human he’d noticed around her before.
Hmm. I wonder…
Lara stood with the man at the end of the room that contained the line of food stations where she leaned against the long metal counter, smiling down at the male gazing up at her with what he could only describe as awe. The sight filled him with happiness. The more matches that were made, and the more love that flourished, the better chance they had at resisting the foul advance of the Void.
Hallosh approached them with a slower stride than was typical to allow them the opportunity to notice his presence. Lara glanced up, her eyes sparkling as she waved him over.
“How are you this evening, Hallosh? Ready for tonight?”
“I’m prepared the best I can be. I hope we’re all ready to face the truth of what’s ahead.”
Her admirer stepped back as if he were excusing himself. Lara reached for him but paused before making physical contact, drawing her hand away. Hallosh chuckled to himself. I remember what that was like.
“Stay nearby, Wilkes.” Lara regarded him with fondness. “I need to know where you are.”
A pleased expression crossed his features. “I will. Won’t be getting rid of me anytime soon.”
As Wilkes wandered to a nearby table then grabbed one of the many chairs with a curved plastic seat, Lara tracked him with her gaze. Hallosh crossed his arms and waited. The situation was new to his knowledge and he wondered if Lara would reference it—in particular because she’d expressed concern over how draining the match was on those who were in the middle of the sealing process. While she wasn’t a warrior, it would still be a disadvantage.
“Have you found your third yet?”
She whipped her head around as if his query had woken her from a trance. Her features softened and she gave a light chuckle. “No. And as much as I hate to say it, I’m relieved. As I made clear to you and Oman, the timing of the bonding is terrible.” She let out a sigh. “Even without our third, I feel the pull, have to resist the urge to touch him, to keep him with me at all times.”
“I don’t know if this helps or not, but I know exactly what you’re going through. While I had it a bit easier because Morgan had been removed from my presence, the ache to be near him, even as I fought it, wouldn’t go away. All you can do is watch out for him the best you can.”
She nodded. “I appreciate your words. I don’t think anything will be easy for a while, though. I accept that. I’ve waited for many of our moons’ revolutions to find my matches. Even if he’s the only one I ever meet before I die, my life will have been better for it. And there’s nothing more important, more inspiring to fight for, than love.”
Hallosh patted her shoulder, choking on a laugh at the loud ‘hey!’ that rang across the room as Wilkes made his displeasure known.
Lara quirked a smile. “Dearest heavens, I felt that. Sensed his possessiveness.” She exhaled on a sigh. “How wonderful.”
Hallosh chuckled. “Isn’t it?” He paused as he recalled the first time he’d felt his mates’ emotions. It had been a landmark moment in his life. Leaving his musings behind, he got back to the reason he’d sought her out prior to the gathering. “I wanted to check in with you, see if you had an impression of what we can expect tonight, how both the humans and Alasharians are handling the stress of not knowing what’s happened to Chris.”
“That was part of what I was discussing with Wilkes.” She gave a small shrug. “Not that I needed an excuse to speak with him, but once I realized he’s one of my matches, I knew I could trust him to be frank. He’s identified some unrest with a small group of the humans, but it doesn’t relate to Chris. It’s not surprising to discover there’s suspicion towards us still, and how can we blame them? However, we’ll need all of us on the same side if we stand a chance against the Void.”
“Agreed.” Hallosh crossed his arms. “And what about our fellow beings? I imagine the newer arrivals who’ve traveled from the far reaches of the planet must be less believing than those who fled from the west.”
Lara’s brow creased, the stress in her features clear. “You imagine correctly. It’s vital that you share your interactions with Chris, every detail you can, especially those that relate to his exalted status with Sha Sha Ar.”
“I’ll do my best. My mystical experiences are limited, with the exception of witnessing how Chris’ vision brought us here and helped us gain entry, along with the spirit casting session I did with Lasar. I hope those stories—combined with Rama’s, Morgan’s, Oman’s and Graham’s—will give everyone enough reassurance.”
Lara glanced around the room and Hallosh followed her gaze. In the small parcel of time they’d been speaking, more humans and Alasharians had begun to drift into the cafeteria. Soon, it would be clear whether or not their testimonials held any sway with the doubters. He returned his attention to Lara.
“Will you be introducing everyone this evening?”
Lara rolled her eyes. “I suppose I have turned into the announcer of our group, haven’t I?”
Hallosh extended a hand to pat her on the back, then thought better of it, letting his arm drop to his side instead. Don’t need to get Wilkes upset. “You’re perfect for the job. As I’ve said before, you are the only one who was brave enough to challenge the Nall.”
Lara snorted. “Or stupid enough.” She winked. “I imagine it depends on how you view it.”
The specter of their failure to resist the Nall before the invasion continued to haunt his thoughts. Even though he and the few uncorrupted advisors had convinced the Nall to spare some of the humans, and despite Chris’ vision of the Earth’s annihilation if they hadn’t invaded, his internal guilt wouldn’t stop plaguing him.
But if I can be a part of stopping this reign of evil, then maybe I can someday forgive myself.
“Well, Lara.” He fixed her with his gaze. “I’ll leave you in charge. Let me go retrieve my mates so we can begin.”
And hope that we all remain united once the evening is over.COLLAPSE
Lasar and Nary, Chris’s mates put sexy on the alien market as did all the Alasharian’s. Fighting for All was well-written and brought all the unanswered questions to the forefront and delivered answers and happy endings. All the characters from the previous books were intertwined in the final story, adding more realism to a battle hard fought. Through trials and tribulations, blood and tears, the soul matches met their enemy full force and destroyed the evil who threatened their new lives.
Ms. Knight delivered a wonderful book and series and I suggest reading from book one. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. An emotional roller coaster that left me satisfied yet yearning for more.