Deep in Crimson (Return to Sanctuary) by Sarah Gilman
Kidnapped by humans and raised in a research facility, Jett was taught to believe his own race of demons insidious and violent. But a friendship with the archangel Raphael shatters Jett's reality. Caught between two worlds, his first months of freedom find him lingering on the fringes of his home colony, Sanctuary.
When the human who stole Jett captures another demon youth from Sanctuary, Jett learns of the real planto steal Raphael's archangel grandchildren. Jett wants to bring his captor to justice, but he must overcome the lies from his past and join forces with the demon Guardians, and the demon child's older sister, Lexine.
Irresistible attraction grows between Jett and Lexine, but Lexine's prophetic dreams of being mated to a poacher make her wary. And if Jett goes through the all-consuming process of becoming a Guardian, he may forfeit any chance they have of being together.
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Deep in Crimson
A Return to Sanctuary Novel
By Sarah Gilman, Kaleen Harding
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Two unusual scents carried on the dwindling thunder-storm's breeze: humans and demon blood. Jett paused, his muscles tense, his mouth dry.
Nothing good ever came of the scent of blood in the air.
Nothing good ever came of the presence of humans.
Nothing good, sure as fuck, ever came of those two things together.
He abandoned the two lifeless ducks, which he'd caught by hand, next to the fire pit. Breathing deeply through his nose, he circled the area in the forest he considered his.
Heavy rain had washed away most scents except for sodden earth. The breeze blew from the direction of Vermont's demon colony, Sanctuary, in the valley below. If he made his way down the mountain, he'd find a bloody scene — he sniffed the air again — less than a half mile away.
An attack on Sanctuary by humans? He turned his back on the breeze and shut his eyes, his heart rate resisting his mental demand for it to slow. An attack was none of his business as long as the humans stayed the hell away from him and away from the archangels — what little hope there was of that.
He paced. Hostility toward any demon colony usually focused on the archangels, whom the demons protected. Religious zealots throughout human communities viewed both demons and the "fallen" archangels as evil and wanted both species killed, but archangel feathers sold to the highest bidders and dedicated collectors.
The result: poachers, and an ever-dwindling archangel population. A few countries had given land to demons to form colonies, similar to Native American reservations. The demons took in the archangels and offered protection from poachers, and, in exchange, the archangels shared their various skills, such as healing abilities. Despite the sovereignty of the colonies and the Guardians who protected the borders and the residents, attacks still came and blood still stained the ground from time to time.
Jett had stayed in this place, on the fringes of the demon colony in northeastern Vermont, for one reason — to make sure the archangel Raphael and his son, Wren, weren't betrayed again by the demon Guardians who were supposed to protect them.
At first, Jett couldn't comprehend why Raphael had wanted to return, why the archangel was willing to trust again. But it had turned out his personal Guardian, Lark, hadn't been the one who murdered Raphael's mate, attacked Wren, and imprisoned Raphael. Lark's body had been stolen for eighteen years by the revenge-bent spirit of Thornton Bailey, a poacher Wren had killed.
The same poacher that Jett had been forced to work for.
He knelt by the stream, washed his hands, and drank. The thunderstorm — still rumbling in the distance, flashes of light illuminating the cloud-and-night-shrouded Green Mountains — had soaked him and plastered his hair to his neck. He stripped, hung his clothes on a rack he'd made from tree branches, and ignited demon fire on his skin, drying himself and shunning the midnight chill.
Another gust carried the scents again. Only two human scents, but a lot of demon blood. Dressing in his second set of clothes, well-worn jeans and a long-sleeve black shirt he'd stolen from human campers, he repeated his mantra in his mind.
Not my business. I don't give a shit.
The demon in charge of the colony, Vin, left him a note not long after he'd arrived, warning that unless he came directly to the Guardians first, he needed to stay away from all of Sanctuary's citizens, or he'd be viewed as a threat. Suspicious fuckers didn't trust him. Who could blame them? He used to work for poachers — even though it had been against his will.
So, whatever this was, it wasn't Jett's problem. The Guardians protected Sanctuary, not him.
He wanted to check on the archangels, Vin be damned, but they rarely flew in the middle of the night and only left the house at such hours to socialize in the demon village. Jett couldn't get close enough to see into the houses. He'd have to wait — the archangels always flew at dawn. If they failed to show, he'd act.
He hated waiting, even though that was all he ever did anymore, in his self-made purgatory on top of this mountain. He cleaned his twin hunting knives, the only things he'd taken with him when he'd fled Raphael's former prison, and returned them to sheaths on his thighs.
The breeze blew again and he breathed in deeply, catching the scent of blood, stronger this time.
A month ago, Jett had passed through the woods near three demon boys at play. It had appeared one of them was pretending to be Jett by jumping out from behind trees, covered in mud, making his friends run and scream.
Little bastards. What did they think he was, some sort of boogeyman?
One of those boys ... was that scent in the air his blood? He'd been eight, ten years old at most.
He was a prick and he knew it, but he wasn't the sort of prick to ignore a hurt kid. A memory surfaced from his own childhood, of waking from a healing fever on blood-soaked sheets because the humans, who'd whipped him and cut him to study his healing abilities, had simply locked him in the observation room to recover alone.
Muttering more curses, he grabbed his jacket, then made his way through the trees and down the steeply inclined mountainside. He broke into a run, suddenly furious with himself for not acting immediately. It wasn't his business — the Guardians protected the colony. But they hadn't protected Jett the day he'd been kidnapped, so many years ago.
The scents led him to a hemlock grove, the soaked earth churned up from an apparent struggle. Four bodies, all demons, lay in the mud, their throats torn open. One adult. Three little kids, including the one whose scent Jett recognized. He'd seen death before. Had killed before. But the sight of three small bodies in a pile made him dry heave, sweat breaking out on his forehead.
Even if he'd rushed here the moment he'd caught the scent of blood, there would have been nothing he could do for grievous wounds such as these. Small comfort.
The back of his neck prickled, and he stared upward. A gap in the canopy framed an archangel in flight far overhead, circling. If Raphael had come in response to the injuries, guided by his preternatural ability to instantly heal others, it was too late. Even Raphael couldn't fix death.
And Raphael had better stay the hell away while humans occupied the woods.
Jett shut his eyes and inhaled. The scents of the scene around him invaded his nose — this crime had occurred after the rain had stopped and little had been washed away.
The scent of one demon didn't match the bodies. The scents of two humans and the missing demon led through trampled undergrowth, away from the colony toward the logging roads further up the valley.
"Oh no you don't, fuckers." Jett turned in that direction and sprinted.
* * *
Lexine, running and clinging to the arm of a black-clad Guardian, stumbled to a halt in a small clearing surrounded by hemlock trees. Warm and shaky from adrenaline, her legs protested even holding her upright. The Guardian hadn't wanted to bring her along, but she'd followed him — her brothers were out there, damn it! — and he'd been unwilling to leave her alone in the woods with humans around.
A birth defect prevented her from seeing well in the dark like most demons, but Raphael's stark-white wings all but glowed in a beam of moonlight now that the storm clouds had thinned.
The archangel knelt in water-saturated, trampled peat, holding a body half off the ground. Darkness obscured the visual details, but as she approached them, the familiar scent confirmed her worse fears.
Jac, her brother.
Raphael is here, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay. Jac would heal. He wasn't moving because he was deep in a healing sleep. Tension fled her body in a heavy sigh.
The archangel glanced up and shook his head. "He bled out before I got here."
She dropped to her knees, swallowing a strange urge to laugh out loud at Raphael's words. "That can't be."
"I'm sorry, Lex."
She stared, her jaw shaking.
"I'm so sorry." In a rare gesture from any archangel, he touched his wing to her back, his flight feathers dragging through the mud.
Her denial shattered. Sobs tore out of her throat and she dropped her face to her brother's dirt-and-blood-matted hair.
Another scent pulled her back from the edge — a distinct, sweet, citrus fragrance entwined in the nauseating mess of odors. Her younger brother, Bryce, had been hiking that night as well. She didn't smell his blood, thank goodness. "Bryce?" Clutching Jac's shoulder, she raised her head and looked around, straining her eyes. "Bryce?"
A Guardian stepped closer, crouched, and spoke quietly. "Scents indicate two human males took him and fled."
"Vin and his team have gone after them. We'll get Bryce back, Lexine."
She struggled to her feet in the mud, sniffling, trying to isolate the scents despite her stuffed-up nose and tears. The Guardian was right, of course — Bryce's scent mingled with the humans'. But there was also another intense, more recent scent that shot straight to her heart and jolted it into a rapid flutter.
Jett, the demon who'd been living secluded in the woods for the last eleven months — the object of gossip and suspicion and confusion — who'd been presumed dead as a child. He'd gotten entangled with poachers, but he helped rescue Raphael.
She knew his fragrance of tea and honey from the cemetery, where he lingered, out of sight, whenever she tended the landscaping. Creepy, but not threatening — Raphael trusted him, and that was good enough for her.
He'd gone after the humans and wasn't far behind them. Nothing else mattered.
"I'll bring you home," the Guardian said, offering his arm.
She shook her head. "Jac would go after them." Her voice shook. "He'd kick my ass if I just sat at home like a blubbering fool while humans have our brother."
"Lex, you need —" Raphael began.
Lexine caught Bryce's scent and ran after it.CHAPTER 2
"That's no way to treat a little kid."
The moment Jett emerged from the woods and spoke, the two humans whirled, the captive demon child locked in the arms of the brawny, taller member of the kidnapping duo. The giant man clutched his prisoner's throat and backed toward the car parked along the muddy, puddle-ridden logging road. His partner covered his retreat, aiming a semiautomatic handgun at Jett.
Though the rain had stopped, water dripped from the canopy of the old-growth forest, the only sound aside from the boy's muffled protests. The faint mix of scents on the breeze indicated that Sanctuary's Guardians were catching up, but still had a lot of ground to cover. The humans would escape in the vehicle if Jett didn't intervene, but he hesitated.
Demons were a malevolent, disgusting species. Violent beings who took pleasure in others' misery.
Or so his captors had raised him to believe.
In the eleven months Jett had been studying the colony from the shelter of the forest, he'd seen nothing to suggest anything he'd been taught about demons was true.
Not one damned thing.
This child didn't deserve anything the humans had in mind.
The little boy wriggled and kicked, his arms secured behind his back. A band of metal wrapped around his head and covered his mouth, preventing him from biting. Far too young to ignite demon fire on his skin, he stood no chance against the two men. Even if he could ignite demon fire, which was itself harmless to demons' skin, he'd seriously burn himself with the molten metal.
The kidnappers' plain clothes and unmarked vehicle gave nothing away, but the scent that came from the SUV when the human opened the door identified the kidnappers better than a photo identification card. The interior reeked of rubbing alcohol, formalin, rubber gloves, and a myriad of other chemical odors — the stench of the despicable research facility that had been Jett's prison for thirteen years of his childhood.
He'd be damned if he stood by and allowed these criminals to escape with another innocent child. Jett hissed, baring his fangs.
Had Jett been taken from the colony in the same manner as this? He'd been so young. He remembered nothing.
The heavy-weight human shoved the boy into the SUV, locked the door, and rejoined his partner. The two men faced Jett, aiming their guns. Calm. Ready. Professionals, for certain. But had they ever faced a demon their own size?
Growling, Jett bared his upper and lower fangs and ignited demon fire. The flames engulfed his body but left his skin and his worn, threadbare clothing intact — the fire destroyed only if he willed it. He lunged toward the humans.
"Holy fuck!" Gunshots rang out, but the humans fired one-handed and blind as they shielded their faces from the heat of the demon fire. A bullet grazed Jett's arm, but the other shots went wide.
He plowed into the nearest kidnapper, seized the gun, and fired into the man's stomach. Letting the bastard collapse to the ground, Jett sprang at the second human and shoved him hard against the side of the gray SUV.
Jett extinguished his flames and sank his fangs deep into his opponent's muscular shoulder, tasting sweat and blood. The scent of the other children, of their deaths, clung to the man's clothing. He bit deeper.
The venom from his fangs went to work in seconds, propelled through the human's blood to his brain by his own rapidly beating heart. A scream ripped from the kidnapper's throat and he seized hard enough to break his own back.
Jett stepped away, letting the limp body drop to the ground, and spat out the blood. He licked his fangs. Stimulated by the recent bite, the venom flowed hard and filled his mouth with a caramel-like sweetness.
The other human lay on his back on the puddle-ridden ground, blood running from the corner of his mouth. Gurgling sounds accompanied his shallow, rapid breaths. Eyes narrowed, he reached into his jacket as Jett approached.
A blade glinted in the moonlight. Jett caught the human's wrist and sank his fangs into the bastard's forearm. Already half in the grave, the human's venom-induced spasms subsided in seconds. Pity had been trained out of Jett years ago, but now, he paused. Not long ago, he'd shown another person empathy, an act that changed his entire existence. He'd won his freedom and no longer saw himself only as a monster. Still, for these kidnappers who intended God knew what for the demon child, no regret rose.
Jett searched the body and found a set of keys. Hooking the keychain around his thumb, he hurried back to the vehicle.
The child sat on the backseat, his eyes wide between his mussed red hair and the steel gag, breathing hard through his nose. Jett froze. Even after so many years, he could feel the cold, tight metal clamped around his own head.
Tears beaded at the corners of the boy's eyes. Jett lifted him out of the car. The child trembled, his head heavier against Jett's shoulder than it should have been, thanks to the metal device designed to keep a demon from biting. Holding him securely with one arm, Jett lifted a hand to the back of the boy's head. He used the keys to unlock the gag and tossed the thing away.
Sounds halfway between screams and sobs erupted from the child. Jett tightened his grip around the boy's shoulders and fumbled with the lock on the handcuffs. As soon as the restraints fell to the ground, the child threw his arms around Jett's neck.
"It's okay." It's okay? Damn it, he wasn't kid-savvy or nurturing in the best of circumstances. He ignited a thin layer of demon fire over his body. The one fuzzy recollection he possessed of his father was that fiery, comforting embrace. "You're okay now."
The boy's breathing calmed, his faced pressed into the flames, but he maintained a choking grip on Jett's neck.
"You're strong for a ... How old are you, little one?"
The child leaned back slowly, wiped at his eyes, and murmured, "I'm not little. I'm five and a half."
"I've never met a stronger five-and-a-half-year-old."
A ghost of a grin pulled at the corners of the boy's mouth.
"What's your name?"
"I'm taking you home, Bryce." Jett stood and tried to maneuver so that the kid didn't see the two dead humans. It didn't work. Though the shaking resumed, Bryce craned his neck over Jett's shoulder and hissed.
Bryce hissed again and growled. The sound, not par-ticularly menacing coming from a young boy, lightened Jett's mood as he headed for the woods.
A strange whistle filled the air and pain exploded in Jett's lower back. He sprang forward the last couple yards to the cover of the evergreen trees and, supporting Bryce with one arm, pulled a small dart free from his backside. The colorless liquid in the dart could have been anything, but the rapid numbness spreading throughout his limbs told him all he needed to know. His legs gave out and he collapsed to the ground on his side. Bryce scrambled to his feet.
"Run, Bryce." Jett slurred the words. Fuck, how had a human snuck up on him?
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There were some parts of this book that I completely enjoyed. I loved the twists about the demons and angels which is not something that you read about frequently when it comes to paranormal reads. But there were also parts of this story that seemed to drag on for me. Parts of the story dragged on for me. It felt like there were times that the author was unsure what she wanted to say and went in a roundabout way to do it. The characters in the story were really well written out. One of the problems that I had with this book was the fact that Jett was confused about his past. It felt like the people who did know what was going on, didn’t seem to want to help him remember his past at all. But it was really great when things started to come back and he was able to find out more about his past. Lex’s character, I go back and forth between whether I like her or not. Just solely because she didn’t seem to really add anything to the story itself. While I am happy that she cared about Jett enough that she was willing to go through training to be with him. I still felt like she was lacking. I fell let down with this book because I had hopes that it was more interesting than it was. It felt like the ending was rushed and the overall story didn’t go as far as I thought it was.
Deep in Crimson is an interesting world where demons and angels intermingle in co-dependent world where they need each other to remain safe from humans. In this world, archangels are hunted by humans for their feathers. Humans also hunt the demons. Demons live in colonies and work together to protect the angels. I like the unique concept of this world. We meet Lexine in a terrible scene where she loses one brother and the other gets kidnapped. Lexine is plagued with premonitions about her mate. She's tough and spunky, but the dreams have crippled her ability to open her heart to Jett. Jett is damaged from years of torture and lies from the humans who stole him when he was a young demon. He finds himself in an unable to escape him true nature, which is to serve as a Guardian, protector of the archangels and the colony. Jett falls hard for Lexine and fights to win her from her fears stemming from her dreams. To come from a background of hatred, Jett is caring and truly wants to love. I enjoyed the interaction between him and Lexine. Their relationship takes a rough path through an emotional jungle. Deep Crimson takes a fresh approach to the concept of angels and demons. The writing is well paced and keeps you wanting to know more. The world is layered with depth and complexity. The story is well worth the read. ********book provided by publisher for honest review**************
I really wanted to love this book, but I only sort of liked it. I loved that in this world Angels and Demons live and work together in the same community. I loved that they lived on Reservations for their own safety. I loved that humanity knew about their existence. It meant that we didn’t have to read about the usual hiding events from humans, and choosing which humans to be revealed to. It was a nice change. Most of all I loved that the two leads fell in love over a decent amount time. We got to see them initially meet and be physically attracted to each other, get to know each other, date, and fall in love. Which made complete sense considering his past and her fears for her future. Also she was the one who had dated and been with men, while Jett was the completely inexperienced virgin. Unfortunately the actual plot of the book was full of holes. Starting with the initial action, Lex’s older brother and two children were killed. Her other five year old brother was kidnapped, why didn’t they just kill him too? Jett’s main focus throughout the story was being able to maintain his freedom after spending 20 years of his life a prisoner. But he spent this book training to become a Guardian to the Archangel Raphael and his family. While it’s not slavery it is definitely indentured servitude. His new job would mean that he would have to put protecting the Archangels above all else. Including himself and all things in his life. Extremely limited free time, if he had a mate or family and they were in danger at the same time as his charges he would have to put the Angels first. Basically for the rest of his life these Angels would have to be his first and main priority, but it would not be mutual. It reminded me of a slightly nicer version of the way the Vampires treated the Werewolves in Underworld, and we know how that ended. Also the Angels and Demons have no idea where they came from. Centuries ago Demons fell from the sky (literally) and landed in the Americas. Long before the Europeans came over, the Demons and the Indigenous people got along. Years later the Angels also fell from the sky, but their feathers and wings became collectors items and they were hunted to near extinction. So the Demons gave them sanctuary and became their protectors. What bothered me was there was no concern about their origins. Where did they all come from? Are they truly Angels and Demons in the biblical sense or are they something else? There was no push from any of the characters to find out who and what exactly they are. The humans either showed indifference towards them or hatred. To me that was odd. If there were religious people who viewed them as fallen, wouldn’t there have also been those who viewed the Angels as saviors come to earth. “Satanists” who wanted to get in good with the Demons. Atheists and Scientists who want to prove they are something else all together. Should the Demons be risking themselves for the Angels? Should the Angels trust the Demons? What if the Demons were sent to earth because they are near extinction, and the Angels are the ones who should have been protecting them? I would really give this book 2.5 starts. There is a lot of potential there, so while I may not be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series I would probably read it.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION'S Nocturnal Nymph - Michelle M: *eARC received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review Deep in Crimson was the first book that I have read of Sarah Gilman's and this book was excellent! Demons and Angels together?! Who would have thought that they would be working on the same side? I certainly didn't... This book pulled me in by the first couple of pages. First we meet Jett, a demon that highly distrusts other demons after he was raised in a lab. Jett smells something off, and after debating on whether or not he wants to find out what's going on, he runs to investigate. While there, we meet Lexine, a demon with a rare demon deformity whose brother has just been kidnapped. Lexine has had dreams about who her mate is, but then meets Jett and wonders if it's possible to change fate? Will Jett stay in Sanctuary and take a chance at love? Sarah's writing is great, and keeps the reader engaged with the storyline. The Guardians are trying to find Lexine's kidnapped brother and looking for the place where the lab is, all while things are happening in Sanctuary. It's all a very exciting ride of emotions and trying to find where one demon fits when he didn't know if he could ever fit in anywhere. Also, is it possible to find love? I will for sure go back and read number 1 and then I will be re-reading this book because it is that good! I found myself wondering about some of the characters and hope there are more coming for this series! I want to know more!! A well deserved 5 skulls and highly recommended.
I started reading this book not knowing that there was a book one featuring the same world and the really great characters introduced. Suffice to say I was intrigued enough to buy book one. I needed to explore Wren and Ginger’s story as I found myself in love with the glimpses I received of them. The book started with action that pulled me in. I appreciated how Sarah blended the world building with the plot. I love the world and I desire to know more about Sanctuary, and understand more of the bond between the demons and the archangels they protect. It was a bit different from what I have read before in Paranormals, yet, I was drawn into the world, and wanted to understand their struggles. From the beginning I found the hero to be compelling. I love tortured heroes and Jett is definitely one. Everything about him captivated me. His past, his present and how he would evolve as a guardian. I wanted the heroine, Lexine, to be a little more kickass, but the strength that she displayed as the book progressed was enough to sooth and kept me turning the pages. I liked the sexual tension, but, I was a bit disappointed by the sex scenes. I wanted more intensity, I wanted their coming together to sizzle off the pages and that did not happen for me. It was more sweet and tender. I was also a bit disappointed by the convenient way in which they found the villain. Overall, Deep In Crimson was intriguing and I found myself drawn into the plot. Even though there were aspects of which I wanted more, I could not put it down. The rich imagery of the world, the intensity of Jett and the gentle strength of Lexine pulled me in. I adore the secondary characters and the teasers I got of their personalities. I am eagerly awaiting Lark’s story and crossing fingers and toes that Raphael will have one too. So even though different from the dark intensity that I adore in paranormals, it was pretty satisfying and I would recommend it.
Sarah Gilman has written a great sequel to Out in Blue. This is the demon Jett's story. He has escaped from his captors and now lives in the woods near Sanctuary (Vermont). He is learning more about himself and his family. He has know pain and abuse from his human captors. Now he wants to change his life. He wants to be a dedicated Guardian to Raphael and his family. He loves Lexine and wants her to be his mate, but she fears her dream of his death will come true. Will he find contentment and the love he so desires? The characters are so well written that you feel their thoughts and emotions. I love this story of the Guardians and the Archangels. The action is non stop and filled with danger and suspense. I was sad to see it end. I want more stories in the Return to Sanctuary series.
Need an escape? Then venture no farther and step into this world and enter into Sanctuary. Honor and loyalty are found here. Battles filled with danger and maybe death. Always those living here must be on guard-because they are the hunted and the hunters are human. They are hunting demons and angels who live there. No place would be worth going to of course without the love filled with passion so hot resulting to last a lifetime. They are persecuted,enslaved at times due to hatred and greed. Could it get anymore gripping than this? You are certainly the one enslaved while reading this seeing Jett and Lexine and their quest with each other after the rescue of her brother. Wonderfully written in that you are right there with them and when it is done you are saying time to go already?
After reading Out in Blue, I have been looking forward to reading Deep in Crimson, which is Jett's story. We met Jet in Out in Blue. He is the demon who helped to save the Archangel Rapheal, was mortally wounded, and then healed by Raphael. He has deep rooted trust issues, stemming from his abduction from Sanctuary at the age of 5 and being held captive until he escaped in adulthood. During his captivity he was put through all kinds of testing, he was abused, he was brainwashed, yet he never gave over entirely to his captors, a flicker of some kind of remembrance buried deep inside. Since his escape, he has spent his time outside of the boundaries of Sanctuary, refusing to interact with them, despite their invitation to join them. He wants to leave, yet he feels compelled to be there and make sure no harm comes to the Archangels Rapheal, his son Wren, Wren's wife Ginger, and the two new Archangel twins recently born. When tragedy strikes, he can't help but intervene, and this brings him face-to-face with Lexine, the female demon he has been admiring from afar. Despite his initial reservations, he partners with the Guardians, as they have a common goal, a common enemy, which must be taken care of. He also finds himself drawing closer to Lexine. When Jett learns who and what he really is and is meant to be, and his feelings for Lexine deepen, he faces a very difficult decision, one that is not to be taken lightly, a choice between love and duty.....or are love and duty one in the same? I enjoyed Deep in Crimson. I find Sarah Gilman's take on angels and demons very interesting and unique. Archangels are protected by demons from the outside world and poachers, who seek to destroy them, as their feathers are like gold in the black market. The Archangels also posses special gifts. The demons also have special abilities, some more than others, especially the Guardians, those that are called to protect the colony and the Archangels, and then their are those special Guardians who are called to be protectors, special body guards, willing to lay their lives down for and protect the Archangels at any cost. Book one, Out in Blue was Wren and Ginger's story, with many of the secondary characters playing important roles. In this sequel, Deep in Crimson, the focus is on the demons, Jett and Lexine in particular, with the secondary characters also playing a big part in the story. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, which were all well written and well developed, as well as the story line itself, which was interesting, suspenseful, and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the romance between Lexine and Jett, and seeing how Sarah Gilman developed that over the course of the novel. If you enjoy paranormal romance, especially that involving angels and demons, then The Return to Sanctuary Series is something that is different from many out there, and something I would recommend checking out. 3.5 stars
This is actually Book 2 of the Return to Sanctuary Novels, but my first time reading the series. After reading it, I'm very tempted to go looking for the first- just to get my fill of a few more angles and demons! Ms. Gilman has introduced us to a very different perspective of the fallen archangels and their demon protectors on earth, and I must say it was very enjoyable. Jett is the male protagonist, a demon recovering from the tortured life mentioned above. He is just learning to trust others of his kind, and after saving Lexine's brother, he tries harder to join their colony, Sanctuary. The chemistry between Lexine and Jett is obvious from the get go, and when they finally got together, it was fiery hot!! (literally and figuratively!) I definitely have a soft spot for guys with a past like Jett's, and their stories of redemption and re-learning how to love always become my favorites. Their women always have to be so patient, loving and understanding, and it’s always a better story to me to have to overcome something like that. This couple is no exception. This series is a must-read for any paranormal fan and I can't wait to read more about this world and these beautiful creatures! Rating:4.5 HEAT Rating: Hot Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
From the moment I began reading this book I knew I was in for something special, the author immediately pulls the reader in when she starts the novel with action from the first page, Jett, a demon living on the outside of known Demon civilization, picks up on a scent he does not wish to ever smell – demon blood and humans intertwined – she immediately throws us into Jett’s subconscious trying to block it out while intermingling his overriding innate need to protect. He fights with himself to try and not go after whatever it is, however, he is unable to win that battle and ends up going after the group. From that moment onward his path with Lexine, a female demon whose younger brother, Bryce, the demon he smelled, collides and it would seem that fate has pre-determined these two are destined to be together. He is trying his hardest to avoid falling for Lexine, but finds her mere presence soothing to the battles raging inside of him – she is trying to run from her prophetic dreams – together they may be able to overcome seeming odds and be one. I really enjoyed this novel, it is one I would readily re-read in a heartbeat and it left me wanting more – I want to know more about the archangels that reside within Eden. I want to know more of Jett’s history – who were his parents? We get some small insight into who they were as people and how they perished, but I would love nothing more for the author to go back in time and tell us their story. Tell us the story of Raphael and his mate! In a nut shell I was left wanting more! I am thankful to see there’s more from this group of characters, but to me that’s not enough! I crave more! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into the paranormal romance/adventure genre. This series looks at the world where the humans have their pre-conceived notions and the demon/archangel populations are trying to undo those notions in hopes of living peacefully within their sanctuaries.