Published by Ace on Mar 27, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator...
I flat out loved this story. I really like the first book in this series, and I’m so happy that I loved the second book even more. This is an intense angel versus demon with looming apocalypse storyline. It’s heavily religion based, and yet the story doesn’t feel religious at all. I feel like it took the best parts of a religion-based plot (strong characters with familiar feel) and avoided the potential pitfalls (preaching) and delivered an overall amazing story.
This story is set in Vancouver, which gives me warm fuzzy feelings. I love when stories are set in Canadian cities. This story used the setting in a very casual way, without overly tourist-type descriptions, or too many insider references. It felt very relaxed and intimate.
Alex continues to be a strong heroine. Her commitment to doing the right thing regardless of the circumstances or reprecussions is commendable, and makes for exciting reading as she is rarely in positions where this decision is easy to make.
Henderson was a welcome newcomer to the cast. He’s a bit stereotypical, but is still a strong, sensible, and likable partner. His internal conflicts are reminiscent of Alex’s struggles in the first book, and are very understandable and realistic. Watching his struggle to acceptance hammers home how much Alex has already gone through.
Overall, I think it’s apparent that I loved this book. It’s exciting, and reminded me of why I loved the first book. I’ve already picked up the third book, and certainly won’t let the same amount of time pass before I read it.