For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting - and falling for - Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?
Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....
©2010 Gena Showalter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
In the beginning of the book, I was not at all pleased with the main character. She had no redeeming qualities other than she refused to kill someone she was ordered to kill. Even that was due to her own selfishness in a way. She was all about me, me, me. I almost put it down, but stuck to it. The character ending up growing on me as her character matured and became a better person. The ending was a surprise, though. However, I hope Aeron ends up whole again in every way.
For anyone who has read the other books, you will not be delighted. I was so anticipating this book but I found there was barely a story... (sigh). Its all sex, sex, sex, and not the fun raunchy romps of the other books. Where before, there was action with all the characters's involvement in the Search for the Artifacts, it did not go forward this time. I did not enjoy this installment, I cannot say I'm glad I read it. Honestly, you can skip this one. Okay, maybe not, since you learn about Scarlett and (finally!) about what happened to Paris's girl (I forgot her name). Max Bellmore's narration is, as always, the best.
The author started the first book in this series pronouncing Aaron (air-un) correct, then decided by chapter 5 or so that it should be (Air-On). Placing the emphasis on both syllables and making it quite annoying but because the other installments didn't mention him quite so often it was bearable this book however was about Aaron. UGGGG UGGGG UGGGG! Also Gilly was pronounced GIHL-iy in previous books and in this one it was JILL-ee. These are things that drive me crazy with narrators for series...TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDINGS!!! Or make a short review file of voices, pronunciations etc when you know you will be completing the series. The books however (which I have read all) are pretty good and I recommend reading them over listening if you are easily annoyed by mispronounced words and or names.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Olivia and felt for what she had to go through. Aaeron was kind of a jerk through most of the story but he does come around...eventually. This seems to be a continuing theme for most of the LotU heroes.
Olivia is an angel and for most of her existence she's been a joy bringer. Recently, she was changed (for reasons unknown and not of her choosing) to a warrior class angel and her first assignment was to kill a demon-inhabited immortal for breaking an ancient law. Olivia went to watch him and found herself intrigued and reluctant to kill him.
Aaron is one of the immortal warriors that was responsible for the opening of Pandora's box. As punishment for the warriors and a way to imprison the demons, the Greek gods decided the warriors would act as hosts for the demons. Aaeron is the host of Wrath, seeing all the wrong-doing of people and feeling the need to punish them for their mis-deeds.
In book #1 of the series, Aaeron was tasked by a god to kill four particular women or go crazy from bloodlust. Aaeron ended up imprisoned deep underground during this trial and here he met a small, green-scaled female demon that Aaeron came to call Leagon because she was one of many in the Leagon horde. When Aaeron went back home, Leagon came with him and this broke an ancient law about how and when demons are allowed to leave hell. Olivia is given the task to kill Aaeron but she sees good in him and refuses to kill him. As punishment for her refusal, Olivia is forced to "fall" which means she's cast out of heaven and into hell. She then has to free herself from the demons and crawl out of hell to get to Aaron.
Aaeron has been sensing someone watching him and knew it was some sort of heavenly being, possibly intent on harm. When Olivia shows up, he's not sure what to think of her but is a major jerk towards her, even after she explains why she had been cast out of heaven. Leagon doesn't like angels and stayed absent when Olivia was around so Aaeron decided that he didn't care what Olivia did for him, he wanted her gone. It takes some time for him to get his head on straight about Olivia and even longer to figure other things out (like the crap with Leagon). TBH, Aaeron was kind of a dummy that finally got it right in the end. Olivia was pretty kickbutt though...she pulled things out of the toilet and enabled a very nice HEA for her and Aaeron.
This was a very enjoyable story overall. I did experience some frustration but it was mostly with Aaeron and his attitude towards Olivia as well as his blind spot about Leagon. Olivia started out seeming soft/sweet and maybe a bit deluded but soon morphed into a pretty strong heroine that I was rooting for. Overall, I liked the story very much and am happy with how the series storyline progressed in this book. I'd recommend it and the series (at least to this point). :D
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
I enjoyed this book, but very disappointed in the ending. I am sure that Gena has a plan for why this book ended this way (or at least I hope she does). I will just have to wait and see where she takes it.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I really enjoy reading this series. You cannot go wrong listening to the Gena/ Max combo. This is very intriguing, sexy, and emotional. It is not an all brawn no brain or all sex. This is a combination of everything.
I do not think I need to go into detail about the specifics of the book because you can all read the summary. All I really need to tell you is that the book is good and is definitely worth it!
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