Cover Him With Darkness: A Romance

Cover Him With Darkness: A Romance

by Janine Ashbless

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Overview

In rural Italy, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel — a prisoner. Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there — hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined. His lovely young daughter, whose innocence and devotion to god he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men and yet not. She looks in his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she lives in fear that her father will catch her. One day he does and sends her off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston. But she never forgets her silent love. Cover Him with Darkness is a thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940550060
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication date: 09/22/2014
Series: Book of the Watchers Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 527 KB

About the Author

British erotic romance author Janine Ashbless likes to write paranormal and dark fantasy-themed erotica and has a lifelong interest in mythology, folklore, and history. A rising star in the paranormal romance and fantasy realm, she has won many awards and has been published by HarperCollins and Ellora's Cave. She lives in London. "Deeply erotic ... I thought I was done with the whole vampire thing, but Janine Ashbless writes compelling stories that explore the essence of human nature, even among the fanged." –Erotica Revealed - review of Red Grow the Roses "Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love. " – Portia Da Costa "Janine Ashbless showed me that erotic romance can be literature." – Violet Blue, author of Lust

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Cover Him With Darkness: A Romance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Peachs44 More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Cover Him with Darkness I expected it would be something that would take me a few days to read only because I usually read in bits and pieces. Instead I finished in a few hours. Not because this was a short book but because once I started, I couldn’t stop. I was too intrigued with who/what/why I just had to know NOW what was going to happen.  Having read quite a few books about fallen angel it’s pretty safe to say Azazel is not like an angel I have ever read before. In one word – he is an enigma His emotions and his story was so simple yet so complex. He would have these moments where I thought he was so childlike and yet others he was so worldly. Also, I didn’t understand how someone as strong as an angel could be kept and captured by such simple means. So many mysteries to ponder here. As for Milja, hers was very simple. She’s like a moth to the flame, drawn to him. Raised very sheltered by her father I can see how Azazel is her Pandora’s Box. Growing up as a child to know and see the burden of her family is to stand guard of this bounded man but to not know the why. So of course she releases him and then the fun begins!  There’s so many twist and turns this story takes. Just when I thought I could predict what would happen next, the story would twist another way. The sex like the story, is dark but still falls in the consensual side. For that reason I know some may consider this DE, I however do not. There were a few unanswered questions I would have liked to discover however the ending was most satisfying. I do feel it was left open enough for this to continue on as a series. If it does I will be there to read the next book. As for Cover Him with Darkness, I will be recommending this book as well as this author.  I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars– 4, Flames – 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the story unfolded, I became more engrossed! I really enjoyed it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected! Definitely worth the read! I look forward to reading more from this author!
YGK More than 1 year ago
Cover Him with Darkness is an intriguing, secret love story. It keeps you on your toes, making it a book that you won’t want to put down. If you are looking for a unique romance read with the perfect balance of action and mystery, this is definitely the one for you. 
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
The prose is beautiful.  I thought the book was very well written.  I love the mystery of who the prisoner is before it’s revealed and the lore surrounding it.  The story is very compelling and unpredictable.  I will say that I was left with more questions than answers and I want to say it ends in such a way that it can only be the first in a series, but I’ve seen nothing to indicate more is coming. While this is considered a romance, it’s not terribly romantic.  There’s the fact that she loved him and he latched onto her as a light in the darkness kind of thing, but he doesn’t treat her like he loves her.  He treats her like a possession – like a toy.  She doesn’t always treat him spectacularly either, but his behavior is quite asinine.  The “love” scenes don’t really involve any love.  They’re rough and fevered and frankly saddening pretty much every time.  That pretty much sets the tone for the entire book.     Cover Him with Darkness is a very well written story that keeps you guessing.  Check it out if you want an interesting dark paranormal read!
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5/5 I'm not Catholic, so I wasn't shocked about some of the things I read in this book. It's not the first time I've read a book with, should I say, blasphemous acts. This story is also chock-full of religious references and overtones. If you find any of those things offensive or off-putting, this book is not going to be your cup of tea. As a whole, I enjoyed the story and the suspense, but I struggled to like or understand the heroine. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this...perhaps something along the lines of more mainstream PNR involving angels but with a darker edge. Instead, I found myself thinking of Dan Brown books mixed with paranormal, erotic romance. The beginning of this book was interesting, starting with the fall of Azazel and the backstory on Milja, her first encounter with her father's prisoner, and her own fall from grace that led to her being sent away from her small village in Montenegro to the United States. It was somewhat difficult to connect with Milja, not just because of her age (23), but I also had a hard time picturing her. She was just sort of a non-descript female. Also, on the one hand, she'd been adventurous and engaged to a man her family hadn't approved of (from a religious standpoint), and on the other hand she fell back on her religious roots (quoting religious scriptures) when she felt scared or cornered. Another thing that was slightly off-putting about her was the fact that she was always completely helpless. She tumbled from one bad situation into another, and if she wasn't being rescued by Azazel, or Egan, then it was Uriel. Azazel was supposed to be evil for he had married a human woman and had children. Seduction and giving man the ability to forge metal (which made weapons which caused wars) were also attributed to him. From an outside point of view, I didn't see him as evil. To me, evil was the manner in which he'd been captured and bound. Evil were the Orthodox priests who went to any lengths to recapture him. Including torture and murder. The dark romance was pretty hot. Azazel mostly made appearances in Milja's erotic dreams where she submitted to him and her fantasies of being watched in a variety of settings played out. Although two out of the three characters were meant to end up together, there wasn't any romantic chemistry to speak of. It was mostly her compassion driving her to defend him time and time again, and I felt he chose her because of that. The climax was gory and full of suspense. I couldn't tell if the ending was as ominous as it sounded, but perhaps it was a setup for more to come. I would read more from this author because the prose was actually quite lovely. *Complimentary copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.*