This was an interesting take on the world of angels and demons - I was definitely intrigued by Stephani Hecht's portrayal of their world and am hankering for more.
The story was fast-paced and engaging, although I definitely wanted more back-story and was curious to find out more about how their culture worked and where God stood in the equation. I was quite non-pulsed by the concept of angel royalty, however, and I wanted to know how exactly Abdiel's siblings managed to do what they did.
To a certain extent, I felt that the book would have been improved if Stephani had just used another paranormal species rather than angels. I loved the interaction and relationship between Gabi, Cam and Abdiel. Gabi is an amazing match for Abdiel and the easy camaraderie that Abdiel and Cam have is touching and often laugh-out-loud. I especially like that Stephani really lets her characters go through the fire - in the end it makes for an exciting, thought provoking ride.
When Abdiel refused to side with Lucifer in his failed revolt to take over Heaven his own family cut him down like a dog and left him for dead. Ever since then, Abdiel has become a withdrawn shell of what he used to be and separated himself from all other angels. That is until the Chief of Archangels, Michael comes and interrupts his perfectly miserable life by ordering him to Earth to head up an angel warrior team. An angel warrior team that consists of a smart-mouthed punk of an empath and a blast from the past, a healer named Gabi. Gabi spent her entire childhood harboring a secret love for Abdiel. He, in turn, never knew she existed. Now that she’s a full-grown female she told herself that she was over the dark brooding male. Then he shows up at her door and she realizes that her feelings have never gone away--if anything they’ve gotten stronger. But love is the last thing that she should be thinking of now--they have a city in danger, an ancient prophesy that is coming into play, and a whole horde of demons coming for their hides.