ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
5 out-of-this-world stars!
This review contains spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book, obviously.
Luce… oh how long I’ve waited for you and you didn’t disappoint! Over a year ago, I read Extinguish, I still remember reading it, it was night – like most of my reading when finally the house is quiet and I don’t have to leave the story in the middle every few minutes – I started reading it, thinking that I might not even like it because the whole evil versus good with a whole lotta love mixed in there is something that has been done before. But this is taking it to a whole other level. This is the Prince of Hell we’re talking about and Luce, from the first page till the last page of the sequel didn’t weaver from his dark ways. I didn’t even know there was a sequel in the works, I hoped for it but I didn’t know, till a few weeks ago when I saw the sign-up link for ARCs.
Me. From that moment till last night,
today and forever.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” Michael said. “Love never ends”.
It’s a fact that I love everything J.M. Darhower writes, she’s on my list of people that I would even read their freaking shopping list in a heartbeat. She know how to deliver a good story, with deep characters and thick plot that hooks you in from the first page and then takes you for a wild ride. Every. Single. Book. Of. Hers.
As much as I loved this one though, before I even read it, I loved it, I was kind of anxious because sequels have a way of being over the top and delivering more than they should and especially this one, I mean, how can Lucifer ever find redemption or a happy ending, it’s kind of impossible to do it but this one? ON THE FREAKING SPOT.
This one picks up where Extinguish left off so basically, even after a year, it felt like reading Extinguish but with a big break in between – yes, of course I have re-read Extinguish about a million times since then, I love it that much. Luce took Serah’s wings to save her from an eternity with him in Hell and in exchange for that kindness, her memories were stripped away and she was placed back to Earth. Let me say at this point that this is an example of Paranormal done right. I love anything Paranormal but I want it to be done just right, meaning, attention to details and making every action and reaction believable and backed-up by details. Which was never a problem with Darhower anyway, just pointing out a happy fact.
He once envied the humans because they were given the Earth, but looking at her, he wondered if maybe Paradise was to be found in a person and not a place.
Luce and Serah’s relationship is in a state of limbo at this point, she’s human and she doesn’t remember him and he’s the freaking Prince of Hell, the I-don’t-take-orders-from-anyone kind of guy and in this case, he really doesn’t!
But even as it is, those two together…
“It’s the combination of them together, son. Lucifer is sulfuric acid, sometimes dangerous but still valuable. Serah, on the other hand, is water, peaceful and pure. Mixed together, those two are fine, as long as you introduce the acid slowly. The other way around, you’re headed for destruction. Dump water straight into the acid and something may very well explode.”
Exactly! The gif basically describes them better than I ever could. Fire and water, a train wreck waiting to happen and yet you can’t stop watching.
Sinners run hot because they’re destined to burn.
Luce can’t stay away from her, even in her human form he is attracted to her and she to him. It’s inevitable and poetic at the same time. Beautiful to read and be a part of.
“You’re sleeping,” he whispered against her lips.
“You’re dreaming, angle. This didn’t happen.”
Did anyone else swoon? Cause I did! I swooned so much over Luce I know it’s illegal somewhere in the world to swoon that much over a fictional character !
What I loved and deserves to be highlighted is Darhower’s version of how Lucifer and Micheal came to be, we’re even traveling back and read about the Creation process and the Fall of Man which was just beautiful to read and of course Adam and Eve and what really happened, the author’s imagination is really something to admire with this one and while I’m at it, I loved Lucife’s interactions with MIcheal, true brothers right there!
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.