As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.
But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.
Worldbuilding: The world of the Nightwalkers returns with yet more fascinating beings, Night Angels in particular, while featuring our favorite pharaohs.
Characters: Leo was an interesting and heartbreaking character. What he went through at the hands of Chatha was horrifying but he managed to function really well considering. I liked that he wasn’t perfect, that he had predictable feelings toward beings he saw as potentially like his torturer. In fact, I found his approach to be more reasonable than we encounter in PNR, and I thought it made him all the more authentic. I can’t say I fell in love with him for some reason, though he was strong and well built and undoubtedly charming.
Faith was lovely and I really loved her at times, but I can’t say I fell in love with her either. I was fully invested in their quest and romance, but it didn’t go that extra mile from awesome to super-amazing like the first novel in this series did for me.
They had the kind of almost-love/almost-hate type of chemistry and their one on one was hot, and I liked them as a couple.
Plot: The story was very interesting, this time the main man not being a pharaoh but a man. I liked the quest part of the story, the romance felt good though perhaps slightly less slow burn than some of us might like. There was a good alert rhythm that kept me fully engaged and excited.
Writing: Lovely third person narrative, mostly his and her POV (Leo and Faith). I loved the flow of the narrative and the authenticity of dialogue, it’s perhaps my second favorite part about Jacquelyn Frank’s work (first being the worldbuilding, yes I am a geek :p )
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, instant buy author name – total impulse buy material.
All in all, this was a good read, slightly different than the first two in the series as far as characters/type of romance go – I’m a fan of diversity, so in my opinion it was great. I recommend reading this, or reading the series beginning with book #1 – Forbidden – if you’re looking for awesome, original worldbuilding and great writing.
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