HELL HATH NO FURY . . . For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNEDBlaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .
Wow. This was another great installment to this exciting series. It was even better than Reaver’s book. If I had to sum this book up in 2 words, it would be Identity Crisis.
Revenant is Reaver’s twin that was raised in Hell. Now that his memories are restored, he struggles with his identity. Who he should have been, who he was told he was and who everyone thinks he should be now. Blaspheme, on the other hand, knows exactly who she is, but has to keep her identity secret from those who seek to harm her. We have two sort of lost souls trying to find their place in the realm.
What I love about Ione is that her stories aren’t typical. She takes me out of my comfort zone with her out of the box themes. Traditionally, Angels are good, demons are bad. But not here, Angels are not necessarily benevolent and Fallen Angels are not purely evil beings. Everyone’s got an agenda and their allegiance seem to lie in that gray area. It’s so interesting that I don’t know who is truly on the side of good and evil because it’s not black and white. All the characters are evolving, thus they are malleable depending on the circumstances.
Blas and Revenant were good together. His swagger didn’t faze her that much and she made him work for it. I loved Revenant and Reaver finally came to a place of understanding and compassion. I truly hope this series isn’t over after Hades book because I know Larissa Ione has some more stories in this universe. Seriously, I have never read an author who seemed to love redeeming douchebags as much as this author. She does it well though, so I am game for more stories in this universe.
Special Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for the Advanced Reading Copy
A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others. Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth-nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate-beautiful, fragile...human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he'll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse. Shepherds-hunters of all the shifter races-have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can't live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.
This book starts with Ava Brisbane working at a bar that caters to the shifters in Manhattan, NY. After work one day, she was attacked by vampires, and Omega shifter Diskant Black comes to her rescue. Something about her scent soothes all his were forms and they recognize her as their mate but she disappears from them. Once they find the reluctant Ava, Diskant sets off to convince her that they belong together. As they get to know each other, it is revealed that Ava is connected to a religious group named the Shepherds, who are sworn to rid the world of shifters because they consider them an abomination.
Clearly this couple has great chemistry, but the sex was excessive. It was so much that I was getting annoyed. There is a really interesting story and creative world, but it’s getting lost by the constant sex scenes. I enjoyed the writing but I am familiar with this author as I have read other series by her. So I suspected that I would like this one. I appreciate the fact that this series is different from Rhiannon’s Law and the Desire of the Otherworld series.
The characters were also entertaining as Diskant displayed usual shifter possessiveness, without being overbearing. He was also a playful shifter which gave Ava room to be witty with him. Ava’s independence will serve her as I know her brother will be a force in the next book. She has proven that she is no wilting flower, so she will be a good partner to Diskant as the Shepherds continue with their agenda.
I want to read book 2 but I really hope there is more story and less claiming.