Touch of the Angel

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Touch of the Angel

Demons of Infernum, #3

It's the calm before the storm when paranormal creatures suddenly stop behaving quite so badly.

As changes for these demon hybrid brothers and the expansion of their family continues, a disturbing calm has settled over the city and bounty-hunting opportunities have been few and far between. Without the constant work, fear over the Council sending them back to Infernum is all too real, but suspicions over mounting underground activity are confirmed when the Council sends them on a hunt for a madman. However, Ronin seems to also be on the hunt for something more. His personal life feels unfulfilled in the wake of Keegan and Taeg's home-life happiness and he's troubled by the mystery of what happened to his 'family in the clouds'. Even with that heaviness on his mind, it didn't stop him from noticing the gorgeous woman at the bar nor did it stop him from pursuing her into a closet for an erotic encounter that he'll never forget. After all, it did almost kill him.

When Amara meets Ronin she recognizes him for what he is - a decent guy, which makes him totally off limits to someone like her. Maintaining her sanity is dependent on emotional detachment, but surviving the night means completing her assignments or suffer the horrific consequences. With guilt over many things as her motivator, Amara tries to refuse Ronin's advances. He makes her feel things she shouldn't and despite her best efforts and Ronin's refusal to take no for an answer, the situation is far too tempting to resist for long. It's just too bad her touch could be deadly to his health.

It was wonderful to read as both Ronin and Amara's characters and relationship grew throughout the story. They have similar stories of how one decision can change everything and harbor misplaced guilt over those decisions. It was heartwarming to see how Amara reacted to even the simplest of kindnesses like when Brynn offered her clothes. Amara took safety and comfort away from that gesture since much of her life involved being exposed in so many ways. Her vulnerability is what ultimately calls out to Ronin early on in the story. And it was Ronin's pureness and his own vulnerability that called out to Amara. Readers who are uncomfortable with intense violence against the heroine and scenes alluding to rape and forced seduction should be forewarned. Although I believe it was the grittiness of those scenes that adds to the reality of this paranormal world and intensified the actions and resulting emotions of the characters. The impact of all of it combined leads to explosive sex scenes and an unforgettable ending.

The bits of Arthurian legend that's been woven throughout the series gives the Infernum world a unique flair and the bad guys are some of the most gruesome, but I can't wait to find out more about Lina. She kind of stole the show for me when her character was introduced. Each installment to the series seems to get better and better as well as spicier and spicier. Ms. Lario really turns up the heat in this one and I can always count on an exciting love/danger mix in her work. Its stories like these that keep me reading and loving paranormal romance.

Book Blurb for Touch of the Angel

After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who's using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with deportation to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved. Even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart-and nearly his life-during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence.

Night after night, Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master's growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated.

But the happily ever after Amara's dreamed about will have to wait. Before she and Ronin can find salvation, they must bring down the madman hellbent on destroying everything-and everyone-they love. And Ronin and Amara are at the top of his list.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.75