Author: Anne Marsh
Page Count: 305 pages
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was a freebie for Kindle on Amazon
Fallen angels… They rule Moscow’s seedy underworld, promising untold pleasure to the females who dare to mate them. That promise – and Brends Duranov’s own raw sexual power – has hopefuls mobbing the velvet rope outside his elite club G2’s.
But Mischka Baran has no intention of hooking up with one of the Fallen. Not even after Brends gives her an unforgettable taste of the sin and seduction he can deliver with those wicked lips. She’s after information, not a stint as some Goblin’s toy of the month. What she doesn’t know is that with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings.
This book had languished on my Kindle for a long time before I finally read it, but I'm definitely glad I did. While the sub-genre of fallen angel books typically doesn't do it for me, this book was so detailed and dark and attention-grabbing that I couldn't put it down.
This book has a lot going on, and all in a good way- detailed characters who have their own issues and aren't afraid to confront or discuss them, a vivid setting that's really different from other stuff I've come across (post-apocalyptic Moscow- who knew?) and an interesting mythology that also sets the book apart. It's a spicy, spicy book too- grownups only.
Mischka is a great heroine- she's a good soul without being a Mary Sue and she takes the protection of those she loves very seriously, even those loved ones think she's being kind of a pain in the neck. The fact that she takes on more than she can handle in the name of family and love is a topic that gets thoroughly explored throughout the book, and instead of tearing Mischka down, the exploration shows how strong she really is, and how fortunate her loved ones are to have her.
The ultimate proof of this is that Brands, the bad boy hero, realizes that he wants to be one of Mischka's loved ones in a bad way. He originally sees her as a means to an end, but realizes quickly that she's not the typical anonymous nobody that crosses his path. From there, he wants to protect her and give her everything she wants at the same time, and (shockingly) realizes that being a douchbag isn't the way to accomplish any of that. It's an interesting story of redemption, because both Brands and Mischka are certainly redeemed at the end of the book, but who they are hasn't changed. Does that make sense? I hope so.
Anyway, this story definitely hooked me and has made me a fan of the series- any Black Dagger Brotherhood fans out there who are getting the shakes waiting for the next book might give this series a try to hold over. Enjoy!