by Kristina Douglas
Paranormal Romance, Angels & Demons
A born warrior, Archangel Michael is dedicated to the Fallen’s survival. Only one woman understands the seductive hunger that he cannot forsake.
There comes a time in every angel’s life . . .
Every little girl imagines, now and then, that she’s a princess held captive in a tower. Nevertheless, Victoria Bellona is almost twenty-five. And that completely fairy-tale scenario? That’s her real life. The drop-dead gorgeous man who rescues her is no Prince Charming. He’s the gruff archangel Michael, and he insists that Tory is the Fallen’s only hope for ending Uriel’s vicious rule. She insists he’s crazy.
. . . to show his brethren what he’s made of.
According to the prophecy, Michael must marry this frustrating, fascinating creature, bed her, and drink her blood. But their fate is a double-edged sword. If they give in to their urgently growing desires, Tory will die in battle. If they refuse, she will die anyway, and with her, all of mankind. Michael is determined to find another solution when a traitorous kidnapper forces him into a deadly confrontation. Even if he can save Tory from Uriel’s ruthless clutches, will they ever really be together? Or is her fatal destiny—and the world’s—written in stone?
She dies! Ha, not much of a spoiler huh. I know the blurb says she will die either way. Sucks to be her. Though if you ask Michael sucks to be him. He has to spend his one and only get married card on a chick that has to die. Well then, it is a good thing he doesn’t believe in love anyway. But there are some serious bennies to getting a temporary wife. Like HOT sex, SWEATY sex, oh and lots of sex.
The novel plot was simple: save the world, again. However, the series arc plot is a little convoluted. It became unclear to me. I think that maybe the many subplots confused me a little. Another idea could have been that I had not read the first two books. If that is the case then this really should have be read in order.
Okay where did I leave off, oh yeah. The Hero & Heroine fight some major stuff and find each other through self-sacrifice and tenacity. Michael stops trying to sacrifice himself all the time; things start to get better for the couple. Then there is a major battle, which evidently is the beginning of some more heavy stuff. Then the arrival of a more heinous person-type-angel-fallen. Then the book ends. So HUGE cliffhanger there.
After reading this a second time, I realized this book was more about the journey for the characters to find their love and themselves, not about to ultimate good vs. evil motive. I think I may have to go back and read the other books in the series to get a good grasp of what is truly going on in the story arc. However, for its Happy Ever After for now and I am okay with that.