Storming Hell’s Gate by Carol Lynne is the fourth book in “The City” series and I have to say it’s my favorite book in the series so far! I’ve been fascinated by Ms. Lynne’s take on Angel’s, the afterlife and everything else in between. I’ve wondered about the Archangel Michael and how (or if) he was going to adapt to falling in love would be, and I can honestly say that his story was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Archangel Michael has been a warrior for God’s kingdom ever since he was created. He has unfailingly done his duty and put other’s needs before himself, and never allowing weak human emotions like love and compassion, detour his duty to follow God’s command. Up until now, Michael has not understood why Lucifer took the stand that he did, or has been conflicted with what his heart wants him to do vs. what his duty to do is. When he first laid eyes on the human Draco, something called to Michael’s heart. When he finds out that Draco is being kept by a fallen angel, he knows he must do what he can to save him. Now, Michael finds himself in unchartered waters. He must ask for help from his fallen brother, Lucifer, so he can find his way to Draco and save him. On his journey to save Draco, Michael finds himself doing things that he’s never allowed himself to do before. Will falling in love and listening to his heart make him fall from Heaven’s grace, or will he find out that Heaven is really in Draco’s arms?
I loved this book! Michael’s character has really evolved since the first book in the series was written. I wondered how the untouchable Michael would adapt to falling in love and dealing with human emotions. There is a bittersweet element to Michael and Draco’s relationship that I thought was beautifully told. Even though you know in many way they have been cheated for many years, they are still able to find their happiness together without bitterness eating away at them from the “what ifs” we as humans are all so prone to have. I loved the innocence and wonder Michael had with Draco when they first touch and were able to make love for the first time. I thought Ms. Lynne truly captured the beautiful love that Michael and Draco shared together and even the ending was really amazing as well.
I do think Storming Hell’s Gate could be read as a stand alone book, BUT to truly understand the dynamics of the afterlife, and all of the other characters mentioned in the book, I highly recommend that you read this series in order. Here are the “The City” books listed in series order: Hell Hath No Fury, Ice Water In Hell, Hell On Wheels and Storming Hell’s Gate
. Ms. Lynne also has a very informative website that lists all of her previous works and information about the author herself. Here is the link if you are interested: http://www.carol-lynne.net/
CATEGORY: Paranormal Erotic Romance, Male/Male.
ELEMENTS: Male/Male Erotic Romance with Strong Sexual Content, Graphic Language, and Explicit Descriptions of Intimacy including Anal Play/Intercourse.
HEAT LEVEL: Fire Opal
For millennia, Archangel Michael has performed his duty with pride and unfailing commitment, but when a human begins to creep into his thoughts, Michael puts aside his duty to follow his heart.
Storming Hell's Gate to rescue the human, Draco, goes beyond want. It is a need he can't explain, even to himself. What is it about the human that calls to his soul? Archangels were created to be warriors not lovers, but one touch from Draco, and Michael's body cries out for more.
Loving the human could cost him his position in Heaven, but not loving Draco would cost him his soul.