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Publisher's Summary

Human - angel - Nephilim. How can Riley fit in anywhere when he doesn’t know who or what he is?

With his mysterious heritage shrouded in shadow, Riley Shepard struggles with his identity, his confusing sexuality, and the prohibited - but deepening - feelings for his guardian angels. Questions remain unanswered. His guardians harbor secrets. And danger lurks just out of sight.

When disaster strikes, Riley must make a choice that will change everything. But will his sacrifice destroy the life he’s built? Will there be anything left when the dust settles?

To him, it makes no difference. Because for them, it is worth the risk.

Sacrifice is the second book in the slow-burn harem/poly romance series Fire & Brimstone, featuring hurt/comfort, temptingly sexy guardian angels, forbidden love, and an unlikely hero who discovers what it means to be free. 

Trigger warnings include: situations of homophobia (both external and internal), violence with low-level gore, and sexual assault.

©2020 Nikole Knight (P)2021 Nikole Knight

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More Gripping & Fascinating Awesomeness!

I loved the first book of this series and this second book is just as awesome! Nikole Knight is a gifted author with a brilliantly creative mind, she created a fascinating world with equally fascinating supernatural beings. Riley story continues in this second book picking up where the first book left off. We watched Riley grow a little more confident in the first book, he still had a way to go and he is put to the test in this book and the author does not hold back at all. Riley is growing closer to his appointed guardian angels, Noel, Jai and Gideon, maybe too close, because the lines that were drawn start to fade away in this book. I am loving who Riley is becoming as he grows into his own person, he was still questioning his own wants and needs but he learns what that is in this book and who. We also learn what he is and I can’t wait to find out more about him and am looking forward to joining him on his journey as he finds out more himself. I saw what he saw in the mirror, can’t wait to see what that is all about. My heart was torn from my chest, I will not say how or why but it was gut wrenching. This amazing fantasy paranormal romance novel is brilliantly plotted with plenty of drama, a touch of angst, action, twists and turns, mystery, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions and a slow burn romance. Nikole Knight, thank you for another awesome story, I am loving every minute of this series, the characters and storylines are enjoyable, entertaining and absolutely amazing.

🎧📚🎧 Kirt Graves is a wonderfully talented narrator and a versatile voice artist. He continues to deliver outstanding performances as he brings these characters and their story to life. He is exceptional at portraying the characters, giving each their own distinct voice and personality, he choses voices that suit each character perfectly and handles the back-and-forth dialogue with ease, switching roles effortlessly without missing a beat. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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Great Listen

I enjoyed this book even more than the first story. In Sacrifice Riley undergoes such an amazing character development and growth that it takes story to a new level of captivating. I loved following his relationship with guardians and people in his life. Narrator did a great job telling this story, his voice and talent made this book a perfect listening experience. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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I need more!!!!!

I finished the first two books in just a couple days and need more! I absolutely loved the first one and this one did not disappoint. I need to know what happens to the boys in the next couple books and can’t wait for the audio versions to come out.

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Great Addition to Series

This is definitely a slow-burn romance but so worth reading and listening to. Can't wait for book 3 to be narrated.

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Love this series so much!

I absolutely adore this series! I can’t wait for the next one and to get even more of these characters and this world. The author did a fantastic job creating a story that draws the reader in and won’t let go. And the narrator brings that magic to life. I loved the first book and I loved this second book so much! There so many emotions and things are definitely starting to get darker. I need the next book so badly!

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whew, these boys need so much therapy

Audio: 4.75⭐️

"Sacrifice" is the second book in a six-book series where each installment (or scroll) is a continuation of a story following the same main characters. It is not a standalone, and this review contains some spoilers for Revelations.

In the month since Riley’s heavenly powers were discovered, Riley has actually been living a pretty normal life. He’s acquired a new friend and a smart phone (learning the fun of emojis), and threats (human or supernatural) have been absent; as Christmas break approaches, his major concern is doing well on his final exams. Now living with his Guardians, Riley fully embraces them as his family and center of his world—learning about his angel heritage; watching movies; training with them daily to strengthen his mental, physical, and metaphysical control; and planning his first Christmas celebration. With the affection, comfort, security, and normalcy his Guardians provide, Riley’s also slowly dismantling Ms. Janet’s indoctrination and punishing himself less for perceived wrongdoings—a blessing since all this freedom from fear and anxiety has left plenty of mental space for Riley to obsess about reflect on his growing attraction for his angels. Jai and Noel’s free-flowing affection and hugs, and Gideon’s treasured praise and rare smiles light up Riley’s heart, and every day he uncovers a new layer of physical awareness and desire. Having never been attracted to anyone before and now only to his Guardians, Riley cycles between confusion, guilt, frustration, and unwarranted possessiveness.

Unbeknownst to Riley, Jai and Noel are trapped in a similar cycle, but in place of confusion is the bone deep knowledge of the illicitness of their desire—a desire that if acted upon could make them anathema in the eyes of their fellow angels and their ruling body, the Council, who have been keeping a more watchful eye on Gideon and his Secondaries. The extra scrutiny adds to Gideon’s unease and tension, but between the decades of Nephilim abductions, Riley’s suspiciously missing genealogy records, and his cherubic ally, Xavier’s, interest in the sacred scrolls, Gideon’s not sure who he can trust. As tensions within their “effed-up family” explode into chaos, the inherent threat the Council’s poses is only surpassed by the danger Riley and his Others’ devolving restraint on their emotions places them in. When sacrifice becomes the only way to save their fractured family, Riley must dig deep, stand up for himself and his angels, and face the darkness he fears will consume everything he cherishes, including his soul.

As scroll two of six and basically a snapshot of a short span of time in the development of the characters and their relationships, "Sacrifice "earns the subtitle ‘Hormonal, Hot Mess Dumpster Fire: When Angels Go Wild.’ Like Revelation, it’s still a character-driven story, but with Riley having 24/7 access to his angels during their emotional crises, his perspective includes more sides to the Guardians’ personalities and their own fallibilities…and boy are they fallible. With the central conflict being the impossibility of the youngins’ intimate feelings and Riley being better protected (theoretically), there’s less damseling and action in the story. For the most part, the biggest danger to Riley is Noel and Jai. They’ve either never had to deal with such deep, emotional conflict or they’ve handled it this poorly in the past. Either way Jai and Noel suck at emotional maturity and the fallout from their behavior runs the gamut from WTH to demotion to meter maid imminent.

"Sacrifice’s" prologue picks up after Gideon leaves to meet his Fallen contact, Tabitha, with the POV shifting from Gideon to Noel. After relaying the information he received from Tabitha, Gideon addresses his most pressing concern—the way Jai and Noel dote on Riley and the need for better boundaries between them all. Initially hurt and affronted by Gideon’s implication that his Secondaries want to bone their ward, Noel reluctantly admits that their attachment to Riley is deeper and more personal than normal, but he’s still hopeful that Riley’s incorporation into the family won’t make waves. After all, “they [are] the strongest Guardian team in a hundred years. What could one little Nephilim do in the face of that?”

Apparently their twinky, innocent Nephilim’s presence can do A LOT in a month’s time. While Riley’s late-onset teenage angst stage is expected, I never thought to see it in centuries-old angels, and it is a gloriously painful train wreck. Riley is still Riley, so sweet summer child that he is, he has no idea when people are interested in him romantically, but Jai and Noel are very much aware and try to internalize the unfamiliar jealously and powerful attraction to their ward. Having grown emotionally distant in some ways, neither Other thinks to confide in his pair, instead channeling their angel angst into ways similar to their natures—Noel tries to be positive and encouraging to Riley while giving in to his self-destructive side and returning to an abusive partner, and Jai, already hurt and pissed by Noel’s actions, doubles down on his aggressive, impulsiveness and lashes out…mostly at Riley.

But Riley trusts his Others’ care for him implicitly and has gotten much better at not taking their (mostly Jai’s) ish. He may still get upset and cry, but he calls them on it and eventually exposes their truths. As Gideon is preoccupied with figuring out Riley’s lineage to better understand the demonic and heavenly interest in his ward and keep him safe, he ends up one the receiving end of a lot of Riley’s tears, constantly asking “what happened” and being infuriated with and disappointed in his Secondaries. Still, I honestly have no idea how Gideon wasn’t drowned beneath the rising tide of hormones and subsequent f^ckery that overwhelmed their household in a matter of days. I was actually almost relieved when the baddies showed up…until I wasn’t. While the Other pair did need a come to Jesus talk about letting their feelings interfere with their duties, the punishment is brutal.

There’s some serious consequences and revelations for everyone, and all the book’s rising tension, upheaval, and emotional explosions are handled deftly by narrator Kirt Graves. I’m once again delighted by how well Graves conveys the duality of many of Riley’s emotions—from deferent defiance and shy boldness to timid bravery, Graves nails them all. Riley’s voice requires a skilled touch to portray the character’s smothered, but burgeoning personality, as well as make his continued struggles with self-worth and insecurity relatable and sympathetic. Although Riley is the most complex to voice, Graves gives all the characters the same attention, managing to express major aspects of their personalities that the text gives or implies in their voices. I’ve gotten quite used to Gideon’s calm, deliberate tone that only gives the barest hint of deeper feelings (even when upset or shaken), so hearing Graves lean in to Gideon’s increasing sass, frustration, and then explosion of temper is an audio highlight for me.

Though not quite what I expected, "Sacrifice" is a compelling story that strapped me into the emotional roller-coaster the characters are riding, making me want to hug, smack, maim, and sob all over them from one moment to the next. As the Guardians have said many times, they’re imperfect parts of a dysfunctional family but are imperfectly perfect for Riley, and I can’t wait to hear how he continues to remake their bonds. If you haven’t listened to Revelations, I highly recommend that you do, so you can jump right into "Sacrifice".

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Loved this 🥵

I absolutely loved this slowburn poly romance.

This is the second book in the series and I recommend listening to this in the series order for maximum enjoyment.

Kirt Graves as usual performed a phenomenal audio delivery and narration.

I love the world building that the author has created. It is very descriptive and original.

I can't wait for more in this series!!

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MM Slow Burn Fantasy

This was just as good as book one! Kirk Graves is phenomenal on this narration, and I cannot wait to dive into the following books. In this one, Riley becomes more open to himself and his feelings for his guardians and the guardians begin to open up as well. We get a ton more world building and we figure out a lot of interesting information about Riley, all the guardians, we meet a lot more characters and we have the dreaded reunion of Riley and Ms. Janet. It was packed full and it was an amazing read. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves a fantasy slow burn, as it is not quite a romance yet, but I definitely want to see how that all plays out.

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Loved it!!

This is an amazing series! I read it in ebook format and now am enjoying it in audio format and it is even better! This is the second book and they definitely do not stand alone. Go back and read the first one, then grab this one. Kory Graves does an amazing job narrating this series!

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I want MORE! This series = 🥵UST

Our luscious MC is finally asking questions
His guardian angels are giving answers
They are also getting closer
To him
They are fighting
For him
Because of him

Finally we get physical!!! ❤️❤️

You may have guessed the reason why our MC needs his guardian angels
It was obvious in the first book
You were right

If you hadn’t guessed, the big reveal is here
And it’s one that involves creatures from everywhere

I’m really enjoying the SLOW BURN of this RH
And am very intrigued with how our asexual guardian will be incorporated.

KIRT GRAVES narrates the hell out of this second book in the series (NOT a stand-alone)!! It’s so VERY CREDIT WORTHY!!

Thanks to GRR for the ACX code 😘

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  • Amelia
  • 08-16-21

A real punch to the heart

After a deceptively slow start, Riley and his guardians took me one on one heck of an emotional journey. I had a feeling that things weren't going to be smooth sailing as Riley learned more about his identity and grappled with his growing feelings for Noel and Jai, but wow was I not expecting the direction this story went. From Ms. Janet's horrible reappearance to the heartwrenching sacrifice Noel made to keep Riley safe, this story didn't pull any punches. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire second half of this audio, desperately waiting to see if everything would turn out okay but knowing, deep in my heart, that nothing in Riley's life would ever be the same again. I can't believe how much raw emotion Kirt Graves was able to portray in those tense, unsure moments, but he really made me feel like I was a part of the journey. Even as Nikole crushed my heart into a thousand pieces, I couldn't tear myself away. I've already become so invested in Riley, Jai, Noel, and Gideon's lives that the thought of leaving their series unfinished is impossible for me, even during the most painful moments. I still know so little about Riley's identity and how he fits in with the angels and demons conflict, but this story gave me a small taste of just how far the demons are prepared to go to flip his loyalty. This audio went to a much darker place than the last one, and I can already tell that the emotional scars of this experience are going to leave a lasting impact.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • Magnus
  • 08-15-21

Fantastic

A fantastic sequel by Nikole Knight. The adventure continues with amazing characters. Kirt Graves did a rockstar job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • alias11
  • 08-15-21

Oh Wow!

Trigger Warning: Torture and sexual assault of a main character. It's off-page, but still very much there.

I loved this audiobook, even through all the dark, painful parts. Riley is growing and maturing, slowly discovering his sexuality, as he overcomes the years of abuse and repression suffered at the hands of his foster mother. She had trauma of her own, but her behavior makes it hard to sympathize with her. This 'scroll' of the story has drama, trauma, suspense, even some really funny bits and exchanges. We learn more about Riley and who (and what) he really is, and why the darkness wants him. There is the Sacrifice alluded to by the title and it is terrible and painful. Hopefully, the found family of Riley and his angels can recover. I am hooked waiting for the next audiobook.

I have to say I am appreciating this story more in audiobooks than I did reading it. The written word seemed to drag a bit for me, but the audiobooks with Kirt Graves narration really bring the story to life for me, especially all the dramatic, emotional parts. Excellent job!

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • KBR
  • 08-15-21

Getting better as it goes

Even better than the first. Great world-building, character development, and dynamics. This journey likes different but is one we’ve all known. The journey to true self free of outside forces can be harrowing. It is well represented here. Narration is good. I did listen at a higher speed.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 08-14-21

The story darkens

Here is the book where Riley seriously has to start to learn about and use his powers to save both the world and someone dear to him. The world building focuses more on angel and demon power structures and it is fascinating. I love it that the author focuses on a slightly different aspect of the world in each book, never neglecting the whole, but filling in the tapestry in different areas in more detail. This is a much darker book with more emotional pain that I found in the previous one but I am still hooked and will definitely continue to follow this series. Kirt Graves gives a wonderful performance here. For the characters he makes you feel their tension, fear and pain and in the descriptive passages he ensures you never lose interest in the amazing world being created.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 08-14-21

Found family

Riley is struggling with everything that has happened in such a short time.
He has powers and he's also unsure what if anything he should do about his newfound feelings and sexuality.
This is slow burn, to the point of practically no burn and that's as it should be due to Riley's trauma.
This was wonderful to see everyone begin to bond and become more cohesive as a group.
Of course danger still lurks around every corner and seeing Riley make a sacrifice was heartbreaking and had me on the edge if my seat.
Kirt Graves has done an amazing job of bringing this beautiful world to life

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 08-14-21

Willing To Sacrifice Everything For Each Other.

MMMM gay paranormal harem/poly, slow burn romance, needs to be listened read in series order for full understanding and maximum enjoyment of a complex plot. Action and violence throughout, with angst and despair. Riley's three guardians are as determined as ever to keep their ward safe. But with danger lurking this is an extremely difficult task. Riley has been left traumatised from abuse throughout his childhood that his guardians had been left powerless to stop due to their orders, they are united in the decision that they will do anything to protect Riley from coming to harm again. They are finding it hard to keep things uncomplicated and platonic. Great world building and great characters and a brilliantly intense story. narrated brilliantly by Kirt Graves.

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  • Gwen
  • 08-13-21

Riley’s journey with his angels

This second book keeps getting better. Riley is still very virginal and his crush on his angels kept in secret. There are forces that want him, because he is not merely human, he is a nephilim and not just that. His guardians have to make sacrifices to protect him, and that was a sad moment but he protects them back. I can not wait for the next one as Mr Graves does a great job narrating doing many voices smoothly.

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 08-13-21

Oh my goodness it just keeps getting better

I was hooked on the series immediately upon starting book 1 - the world building and characters hooked me in immediately. Riley is a character that just worms his way into your heart and I can definitely see why Jai, Noel and Gideon care for him so much. Sacrifice is the continuation of their story and how they’ve become family. The bond between them all just grows and grows as does Riley’s understanding about the world that he has found himself in.

The end of this story definitely gets darker as a sacrifice is made, and my heart broke in places - both for the character the who sacrifices themselves and the others who have to deal with this and mount a rescue for their lost family member.

We meet more characters, learn more about the world Riley finds himself in and more about Riley himself. There’s good characters and evil, and so many topics are broached (please heed the trigger warnings) but also handled head on and well.

The narration is as enjoyable as the first book...and I need more!

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  • Hey There Delilah!!
  • 08-12-21

Oh No! Wow!

The story: After the first book, this was another good, slow burn story. I'm glad it continues where Revelations left off. The relationship between Riley and his angels is sweet although nothing really progresses to much in the romance front with them. What happens towards the late half of the book was truly unexpected and a bit dark. Be warned. I'm still tearing up just thinking about it as I type this. I hope the next book comes to audio soon.
The Narration: Kirt Graves' voice is just so relaxing even when what he's reading is not exactly joyful.