I started reading Laura Jo Phillips' novels way at the beginning of her first series, the Soul-Linked Saga. And I've liked everything she done since then. One of my favorite things about her as an author is that she is writing to tell the stories involved and doesn't keep trying to stretch things out just to keep making money. The Soul-Linked Saga series was a 9 book series because there are 9 shape-shifting 'clans' in this world. Yes, this series has since had two different spin-off series' but they too are with a clear and direct purpose.
The Hearts of ICARUS series is Ms. Phillips' third series and involves the children of the couples in the Soul-Linked Saga series. And out of the 5 books in this series, this one has become my second favorite. Varia Lobo is a really well written character that has a unique destiny. I loved the way the author keep taking readers into flashbacks into Vari's past when she was discovering her abilities and ultimately her destiny. We saw her both discover herself as a woman beginning a complicated relationship with her destined male set and her as a young child of five whose family is learning to deal with her abilities and their repercussions.
Vari's male set was sort of typical for the world they live in, they were just more scarred than previous characters. But their interactions with Vari were great and their almost constant discoveries of something else new and unique about their mate, and having to deal with those discoveries, was fun to read. I REALLY loved seeing past couples from the Soul-Linked Saga pop back up into the stories, which they have been throughout this series. But in this one I had less trouble keeping track of who is who. I will admit that with Salene's Secrets (book 4) and Tani's Destiny (book 2) I really had trouble remembering who was who and even what occurred in their books when they were seen again in this story.