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Posted February 17, 2014
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I have some really mixed feelings about this book. In some ways I really liked it… but in others I was just do disappointed. After having read book one, I was excited to tackle this one. But my disappointment is making this a very hard review to write.
So, on one hand we have Brandon. He was a Chicago cop who was murdered while undercover and then he became an angel. He’s never gotten over his murder and every night he relives the event in his dreams… until he meets Luciana. She on the other hand is a demon. She’s got this affinity for poisons and is creating one that will kill demons and angels alike.
Fair warning, there may be some spoilers ahead, although I’m going to try very hard to not do it.
I actually liked both Brandon and Luciana, but I’m not sure I liked them together. I guess this whole idea of angels and demons hooking up just seems wrong. In this book, Luciana doesn’t really repent and yet Brandon doesn’t “fall” either. But at the same time, I knew these two loved each other, but the ending just ticked me off… and I can’t say any more than that without completely giving away the book. When I got to the last page, I asked “that’s it?”. I was not a happy camper.
Yes, the journey to get there was well done. Brandon is supposed to capture the elusive, bad demon, Luciana. But he finds that he’s more intrigued with her than he probably should be. Which then takes the reader on a wild ride as they play cat and mouse and then make love and then war. And then throw in the supporting characters that don’t make things any easier for anyone… well, as I said, it was a wild ride.
I guess I’m just going to have to keep reading the series to see if there is some resolution that didn’t happen here. That said, the book will stand alone, but as always, reading them in order does help enhance the reading experience.
And last, a word of warning. There is a fair amount of violence and a rape scene of sorts.
Posted November 26, 2012
Posted September 4, 2012
I loved the first book in this series and couldn't wait for this
I loved the first book in this series and couldn't wait for this book to come out. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. I ended up skimming most of the book. Luciana is unredeemable to me. The things she has done are unforgivable. I get she had it hard but the choices she willingly made, and the things she did, killed it for me. And I didn't see the attraction between the two main characters. I am done with this series as far as the current cast of characters goes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2012
Ok this one DIDNT FLIRT with anyone but with itself! It was soo
Ok this one DIDNT FLIRT with anyone but with itself! It was soooo good I flew through it and didnt stop until I was done! Make sure you read the first book first. Although this one makes sure you know what is going on. You will have a better understanding on the Demoness Luciana. I really cant wait to see what happens next in this wonderful sexy series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Posted August 30, 2012
C- rating....based on story line only, not the gorgeous writing.
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I adored the first book in this series because it showed the fine line that exists between good and evil. I hated this book for the same reason. In this book, the hope that existed from the first book was vanquished. Everything was just slightly more tipped towards the evil side and there were no happy outcomes...NONE. As a romance reader, that isn't something that I can accept. I need something positive to walk away with...that's why I read romance. This book didn't give it to me.
What this book did give to me was a yummy hero in the Angel Brandon. I loved his tattoos and his internal analysis of his actions. It also gave me the Demoness Luciana. While I didn't like her very much I could definitely feel compassion for all that she's gone through in life and the place where she finds herself stuck. I liked the story line with Mossimo, Luciana's gatekeeper. I hated Ariel's (another angel...albeit a jealous, vengeful one) part in the story and thought she just made the story more hopeless.
The writing in the book is beautiful. The scenes of Venice and the symbolism throughout the story were both gorgeous. But my rating isn't based on that. My rating is based upon my enjoyment of the book...and that was bad. I don't feel better for having read this book...in fact, it's quite the opposite. There may be an over-arching series goal here that I can't see, but I don't think I will ever get to see it if that is the case. This book ruined this series for me and I won't read any more from it.
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Posted July 31, 2012
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AWESOME! Loved this book.
I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I will start off saying I actually really enjoyed this book, it’s well written, and has a plot that was original, and I loved it. I did NOT read the first book, and was thinking I would be quite lost, but found I was not. Stephanie did a great job of putting in important things from the first book, as dreams, or memories and such, in a very creative way. So it did not have a whole rundown of the first book, it felt more as a stand alone book, but just put in those parts needed to understand the story.
In a way, I am glad I did not read the first. I was able to come into this book, without already hating or liking anyone. Luciana is the one in this book that the Company of Angels is after, they always try to change the demons to good if possible, and I know many people have hated Luciana from the first book. I didn’t really care for her at first, but I could see there is remorse in her. Yes, I understand all the horrible things she has done, and did not like her for that, but the point of the Company of Angels is earning redemption, and I believe she is capable of it. I wont spoil the ending, but I have hope for Luciana.
I really, really liked Brandon, who wouldn’t, gorgeous muscled angel. Who wouldn’t? He is a truly good man, to be able to see the sliver of remorse and possible good in Luciana, when no one else would even try. The whole book sure kept you guessing on what would happen next. I think its unique how after each assignment that Brandon gets a new tattoo. (he doesn’t get it, it just appears) We get some new revelations about Brandon’s human death, on his murderer, but I will not tell you who. Leave that for you to find out.
So, regardless if you have read the first book or not, I recommend this book if you like the paranormal, with some passion in there, some action and suspense. If you read the first book, then I am sure you will like this one. I do plan to go read the first one now. I am curious, as I found Arielle to be very unlikable in this book, on the verge of evil herself, wonder if she changes sides in the future. From angel to demon? Guess they can.
I will leave you with this quote from the book.
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Leave. Just get up and leave, said his brain. This is no longer an assignment. Let Arielle deal with Luciana. The demoness is not your problem anymore.
What kept him there was the knowledge that beneath it all was a terrorized young women whose life had gone badly off the rails at the age of seventeen.
He closed his eyes and slipped into sleep.
Posted October 16, 2012
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