Dark Harvest is the second book in the Onic Empire series by Anitra Lynn McLeod and an Aphrodisia Erotic Romance.
To be a Harvester is to exist with pain that should be pleasure and desire bound by duty. Until one who can spark a change meets the perfect mate. Now he needs only to convince her--one shattering climax at a time. . .
Harvester Sterlave of Gant knows his mission: initiate all the virgins of the season and choose a bondmate from among them. The one he selects is perfect, both physically and politically--she is, after all, the empress's daughter. Kasmiri, however, has other ideas. She wanted to be chosen by Sterlave's best friend, Chur, who instead rebelled by selecting a mere servant girl! Kasmiri knows she now must submit to Sterlave--although she doesn't have to like it. . .
But Kasmiri soon realizes she more than likes Sterlave's sensual attentions. A man like no other, Sterlave is a warrior who satisfies her deepest physical needs, even as he strives to win her heart. . .
Dark Harvest picks up right where Wicked Harvest ended. Chur and his bondmate are trying to change the thousands year old tradition of Harvester and paratanist - which has been corrupted over the years.
Sterlave has become the new Harvester and he has chosen Kasmiri as his bondmate - Kasmiri is outraged - but knows that nothing can be done to change her fate.
Dark Harvest is full of black mail and political intrigue - Kasmiri is thrust into a position she is ill prepared for - Sterlave has pledged to be by her side - but will that be enough to stop the machinations of an unlikely foe?
Kasmiri is not the only pawn involved in this plot. A rival for the position of Harvester has opened himself up to an unknown entity - and this entity has twisted him into a horrible being of rage. The long held tradition of Harvester has been defiled by this entity - and many have suffered his Dark Harvest.
Dark Harvest has a more sinister story to tell than Wicked Harvest - the sensual bonding of Kasmiri and Sterlave is prominent - but the outrageous acts of the dark harvester are more pronounced in my mind.
I quite like the way this book ended - and I am looking forward to the next installment.
I give Dark Harvest 4 out of 5 stars. :)
** Please note: Dark Harvest has several instances of rape - of both men and women. They are not graphic scenes - but I wanted you to be aware of the fact.