I got this book through Netgalley for Free in Exchange of an honest review.
have to admit, I picked up this book on the whim from Netgalley because I could read it now and I was starving for a paranormal. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this one. I have not read anything by Lizzy Ford before, but I have heard great things about her. I walked away with a knowledge of a new authors, and a brand new series to follow!
The world is in trouble. A creature that is known as the Shadowman is on the lose and is looking for the three keys that would open up the portal between earth and hell and unleash the Archdemons of the apocalypse. Nathan's job for the past thousands of years is to clean up supernatural messes, unfortunately this one is the biggest challenge of his life. In order to defeat Shadowman he must kill it's host, who happens to be a beautiful and innocent woman who is completely unaware of the fact that Shadowman is actually real and not a figment of her stressed out life.
What I really liked about this book...
The characters. I really liked the characters. Amira, Nathan, Kaylee, and Troy. They really gave life to the book and it started to take on the shape of its own. I liked Nathan, and I liked the fact that he seemed so real. Before meeting Kaylee, he was basically a man whore. Living his life the way he wanted and doing his job, in the most effective way he seemed fit. In a way his actions are questioned by others, but they seemed to be doing the job and that makes him one of the best. His a man whore who wants no attachment and the struggle continues when he meets Kaylee and all the way through the book. Especially when he finds out how she is really connected to him. I was glad when that posed a challenge, because it defied his character.
Troy and Amira are my other two favorites. It's so cute to watch him protect a girl who is deft and has a lot hanging on her shoulders. Amira carries this stones that play a major part of the book and the Shadowman want's them.
The theme of the book was kind of different for me. I have to admit, I have never read a book about reincarnated angels. So that being said, it's probably not for you if you have a problem with that. Because the major characters are reincarnated angels, and the whole theme is a bit heaven versus hell basically, but on earth. I enjoyed it and found it much more refreshing over my last few paranormal reads.
I don't think there was ever a dull moment. The book moved at a good pace and the entire time kept me hooked and on the edge of the seat. I found myself wanting answers, and what Nathan was going to do about this whole situation. Especially since he had to kill Kaylee in order to get rid of Shadowman and it was for the greater good and his inner battle did not disappoint. I did have a hard time putting this one down, wanting to know how it all turned out in the end, so I devoured this book quickly.
There was obviously romance, which I enjoyed. Especially the connection some of these characters shared. It will be interesting how it all plays out in the end. I love the fire between Nathan and Kaylee but there is also a great big wall between them. Especially the fact that Nathan needs to kill her.
The writing. Lizzy Ford really knows how to tell the story and she started this series already on the high note. Sure there was somethings that left me frustrated and hanging with questions – but I think she did a wonderful job. She knows how to pull the reader in, and the only downside is that it's a new series and I have to wait for book 2!
Not so much...
Zyra ugh.. Not sure there is much to say here. I didn't really like her. Her character makes me mad. She has special attachments to Nathan and I won't go into what it is, or else it's a spoiler but she irks me. She is the leader of the group 3G, which is a group of rebel I guess after the greater good and they are also after Kaylee. Her role in this book is kept kind of quiet, but it seems like it's going to play a big one in the end.
The ending.. okay.. to be fair it's only because it left me wanting more. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, but the set up for book two is perfect. A lot of things are going to happen I think and my grabby hands itch to have it now!
The OTL... I won't say what it stands for because it also plays a big part in the book – kinda. It's sweet, I get it...but it's also a bit cheesy. Or it appeared to me anyway. But! It did add to the drama of Kaylee and Nathan so this doesn't bother me as much as it would otherwise I guess.
So in the nutshell, I really enjoyed this series. It does have a naughty rate R 18+ moment near the end of the book, so just beware. It doesn’t bother me, but the book is meant for people 18 and older. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see what happens. I get so excited when I find a new favorite paranormal! Oh and while I wait, I guess I am going to dig into some other Lizzy Ford books I have picked up!