This story is definitely a battle of wits -- a tough fight for survival for Damien and Naomi, and even for Michael (the Archangel). This second story in the series features a running conflict with the demons they encountered in the previous book, and a surprising development in the final chapter. I really enjoyed reading the book, and look forward to reading the next story.
Ms. Taylor introduced us to her world of vampires and demons in her first book of this series, Night Hawk. We met Naomi as she was trying to escape from the demon her rat boyfriend sold her to and flew right into the arms of vampire, Damian. Damian turned Naomi and soon they fell into each other's arms and in love. Damian was not only a vampire but a hawk shape shifter as well, unknown of in the vampire world. Must be something in the blood, because during a fight to save Damian, Naomi discovers she is a shape shifter as well, she turns into a beautiful white tigress.
After Lucifer discovers their hideout and his demons kill the humans who have helped hide Damian, the two manage to rescue the daughter Valerie and with the help of Naomi's distant grandfather, the Archangel Michael they manage to get away. Valerie is hidden away by Michael and the two escape.
Now, five years later, Naomi and Damian are living a peaceful existence in Colorado. Their peace is shattered when they are paid a visit by Lilith - the first vampire, who informs them that an antidote to vampirism has been developed but it has one little side effect. Not only does it make the vampire human again but their blood is toxic to vampires and vampires will be unable to touch them without being burned.
After fooling Damian into thinking she means no harm, she injects Naomi with the antidote. Now Damian and Naomi are unable to touch each other and Lucifer knows where they are hiding. Once again on the run the two will find themselves in the company of Michael once more and discover that Naomi could possibly bring about the end of the world.
Ms. Taylor completely pulled us in with her first book of this series and this time around she takes no prisoners, giving us a story full of pain, love, hurt, betrayal, action and humor. She tells her story alternating between Damian and Naomi's POV and does it so well that I'm not ashamed to admit there were times that tears were running down my face, other times I was laughing out loud or cheering or spitting mad.
The characters we fell in love with in the first book have changed and grown in this one. As a vampire Naomi was a force to be reckoned with, she was stronger than even Damian and in her tiger form there was no defeating her. As a human, while not as strong physically she is even stronger emotionally. She loves Damian with all her heart and soul and is determined to find a way for them to touch each other again. Damian is almost a broken man by not being able to touch his love, he is angry and confused, the fact that things are not as he was lead to believe by Michael doesn't help matters.
Michael joins the two in human form and watching him trying to cope with a human body that does not have his angel strength is downright amusing at times. Valerie once more comes into the picture; she has finished school and is the process of getting her medical degree. I liked her before, I really like her now. Once again, we meet up with fallen angel and all around bad guy Lucifer and this time he is determined to bring down everyone.
Ms. Taylor tells us a good story, packed with emotions and action and full of twists and turns and more than one surprise or two. My one little niggle is the ending, I'm not going to give it away but it did seem a little abrupt to me. If you liked the first book, you'll love this one. If you haven't read the first one, what are you waiting for, try it you'll like it.
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Dual Review Team
This is the third book in this wonderful series, and although I thought this to be a trilogy, I can see more to come if the author so chooses. J.E. Taylor has brought us a wonderful story spanning three books, culminating with Trinity Rising.
We began by meeting Naomi Hawk in a precarious position, making a decision on whether to let a demon take her to Lucifer or jump out off an eighty foot ledge. Lucifer wants to drain her for her life force. She has learned she is a ‘child of the light’. As she plummets towards the ground she feels herself being grabbed and is rescued by one angry vampire. Her angry savior is Damian, one hot sexy thing, who also wants her death. And so our story began.
I had no idea Night Hawk series would be a vampire story, but yet again, an author has turned the tables on me and given me a fast paced story filled with vampires, demons, and Archangel Michael thrown in. The author writes well with each chapter a POV of Naomi or Damien, keeping the reader in the minds of both of these characters and what they are feeling. From that one moment on the ledge, these two have grown through the series, Naomi growing into a stronger woman, and Damien to a loving partner. The two personalities each bounce off each other and give the reader both tense and tender moments as the storyline continues.
Since book 2, Tigress, ended so abruptly, readers have been waiting for this book 3 anxiously, and it certainly didn't disappoint. On the run once again, Naomi and Damien now human, both in a different place physically, have to match wits with the paranormals, and have to think differently. Lucifer is hunting Naomi, wanting to claim their baby. Lucifer sets up Damien hoping to flush them out as they are on the run from the police. Help comes from an unlikely place as they run into ex-FBI agent Steve Williams and his family; ‘a family with enough psychic energy to wage a war and realign the universe.
In writing this review, I noticed that Steve Williams is already a character in another series that is written by this author. In checking further it seems an established series with 5 or so books under it’s belt, so I certainly will be looking for it to be added to my ever growing TBR pile.
Trinity Rising is one fast paced bloody, scary ride, as Lucifer has no other thought than fighting to the death. Archangel Michael is back for a cameo, the war wages. Who will survive? In war we lose loved ones and gain new friends, I truly enjoyed the story that J.E. Taylor gave us and whole heartedly give it my 5 Stars.
Review by Gloria Lakritz Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild