For thousands of years, Revenant believed he was a fallen angel who belonged in Sheoul (hell). Then he found out that he wasAn angel raised in hell …
For thousands of years, Revenant believed he was a fallen angel who belonged in Sheoul (hell). Then he found out that he was not only an angel, but he had a brother, Reaver. And, he discovered that he was not just any angel, but a Shadow Angel. One of the most powerful angels in existence.
But because he was tainted with Satan's blood, he was not welcome in Heaven.
b>A False Angel who isn't what she seems …
Blaspheme, a doctor at Underworld General Hospital (UGH), has been living under the radar. She has been hiding her true nature, but now the magical disguise is wearing off. She's terrified of being found out, as she believes she'll be hunted and killed by angels or fallen angels.
Fallen angels like Revenant.
An attraction that won't be denied …
Revenant desires Blaspheme like he has never desired any other woman before. He believes he just wants sex and will get her out of his system.
Boy, is he wrong. He has no idea what he's gotten himself into.
Blaspheme wants Revenant, but she's terrified that he'll find out what she is.
And in the meantime …
Lucifer is about to be reborn. Blaspheme and Revenant are caught in the middle of the rebirth with few choices. And, oh yeah, Satan wants Revenant to bring him the head of an angel or suffer dire consequences.
Just another day in Sheoul, while the angels conspire against Revenant.
A conflicted hero
Revenant is a cold-blooded killer who wears biker goth. And yet he's heart-breakingly vulnerable. He's angry and hurt. He just wants to be accepted.
"'You're a bastard, Revenant, but a beautiful one." Never had anyone given him such a precious compliment, and for a few stuttering heartbeats, he froze, committing [Blaspheme's] words to memory."
He's lethal. And yet with Blaspheme, he becomes something else. He becomes gentle.
A conflicted love story
Like Revenant, Blaspheme and Revenant's love story is conflicted. Blaspheme's secret threatens the very foundation of their relationship. She can't get close to him. Yet he can't leave her alone.
Secrets come to light, altering the nature of their relationship and the course of their lives.
The love story is tense, humorous, heart-wrenching, and ultimately beautiful.
A fulfilling ending
Remember Satan, Lucifer, and the conspiring angels? Well, let's just say that Revenant fulfills his destiny.
Is Revenant the end of the Lords of Deliverance/Demonica series? Yes and no. It's the beautiful, satisfying ending of the overall story arc of both series. But it's not the end of the Demonica universe. At the end of the book there's a link to a special epilogue and a peek into the future of Demonica and Lords of Deliverance characters.
The bottom line
Don't miss Revenant. With its vulnerable bad-boy hero, it's one of the best books in the series. You'll fall in love with Revenant, and finish reading with a happy sigh. ...more
Valin is a Paladin, one of His Warriors. He protects humans from the evil that they aren't aware of and aren't capable of fighting.
Valin is a Paladin, one of His Warriors. He protects humans from the evil that they aren't aware of and aren't capable of fighting.
Valin is the black sheep among the Warriors. He manipulates shadows to travel, whereas the Paladins are all about God's Light.
Gabriella is a mixed-breed, part-succubus vampire. Valin was attracted to her from the moment he met her. He went a bit crazy when he thought she'd died.
In Prince of Shadows, Valin catches a glimpse of her with a group of part-blood humans that she's training. And he sees a stain of evil on her soul that hadn't been there before. He's determined to remove that stain.
Because she is his.
But her vampire sire has other ideas.
Valin is an alpha hero who is dark and deadly, and has a tragic past. But he's also protective of Gabby and even tender and vulnerable with her. And he's not about to let her go now that he's found her again. He'd do anything for her. And it does come down to "anything" in a fateful conclusion.
Gabby is a kick-butt heroine. But she feels unworthy of a Paladin because of her succubus mother and her vampire sire. Her biological father—whose identity she keeps to herself—inspires her to do what is right. But her insecurities keep her from succumbing to her love for Valin.
There are two secondary characters, Bennett and Annie, whose story is started in Prince of Shadows. Bennett begins to fall for Annie, kicking and screaming the whole way. It's fun to watch. I won't spoil things by telling you what happens, but suffice it to say that their story will continue in a later book. But not the next one. We'll have to wait a while for their HEA, according to Tes Hilaire.
Prince of Shadows is a hot book. Valin emphasizes making love verses having sex. Gabby wants to have sex without making love. In any case, the few love/sex scenes in the book are real scorchers. (Is it hot in here?)
The pace of the book is quick. From Valin's desperate bid to find Gabby to his desperate bid to keep her, you'll be turning the pages in between as fast as you can possibly read them.
Prince of Shadows is an excellent addition to the Paladin Warriors series. It can be read as a standalone book. However, the story arc will make more sense and be more enjoyable if it's read as a part of the series. Note: The timeline of Prince of Shadows runs concurrently with a portion of Deliver Me From Temptation, and ends before Temptation ends. Therefore, references to Temptation do not include the conclusion of that book.
The books in the series are listed below. Tes says that there will be more Paladin Warriors novels in the future, though she has no release dates yet. We have something to look forward to!
Anne Hope's books are unique in the paranormal romance genre. She has built a complex world encompassing Fallen Angels, Nep4.5♥s
The World of Dark Souls
Anne Hope's books are unique in the paranormal romance genre. She has built a complex world encompassing Fallen Angels, Nephilim, soulless Watchers who protect humanity, Kleptopsychs who ingest souls, and soulless Rogues who belong in neither camp.
Although the world of Dark Souls can be complicated, it really all boils down to the basics of good storytelling. Her books are about compelling heroes, strong heroines, and insurmountable odds. They grab you, don't let you go, and stay with you long after you've read The End.
Read on for a review of Soul Chase.
Adrian has been mourning the loss of his love, Angie, for twenty-five years. (Read their story in Soul Thief.) He's just been going through the motions without her.
When a series of suspicious abductions comes to his attention, he tracks down the young woman who escaped the latest abduction attempt.
No, it's Emma. Who looks remarkably like Angie. And who has been dreaming of a man named Adrian all her life.
Emma is Angie, reincarnated.
But Emma is also special to the world of the Watchers, and the Kleptopsychs will stop at nothing to get her soul.
But Adrian refuses to lose her again.
A Poignant Story
I fell in love with Adrian in Soul Thief. He's protective and driven by his heart and his conscience, in spite of the fact that he doesn't have a soul. Your heart reaches out to him. You want him to finally be happy and at peace.
Emma is a heroine who has had a tough life running from the Kleptopsychs. She feels it has made her weak, because she's spent her life in hiding. But it has only made her stronger. She has the greater journey in this story, having to come to terms with many mind-bending, life-altering truths.
Romantic suspense tightens the story. Emma falls for Adrian. But how will she feel if Adrian loves the dead woman he sees in her, not Emma? Action heightens the suspense. Emma's mother is held hostage by the Kleptopsychs, leading to a dangerous and deadly mission to find her location. You'll stay up late to find out what happens.
Love lost and found, significant revelations, betrayal, great loss, and reconciliation all add up to a page-turner and a poignant love story. The ending is rewarding, and takes the story arc in a new direction. Don't miss it!...more
A Stormy Fallen Angel Meresin is a falleRating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended Sensuality: Hot Audience: Adult Length: Novel Genre: Paranormal Romance
A Stormy Fallen Angel Meresin is a fallen angel turned demon. During his time in Hell, he was made into a weapon. He has a storm within him, and is able to use lightning to do his bidding. He is also out of control.
Meresin and his brother fallen angels escaped Hell and are living in the underground vampire city, Terra Noctem. Meresin has had trouble adapting. He rages out of control, often attacking citizens of the city.
The One Woman Who Can Soothe Him Drusilla, "Dru," is a 2,000 year old vampire. Years ago, she kissed Meresin as a distraction. Nothing came of the kiss. But they've both been distracted ever since.
Dru is the one woman who can soothe the raging storm that brews within Meresin.
One Last Chance Meresin is given one last chance at redemption by the archangel Uriel. He must return to his origins in a quest that he may not return from. But Dru is determined that he won't go alone. And now, because of a fateful incident, her life is tied to his.
A Poignant Love Story Meresin is solitary, moody, and living in torment from his time in Hell. He's a strong weapon on the outside, but on the inside he's lost and vulnerable. The only bright spot in his life is Dru. Ever since she kissed him, he hasn't been able to get her out of his mind. He fantasizes about her night and day. She's the only one who can reach him when he's unstable.
Dru also can't get their kiss out of her head. She's a strong woman and a fighter. But even after 2,000 years she's still reeling from a relationship gone horribly wrong. She never wants to put herself into that position again, in spite of their kiss.
The Demon's Desire is a poignant love story about two wounded, vulnerable people. Meresin's secret yearning for Dru and his inability to open up is especially heartbreaking. You'll long for him to receive the love and the redemption that he deserves.
There is enough action to keep the book moving along at a good pace. There's humor to light the dark. There is the hope of redemption. But the story you'll take with you, the story you'll hug to your heart, is the heartbreaking, uplifting love story of a tortured fallen angel and the vampire who didn't give up on him.
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
Phenex, the Angel of Song, fell out of Heaven into Hell and became a demon, a black-winged lord of Hell. And then he was kicked out of He4.5♥s
Phenex, the Angel of Song, fell out of Heaven into Hell and became a demon, a black-winged lord of Hell. And then he was kicked out of Hell along with six of his brother Fallen. Now he enthralls listeners by singing and playing guitar at a vampire-run club, and does contract work for the white-winged angels. But he feels there has to be more to life.
Enter Sofia Rivera. Literally. She sneaks into the club to retrieve her roommate, who has gone missing. Sofia witnesses a bloody attack on her friend by a creature she didn't even know existed. Now Sofia is a target of rogue vampires, as she is the only witness to the violence and the person who led the attack on the "valuable" rogue.
While the king of the good vampires pursues the threat to his underground kingdom—the home of supernatural creatures of many races—Phenex volunteers to become Sofia's bodyguard. They are irresistibly attracted to each other. She confounds all of his preconceived notions of lowly humans and makes him feel alive again.
...he seemed to be grinning like a complete ass. Oh, hellfire. No.
But how can an immortal who lives underground have a future with a short-lived mortal who needs sunshine to thrive?
Phenex ("Phoenix," like the bird) is a huge hunk with enormous black wings, fangs, and a big-ass longsword. Sign me up for that! He's cranky and slices and dices rogue vampires. He's drop-dead sexy and has the voice of…well, an angel. THE Angel. Of Song. But he's discontent. He knows that there's something missing from his life. He just doesn't know what it is.
Sofia is an ER nurse with a tender heart and a spine of steel. She doesn't wait around for someone to save her. Or tell her what to do. And Phenex is an alpha male who tells people what to do. He has a lot to learn.
Although there is some necessary world-building, introduction of characters, and telling of backstory, it's not complicated or overwhelming. The threat to Sofia, the sizzle between Phenex and Sofia, and the light-hearted moments keep the book moving along.
I loved this book. It had a hero and heroine to love, a compelling and sexy romance, engaging secondary characters, humorous moments, lethal danger, and an ending to die for.
ARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA answers the question "What is Naasir?" He's a vampire, yes. But what else? Hints are given along the way, but Singh keeps us guessiARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA answers the question "What is Naasir?" He's a vampire, yes. But what else? Hints are given along the way, but Singh keeps us guessing about the full story until close to the end of the book.
I can tell you, though, that Naasir is wild and playful and places family and loyalty above everything else. He's one of Raphael's Seven, and is almost as invisible as Jason the spymaster.
Andromeda is the granddaughter of the enemy archangel Charisemnon. She's a scholar who's been allowed to study at Refuge. But she has a secret.
Naasir has been looking for his mate for hundreds of years. Andromeda smells like his mate. But then she is captured by the evil archangel LiJuan. Naasir is determined to rescue her, which then sets them off on their quest to wake a sleeping Ancient.
And then there's Andromeda's secret...
In the book there are hints given about two characters. The Epilogue seems to set up the next book, which looks like it might be about Illium...and Aodhan?!...more
This book hooked me from the beginning, when it was obvious that Ash and Janvier were not only willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, but werThis book hooked me from the beginning, when it was obvious that Ash and Janvier were not only willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, but were also deeply in love. The tension of the story comes from the impossibility of their situation. Janvier is a vampire who wants to spend eternity with Ash. Ash has an ability that will make her insane over time--she can't become immortal and have an eternity. The book leaves you wondering until the very end how they could possibly have an HEA. But the ending is very satisfying and heartwarming
I loved the banter between Ash and Janvier. It was funny and snarky and violent--and fit them perfectly.
I absolutely loved Janvier. He was funny, sexy, romantic, and heroic. Ash was strong and quirky, yet vulnerable. They made a good couple.
They worked together on a mysterious case involving desiccated bodies, sexual abuse, torture, and a drug made for vampires. The storyline was interesting, but I enjoyed the romance even more!
We see a bit of Raphael and Elena, and Illium, and Aodhan. Naasir featured strongly in this book, and I have to wonder if his story isn't next.
ARCHANGEL'S SHADOWS is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've finished reading it. Read and enjoy!...more
Marcus and Regan are compelling characters. Even though tRating: 4.5♥s Sensuality: Mild Audience: Adult Length: Novel Genre: Paranormal Romance
Marcus and Regan are compelling characters. Even though they're soulless Watchers, they feel emotions, attraction, and desire when they shouldn't be able to. In addition, Marcus is weighed down with guilt when he betrays the leader of the Watchers, Cal. He chooses to go rogue with Regan in order to save her life and the life of the powerful boy, Ben, that she is protecting. But he is adamant about not breaking that final vow to Cal, the vow of celibacy, even though his soulless heart and body need her. His stubbornness over the years had a surprising consequence.
Regan has always been able to access her feelings. When she discovers Ben in tragic circumstances, her maternal instincts kick in. An indefinable instinct kicks in, too. Both Regan and Marcus are drawn to Ben in a way that they can't explain. The answer is intriguing, and the result changes fate.
Cal determines that Ben is the prophesied False Prophet—having potentially tremendous destructive abilities—and he must die. Regan determines to protect Ben at all costs. She takes Ben on the run, and Marcus follows Regan to protect her from the Watchers who are out to kill both her and Ben. And to protect Regan from their enemies, who also want Ben for the power that they would gain with his death. Their life on the run is suspenseful and dangerous, yet all the while they grow even more mysteriously attracted to each other.
The page-turning action races at the end, when lives are on the line, the future of humanity is at stake, the plot twists, and motives are revealed. I particularly liked what was revealed to Marcus (snicker), and the appropriate gift that Regan received.
Soul Deep is a story of trust. Regan trusts her instincts over the very people she had entrusted with her life. Marcus has to decide whether to trust Regan's instincts or Cal, to whom he owes more than his allegiance. Regan's son, Jace, must decide which side he's going to trust. Cal trusts … well, you'll see.
Soul Deep is also the story of Marcus's personal journey. I won't spoil the end of that journey, because it's also the last line of the book.
Anne Hope's writing style is lyrical and a pleasure to read on a deep level. She imbues inanimate objects with human characteristics in order to bring her settings to life and evoke atmosphere and emotions. Sunlight, moonlight, shadows, and the weather also play important roles in the setting and characterization.
I've glossed over the world-building here, because it's not germane to my summary. However, the world of Dark Souls is rather complicated, with Watchers, Hybrids, Rogues, Kleptopsychs, Fallen angels, Seraphim, and Nephillim. I recommend that you start reading with Soul Bound. That way you'll not only be introduced to the world, but to the characters in Soul Deep.
In Soul Deep we get to know Adrian a bit, Marcus's Rogue son. Adrian will be featured in a prequel novella, Soul Thief, coming out in the fall of 2013. Book 3 is also about Adrian. Book 4 is about Cal, and I can't wait to see what happens to his vow of celibacy …
At the wedding of Gabriel and Juliette (Messenger's Angel), the archangel Azrael and maid of honor Sophie Bryce see each other for the first time4.5*s
At the wedding of Gabriel and Juliette (Messenger's Angel), the archangel Azrael and maid of honor Sophie Bryce see each other for the first time. The attraction is instant, and it's overwhelming for Azrael--he is certain that she is his archess, or the mate who was created for him by the Old Man.
Sophie is also overwhelmed, but for a different reason. She has always been "into" the masked lead singer of the most popular rock band in the world, Valley of Shadow. And now she finds out that he is Azrael, he's hotter than she imagined, and he's an archangel to boot. With her tragic past, she feels she's not worthy of him. And he's got an archess out there that he's searching for. So, he's off-limits to her.
Instead of blurting out to Sophie that she is his archess, Az wants a chance to earn her love. Especially before he drops the bomb on her that he's a vampire. He begins a casual courtship, but enemies, both old and new, threaten Sophie. He must reveal himself to her to keep her safe, but will he drive her away? And will his vampire and archangel powers, even combined, be enough to defeat the threat to her?
I give Death's Angel 4.5♥s in large part due to the character of Azrael. He's the dark yet compassionate former Angel of Death, the seductive voice of the rock band Valley of Shadow, the powerful King of the Vampires, the tall, muscular, impossibly handsome archangel with the golden eyes. Yowza! It's no wonder Sophie practically hyperventilates when she first sees him in person. But we also see a different side of Az in Death's Angel than we did in the first two books--he actually smiles and laughs around Sophie. That lighter side might seem out of character, but it adds to his appeal.
Sophie is a character with a difficult past who is trying to make a better future for herself. She wants to be independent, and so she fights her attraction to Azrael. Her independent streak ends up having critical consequences.
The story is fast-paced, with old enemies pursuing Sophie, and supernatural beings who have been hidden for ages suddenly coming out of the woodwork. Sophie is in mortal danger, Az battles supernatural beings against impossible odds, and unknown magic is at work. Sophie faces a new, mysterious player in town who is a formidable opponent for the archangels. The archangels themselves face death.
With its shift in enemy forces, Death's Angel is a game-changer for the series--another reason I give it 4.5♥s. At least one bombshell is dropped, and a mysterious stranger makes a brief, cryptic appearance. They're intriguing glimpses that will have you looking for the next book in the series. As of this writing, no date is set for Michael's story. But until then, enjoy Death's Angel!...more
Marna was an Angel of Death whose wings were cut off in the final battle in Angel in Chains. She's not a Fallen angel, but without her wings she can't return to heaven. Now she feels she is nothing and has nothing.
Without her wings, the magic that blocked her from feeling human emotions is gone. Emotions are overwhelming her. And one of those emotions is vengeance.
Tanner Chance, New Orleans cop and panther shifter, was there for Marna when her back was sewed up. Even though she didn't want anything to do with him after that, his protective instincts and undeniable attraction to her consumed him. He watches over her.
Until the day he arrests her for murder.
Two of the shifters who participated in the attack on Marna are found dead, as if by the Touch of an Angel of Death. They are two of the shifters that Marna wanted dead, and witnesses place Marna at the scene.
Marna claims she didn't kill them, and angels can't lie.
A murderer is on the loose who is taking on the form of other people and implicating Tanner and Marna. And the killer wants Marna for his own. Soon Marna and Tanner are on the run, trying to unravel the mystery while staying one step ahead of the law.
And the killer.
I fell in love with Tanner in the very first scene. Who wouldn't love a hero who is gentle and comforting when needed, and yet deadly when protecting those he considers his? All his life he has protected the innocent and fought on the side of justice. He's a hero who can't see his own worth, but is worthy.
And he's hot! The sex scenes sizzle, thanks to Tanner.
Marna is a likable character. She seems innocent, and yet she's made of strong stuff. After all, she was an Angel of Death, whether she liked the job or not. Don't rile her. You might not like the results.
The plot is page-turning, with plenty of action, danger, tension, conflict, and suspense to keep things moving along. The mystery will keep you reading. You might think you have the mystery solved—but think again.
A character makes a tremendous sacrifice in Avenging Angel. I suspect we'll see more of that character in the future. I look forward to it.
Azrael was the head Angel of Death, leading an army of Angels of Death before he broke the rules and was sentenced to Fall. He4.5♥s Highly recommended
Azrael was the head Angel of Death, leading an army of Angels of Death before he broke the rules and was sentenced to Fall. He wants nothing more than to gain redemption and earn his way back to Heaven. When he finds a human woman being attacked by panther-shifters, he believes he's found his ticket. He just has to help her in her fight against Brandt, the alpha panther-shifter who is hunting her.
Jade, for her part, thinks she's found someone that she can use in her fight against Brandt. She doesn't know what kind of Other he is, but she plans to seduce him to her side. Az has felt few emotions before, and never lust. Jade is the only woman who has ever tempted him.
As they work together and meet danger head-on, they grow closer. But Brandt is more than he seems. He's more than a match for Az. And the danger to Jade is lethal. Their very survival is in question.
Angel in Chains will keep you in suspense from beginning to end. From the mysteries surrounding the characters' backgrounds to betrayals to mortal danger, it's a page-turner. And it's at least a one-hankie read. It seems impossible that Az and Jade will reach their HEA.
Rowan James, a powerful witch, is marked by a high demon to become his slave. She's been hiding from him for years. But after her grandmother is killeRowan James, a powerful witch, is marked by a high demon to become his slave. She's been hiding from him for years. But after her grandmother is killed, she decides that it's time for a showdown with the demon, to put an end to her family's curse generation after generation, once and for all.
Enter Azaiel, a fallen seraphim, a tortured soul, and a member of the secret League of Guardians. Unknown to Rowan, her grandmother was a member of the League. Azaiel and the Guardians working with him must determine if Nana was killed because she was a Guardian, or because of the James curse. They also must prevent Rowan from falling into the demon's hands--even at the cost of Rowan's life.
As they work together, Rowan and Azaiel fall for each other. But even if Rowan survives the coming conflict, they are doomed. As a seraphim, Azaiel cannot be with Rowan.
I liked King of the Damned. I liked the dark and brooding Azaiel. But I wanted to love the book, and I didn't. Rowan was cold and mean. On the rare occasions when she was flirty or light-hearted or examined her pedicure, she seemed to be acting out of character and out of sync with the tone of the book. The book is dark and edgy. Even Azaiel and Rowan's relationship is dark and edgy.
I wish the book could have ended differently, but that's probably just me. Others will be perfectly satisfied.
In spite of my misgivings about some things, I do recommend King of the Damned and the series. I look forward to Awaken the Damned....more
Destiny Carter works at the sorting station between Heaven and Hell. She wants to become a full-fledged demon because she's been promised she'll h4.5♥s
Destiny Carter works at the sorting station between Heaven and Hell. She wants to become a full-fledged demon because she's been promised she'll have everything she's ever dreamed of. She's been sent back to earth and has one week to collect a soul so she can become a demon, or she'll be damned to the fires of Hell for eternity.
Chance Bellew, a half-angel, half-mortal nephilim, has one week and one day to convince Destiny to give up her soul for his side. His plan is to make Destiny want him so much that she'll do anything to give up her soul. Destiny's plan is to ... make Chance want her so much that he'll do anything to give up his soul. Their contest of seduction is scorching.
Where There's Smoke is filled with characters you'll love. Chance is hot as, well, Hell. And he'll make you melt in more ways than one. He's determined to show Destiny that life can be good. He treats her to a special day that will touch your heart.
Destiny had a disadvantaged life, which turned her into a "bad" girl when she was alive. Now that she is dead, she is not allowed to get involved with mortals topside. But mortals get involved with her and she can't resist them. She learns what it's like to have friends. Even worse, she learns what it's like to love.
Destiny is desperate to spend what she believes will be a wonderful eternity as a demon with Chance. But Chance knows the reality. If he succumbs to her, they will both burn in Hell. If he convinces her to give her soul to Heaven, he will have to give her up and she will be reborn.
Do they have any chance of fulfilling a destiny together?
Kane Santiago is a Calydon warrior and a member of an elite order that protects humanity against rogue Calydons. Kane can't rDestruction or salvation?
Kane Santiago is a Calydon warrior and a member of an elite order that protects humanity against rogue Calydons. Kane can't remember his past, and doesn't know why he has ancient talismans carved into his skin or what they mean. He has a void inside him that has been taking on a dark and violent taint.
Sarah Burns is the light to his dark, a special woman who is in danger from the rogue Calydons of her town. Kane, as a Calydon warrior on the verge of going rogue, is a man she shouldn't trust. He's unpredictable and could turn on her at any moment. Yet Kane has a powerful urge to keep her safe, and she has a powerful connection to him. Will he be her destruction, or will she be his salvation?
Kane is a hero who is tortured by the fact that he can't remember his past. He's afraid that there is a good reason he can't remember it. The darkness within him suggests that there is. When he meets Sarah, he finds someone to live for, someone he's driven to protect. Someone who is his. Because Kane strives to overcome the void and darkness within him to be a better person for Sarah, he is a noble, honorable hero you'll come to love.
Sarah is special in a way that I won't reveal. She is light, faith, and hope. She is Kane's opposite. But she has a tragic past and good reason to distrust and fear Kane. Sarah tries to stay away from him, but Fate binds them together as soul mates. Sarah is a heroine who has a strong moral compass and who has the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary. She's an admirable character.
Darkness Reborn moves quickly with plenty of action and fight scenes.The climax is page-turning. Tragedy befalls a favorite character from the series, though my guess is that we haven't seen the last of him. Although Kane and Sarah's story is concluded, the next story arc of the series is set up.
Ian's story, Darkness Arisen, is next. It will be good to see him get his Happily Ever After.
At the end of Lethal Rider, the angel Reaver contrived to have Pestilence locked up inside Reseph, instead of having both Pestilence and Reseph ki4.5♥s
At the end of Lethal Rider, the angel Reaver contrived to have Pestilence locked up inside Reseph, instead of having both Pestilence and Reseph killed. Reseph was sent to the demon equivalent of hell to be tortured. Reaver took pity on Reseph, wiped his memory, and sent him back to the human realm. In Rogue Rider, Reseph awakes, naked, in the snow in a remote area of Colorado.
Jillian Cardiff finds Reseph and takes him to her cabin, where they are temporarily snowed in. He can't remember anything except his name, but he has disturbing flashes of the person he might have been. Especially when Jillian's neighbors are killed, animals are killed on Jillian's own property, and the killers don't appear to be human. Jillian also flashes back to her old life when her neighbors are killed, as she was once attacked by demons.
Not all is dark, however. Jillian finds herself attracted to the quirky, playful, sexy stranger in her cabin, who quickly weaves his way into her life and makes her feel comfortable and safe. Not that she wants to be protected. She's a brave woman, a true warrior worthy of a Horseman.
"I'm not afraid of you, Reseph." Her level gaze was unwavering, leaving no doubt that she was serious. "But you don't know who I am." "I know you're cocky and funny. You're protective and sweet. You're not afraid of hard work. You're strong, but gentle. You can't cook worth a shit." "I think I'm offended." "But you really can't cook," she grumbled. "I was talking about the 'sweet' part."
Reseph is faced with feelings that he knows he's never experienced before, and he isn't sure he can handle them. He and Jillian agree on commitment-free sex, and yet care, reverence, and emotions come to bed with them.
After searching and not finding anything, Reseph decides that he doesn't want to discover his past. He has what he wants in Jillian, and he wants to make a fresh start. But forces are gathering to find him and turn him back into Pestilence. If he's subjected to evil, Pestilence could return.
Reseph's memories come back, with dire consequences. All the Horsemen are reunited, but it may be too late for forgiveness.
But the ultimate question is whether Jillian can anchor Reseph and prevent Pestilence from taking over again.
Larissa Ione did a fantastic job of turning a villain into a hero you'll fall in love with from page one. Jillian is a strong heroine who is a match for Reseph, and who can stand up to Pestilence. You'll like her as the heroine.
The book moves along at a good pace. There is mystery, suspense, action, and fighting to keep things going. Not to mention the hot sex.
Favorites from previous books return, including the Horsemen and their families, Kynan, Reaver, and Harvester. There are some amazing revelations that may surprise you. Reaver's story is set up in the last chapter, and the odds are stacked high against him. His story is due to come out in September of 2013. It's already eagerly awaited!
Five thousand years ago, the angel Verrine fell in love with the angel Yenrieth. The relationship ended badly after Yenrieth fatheredHistory and Recap
Five thousand years ago, the angel Verrine fell in love with the angel Yenrieth. The relationship ended badly after Yenrieth fathered the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with a succubus. Yenrieth's face was wiped from Verrine's memory, and Yenrieth's memory was completely wiped clean so that he could have a second chance.
Verrine made a vow to watch over Yenrieth's children since he couldn't. To that end, she became a fallen angel. Eventually, she became the Sheoulic Watcher of the Horsemen. She became the cynical, sometimes cruel, Harvester. Ultimately, she watched over the Horsemen opposite their Heavenly Watcher, Reaver. They had a lust/hate relationship.
Reaver couldn't remember more than the past thirty years of his life, but then some of his memories were returned to him. He discovered that he was Yenrieth. Father of the Horsemen.
Then Harvester was betrayed as the Heavenly spy she was. She was condemned by Satan to suffer an eternity of torture in Sheoul.
When Reaver discovered that Harvester was actually a fallen hero, he vowed to rescue her from Sheoul.
Even though—if he survived—it would cost him his wings.
Yenreith was a bit of a jerk. Reaver is an angel to fall in love with. He's powerful, loyal, commanding, and has a hard body to wrap around. When he says to Harvester "… we're done … going through the bullshit," you want to stand up and cheer. He's also gentle, protective, and self-sacrificial. He's the perfect combination of hard and soft.
Harvester, the villain throughout the Lords of Deliverance novels, could have been a hard sell as a heroine. But Larissa Ione pulls it off very well, making her a sympathetic character as soon as she's introduced in Reaver. And you'll feel for her when you learn the extent of what Yenrieth did to her. You'll understand her motivations throughout Lords when you learn her backstory. But Ione is smart enough to know that we won't buy a complete turnaround for Harvester. She retains much of her snarky personality. This time, however, we like her for it.
Fans of Demonica will be happy to know that Eidolon and Wraith make appearances. They both have some great lines with Reaver. Wraith, especially, is hilarious. Limos plays a part in the plot, and Arik, Ares, Thanatos, and Reseph are all in the book.
Suspense, mystery, betrayals, and revelations keep the plot moving along at a fast pace. Ione has a talent for putting her characters into impossible situations that will have you holding your breath.
In the end, Reaver is a poignant story of a love/hate relationship forgotten and then remembered. With far different results.
A game-changing truth is revealed about the Sheoulic Watcher Revenant. His book, Revenant, is up next.
Koldo is a Sent One--not really an angel--who battles demons for the Most High. He's a member of the Army of Disgrace, an army of Sent Ones on the edgKoldo is a Sent One--not really an angel--who battles demons for the Most High. He's a member of the Army of Disgrace, an army of Sent Ones on the edge of damnation for various reasons. Koldo is among their number for his hatred of his mother. His mother hated him and cut off his wings when he was a boy, then sent him to live with his demon father. Which was even worse. Now Koldo secretly has his mother locked in a cage.
Nicola Lane was born with a heart defect and has always had to live her life in a cocoon. Now her twin, Laila, is dying from that same defect. When Koldo is drawn to Nicola in a hospital, he discovers that Laila has two demons inside her, killing her, and that Nicola has two demons stalking her. He determines that he's going to teach Nicola to fight the demons with light and joy, thus preventing them taking hold and killing her.
But he doesn't expect to fall for her. Or for her to be in danger from her association with him. Or that he, himself, has a lesson to learn.
I enjoyed Beauty Awakened because Gena Showalter knows how to tell a good story. She pulls at the reader's emotions and builds suspense into a page-turner. But since she's become a devout Christian, her books have lost their edge. They've taken on themes of good and evil, have become somewhat preachy, and the love scenes have become euphemistic. And they only occur after a commitment or marriage. If sweet romance with a moral is your thing, then you'll love the Angels of Darkness series. But fans of LOTU beware, these books are not written with the same flavor....more
Jason, Archangel Raphael's spymaster, is an enigma literally wrapped in shadows. When Archangel Neha’s consort, Eris, is murdered in the palace in4.5♥s
Jason, Archangel Raphael's spymaster, is an enigma literally wrapped in shadows. When Archangel Neha’s consort, Eris, is murdered in the palace in which he was imprisoned by Neha for three hundred years, Jason must step forward to solve the mystery. Neha, in love with Eris in spite of his infidelity centuries ago, might lose control of her powers and wreak devastation in her grief and anger if Jason doesn't quickly solve the murder.
In order to gain Neha's trust, Jason must swear a blood vow to Neha's niece, Princess Mahiya. Mahiya is the result of Eris's indiscretion with Neha's sister. And Mahiya has secrets and an agenda of her own.
As the violence escalates, Jason and Mahiya unite to search for the vicious killer and keep Mahiya safe. But can Mahiya keep her heart safe from Jason, whose own heart is wrapped tight in shadows?
The main body of Archangel's Storm begins with a gift for fans of the series--the wedding of Dmitri and Honor. The story starts a mere three hours after the close of Archangel's Blade, and we are privileged to attend their beautiful ceremony. Jason receives the news of Eris's death at the wedding and then we're off and running with Archangel's Storm.
Jason is a shadowy spymaster. Not only can he wrap himself in shadows, but he wrapped his past in shadows, too. He arrived at Refuge fully grown and never spoke of his past. No one knows of the tragedy that he lived through and which left him unable to feel emotions, leaving his heart untouched. His story is heartbreaking.
Mahiya is a survivor. She survived three hundred years as Neha's plaything and whipping post, and still maintained her inner core of strength and innocence. Now that Eris is dead and she is no longer of any use to Neha, Mahiya has plans for her life which don't include Neha. But will Jason stand in her way?
The murder mystery will keep you guessing throughout most of the book. You might not solve the crime until Jason and Mahiya do. In any case, the solution is a nice twist.
The relationship between Jason and Mahiya will also keep you guessing. Mahiya calls Jason a storm, a man "who belongs to no one and who will never be tamed." If reading a book can make you cry, then keep the tissues handy. But don't worry. Ultimately, Nalini Singh provides a fulfilling ending. I won't tell you what that ending is, but you'll be satisfied.
We follow Dmitri and Honor intermittently in Archangel's Storm. Due to the nature of their situation, I suspect that we will continue to follow them into the next book. Guild Hunter #6 will be Elena and Raphael's story. It's due to come out in September 2013. I'm looking forward to it!
4.5s Dmitri is always sexy. But in Archangel's Blade he's sympathetic, vulnerable, and protective of Honor while still being the bad-ass, terrifying s4.5♥s Dmitri is always sexy. But in Archangel's Blade he's sympathetic, vulnerable, and protective of Honor while still being the bad-ass, terrifying second-in-command to archangel Raphael. Honor is scarred from being kidnapped and assaulted for two months by vampires, and yet the scariest vampire out there helps her heal. It's a beautiful love story with a twist that I won't spoil here.
The Guild-Hunter series straddles the line between PNR and UF, and is a must-read for fans of both genres....more
4.5s In this installment of Guild Hunter, Raphael's mother is awakening from Sleep, and no one knows if she's going to awaken insane or not. Elena is4.5♥s In this installment of Guild Hunter, Raphael's mother is awakening from Sleep, and no one knows if she's going to awaken insane or not. Elena is worried that her relationship with Raphael is taking a step backward as Raphael becomes more remote.
I love the mortal/immortal that Raphael has become....more
4.5s Elena wakes from a year-long coma as the first Made angel. She has little support from Raphael's seven and the angel community. Someone is taunti4.5♥s Elena wakes from a year-long coma as the first Made angel. She has little support from Raphael's seven and the angel community. Someone is taunting her with murders, and Lijuan throws a ball in "honor" of Raphael's new "pet." Demons from Elena's past haunt her.
What I liked most about this book is that the relationship developed between Raphael and Elena. It was a heart-warming love story....more
In the world of the Renegade Angels, Sentinel angels are warriors created to watch over fallen angels who lost their souls and wings and became vampirIn the world of the Renegade Angels, Sentinel angels are warriors created to watch over fallen angels who lost their souls and wings and became vampires. The Sentinels are served by lycans, fallen angels who kept their souls in exchange for mortality and indentured servitude to the Sentinels. Lycans were created by the Sentinels for hunting and containing vampires. Vampires and lycans are natural enemies.
A Hunger So Wild picks up where book one, A Touch of Crimson, left off, which was immediately after the rebellion of the lycans against the Sentinels. Elijah Reynolds, the most dominant lycan, becomes the reluctant alpha of the largest, most organized pack of lycans.
Vashti, second in command of the vampires, is tasked with forming an alliance with the new alpha. The vampires need the aid of the lycans in tracking down a virus that is infecting their minions. Vashti is chosen for the liaison even though she tortured and ultimately killed Elijah's best friend. And in spite of the fact that lycans killed her mate.
Sparks fly between the two, sparks of passion and conflict. As the factions try to tear them apart, Elijah and Vashti are faced with staying true to their own kind or to each other.
Elijah is an honorable, self-sacrificing alpha who can make tough decisions and brutally act upon them. Yet he's vulnerable when it comes to Vashti. He's a hero to love. Vashti is his match. She's a tough, deadly alpha female in her own right, but Elijah throws her off balance. She doesn't know what to do with the feelings that he stirs in her for the first time since she lost her beloved mate. Their passion is scorching. There is one scene of slightly dubious consent--with a bit of a twist.
The story builds upon the foundation of A Touch of Crimson, and A Hunger So Wild is best understood and enjoyed if you've read the first book. The ideal situation would be to read them back-to-back. The action, intrigue, betrayals, and mystery will keep you turning the pages well into the night. The braided plot lines are long and involved over the course of the two books, and aren't completed. Even the story of Adrian and Lindsay, the hero and heroine from A Touch of Crimson, continues.
*Minor spoiler ahead.*
My biggest complaint with the book is that I couldn't get enough of it. I swiped to the next page on my Kindle Fire expecting more of Elijah and Vashti's story, only to find that the book ends before their story is tied up neatly with a pretty bow (though you won't be too disappointed). A Hunger So Wild sets up the next book, A Touch of Seduction, the last book in the trilogy. I trust that we'll learn all the answers we've been waiting for since page one of A Touch of Crimson. I look forward to it.
Zacharel is a cold, unfeeling warrior angel. He allowed humans to be killed during his battles with demons once too often. As pRedemption or Downfall?
Zacharel is a cold, unfeeling warrior angel. He allowed humans to be killed during his battles with demons once too often. As punishment, he is to lead an army of rebellious, rejected angels for a year. He is to teach them the respect, discipline, and sanctity for human life that he has yet to learn himself. If his warriors fail, he will suffer their consequences. At the end of the year, they will all either be allowed to stay in the heavens or lose their wings.
Annabelle Miller witnessed her parents' deaths at the hands of a demon--a demon that only she could see. Accused of the crime and committed to a mental institution for life, she is constantly attacked by demons. When Zacharel's army is called to attack a hoard of demons around the institution, he discovers that Annabelle is the draw for the demons. A crack opens in his ice, and he rescues her.
But will she be his redemption, or his downfall?
Wicked Nights is the first book in the Angels of the Dark series, a spin-off of the Lords of the Underworld series. Fans of the Lords of the Underworld series will recognize Zacharel from that series, most recently from Paris's story, The Darkest Seduction. If you liked him in Lords of the Underworld, you'll love him in Wicked Nights because the greatest strength of the book is its characters. Zacharel starts out cold and tortured, but his character's journey throughout the book is poignant and powerful as he learns to truly live from Annabelle. Annabelle was abused by humans and demons alike, and yet she retained her basic love of life and her sassy spirit. She's an absolute delight who thaws the "Winged Wonder" with her warmth. Gena Showalter's signature humor shines in Annabelle, though Zacharel does learn to "make a funny" or two.
I don't want to spoil too much of the plot. Let's just say that Zacharel had shut down his emotions because of a tragedy in his past. Annabelle is pursued by minions of a high demon who marked her as his own. (Even saying that is giving away a bit much, but it's integral to the story.) The demons continue to pursue Zacharel and Annabelle after he rescues her from the institution, which propels the plot forward. A heartbreaking twist will surprise you.
I came close to giving Wicked Nights 4.5♥s. Ultimately I decided on 4.0♥s because I felt that at times the book took on a preachy tone. An overall theme of good versus evil, of humans choosing to listen to demons rather than rejecting them, pervades the book. Even Zacharel's description of the Lords of the Underworld, some of whom make cameo appearances, took on a moral overtone. I suppose that's appropriate from an angel's perspective, but it seemed out of character for the Lords. I don't mean to offend anyone--you might find the book uplifting and inspiring.
Again, I believe that the strength of the book lies in the characters. Read it for the funny, bittersweet, action-packed, self-sacrificing, loving interactions between Zacharel and Annabelle.