Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance
Published by Decadent Publishing
I was so very eager to read this sequel after that exciting first book that left things in a sad place for Etta and Ra. As follow up stories go, this one took me on an exciting suspenseful ride before it finished with quite a few surprise reveals.
This one absolutely needs to be read in order behind, The Demon Side, so that the world-building and story arc make sense. It picks up about a year from where the other one left off.
Rahovart’s arch status has been returned to him and he does the best he can at his tasks, but he has not been able to stay away from Etta. He checks in on her life and dreams of a time they can be together. His actions do not go unnoticed in the heavens so he is given an ultimatum choice.
Ra chooses to return to Etta in human form and try to win her once again the way his demon form won her before without revealing who he is and what went on before. He is joined at the last minute by Gabriel who is also now in human form. Rahovart learns really fast that getting back into Etta’s life will not be simple. She is back where she was before seeing the demons and living recklessly. Ra is forced by the agreement into a position of not being able to help her. He has to watch a slick human guy help her and to receive her loathing while her father watches him with suspicion and no desire for Ra to be around his daughter. Gabriel is ever distracted by Etta’s best friend Amy.
Ra finally realizes that he has done her no favors by coming back so he makes the decision to bow out of her life leaving her to be guarded over by the others and let the others figure out why the demonic activity continues around Etta. His decision lasts for a few months before the danger escalates and he is forced to take a hand and be willing to make huge personal sacrifices for Etta.
The plot on this one was exciting. I enjoyed the blend of the action and the character building to the plot. The story is told all from Rahovart’s point of view and through much of it he struggles hard because he is still learning so much about himself and others. I enjoyed seeing him really grow and finally understand what is really important both for himself and Etta. The story is just a little bit about the romance because much of the time Etta is with someone else and has no idea who Rahovart really is. I wasn’t really thrilled with the fact that he had to be cruel to her showing his demon trait as part of his agreement because that felt weird that the God figure would ask that of an angel or that he would allow it done to a human. I felt that some of those reveals in the end were was a bit over the top, but it did lead to all threads tied together neatly. The final scene was do or die that was for sure.
There is moderate bad language, mild violence and no sex in this one, but it would probably appeal more to older teens and adults.
I would recommend this book/series for those who enjoy YA Paranormal Romance involving angels and demons.
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