by Hayley B. James
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published February 13th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
In a land where humans are enslaved as sexual toys, angels and demons are in constant conflict with their playthings. The demon Varun works with STAR, an organization devoted to human liberty, and it’s a never-ending battle.
Two years ago, the angel Triste broke Varun’s heart by choosing to be his butler instead of his beloved, giving Varun no explanation and no hope. However, that doesn’t mean that Triste will simply sit back and watch as Varun takes the human Elden under his protection, and Triste’s secret investigation will unearth terrible secrets, including the kernels of a pernicious plot.
Despite appearances, Triste and Varun are still in love, and Varun may well risk everything to protect Triste and discover why the angel left him heartbroken. But a still worse danger hangs over them as they seek to calm the threat of a catastrophic war.
~ Goodreads Blurb
Supreme awesomeness and win!!! Yes, I am fangirling. Deal with it! :p
So, first thing I just gotta mention is, this is some of the best writing I’ve read this year. We’re talking supremely beautiful writing, seriously!! Elegant, well shaped phrases, eloquent, just freaking fabulous!! I was literally ecstatic as I was reading this, the writing is that good. Art, just art. Ok, I need to stop now, lol. Moving on.
The plot was a brilliant match for me, I love mysteries and suspense. This was a suspenseful read, we have angels, demons, devils, humans, spies, agencies, the works! Seriously loved reading it. I just couldn’t see things coming, I wasn’t making guesses about the plot at all. The fact I was much too into the writing itself might have caused that, I tend to obsess over plots in my head as I read them and generally come up with the ending and everything. That’s just the kind of overactive mind I have, but here the beauty of the writing helped the plot grab me totally. I was into it, but twitching and grinning with delight all the time and fussing over things.
The characters were great. Really great, though we’re talking demons and angels and humans mixing, it’s not at all a religious undertone in there, they’re simply guys living their lives, doing their thing. I loved that about them. They were solidly built, they had ridiculous amounts of personal charm and charisma, humor, eloquence, everything I could ever wish for. There was even a French speaking angel, though he just threw in a word here and there basically, but man, I love French. I love all foreign languages in fact, and I love characters with ‘accents’. The only characters I didn’t fall in love with here were the ones that made just brief appearances, them I just liked. Get my point here? Again, awesome writing.
Varun and Triste were really awesome, together and apart. I just couldn’t get over how chemistry worked in couples in this novel. I mean, call me a hopeless romantic, but when these guys were together you could feel it in every corner of your soul as you read that they were making love, not having one on one action. You know what I mean? Even when it was hotter, naughtier, it still read like making love. I couldn’t get over the tenderness of the couples. We’re not talking lovey-dovey gooey stuff, that sort of sickens me. We’re talking real tenderness. This is the only title that comes to mind right now that actually has that incredible feeling about couples, real tenderness, love. It screamed out of the pages, it was that real and alive.
Though there were a couple of hotter couple scenes, this is by no means whatsoever a novel about guys hooking up. This, to me, was a truly awesome read that I know I will reread and love it to freaking bits all over again. Also, I demand a book about Leandre and Fremont. Now. 😀
If you guys like paranormal stories about m x m couples, and really freaking awesome writing, this baby right here simply needs to be read. Seriously awesome. I heart this read like a mad woman.