Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless - and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings....
He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman....
Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time: That's Mia Snow's mission. Until she meets an erotic stranger of the deadly Arcadian species....
Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters - or find herself facing a sword-wielding being....
Jillian Milzner has lived a life on the run. Things go from bad to worse when her grandfather's goons snatch her to deliver her to a man both terrifying and straight out of her sexiest daydreams....
Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class....
Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive....
Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction....
For most, a plane crash means the end of life. For Dusti Dawson, it's just the beginning...Dusti and her sister Batina survived the crash, thanks to a couple of brothers....
Kyrian of Thrace wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him....
Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind....
New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter returns with another captivating Angels of the Dark tale, as a tormented warrior is brought to his knees by the most delicate of humans.
His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary - and he lives only for vengeance against the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be eternally damned.
Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo' deliverance...and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny, and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola's life - even if he has to sacrifice his own....
If you're not really a fan of the paranormal/romance genre, and you don't like a passion filled plot that has funny one-liners given by some brilliant loveable characters such as the hero - a sexy tortured tormented fragile virgin whose destiny is to fall in love with an equally fragile tormented heroine that's being stalked by death - which has heartbreaking consequences. Or, if you dislike a storyline that's filled with thrills, action and adventure but is also tender, touching and full of personal sacrifice - then go no further and stop reading this review - BUT, for those of you who do.......
Then you're in for a treat as I am sure you're really going to enjoy GS's second fantastical instalment about the lives of an imperfect group of Angels that have been given another chance at redemption of their past sins before they fall from grace. However, in order to be redeemed they must make amends which involves fighting evil in the form of minions, demons and any ungodly creature that GS's talented mind can throw into the mix to give us a good mental visualisation of each of the addictive paranormal encounters.
This could be a stand alone listen (but come on - why deny yourselves), there's sexual chemistry but it only has one mild sex scene in it and the book has a clear message that positive thinking can, and did, work magic.
Worth a credit? It's a YES, yippee and it was a yabberdabberdoo time listen....... and I'm hoping for many many more.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Once again G, Showalter does a great job of making us feel for her characters. This book has everything including the ability to make me stop another read to finish this one.
Story of Kaldo and his journey to find love and happiness or rather it finds him. Overcoming so much hate and resentment.
Max Bellmore adds such feeling!
This is well worth the credit!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am a huge Gena Showalter fan, and I loved book 1 (Wicked Nights) and was very excited to listen to Koldo's story. Koldo is such an amazing character - powerful, scarred, complex, deep, totally HOT. The heroine, Nicola was a total disappointment - weak, pathetic, sickly, fragile. She did not gain any character or interest until the last chapter of the book, and then suddenly she turns into a superhero - NOT believable. There was just no way I could buy that a strong character like Koldo could find any interest in a weak character like Nicola. It totally fell flat and there was NO chemistry between the characters. Also, I'm not sure what Showalter has going on in her personal life, but this book had a lot of religious overtones, and it felt like she was preaching to us in every chapter. It is a total 180 from Lords of the Underworld. Despite this, I'll still listen to the next book in the series.. I just hope it is more like Book 1!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, i would recommend this series. this is the second book in the series, i really like the action and the characters that gena showalter writes about. I really like the romance...BUT i guess i am so used to the lords of the underworld series being so romantic AND sexy that i felt after all the build up when they main characters finally got together it fell flat. the romance of the characters and the story was very present and i love that, the characters themselves are sexy, the build up is so fun, i just thought compared to the other books it was almost a side note, in this one, the final get together wasn't epic.<br/>i still love the series and the world gena showalter brings to life and will wait anxiously for the next. worth the credit!!
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
leaves you anxiously waiting for the next book
Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?
hard to say, he REALLY does a great job with the male voices!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Although I like the LOTU series better, this series is good too. Another tortured soul in need of some loving. I laughed and I cried, I only wished it had better sex scenes but was moved by what Koldo has learns and what he is willing to sacrifice for his woman. I enjoyed watching Nicola learn to be strong and let go of the darkness in her life. Max Bellmore does it again. He has a rich sexy voice that is very easy on the ears. If you like Gena Showalter I recommend reading Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter series and Thea Harrison Elder series.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
After reading Book 1 in this series, I was interested in Coldo's story. However, there was just something lacking in the telling. Parts of the book moved extremely slowly. I was also a little turned off by some of the religious/faith analogies and had a hard time with some of the character development. For instance, the 'heroine' who started out a pitiful, weak mess miraculously, and completely out of nowhere in the final chapter, becomes something resembling an Anita Blake. Sorry, just not buying it. Overall, this is one of those books I put down and will never read or think about again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
While the author does use some familiar characters, this was not what I had expected as a follow-up series. The heat and the passion that made Lords one of my all-time favorite book series were not present here despite a lot of build-up to the scene of their claiming. instead, I felt like I was reading a YA version with extended descriptions of kissing, heavy petting, a little dry humping and then...there was only a passing statement of the event the first 2/3's of the book built up to. It would seem the author's personal religious revival has made it's way into her work only to leave dedicated adult fans of Lords like me overheated and frustrated. So if you read Lords for steam, keep looking elsewhere as the Sent Ones are lukewarm at best.
I love this series as well as The Lords of the Underworld....but I have to say, this one has been one of my favorites thus far. I loved the story line and the "belief" behind it and how words are powerful (hello...thats why people have mantras!) but it really gave an inside look to the sent ones. I also enjoyed Nicola's character and how strong "mentally" she is and how her character grows. I would definitely recommend this book. Loved it! ❤😊
I'm so glad I had this to listen too while I'm waiting on the next release of lords of the Underworld!
This was a really good story. I really liked Nicola and Koldo and enjoyed their story very much.
Nicola is a nice woman with a bad heart. Nicola and her identical twin, Laila, we born with heart defects and they've lived their whole lives trying to do nothing to strain themselves for fear of making themselves weaker and dying earlier. Nicola is doing ok but Laila has spiralled down and is on death's door when the story begins.
Koldo is a "Sent One" which is a heavenly race that are similar to angels. During his early childhood, Koldo was raised by his mother, who hated him (for reasons revealed much later in the book) and treated him horribly. When she got fed up with him, she dropped him off at his father's camp and Koldo's father was not a nice man. He forced Koldo to do horrible things and by the time Koldo was rescued he was pretty much feral. Koldo was taken in and eventually became somewhat adjusted, becoming a warrior in one of the Sent One armies.
Koldo first sees Nicola when he's sent to a hospital to kill a demon that's been plaguing a patient there. He happens upon Nicola while she's visiting her sister and sees that she has 2 demons following her, whispering evil things to her that would causing negative emotions that the demons then feed off of. Nicola wasn't the person Koldo was sent to help but she catches his interest and he finds he wants to help her. He soon meets up with her and initiates a conversation that leads into coffee. While they talk, Koldo starts to teach Nicola how embracing fear and other negative emotions can allow sickness to fester but with the right attitude, she could possibly recover completely. Nicola isn't sure whether to believe Koldo or not but when he flashes (teleports) away from their meeting, she realizes he's not human and there's more out there than she ever realized. Now that Nicola understands the world is much more complex than she thought, she starts to believe Koldo and is determined to work on surviving.
The one issue is Nicola's sister. She's dying and Nicola can't handle that so she asks Koldo if there's anything he can do to help. He manages to find a way but warns her that the repreve is only temporary and it's unlikely she'll survive more than a couple weeks. Koldo decides to spend time with Nicola, teaching her more about how to improve her life and health. At first, Koldo doesn't think his feelings for Nicola are loving type feelings but the longer he spends with her, the more he finds himself wanting more than friendship with her. Nicola is happy with Koldo wanting more because she's pretty much had the hots for him since they met and his kindness since has helped her initial lust grow into something deeper. Koldo has a lot to deal with outside of Nicola though...namely his father and mother, both of whom cause much drama in his life. Thankfully, despite demon attacks and other issues, Koldo and Nicola are able to work through blockages to their relationship and gain something good together, ending the story starting a well deserved HEA.
This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Nicola and thought she was a pretty good heroine. I thought Koldo was a great hero. He had his issues but deep down, he was just a big teddy bear that just wanted someone to truly love him. I just wanted to hug him! Overall, the story was very good and I liked the characters so I'd recommend this story. :D