The Demon's Desire

The Demon's Desire

by Kendra Leigh Castle

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ISBN-13: 9781622662753
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Series: Hearts of the Fallen Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 353,229
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of Covet's exciting new series The Fallen, along with numerous other paranormal romances including the Dark Dynasties series, the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, and RITA award finalist Renegade Angel. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets.

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The Demon's Desire

A Hearts of the Fallen Novel

By Kendra Leigh Castle, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Kendra Leigh Castle
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-275-3


"He's at it again."

Dru raised her eyes from her work — or whatever you called it when you spent ten minutes decorating the letter O with a mustache and top hat — to fix her visitor with a baleful look.

"He who? My brother?"

Vivi offered her an apologetic half smile from where she stood in the arched doorway to Dru's office. Unfortunately, that was all the answer Dru needed. It was never Justin. The vampire king was as reliable in marriage as he was about everything else, and none of Justin's annoying quirks or habits seemed to faze Vivi. Nice for them. In this case, though, not so much for her. She knew what Vivi wanted.

Dru propped her chin on her fist and sighed. "Meresin."

"Meresin," Vivi agreed. She lightly shifted her weight from foot to foot, full of restless energy. Dru didn't doubt that Vivi would rather be fixing this herself instead of running for help. But Vivi had been a vampire hunter before falling for Justin, and her methods — which tended to involve lethal force and sharp objects — wouldn't be a lot of use with an ornery fallen angel.

Vivi tucked a lock of ebony hair behind her ear. "There are a couple of things on fire. Again."

"Damn it." Dru sighed, letting her pen drop to the desk with an angry little snap. "By things you mean people, right?"

"No." She chewed her lip. "Okay, maybe. Justin's managed to keep it from turning into a riot — so far, anyway — but you know how Meresin gets when people start in on him. It's like poking an angry tiger with a stick."

"More like licking your finger and purposely sticking it into an electrical socket." Dru stood with a groan, wishing she could be more grateful for the opportunity to stretch her legs. Her city had been through enough lately. It didn't need to be filled with smoke on top of everything else.

She shook her head, a pale blond lock of hair falling into her face. "I've been alive for two thousand years, and I'm still amazed at how dumb people can get once they figure very little can kill them anymore."

Vivi finally grinned, the smile lighting up her fair, heart-shaped face. "Death just gets a lot more creative when you're a vampire."

Dru snorted. "Being fried by an angry fallen angel is definitely creative. Come on. Bring me to Mr. Happy. I'm sure he'll be thrilled to see me."

She fell into step beside Vivi as the two of them made their way through the stone halls of the palace that was the heart of Terra Noctem. The underground city of vampires and other night creatures, magically protected and carved from the walls and floor of a massive cave, had been forced to move from what had become a comfortable spot beneath Washington, DC, only a month ago, after nearly being overrun by demons. Relocation with the aid of ancient spells was complicated, but it had been periodically necessary since the beginning. There had been a time, centuries ago, when every move the city made had been an adventure to Dru. Now, the process was just annoying. More paperwork, more upheaval, dealing with vamps who found new ways to get into trouble aboveground ... not to mention she was still handling the aftermath back in DC. They'd left a burned-out husk of a building where a luxe vampire/human nightclub had once been, and even vampire royalty had to deal with insurance companies.

She'd gotten comfortable in DC, the thing Dru had told herself over and over not to do. And here she was again, at loose ends and starting from scratch — literally — this time beneath the charming little beach town of Mirage, Florida. The beach club that would be their income and entertainment aboveground, her people's way of contributing to and blending in with the human society that would be sustaining them in more ways than one, was still in the planning stages, though things were coming together nicely. She'd only been up there once this entire month, to check out the site she'd purchased. That was bad news. Of the two of them, Justin was the workaholic.

All work and no play made her bitchy.

"Where are the rest of them?" Dru asked. "I think it's awfully suspicious that the mighty Fallen all vanish into thin air every time Meresin turns into a lightning rod. I'm the last person who should be trying to talk him down."

"That's funny, because Justin thinks you're the only person who ought to be trying to talk him down," Vivi replied. The enormous wooden doors at the end of the hall swung open as they approached, revealing the dark and glittering gem of a city just beyond.

Dru smirked ruefully at Vivi. "That's because my brother likes to torment me."

"True. But he also thinks Meresin listens to you." Vivi was nearly running to keep up with Dru's long stride.

Dru rolled her eyes. "He listens to the sound of my voice, at least. Then he runs. But all things considered, I guess that's close enough."

She forced herself to slow down so that Vivi didn't have to sprint. At five foot ten, Dru stood more than a head taller than her sister-in-law, and that was without the heels she favored. Even with the obvious height difference, though, she was prone to forgetting just how much longer her stride was. Probably because she was normally too busy being entertained by Vivi's quick wit to notice. Her brother had gotten a good one.

Together, they walked down the steps that radiated outward from the palace doors in a semicircle, descending to the wide cobblestone street. The palace sat at the head of High Street, the main thoroughfare of Terra Noctem. The tall, gothic structure was carved into the pale and glittering stone wall of the cave that protected them, set slightly higher than the rest of the buildings so that from any of the windows, one could look out and see the city spread before them. It was a place of power, both for Justin and for the Necromancium, the council of night races that governed them all. It was also home when Dru wanted it to be. She had rooms there and used them often enough. But she had a cozier place out in the city that she preferred, a place that was hers alone.

The alone part of the equation had begun to wear on her lately. It was probably time to take a lover again. She just couldn't quite bring herself to begin the process of looking. She also doubted there was anyone out there right now who would appeal. Not when she was uncomfortably fixated on someone already. Someone completely unsuitable, who she should really get over and forget about ... though that would be a lot easier if she didn't keep getting called in to talk him down.

"Dru ..."

"Hmm?" She realized that Vivi was looking uncharacteristically embarrassed. Dru knew that look. And really, she'd been waiting for the question.

"You might as well ask. It's not like the whole city hasn't heard about it."

"Oh," Vivi said. She hesitated for a few seconds, then continued, "You and Meresin that really true?"

Dru sighed. Only a few people had actually seen what happened, but the story just wouldn't die. "It was a kiss. One kiss. Once." In public. That'll teach me, she thought.

Vivi looked both amused and impressed. "Wow. Kissing. That ...doesn't sound like Meresin."

Dru smirked despite herself, remembering the look on his face in the split second before he'd realized what she was up to. "Trust me, it wasn't his idea. He was in charge of making sure Ember didn't go anywhere one night, back before she and Raum officially got together, and she asked me if I'd work up a distraction so she could get out of here," Dru said, referring to her beautiful half-demon friend who was now mated to Raum of the Fallen — which, she thought smugly, might not have happened half so fast if she hadn't given Ember a hand. "The distraction worked really, really well. Which is probably why he's never forgiven me."

Vivi's soft laugh was full of sympathy. "I don't think he forgives anyone for anything, if that makes you feel any better."

She arched an eyebrow. "Who says I feel bad about it? He's the one with the problem."

That wasn't exactly true, but it sounded good. A single, meaningless kiss shouldn't still matter to anyone. It wouldn't still matter, if she could forget the feel of him, or the taste of him. The quiet, forbidding fallen angel who hated everyone and everything had yielded to her, just for a moment, and she'd been able to feel just how much passion and need he had walled up inside himself. The hunger in him had seemed violent, fathomless.

She couldn't let it go. And Meresin didn't seem to be able to, either, though she suspected his reasons were nothing like hers. Still, Dru found herself looking for him more often than she ought to, eyes seeking the only renegade Fallen who shunned even the most basic interactions, instead skulking in the shadows of the city, angry at the world.

Yeah, it was time to find a lover, she thought as her cheeks heated. Because this fixation was going nowhere fast.

It only took minutes to reach the crowd that had gathered in the circular plaza at the center of High Street. Rising above the mass of shouting vampires was an ornate fountain, a white marble relic from ancient Rome, featuring a winged goddess, her arms stretching to the heavens, the ripples in her draped gown created by such a skilled hand that she seemed ready to rise against the wind. At the moment, she looked like she wanted very much to get the hell away from what was quickly becoming an angry mob. Beneath her, water flashed and danced as it flowed into a pool currently hidden from view. But Dru could hear splashing. And earsplitting wailing.

"Keep him away from me! Keep that freak away! He belongs back in Hell!"

Dru snorted. Vampires could be such babies.

Heads turned at Dru and Vivi's approach, and Dru could hear her brother's deep, commanding voice as he tried to keep order.

"Meresin, enough! If you were trying to teach him a lesson, he's learned it! And if you're trying to kill him, you're going to have to go through me, so I suggest you calm down!"

There was a flash of violet light and another screech. It seemed that someone had really set Meresin off today.

Dru kept her head high as she strode through the crowd, which parted without a word from her. She could feel the energy rippling through the gathered vampires, though, and it was bad. Fangs were bared, and there was a lot of hissing. When the renegade Fallen had come to Terra Noctem nearly two years ago looking for sanctuary, most had found uneasy acceptance and even a degree of celebrity. They were beautiful, powerful, if not universally personable, and had proven useful enough that there was no real appetite for protesting their presence. Even their leader, Leviathan, who was not truly a fallen angel and was possibly the biggest enigma of the group, engendered no protest. But Meresin ... Meresin was a different story.

Dru worried that her people had finally reached their breaking point with him.

When she emerged into the area that had cleared around the fountain, she immediately saw the source of the wailing — a soaked vampire trying to haul himself out of the red-tinted water. Something had sliced through his shirt, leaving a long red gash across his chest. The water had stained much of his white button-down shirt pink. His brown hair stood completely on end, still smoking. Nearby, another vamp was sprawled on the cobblestones, smoke rising lazily from his pale skin. He twitched weakly and moaned.

The vamp in the fountain caught sight of her and flopped around like a hooked fish, unable to regain his footing. Dru recognized him and cringed inwardly. She'd had to personally haul him out of human bars more than once for causing trouble. He wasn't worth an angry mob, but it figured that he'd be the person to finally cause one.

"Dru!" he cried, flailing. "Dru, help me! He's going to kill me! That crazy freak finally lost it!"

She made no move to help him out of the water. "With no help from you, I'm sure, Bob."

"My name is Razer," Bob shouted, throwing himself over the edge of the pool. "And I didn't say anything! You can't prove it! But even if I did," he panted, hanging half in and half out of the fountain before sliding slowly onto the ground, "it's no reason to try to kill me!"

"If I'd been trying to kill you, you'd already be dead."

The silky voice was soft and deadly. Dru would have known it anywhere. She heard it even in her sleep. Steeling herself, she faced the man who had become the bane of her existence.

He waited a few feet away. Seeing him, being this close, sent a punch of heat through her system the way it always did, and she struggled to keep her expression neutral. With his ebony wings outstretched, his tall, lithe form clad all in black, he looked more like some vengeful Roman god than any kind of angel. His coal-black hair was short, spiky, a marked contrast to his ivory skin. There was nothing soft about him. Meresin was all sharp edges and angles, beautiful and forbidding. His eyes tilted up at the corners, lending him a hint of the exotic among his brothers. The irises were a shade of violet Dru had never seen before, and thought she never would again. Unlike his brothers, he carried no weapon. He was the weapon. Lightning, the same color as his eyes, crackled and flickered in his cupped palms, coiling up his arms.

His eyes locked with hers. A muscle in his cheek twitched, and he jerked his head to the side before she could even try to decipher his expression.

"Drusilla," he said. Always so formal when forced to interact. She sighed.

"Meresin. I think this is about enough, don't you?"

She took a step toward him. Immediately his body tensed, shoulders hunching the way they always did when she got near him, as though he were preparing for an attack. It was as frustrating and infuriating as ever.

"Damn it, Meresin. I'm not going to bite you," she snapped. "Just stop, take a deep breath, and tell me what's going on before these people try to tear you into tiny pieces."

It was apparently the wrong thing to say, but then, she hadn't quite figured out what the right thing to say to him was, whatever the circumstances. His eyes narrowed, glowing menacingly.

"They could try."

"Oh, they're going to," she replied. "See, you may not have noticed, but vampires don't really enjoy being electrocuted. Strangely, you keep doing it anyway."

"If some of them learned to keep their opinions to themselves, they wouldn't need to worry."

Dru raised her eyebrows. "Oh, I see. What are you, the psychotic Miss Manners of Terra Noctem? People say stupid, insulting things all the time. Ignore it, and you'll feel better." Justin helped the vampire who'd been face down get back on his feet. When the unfortunate vamp smiled weakly, smoke coiled from his mouth. Her brother shot Meresin a glare that promised doom.

Returning her focus to Meresin, she was startled by the bleak, wounded expression in his eyes. It vanished as quickly as it had come, replaced by a snarl as he whirled on the vamps who had slowly, tentatively begun to close in on him. His wings flared, and his hands flexed into claws that shimmered with beautiful impending death.

"You don't understand," he hissed, and it took Dru a moment to realize that he was still talking to her. "You have no idea what it's like for me."

It shouldn't have tugged at her heart the way it did. She shouldn't try to hear anything but his anger — what good would that do? He wasn't interested in letting anyone in, least of all her. But it didn't matter how many ways she tried to tell herself that he was a bad idea. Possibly the worst idea in a long life that had seen its fair share. To her, what he said sounded like a plea. He really thought that no one gave a damn about him. And it was true.


Dru closed the distance between them with the kind of speed no human was capable of, laying a hand on his arm. She could feel the muscles quivering with tension beneath her palm, the startling warmth of his skin such a contrast to the coolness of her own. He sucked in a breath and tried to jerk away, but she clamped her fingers around his wrist. There was a choked sound in the back of his throat, so soft it was barely audible. His violet eyes were wild as they stared into hers.

"Get a handle on it," she said softly. "I know you can. Whatever those two idiots said, they can't hurt you. They're not worth this. Lock it down."


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The Demon's Desire (A Hearts of the Fallen Novel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She stepped inside with a flourish, casting her cold emerald gaze around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The she-demon stared out the window, her delicate, dark fingers curling around the heavy drapes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also posted at my Goodreads account 4 stars The Demon's Desire is the second installment of Hearts of Fallen series. It continue from Demon's Song, featured Meresin, one of the Fallen Angel that reside and protect Terra Nortem and Drusilla, the vampire king's sister. Both Meresin and Dru had a long history between them, all start with kiss. Dru care for Meresin that always brooding, angry and homicidal. While Meresin care for nothing, not for his own brethren because his vindictive nature and his ability to wielding lightning and storm. Then the Archangel Uriel give Meresin a task that maybe can save him from his condition. And from some accidental event, Dru and Meresin are bonded, both now go to the Purgatory. To bring back Meresin's sanity and give him a second chance I like this better than the previous book, Demon's Song. Demon's Song feel like an ordinary PNR for me, with a same old-same old ending. While Demon's Desire not too different, it's grab me by the story and character. Meresin is what I called "Zsadist archetype". We all (okay some PNR fans maybe) know that Zsadist from BDB is so tortured, he decide that he's not worthy for his woman. Same case with Meresin, he believe that he's born alone, live alone and therefore will die alone. He doesn't give any of his brethren chance to care for him, even just a little. His emotion always raging, full of violence and unforgiveness because his past with the angels. What we need with this kind of a hero? A heroine that can accept for what he is, and Dru is the prerfect woman for Meresin. I like Dru, a lot. She's better than Sofia,the heroine from Demon's Song. Dru is already immortal, therefore make her badass. But she also have feeling and flaws, that make her more real. Dru doesn't back off from Meresin's attitude to her. She challenge him with caring for him, understand him more than everyone. Even I'm not too fond with Meresin (tortured hero that think that he's not worthy for his woman kinda annoyed me sometimes), Dru is what I like from this pairing. They both balanced each other. From story, not so much happen, and not all Fallen Angel show. Which make me kinda sad, since I want to know more about Gadreel, one of the Fallen. Lucifer made his first appearance here (he's the big enemy of the Fallen) and another Archangel too, but just briefly. The best thing? Ehm, Meresin is a virgin. I always have a thing or two for virgin heroes, even I'm so sad the sex scene just happen once. We (or I) need more here Ms Leigh Castle ;). Some complaint from me, I don't like the cover :(. It's not how I picture Meresin (even they got his hair and eye color right). I will recommend this to any angel and PNR fans, and readers who love their hero tortured (to redeem himself later) and a strong heroine. Since this novella (just 200 pages), it's perfect for a quick read :) Thanks for Entangled for providing a copy
MCail More than 1 year ago
The Demon's Desire was a great read. It is the second book in the series, so in the beginning I did feel like I was missing something. But as I continued reading I became immersed in the story. The world building was great and I am looking forward to reading more in this wonderful series.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog This 2nd installment of Hearts of the Fallen series was a quick and satisfying read. Meresin the ever brooding fallen angel has his story, and I knew it was going to be sweet. If you read the first installment, you know that Meresin is short-tempered and often getting in trouble. His past of countless rejections and torture made him bitter and angry. He is a hard ass among the group of fallen angels living in Terra Noctem. But as hard ass as he is, there is most definitely a sweet side to him that no one knows exists. He is good with keep the façade of hiding it. Unfortunately, the trouble he is causing is not doing the hidden vampire community any favors. In fact, it’s annoying the Vampire King who is just letting these fallen live among his people. The only person who can deal with him is Dru, Justin’s sister. But this last incident, he not only gets himself in trouble but drags Dru along with him. I love Dru and Meresin’s love story. They fit just right. Dru being thousands of years old, she didn’t need anything more than just exist in peace, but she never cowers and most definitely not scared of Meresin. I found Dru to be serious and down to the point. I think these are the very traits that can both calm and push Meresin’s buttons and she knows it. I love it when a heroine has that power over her hero. But it was Meresin that truly got my attention. I just love a brooding, troublemaker, and tortured heroes. He is unapproachable, menacing, but the more you get to know him, you’ll find out how sweet he really is. All these years he kept his distance thinking he can never be enough for Dru. But when he decides to show her how he felt, it was very sweet. I was in awe reading of the sacrifices he will make for the ones he love. It made my heart melt into a pile of goop. As corny as that sounds, Meresin is really sweet and falling for him is just inevitable. Overall, Demon’s Desire is fast paced, action packed and a good romantic read. If you like hot fallen angels, this series is for you. *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This was a new-to-me author and series, and I really enjoyed it. Even though it’s actually the second book in the series, I quickly caught on to the “rules” of the world and didn’t feel at all lost. I actually liked that there wasn’t too much world building here–it felt like we were dropped right in to the action, which was a lot of fun. I fully intend to go back and read book one, The Demon’s Song, and figure that any questions I still have about the world it is set in will be answered there. For now, though, I had more than enough to help me enjoy this installment. I’m not going to lie–Meresin is a tough guy to like for much of the book. He’s surly and rude, and pushes everyone around him away with both hands. It’s clear that he doesn’t want to be drawn to Dru, and the feeling is mutual. As Castle slowly reveals Meresin’s history, however, the reasons for his attitude and behavior become clear, and he ends up as a much more sympathetic character than I would have thought he could possibly be. By the time he and Dru reached their destination, I was behind their cause 100%. Dru was a fabulous heroine throughout. I loved that she was strong for her people, and really enjoyed her relationship with her brother. I also liked that it was she who did most of the pursuing in her relationship with Meresin. I’m definitely hoping she’ll feature prominently in book one–since its hero is her brother, I figure that’s a pretty safe bet. My only real complaint with this book is that the major climax–the moment that determines Dru and Meresin’s fate–largely takes place off page. The character from whose point of view we’re seeing that scene loses consciousness, and by the time we return to the narrative, it’s all over. It felt like a bit of a let down, but I so enjoyed everything else about the book that it was hard to be too disappointed overall. The characters I’d started to care so much about got their HEA, and that in itself was satisfying. In a nutshell: I will absolutely return to this author and this world. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and gave me characters I loved rooting for. Solid B+. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Meresin lives with the other fallen angels who have taken refuge in Terra Noctem. The vampire let them live there in peace. Meresin is different than the other fallen angels and has anger problems. He also is unpredictable as the storms he can create. He has become a danger to himself and the others. The only person who can reach him is Dru a 2000 year old vampire. She can manage him somewhat and tries her best to fight her feelings for him. He tries his best to ignore her. She has had her heart broke before and he doesn't want to get close to anyone. He goes to far and is told it's time to visit a place from his past. He will either come out a changed man or die trying. Dru goes with him to help keep him grounded and to guard her won life. They both may lose their hearts and lives on this dangerous mission. Meresin is the sexy fallen angel no one can get close to. He would rather just stay away from everyone than chance losing his temper or getting to close to them. Even his fellow fallen angels stay away for the most part. He has been through so much and thinks no one could care about him. He is very dangerous and one of a kind. Dru has had her heart broke before and had to do a hard thing. She is very hardworking but stays on the sidelines. She really cares about people and as she even will say it is just her nature to care.  I really loved this book. It gives a different twist to angels and I loved getting to know the main characters. Both have pieces that seem to be missing even if they don't know it. They each would be so great together but both are scared and they both have bad timing as you will see. Their attraction seems to come out at the worse times. This book has action whether its Meresin fighting vampires or trying to get his life back and Dru seems to always be there for him. If you enjoy paranormal books or just a great story I recommend this one. I can't wait to read more in this series
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exhange for an honest review The Demon's Desire continues Kendra Leigh Castle's fabulous series about a group of fallen angels seeking redemption while protecting the night races inhabiting Terra Noctem. Each book focuses on a different member of the Fallen and their love interest. In The Demon's Desire it's Meresin and Dru's turn. Meresin is one of the most enigmatic of the Fallen, keeping to himself while the rest of his brothers have formed a cohesive group. On top of that, his angelic power over lightening and his ability to cope with others is rapidly becoming more and more unstable. The horrors that Meresin has to face broke my heart and I wanted more than anything for him to have his HEA. Dru shows again and again that she's willing to fight for Meresin and their HEA, even if it means fighting his own inner demons. The Demon's Desire is darker than book one, The Demon's Song, but considering Meresin's tortured past it's not that surprisingis story would be more somber. There's tons of action and both Meresin and Dru prove to be excellent warriors. Kendra expands her fantastic world-building by taking Meresin and Dru out of Terra Noctem and into mystical realms. Kendra's trademark snark isn't as prevelant in this installment, but she does give us a couple of gems: ..."He has to go to a place and do a thing, and shazam! Awesome happens in an incredibly nonspecific way, maybe even involving a rainbowfarting unicorn! Except probably not, because you obviously think he's going to die!" She saw Justin jerk his head to the side and glare at her, but that didn't stop her from saying what she felt. She wasn't afraid of Levi. "That's a ridiculous human myth. I ate a unicorn once," Levi said calmly. "There were no rainbows inside of it." ~Dru, Justin and Levi "I've got lots of things to plot, for your information. Business opportunities for the city. Fostering diplomatic relations between the night races. Meetings that need to happen, meeting that shouldn't have happened and need to be rectified. My social calendar. Oh, and world domination. That answer your question?" ~Dru to Meresin The Demon's Desire can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend the entire series...we're only on book two so you can easily catch up (plus if you start with The Demon's Song you can meet my book boyfriend, Phenex).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Demon's Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle, A Hearts of the Fallen Book was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. My normal books I read are paranormal romance, vamps, werewolves, the like. This one kind of fell into that category - it had some Fallen Angels, which is a newer level of paranormal. I was anticipating the same old story, but found myself drawn into a story of someone learning to accept and forgive. The twist comes with who learns how to do this - it's not who you would think. I loved that this story centered around a family - both a nuclear family, and the family we all have the chance to make for ourselves - those who we draw near to us by choice, instead of genetics. The central character Dru is a well developed woman who knows who she is, what she stands for and what she desires. The others around her have learned and are learning just how determined she is to get what she feels is right for her. The other central character, Meresin, is a picture of brokeness and strength. The two seem to be opposites, and maybe that is what makes his character so interesting. He is both - and he has to learn how to cope with that. The relationship between Dru and Meresin was fun and poignant. I really enjoyed watching them follow the path they go down. It got to the point where I found myself taking my phone and reading during my breaks at work, walking around the block (not recommended... lol) and in the restroom!! I am ready to go look for others by the author and see what else she has to share with me. by Karen Trail
Dutchess31 More than 1 year ago
This was a great follow up to the first book, Demon's Song, which I gave 3.5 stars. This one is a solid 4. I really liked it, and it packed way more of an emotional punch. Meresin's story was heartbreaking and this was just as much a journey of him finding himself as it was a romance between he and Dru. Dru was the catalyst, in a way, given what she did for him. And she also became his wing man, grounding him as they traveled through Purgatory to "fix" what was wrong with him. Their journey was sweet, tender, terrifying, and had them facing off against the devil himself, and I was happy to be along for the ride.  *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly wasn't sure about this book prior to starting it. I would have to admit the book caught my attention from the first few pages. The plot line is that a 2,000 year old Vampire (Dru) had some type of connection with a fallen Angel (Meresin. They both fight the unspoken connection until they are forced to come together and Dru then helps her fallen Angel regain his sole. I felt that the sassy Vampire ,Dru, was funny and very down to earth for being a 2,000 year old vampire. Her falling in love with a fallen angel made the book interesting in the challenges they faced. The challenges they faced together while being make believe showed their true strength in love.
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "A Struggling Journey Through Purgatory" Terra Noctem is an "underground city of vampires and other night creatures." They are ruled by Justin, the Vampire King, and his sister. Though Drusilla refuses to call herself the Vampire Queen, she still maintains the status and respect of one.  Dru seems to be the only person that can calm down "an ornery fallen angel" named Meresin. Over the last two years, since the Fallen arrived at Terra Noctem seeking refuge, people have noticed that Dru and Meresin have some sort of connection. But Meresin hates everything and everybody and his anger gets worse every day. Still, Dru finds herself fixated on him. Meresin is special. He is "the first of the Fallen with an element running through [his] veins, ready to call upon in an instant. A warrior unmatched Above or Below." He is "the only Fallen who can command the lightning." The Infernal Council decided that Meresin was too dangerous to keep. He was becoming as unstable as his element. But he is "far too useful to kill." Meresin needs to control his element and there was only one thing left to do - enter Purgatory and find the demon that bound the lightning to him in hope that he can undo it.  I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars Sometimes you have to go to Hell and back to realize what you love in life.  This story was a struggle. Meresin Kept himself at a distance from everyone and everything. It was easier for him. Until he had to go to Purgatory. There, he had to face things for the first time.  Meresin had to struggle between his inexperience, the unknown, and the dangers of Purgatory. This is the first book that I have read where a vampire has a heartbeat.  I really enjoyed reading Meresin's journey, but I felt that I was missing something. Almost as if the author wrote assuming the reader already knows things. It might be best to read the first book before this one. The ending made me cry but I will not say if they were sad tears or happy tears. You will have to find that out for yourself. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Hearts of the Fallen series, and a very entertaining story about a fallen angel who is loved by a vampire.  I recommend this to any reader who enjoys paranormal romance. I liked that I did not have to read the first book prior to this one, but I do want to read it because this one was so good. Meresin is one of the Fallen, a group of renegade fallen angels who have made their home in Terra Noctem. He has been given the powers to control the storm, which he does quite often since he is so tormented and always in a bad mood.  He is determined that there is nothing that can save him, so he doesn’t let anyone get close to him. Not even the female vampire that he has feelings for. Dru has fought to keep the people of Terra Noctem safe for the past two thousand years. She is a fixer but she is also a loner when it comes to intimate relationships. She trusted one man with her heart and he betrayed her, so she has not gotten that close to a man ever since. But there is something about Meresin that she feels is worth saving. Will he ever let her get close enough to find out if she can trust him with her heart?   Meresin has reached the breaking point, so in order to save him he is sent to confront his demons in a place where many never leave once they arrive. An unexpected event causes Dru to accompany him, but if he does not survive this journey, neither will she. Can he face his past to give Dru her future? Is it possible that Dru can open his heart to see that she just might be the biggest part of his future?    I received an e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
He’s as dark and dangerous as the storms he once commanded…and she can’t get him out of her heart.Dru has spent two thousand years fighting to keep the people of Terra Noctem safe. In all that time, she's only opened her heart to one man, with disastrous results. But when her city takes in a group of renegade Fallen, she finds herself drawn to the brooding and tormented Meresin, despite the fact that he seems to be the least redeemable of them all. When his instability hits a breaking point, Meresin’s only chance at survival is a perilous journey into a place from which few ever return. What he never expected was that confronting his demons would mean risking not only his future, but Dru's as well...and that one stubborn vampire might give him back not just hope…but his heart. Review: Now, who does not like a sexy, brooding, fallen angel??? Well, if you don't what is wrong with you? LOL just kidding, no not really ;) I really liked this fast paced book, it kept my attention and entertained through the whole story. Ms. Castle is a new to me Author and liked her writing style and story telling. Now, this is the second book in the series, but really that should not deter you from reading this, I did not feel in the dark or lost. The story is about Dru, a vampire and Meresin, a fallen angel. I see them as opposites, Dru is blond, light, friendly, an optimist and Meresin, is black, dark, a loner, sad...but they are so perfect for each other. They shared a kiss (which must have happened in book 1) and have been doing a dance around each other ever since. Meresin has the power of storms and his control of these powers is getting worse and worse, so he is told to go to find the person who gave him these powers and try to get him to take them back/out. Dru trying to protect Meresin is stabbed and Meresin must give her his blood to heal her. As a result of this they are bonded/mated and Dru convinces Meresin that she must go with him on his quest. Their trip to purgatory is scary, sad but beautiful as they come together and you learn about their pasts. The end of the book is very exciting. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this Author. 3.5 Stars
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** Dru is a two thousand year old vampire with two jobs: help her Vampire King brother keep their city of Terra Noctem safe, and keep Fallen Angel of Storms Meresin from frying the inhabitants with lightning. While the first job is simple enough, the second isn't. She might be able to calm the brooding Fallen with a touch or a word, but being near the unstable Angel wrecks havoc with her emotions, especially since that kiss... Meresin is a ticking time bomb, a living weapon forged in Purgatory who's becoming more and more unstable with every passing day. And when his instability reaches its peak, he's forced to confront his past, this time with Dru. He knows the journey ahead will be hard, fraught with dangers of all kinds. What he hadn't counted on was danger that Dru would present to his heart, and how she would ultimately be the one to help guide him to the redemption, love, and acceptance he's desperately craved all these years. This is an amazing love story about two severely wounded people: one who has already made amends with her past but hasn't forgotten it, and the other who hasn't and can't. Dru's ability to see the light and goodness in the darkness surrounding Meresin is as touching as Meresin's past is heartbreaking. I love Dru's infinite patience with the Fallen Angel, how she continues to believe in him, believe the best of him, even when he doesn't. Ms. Castle has penned a moving story with two memorable characters I'm not likely to forget anytime soon. And it wasn't just the story itself I found enjoyable, but her attention to detail as well. Emotions, places, and events were so well described I felt like I was there seeing and experiencing everything Meresin and Dru were going through. To pen a great story is one thing, but to pen a story is I can get completely absorbed in is another. I look forward to reading more of this series by Ms. Castle.
samanthajayne13 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! I couldn't get enough of it. I love how it was a paranormal romance about a fallen angel and a vampire. A great love story between Meresin, fallen angel, and Dru, the vampire. Meresin doesn't care what others think and he could care less. But when he loses this temper the only person who can calm him down is Dru. I can't wait to read more books by Kendra Leigh Castle.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Meresin is a fallen angel with a bad attitude and a dangerous power. He and his brothers have been given refuge by Justin, the Vampire King. Unfortunately Meresin doesn't play nice with others and constantly causes problems. The only person he listens to is Dru, Justin's sister. Attraction sizzles between them thought neither will admit it. Dru becomes blood bonded with him when he saves her from dying. Meresin has to embark on a dangerous journey to take away his lightening. Dru goes with him. With Lucifer tracking them, there is only a small chance they'll survive. Will they admit their love? Can a fallen angel and a 2000 year old vampire find happiness together? Kendra Leigh Smith has written a wonderful story. She combines fantasy and romance to give you a tale of second chances and redemption. Dru and Meresin may be opposites but when they are together they are unstoppable. I love how they slowly learn to trust and confide in each other. Their romance is very sexy yet tender. I enjoy reading a book that has suspense, romance and characters I love. This is such a book. I received a copy of The Demon's Desire from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
emmadnz More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read the first of this series but found that this didn't detract from the book and it can easily be read as a stand alone. Dru is drawn to Meresin when noone else wants anything to do with him. She seems to have a unique ability to calm him when he's pushed to the limit. Meresin craves redemption but also doesn't think he's worthy. All his thoughts and feelings are tangled and he is struggling to come to terms with the torture he had been submitted to. Together Dru and Meresin go on a journey to Purgatory to try and heal Meresin along the way they discover that sometimes all you need is Love (gosh that sounds so cheesy lol) Quite enjoyed this story. World crafting was excellent and loved how Purgatory was protrayed. Only thing that could have improved on this was if it was longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One sexy, grumpy hero, one smart in-charge woman, a little humor, a little sexual tension, and an easy read....what's not to love? This has a little different take on vampires and angels that was new and interesting. I haven't read this author before but I will look for her now. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARC This is the second book in the Hearts of the Fallen. I haven't read the first one yet, but I had no trouble keeping up with the book.  The characters are intriguing and keep you captivated wanting more. Suspense, sexual tense, well written and a love story wrapped into one good read for the fall. 
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Demon's Desire (Hearts of the Fallen #2) by Kendra Leigh Castle 4 of 5 Stars Meresin is the Fallen Angel of Storms.  He is the only angel, who is a weapon, able to wield lightning.  Unfortunately, that gift (or curse) came with a price it is eating away at him, making him unredeemable in his eyes. Drusilla (Dru) is a two thousand-year-old vampire of noble blood, sister to the king.  Ever since kissing Meresin, she has been infatuated by the Fallen Angel.  She is the only person that can calm Meresin. In order to prevent his destruction Meresin needs to return to the place that fused him into a weapon, purgatory.   He is used to being a loner, never relying on anyone.  However, knowing he needed her help, Dru accompanies him to their presumed death. I really enjoyed this book.  You couldn’t help to cheer Meresin on.  The Deamon’s Desire is an original and entertaining story.  Kendra Leigh Castle is an exceptional creative writer. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARC received for an honest review I wasn't sure about this book, I thought the cover to be a little on the bodice ripper style. The story started out a little confusing. Drusilla, vampire royalty is called to break up a commotion between two vampires and Meresin, a fallen angel who is allowed to live in Terra Noctem, a fictional vampire town under Miami, Florida. What I found confusing was there were many parts of the narrative the author expected you to know, or assume you knew where the characters were with each other. Once I'd gotten past piecing together where the story was at it settled down. Dru the vampire was in love with Meresin the fallen. While the idea was utter preposterous it was a good story. Dru is stubborn and strong-willed, never backing away from a fight & it soon became clear she was going to make Meresin's fight hers too. Meresin, is a hunky, brooding loner. Determined to do things on his own, his way, never once believing he can be anything other than the monster they made him. Something happens between them (not telling, no spoilers here!) that has them linked together he has no choice but to take her with him. Embarking on a terrifying journey they learn more about each other, but will it all be enough? You'll have to find out on August 26th 2013 when the book is released. If you like red-hot angels, beautiful heroines and heaven/hell battles this is definitely the book for you. What I liked most about it was the author kept enough reality in the story to be able to connect to the characters outside of what they were. Thumbs up, if you like the work of Sherrilyn Kenyon & her Dark Hunter books you'll love this.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Arc supplied by publisher. I really enjoyed the first in this series The Demon’s Song, so was keen to read this follow up. Sadly I’ve mixed feelings about it. Overall I did enjoy it, just not quite as much as the first. I found it hard to engage with Meresin, he’d been through some traumas that were unimaginable and horrific even by the usual cruelties immortals face and commit, but he was just so surly, unpleasant, rude to everyone including Dru. Then there’s Dru, she’s fixated on him, she’s intelligent, loving and caring and has the balance immortals need in their lives. I liked her immensely, she was looking for the best in everyone and she was so strong and supportive to Justin, her brother the vampire king. I guess she was in a special, privileged position, and yet she used her power sensibly and fairly. She and Meresin have a strange relationship, he wants her but thinks he’s not good enough and so won’t even admit it to himself. She’s taken with him on first sight two years ago. They’ve had little interaction with each other since the one time she kissed him, to shock him in a situation where he was – as usual – causing problems, and no-one able to talk him down, and she can’t get that kiss out of her head. Anyway – its business as usual, Meresin taking offence at something a vamp has said and in danger of killing him, and Dru to the rescue as the only one who can stop him. Its the last straw for the Angel top brass, and Meresin is sent on a journey which he is unlikely to survive. Through a series of incidents Dru ends up going with him, and his life is caught up with hers so they both face an uncertain future. Once in Purgatory I began to enjoy the novel – when they were there I mean, not me :) – and the relationship began to go somewhere. Dru isn’t one to give up, and gradually wears Meresin down and his personality starts to come out rather than just the irritable, surly, belligerent mad we’ve met so far. Once they get together they are Hot too!! and there was some subtle humour to help the flow – Duct tape in purgatory. Dru’s right, that stuff turns up everywhere..I tell my grandkids they only need two things for DIY, duct tape and W.D.40 :) Stars: just tips in at four. Overall three-quarters of the novel was a good five stars from me, but the early part barely three. I liked the interaction with other angels and vamps (and Levi) but Meresin was so grumpy I wanted to kick his ar*se, and his actions and moods seemed to overly dominate this section. I wasn’t really sure at that point what on earth Dru saw in him to put up with his insults, he was hot true but so rude, so what did she see? I really wanted to rate this book higher, but the start was so slow to get me hooked I can’t.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and was a good read, but not as good as the first for me. I liked the story line and loved how Meresin and Dru were with each other. I just feel that the book was rushed, especially the ending. Like there was a certain word count or deadline and so we were given the resolution with no explanation to how we got there. It left me with more unanswered question than answered ones. Still worth a read though, especially if you have read the first. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.