Plot Summary: Tribred Gregor Caine decided long ago to deny his blood legacy, so he isn’t thrilled when paired with a full-blooded Fae to hunt the demons threatening to decimate Los Angeles. As they fight side by side, he finds she calls to both his Fae and his demon blood; a call he can’t resist.
Warrior Fae Serra Willows crossed into the Human Plane to help destroy the demons released from the Chaos Plane. Finding and shutting down the portal between worlds is more challenging than she expected…and Gregor and his world more seductive than she had ever imagined.
As the killings escalate, Gregor and Serra realize one of the most deadly demons from the Chaos Plane has marked Serra as his own. To save her, Gregor has to face his greatest fear—losing his humanity to the darkness in his blood. But in a race against time, that darkness could become his greatest strength. And he will kill to claim Serra’s love.
At first, I had a really difficult time understanding the world building and the context, of this book. So much so, in fact, that I became determined to not like it. Two things happened, however. I realized that this was the second book in the Caine Brothers series, so world building gaps can be forgiven, and I simply became engrossed in the story. Seriously, y’all. My last note was on page 40.
Basically, we meet up with Serra as she’s embarking on a journey to the Human Plane to meet up with a human contact and, well, kick some demon butt. These demons are VERY BAD, and somehow they have been escaping to wreak havoc in both the human and Fae worlds. She meets Gregor Caine immediately, they fight a demon, and Serra has to save him. Oh, and it is a case of insta-lust on both parts. He is the son of her contact, who has been missing for some time. Now, forced to work together, they have to battle their attraction for each other at the same time as they try to defeat the BIG BAD.
I’m having a hard time explaining why I was so entertained by this book. I can pick apart many things that didn’t work for me in the story. The sex is not very hawt. Gregor is whiny and alpha male at the same time. His trouble accepting his mixed heritage of demon and Fae blood while only acknowledging his human side seems manufactured for drama’s sake. I do not believe in their happily ever after. A lot of this story seemed to serve as a bridge between the first and third books in the series, with quite a few scenes between the two protagonists of the next book,
And yet. The action scenes are well done. I’m very curious about where the overall thread of the Caine Brothers story is going to end up. I like the humorous parts. I really, really like that Gregor is a black man with dreads. There aren’t enough romances with people of color. This is a case where I couldn’t care less about the hero and heroine, but I am really intrigued by the world and the story. There has to be a name for that, right? For right now, I will call it fluff. Cotton Candy. You know it’s bad for you, and there’s little of real substance, but it’s super yummy while it lasts, even if you’re left feeling vaguely unsatisfied in the end. A quick, entertaining read.
About the Author:
Christine Ashworth is a native of Southern California. The daughter of a writer and a psych major, she fell asleep to the sound of her father’s Royal manual typewriter for years. In a very real way, being a writer is in her blood-her father sold his first novel before he turned forty; her brother sold his first book before he turned twenty-five.
At the tender age of seventeen, Christine fell in love with a man she met while dancing in a ballet company. She married the brilliant actor/dancer/painter/music man, and they now have two tall sons who are as scintillating as their parents, keeping the dinner conversation lively.
Christine’s two dogs rule the outside, defending her vegetable garden from the squirrels, while a polydactyl rescue cat holds court inside the house. Everything else is in a state of flux.
Website and blog: http://christine-ashworth.com
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