This isn't a love story, not really. This is about choosing to let go of pain so that healing might be possible. Sometimes it's easier to embrace the dark.
Lucas Carter is messed up. He knows he's messed up, but he thinks he has it all under control until he meets Audra Holliday. Her insertion into his life signals the start of his carefully-crafted facade crumbling into dust. Well, Audra's appearance and sweet, innocent, barely-legal Roberta Carrell's insistence on liking him, even when he does everything to deter her. Lucas doesn't want his darkness to smother Robbie's light; he deserves someone as dark as he is, someone like Audra. These two women turn his life upside down, riling up his beast in such a way that even his darkest clients' desires can't satisfy his demons. It's time to deal with his own, but what is the best way to do that? Feed the beast? Should he revel in the darkness or believe that someone else's light will be strong enough to drive his demons away? Can Lucas Carter, God of Deep Desires and purveyor of darkness, be 18-year-old "Luke" again after a decade of carrying the pain over the death of his first love... or is he incapable of being human anymore?
C.M. Stunich almost never disappoints (the Never series is one of very few DNFs for me) and this book should be rated higher, but people who've never gone beyond "tasting the darkness" won't understand the battle within that takes place in this book. Pain can be just as comforting in its familiarity as anything else.