The Demon's Song

The Demon's Song

by Kendra Leigh Castle

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Demon's Song (Hearts of the Fallen) by Kendra Leigh Castle:

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that's how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren't even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.

While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happyending...and his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622661817
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Series: Hearts of the Fallen Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 322,704
File size: 234 KB

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 Song

Hearts of the Fallen: Book One


By Kendra Leigh Castle, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Kendra Leigh Castle
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-181-7


CHAPTER 1

Once a fallen angel got kicked out of Hell, there weren't a lot of places to go.

He'd found one ... but that didn't mean he had to be happy about it. Then again, not being happy was kind of what the Fallen did.

Phenex perched on a stool on a small raised platform, ignoring the many eyes on him as his fingers danced over the guitar strings, coaxing from them an intricate melody that echoed out over the crowd that had gathered. He rested the heel of one battered boot on the bottom rung of the stool, tapping the toe of the other in time to the music. He hadn't bothered to dress up — shredded jeans, an old T-shirt. No one in the fancy crowd of self-important humans and sleek vamps gave a damn what about he looked like when he played, and he knew it. That was fine. He wasn't the type to play dress-up.

Phenex felt the song spark and catch deep inside his chest. He might not have a soul ... but when the music began to flow through him like lifeblood, he thought this must be what having such a thing felt like. This intense connection of his was one that could be heard, felt, in every single note that poured from him. It was why the vamps loved to have him play at their pretentious club, and why he always accepted despite the fact that they paid like shit and made him buy his own drinks.

When he played, he was the music. But then, no amount of time spent in Hell would ever erase the fact that he was the original Angel of Song.

Phenex leaned into the microphone positioned in front of him and began to sing. His clear tenor went husky as the words twined with the guitar.

His lips curved, eyes slipping shut. He loved to play flamenco, loved the passion in every word, every chord. He doubted many in his audience fully appreciated it, but it didn't much matter. They just stood there, some swaying, some gaping, whether he was in the mood to play Springsteen or classical ... and that was fine with him. This was the one time nobody bothered him.

And considering how much work the white wings had been throwing him and his fellow Fallen exiles lately, somebody was always bothering him. A year ago, he never would have imagined all of this — Lucifer deciding to put him on a hit list, and Leviathan, of all the shapeshifting monstrosities in Hell, cutting a deal with the angelic host and bringing him in on it, effectively saving his immortal skin. Seven of them had escaped, seven mercenaries now gainfully employed by a bunch of uneasy, overworked angels. Seven Fallen trying to find a place among angels and vampires, werewolves and witches, none of whom were all that thrilled to see them running loose.

This — the stage, the guitar — was Phenex's place. It was all he knew.

Phenex let "La Malagueña Salerosa" cast its spell over the crowd, savoring every honeyed word in Spanish. The storm so often raging inside of him quieted, and all of the empty places filled with music. He was used to walking around pissed off to one degree or another. He was a fallen angel, after all. Being pissed off was kind of a way of life. But when he was playing, he could admit to himself that all the anger was tiring. There had to be more, even if he didn't know what the more was.

Not like he'd be asking anybody. His Fallen brothers gave him a hard enough time about his future in a boy band. And he'd ruined enough good instruments busting them over people's heads.

Phenex let his hand fall across the strings, the final chord seeming to hang in the air for a long moment before vanishing. He opened his eyes, watching the people in the crowd blink and look around as though they'd just been released from a spell. Then the clapping began. And the whistling. And the shouting for more.

As the music left him, his stomach sank. Same old story — he showed up, everyone wanted what he had. Like he was a thing. A shiny, dangerous toy, wind it up and watch it go. There'd never been any getting away from that, not Above or Below. Or anywhere in between. Usually he could shrug it off. Tonight, he wasn't in the mood.

Hellfire. Phenex stood, slinging his guitar across his back. No way was he leaving it on the stage for some sticky-fingered patron to paw at.

"Back in a few," he muttered into the mic, then gestured at Luc, a lanky vamp lingering at the side of the platform. Luc frowned, his red eyes glinting in the dim light, but he jerked his head at someone across the room. Immediately, the room was filled with the music of a local band that played here regularly. There were murmurs and a chorus of unhappy sighs as Phenex left the small stage, striding on long legs through a crowd that parted quickly before him. They might love his talent, but none of them would ever make the mistake of getting in his way.

That was good. This guitar was one of his favorites. He'd hate to waste it on some asshole's head.

He headed through an archway draped with heavy velvet curtains, barely seeing the ebb and flow of Amphora's patrons around him. The place was nice, he'd give the vamps that. Justin, the vampire king he'd known for centuries, had taken a run-down old government building in the heart of DC and turned it into a marble temple dedicated to wine, women, and song. And bloodsucking, but that wasn't something they put on the sign. Open at sunset every night, the sprawling building housed a nightclub, an acclaimed restaurant, and a beautiful, unexpected sunken garden. None of that was what interested him right now, though. All he wanted was the door, heavily guarded, that led to the lower reaches of the building ... and then down farther, to the city of nightwalkers nestled safely beneath the nation's capital.

Terra Noctem, the City of Eternal Night. It wasn't exactly home — but for now, it worked.

He was nearly to the restricted area entrance when a hand fell on his shoulder.

"Where are you taking off to? You just started."

Phenex turned slowly, eyes narrowed, and looked down at one of the only vamps he wouldn't consider hurting. Unfortunately, Justin knew it. The vampire king of Terra Noctem looked up at him, one dark brow arched. To the vamp's credit, he seemed genuinely concerned — not like he was just looking to yank his chain.

Phenex blew out a breath and shifted his weight from one foot to the other. Justin was all right, for a vamp. He'd been a Roman soldier in the time of Julius Caesar, and both he and his sister had been turned by a vampire who decided he liked the particular flavor of their family. The two of them had, with the assistance of members of the other night races, created an underground, magically protected city that had moved various places over the years. The immense effort it had taken to make Terra Noctem a reality had been well worth it. Not only did the city serve as a near-impregnable fortress, ensuring that the night races would never go completely extinct, but the different beings that inhabited it had to work together to keep it. Amphora was a big source of revenue for the time being, but it was far from the only one. Werewolves, witches, Fae ... they all pitched in from within and without.

And now, so did Phenex and his dark brothers. They'd paid a steep price for access — a blood oath that they would protect the city and its inhabitants had been required, insurance against the type of betrayal fallen angels were famous for. They'd had to fill the long-empty seat for the Fallen on the Necromancium, the governing body of all the night races, and be subjected to the occasional endless, mind-numbingly boring meeting. But they'd needed somewhere to stay, a protected base of operations for this odd existence of demon hunting and doing the right thing (albeit violently, and for pay) that they'd all stumbled into.

On the upside, the demons still hunting them couldn't get in. On the downside, it was one more commitment he couldn't get out of.

"Guess I'm just tired tonight," Phenex said. Then he smirked, unable to help himself. "Maybe I'm getting a cold from your damn cave."

Justin snorted. "It's your cave, too, Phenex. And I wouldn't believe you even if you could get sick." The tall, slim vampire studied him so closely that Phenex fought the urge to just turn around and walk away. Finally, Justin spoke again.

"Okay, I'm not going to ask, because I know you won't tell me, but it's pretty obvious something's been eating at you lately. I've never seen you take a walk at the beginning of your set before. If you need something, I'd hope you'd say so."

Phenex looked at Justin impassively. What did he expect him to say? That he'd been pissy because of this strange, nebulous longing he couldn't seem to shake? Yeah, right.

"You're not going to try to hug me or something, are you?" Phenex grumbled. "You've been into some weird shit since you got married."

Justin laughed, and some of the tension Phenex was lugging around like a ton of bricks lightened, just a little.

"No, Phenex. I need my limbs to stay attached. And I wouldn't want to ruin Vivi's good opinion of you. She likes you, for some strange reason."

Phenex didn't have much to say about that, but he couldn't stop his lips from curving. He liked the vamp king's wife right back, not that he intended to admit it. She was little, beautiful, and mean if you crossed her.

"Whatever," Phenex grunted. "If you're done with the psychoanalysis, I'm going back down. The mood here sucks tonight."

Justin sighed. "You mean your mood sucks tonight. I don't have a replacement, Phenex. At least half those people are in there because of you." He paused, and Phenex knew what was coming.

"I'll pay you double if you stay, all right? Make a habit out of this and you're out of luck, but tonight I really need you to stay. If you're having some kind of personal problems —"

"I'm not," Phenex interjected. "Hellfire, can't I just have an off night? It happens."

"Not to you it doesn't." Justin looked at him with a degree of earnestness that made Phenex want to groan. He'd fought beside the vamp. Justin was as badass as any of them. But he was also basically a good guy. And that was still something Phenex wasn't quite sure what to do with. He felt himself relenting and tried to tell himself it was because of the money, even if he had the unpleasant suspicion that he was bullshitting himself ... and not doing a great job of it.

"Fine. Free drinks, though. It's the least you can do," Phenex said flatly. Justin's grin told him they had a deal. The realization that he'd just done something nice for no particular reason left Phenex feeling confused and slightly nauseous.

Working for the good guys was screwing him up. He could feel the changes deep in his ancient bones, strange and worrying. But unless he wanted both Heaven and Hell trying to take him out, there wasn't a thing he could do about it. Having wings meant picking a side. That was one rule he hadn't figured out how to break.

"Thanks," Justin said, but Phenex had already turned around and was walking away. He'd been joking about the hugging thing, but some part of him still worried that Justin would try to give him a friendly pat or something. And then he'd probably end up impaling him with the neck of his guitar, which wasn't going to make anyone happy.

He made his way back through the thickening crowd, already brooding about what he might play. Cheering himself up wasn't exactly his forte. Maybe he'd try some more flamenco, if he could manage it.

"Hey, watch it!"

Phenex jerked to a stop so quickly that he nearly fell over the woman who stood in the middle of the corridor, glaring up at him. He'd come so close to flattening her that it surprised an apology out of him, something he wasn't in the habit of giving.

"Sorry," he said. In an instant, his lousy mood had vanished, replaced by interest as keen as the edge of a blade.

She didn't belong here. He knew it instantly. But then, she wouldn't have been half as interesting if she had. Most of the human women who frequented Amphora were too perfect, too rich, walking ads for plastic surgery, here to see and be seen. This one didn't look all that happy to be seen, at least by him. Pale green eyes, the color of seawater, glared irritably into his own. Such beautiful, light eyes, Phenex thought, the kind that could make you forget everything else. In marked contrast, the rest of her coloring bespoke sun-kissed warmth — long waves of dark brown hair, long dark lashes, and gold-dusted skin. Her lips were bee-stung, the color of coral, and pursed as she watched him.

Phenex let his eyes drift down over a slim waist and luscious curves, all displayed in a little black dress that glittered as it caught the light. By the time he'd shifted his attention away from her shapely legs and dragged his eyes back up to her face, a pretty flush had covered her cheeks. She knew he'd been checking her out.

Phenex felt his lips curve in a slow smile, his first of the night.

"You here for the show?" he asked.

She blinked, and the pink in her cheeks deepened. She didn't look away, though.

"I ... no, I'm not here for any show. I'm just here with ... friends."

Phenex tilted his head, fascinated. There was more to whatever she was doing here — and she was a lousy liar.

He leaned in close, his lips hovering just a breath away from her ear. Her scent enveloped him, all caramel and spice. Desire hit him so hard and fast that he had to curl his fingers into his palms to stop himself from touching her. The force of his need stunned him. It had been a while, granted, since he'd taken a woman. But not so long that this one should be in serious danger of bringing him to his knees by just standing here.

"You should come see the show. You're missing out."

"Am I?" He liked the way she sounded, a little breathless, her voice rich and sultry. "What exactly do you think I'm missing out on?"

He grinned, pulling back just a little as she turned her head to look at him. Those seawater eyes had warmed considerably, though her wariness was still stamped clearly across her face.

"Me," he said, and she surprised him by laughing, a low, husky roll of sound that had every muscle in his body clenching.

"You've got a healthy ego, huh?" she said, and Phenex drank her in, from the way her brow arched with amusement to the way she angled her body into his as she spoke to him. He already knew how she would fit against him.

Perfectly.

"I've got —"

"Sofia! There you are!"

Phenex jerked his head toward the sound of another woman's voice, instantly annoyed at the interruption. He was even more annoyed at the relief that flickered across his companion's — Sofia's — face. Sofia. It suited her perfectly.

A petite blonde, looking far more like the humans this place usually attracted, hurried over to grab Sofia by the hand. She glanced at him once, and he saw the usual mix of attraction and nerves he inspired in the opposite sex. Her voice was unsteady as she began to babble. Sofia, he noted, looked pointedly away from him.

"I've been looking all over for you. I think I found Sara. I ... uh ..." She looked at Phenex again, trailing off, and he could see she didn't want him listening in on this conversation. Bemused, and interested despite himself, he stayed put. Figuring out what these two were up to was much more interesting than dragging himself back into the nightclub.

Sofia turned her head, and the way her eyes skimmed lightly, longingly, over his face filled him with an ache he was suddenly sure she wasn't going to assuage.

"I've got to go. It was nice meeting you ..."

"Phenex," he said softly.

"Phenex," she repeated, and he found he loved the sound of his name on her lips. Sofia gave him a small, puzzled smile, as though she was trying to figure him out. He was happy to stick around and let her try, but it seemed she was finished with him.

For now.

"Later, Phenex."

"Later," he agreed, wondering if she knew he meant it. Then he turned and watched Sofia walk away, enjoying every seductive swish of her shapely backside before she vanished into the crowd. He'd find her again before the night was out. That was a promise he made himself, the only sort of promise he never broke.

With a frustrated sigh, Phenex turned in the other direction and headed back to the stage.


(Continues...)

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The Demon's Song 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
I can never resist a bad boy. Especially a fallen from grace bad boy. The Demon’s Song gets 5 bright shining stars from me. From the very beginning, I was enraptured with Phenex and his “I don’t care” complex. And he legitimately does not care about anyone or anything. He is perfectly content feeling hollow. At least, he prefers that over emotions and pain. It isn’t until he has a run in with Sofia Rivera that he realizes there is something more to him and his existence.  Phenex was the Angel of Song until he fell from Heaven and became a demon of Hell. Hell didn’t seem to work out for him and seven of his fallen brothers and they became the Fallen on Earth, doing the bidding of archangels, fighting alongside and residing with vampires, and doing whatever they desire. Complete with black wings and the attitude to go with is, he decides to protect Sofia, who is in danger of being murdered by traitorous vampires. It seems to turn into an impossible task, but not because of the vampires; because of Sofia. Sofia is the light to his dark and has the compassion and hope in humanity that Phenex once had, but now despises. Constantly butting heads on most everything, not understanding each other, but still having to share living space until Sofia is safe again, they cannot deny the attraction and pull they have to each other. The one thing they agree on? The fire that each one sets inside the other. So how do you compromise between Fallen angel, who is still a demon, living in the dark and a human who needs to live in the light? Or can you? Will these two break each other before they can find out? Kendra’s writing is phenomenal, weaving Sofia and Phenex into a tale of lust and survival and the profound knowledge of finding out who you truly are. I simply adored both of these characters who have weaseled their way into my top favorites. Thank you Kendra for bringing these two to life and I can’t wait to see what is next to come! (I received an ARC for my honest review and this is my honest to goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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i recommend this book.
MelannD More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book!!! The Demon's song is an action packed paranormal tale with a broken hero who finds redemption and love. Phenex, a fallen angel of song, is a sexy bad boy with a little good trying to come through. He is stuck in the darkness until he comes across Sofia, a sexy Latino emergency room nurse, who he is immediately drawn to. Sofia's attempt to find her missing friend/roommate ends in a bloody confrontation with vampires. When a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave any witnesses come after her, Phenex volunteers to be her personal bodyguard. Sofia has to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his brooding nature while trying to fight her growing feelings for him. Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen angel might be able to find his own happy ending&hellip;and his heart. 
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 STars ~Reviewed by ANGELA &amp; posted at Under the Covers Book Blog &ldquo;Ms. Castle did a fabulous job introducing this new world of fallen angels. The world building is detailed and well thought out.&rdquo; ~Under the Covers Book Blog I am so excited about this new series of Hearts of the Fallen by Ms. Castle. I knew she was working on something new, but I had no idea it would come out so soon. So, I was excited to know that this has been released. I love Ms. Castle&rsquo;s Dark Dynasties series I had no doubt I would love this book as well. Sohia was in search of her friend Sara for a while now, and when she finds her at an upscale club, she learns Sara has been involved with men that are not of this world. Now, she finds herself in a world of trouble with some rogue vampires and in the mercy of a fallen angel for protection. Not only that she has to accept this new world, she finds herself attracted to her protector. After years of being a fallen, Phenex finds solace only when he&rsquo;s on stage playing his music. He was the &ldquo;Angel of Song&rdquo; after all, but now that he is the &ldquo;Demon of Music&rdquo;, nothing really interests him. But when he bumps in to Sophia, literally, his existence will change unexpectedly. He will want more, feel more and just want to love. The Demon&rsquo;s song is not as dark as the Dark Dynasties series, but it has a similar feel to it. It&rsquo;s a paranormal world based on the Fallen Angels. They co exists with Vampires and other shifters in secret from the human world. Ms. Castle did a fabulous job introducing this new world of fallen angels. The world building is detailed and well thought out. The character build up was great as well, though I would&rsquo;ve liked more background on both Phenex and Sophia. She also gives a good amount of humor, banter, action and romance to this story. I love the fact that this world is closely linked to vampires and shifters which makes the world more diverse and very intriguing. I also didn&rsquo;t know that this was connected to Renegade Angel and Vivi and the Vampire novels. This is a new series, so there&rsquo;s no need to read them at all. I DO know that Ms. Castle plans to write a book for each of the fallen angels. The Demon&rsquo;s Desire, which is the second installment of this series, is set to release sometime in the summer. That novel will about Meresin and Dru&rsquo;s Story. *ARC provided by publisher
EmiliaS More than 1 year ago
I Looooooved! I finished it in no time at all!  The Demon's Song was full of everything I love to see, in what I consider an awesome book!  To say I want my own Fallen Angel is an understatement, lol. I have a thing for the brooding types, and Phenex was just perfect. He&rsquo;s the ultimate immortal, bad boy with a little good seeping thru, sinfully sexy, and with a musical talent that will have you melting. As he is returning to his set, he runs into the only person in the club who can hold his attention for more than a second. While Sofia is on a mission to save a friend, from what she thinks is a friend in an overworked environment, turns out to be one of the craziest nights of her life. Not only does she meet the sexiest man ever, but she is introduced to a world she thought only existed in books. Now in hiding from the beings responsible for her crazy night, she&rsquo;s holed up with Phenex. The sexual tension between them is immense, but fighting those feelings turns out to be more difficult than she can possibly handle, and I mean who wouldn&rsquo;t eventually relent to a freaking man like him, lol.  The Demon's Song was a great read,  I am so looking forward to reading the rest of this series.  I highly recommend it!!
Traann More than 1 year ago
I want to meet my own Fallen Angel The Demon&rsquo;s Song by Kendra Leigh Castle is the first book in her new series Hearts of the Fallen and I can&rsquo;t wait for the next book in the series. What the publisher says:  The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that's how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren't even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard&mdash;Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.  While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happy ending...and his heart. What I say: In the book we meet Sofia Riveria, a spicy Latina nurse, who ends up in the wrong place at what turns out to be the right time, and Phenex, a Fallen Angel and a former Lord of Hell.  I say right time because if she wasn&rsquo;t where she was when something terrible happens she would have never met Phenex and he is one HOT Fallen Angel and the former Angel of Song. Phenex, a Fallen Angel without a soul, has a reaction to Sofia when he sees her that causes him to get involved with her in a way that surprises himself and his six fallen brethren but makes you fall for him and the other Fallen Angels which had me turning the pages as fast as I could read to see how this would all work out. I think one of the things I liked most about this book was that the author believed enough in our intelligence as her readers to just get into the story form the get go and not spoon feed us tons of back story to &ldquo;catch us up&rdquo; with where she wanted to go and I appreciated that. There are Angels, Fallen Angels, Humans, Vampires, Heaven, Hell and a place called Terra Noctem, the City of Eternal Night which is a safe haven for the &ldquo;good&rdquo; night dwellers and it is protected by the Vampire King and due to an agreement with the Fallen Angels, them too.   If you are a lover of paranormal books and characters like these you will love this book.  You will feel like you have been here and know the characters.  I kept feeling like I had met them all before because Kendra created characters that were recognizable to the reader if you read books of this type.  She didn&rsquo;t create characters you had to learn what they were all about for the first time and that is what allowed you to just jump right into the story. I suggest you do that, jump in to this book.  Not only will you not be disappointed but you too will be waiting with baited breath for the next book in the series.  The only thing I couldn&rsquo;t figure out was whose story will be next.
Lisa_Annesley More than 1 year ago
My recap: Phenex, the Angel of Song, fell out of Heaven into Hell and became a demon, a black-winged lord of Hell. And then he was kicked out of Hell along with six of his brother Fallen. Now he enthralls listeners by singing and playing guitar at a vampire-run club, and does contract work for the white-winged angels. But he feels there has to be more to life. Enter Sofia Rivera. Literally. She sneaks into the club to retrieve her roommate, who has gone missing. Sofia witnesses a bloody attack on her friend by a creature she didn't even know existed. Now Sofia is a target of rogue vampires, as she is the only witness to the violence and the person who led the attack on the &quot;valuable&quot; rogue. While the king of the good vampires pursues the threat to his underground kingdom&mdash;the home of supernatural creatures of many races&mdash;Phenex volunteers to become Sofia's bodyguard. They are irresistibly attracted to each other. She confounds all of his preconceived notions of lowly humans and makes him feel alive again. &quot;...he seemed to be grinning like a complete ass. Oh, hellfire. No.&quot; But how can an immortal who lives underground have a future with a short-lived mortal who needs sunshine to thrive? My thoughts: Phenex (&quot;Phoenix,&quot; like the bird) is a huge hunk with enormous black wings, fangs, and a big longsword. Sign me up for that! He's cranky and slices and dices rogue vampires. He's drop-dead sexy and has the voice of&hellip;well, an angel. THE Angel. Of Song. But he's discontent. He knows that there's something missing from his life. He just doesn't know what it is. Sofia is an ER nurse with a tender heart and a spine of steel. She doesn't wait around for someone to save her. Or tell her what to do. And Phenex is an alpha male who tells people what to do. He has a lot to learn. Although there is some necessary world-building, introduction of characters, and telling of backstory, it's not complicated or overwhelming. The threat to Sofia, the sizzle between Phenex and Sofia, and the light-hearted moments keep the book moving along. I loved this book. It had a hero and heroine to love, a compelling and sexy romance, engaging secondary characters, humorous moments, lethal danger, and an ending to die for. Enjoy!
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Kendra Leigh Castle's and was very excited to see her coming out with a new series. True to her form it looks like she is bringing us a series full of all things paranormal, from Fallen Angels to Vampires to Demons to Weres, but with a setup unlike any I've ever read. Sofia is very strong willed but very passionate about pretty much everything and Phenex is a Fallen Angel who has lost his passion for everything until he sees Sofia, but both super easy to like and you will probably find yourself rooting for them. Their relationship takes some time, but the passion between the two of them is really thick through the whole book. The other characters in this book were all very easy to like as well and I am looking forward to future books starring them. For the most part the book flows very nicely, but I did feel that there were a few parts that were a little rushed. Even with that I still highly recommend you give this book a try!! I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.