"Barakiel is a fantastic hero – weird, complex, [and] enigmatic but also compassionate and sensitive. . . . Zan is an amazingly strong heroine and so easily relatable that readers will just love her too." – InD'tale Magazine
For centuries, Lucifer's son paid for the sins of his father. Now, he's had enough.
Barakiel came to accept his solitude after the rulers of his homeworld banished him to Earth. He takes solace in his duty and enjoys slaughtering the demons his father sends against him at every change of seasons. When someone murders a helpless man and leaves his spleen in the bushes of a Philadelphia park, Barakiel suspects his father is behind it. He offers to consult for the FBI, selling them on his knowledge of the daggers found at the crime scene. Then, Special Agent Zan O'Gara shows up at his door and everything changes.
Although Zan has put her painful experiences with men behind her, she's perfectly content to be alone. Until she meets Barakiel. She knows something's not quite right with him, but the stronger part of her thinks he's worth the gamble.
As Zan's investigation brings her closer to the truth about Barakiel, his duty compels him to protect the innocent. He'll risk his life to stop Lucifer from claiming another victim, even as Zan gives him more reasons to live than he's ever had before.
"One of the best sci-fi suspense romances I've ever read." – Amazon Reviewer
WARNING: This book contains foul language, violence, explicit sex, and sexual violence. Adults only! This is not a stand-alone novel, but the first in a five-part series. The romantic science fantasy continues in The Pain Season, Book II of the Covalent Series, available now.
The Passion Season
Book I of the Covalent Series, 2nd Edition
Length: 114,072 words
About the Author
Libby Doyle escapes real life by writing extravagant tales, filled with adventure, sex, and violence. When not tapping away at her fiction, she's been known to work as an attorney and a journalist. Libby loves absurd humor, travel, punk rock, and her husband. She is the author of The Covalent Series, an epic science fantasy in five parts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book takes a scientific approach to good and evil, angels and demons. Lucifer has snapped and determined to fight the other Covalent’s after his banishment. His obsessive focus has lead him to banish his own son, Barakiel to the Earthly plane. He has spent many hundred years on this earth but no one has really mattered until he met Zan O’Gara. Zan, Alexandra, O’Gara is a Special Agent investigating a ritual murder. She has a broken past and determined to not let anyone in. Well that is until she meets Barakiel. The hit it off instantly, and several times throughout the book. But they have found someone that they could have a life with. If Barakiel could only tell Zan the truth. This is a great read. I liked how religion and science mixed together to form the world of the Covalent. It was explained in a way that made sense yet not too heavy on the science. After discovering his mother eviscerated, I couldn’t blame Barakiel for leaving hell. Its clear Lucifer has lost his mind and wants Barakiel on his side of this fight. Zan was a great, tough woman. I really enjoy female lead characters that can stand on their own two feet and not need a man to protect or coddle them. Of course the two hit it off and spend almost as much time in bed as finding the killer. I admit that I don’t mind some sex in books but this took it a bit too far. I think I had to skip half of the book just to solve the murders. Overall this is a great paranormal romance with lots of sex. I think it was a good start to the series and I am interested in where it is going from here. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
The Passion Season by Libby Doyle is the first in a series and delivers a wonderful set up for what is to come. Described as urban fantasy, I found that the book was actually an incredible mix of some of my favorite genres, blending mystery, action, and romance in with the urban fantasy. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m pretty tired of books about demons, but Libby does an awesome job of making this story feel completely separate from all the others. Yes, it’s about Lucifer’s son, but it’s not that simple. The race of Covalents is a unique and well thought out approach to the traditional Angels vs Demons. I really enjoyed the different classifications of the Covalents and their individual talents. The romance in the book between Zan and Barakiel is well paced. It felt real and never forced. The delay in physical contact was perfectly done, so that by the time they finally got together, I was pumping my fist in the air in celebration! Though, let’s be honest, Barakiel’s being a total badass warrior was my favorite part of the book. Killer fight scenes and a really solid hero for me to get behind. Great story, but definitely for adults only!
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite The Passion Season: Book I of the Covalent Series by Libby Doyle is a truly amazing urban fantasy guaranteed to set the heart aflutter and the pulse racing. At the start it follows Rainer Barakiel, son of Lucifer, as he is exiled from his home. He is a Covalent, a race that, above all things, must find a balance between the energies of creation and destruction. His father, Lucifer, was a traitor, and gained control over the realm of destruction and all those who dwelt within. Relentlessly, he sends his forces against the Covalent, hoping to seize control, whilst also sending his minions to the earthly realm where the son he wished to win over was exiled. Loneliness threatens to engulf Rainer, but he finds unexpected friendship from Pellus, an adept assigned to him who shields his activities from mortal eyes. Empires rise and fall, his time passes in a combination of business and battle, and longing for home. But then he finds it in the most unexpected place, in the arms of a human known as Zan, and finds in her a kindred spirit. Zan, (Alexandra O'Gara), is no stranger to turmoil. She has a warrior’s soul and has survived more than most should ever witness in life; a former army veteran, a recovering alcoholic, who now works as an agent for the FBI. She has no interest in men but is helplessly drawn towards him, and both have secrets they would rather remained buried. With the war between realms and the uncovering of sacrificial cults, Zan grows closer to discovering a truth that could put her very life in jeopardy, one that Rainer must shield her from, or risk what they have become. If I could give any more than five stars, I would. Libby Doyle has a vivid descriptive voice, allowing the crafting of beautifully scripted romance, epic conflicts, and heart pounding action. Clear thought has gone into every aspect of the plot, from the inner workings of magic, to the dividing of realms in a fantastic manner. The Passion Season: Book I of the Covalent Series truly is a book you won’t want to put down. Written in alternating character points of view, we are given glimpses into the psyche of some very real, well-constructed characters. It has everything; good vs evil, conflict, friendship, betrayal, and some smoking hot sex scenes, which at no point were anything other than beautifully written. Engaging, page turning, thrilling, I just couldn’t put it down. One thing is for certain, Libby has been added to my top author list so I remember to keep an eye out for the next book in this epic, fantastic series.
Libby Doyle’s first installment of her Covalent Series is urban fantasy taken to the next level. Her powers of description and the poetic rhythms of her prose bring alive the otherworldly elements of the story. You’ll vividly experience the Covalent Realm and the byways of Philadelphia. At the center of this saga is a tragic superhuman hero who for centuries has been paying the price for an unspeakable evil that has made him an outcast to his kind (but also a useful tool for them) and a lovely troubled FBI agent who is utterly unlike any human being he has met in, well, hundreds of years. The two find love and sex (lots) and joy, but can they ever be truly together? Will circumstances they cannot control tear them apart? With all this there is a lot of good music, both are gifted musicians in different genres, a gruesome mystery to solve, religious mythology, devious criminals and a faithful, powerful Covalent compatriot who is one of the best sidekicks I’ve come across. Mix in Doyle’s effortless way with dialogue that always rings true, whether it’s breaking your heart or making you laugh out loud. — and you have a terrific tale you’ll find hard to put down. Sign me up for Book II.
Loved this story from beginning to end! The characters were so realistic for a quasi-fantasy setting and the dialogue was so funny. I couldn't put it down! 5 stars!