From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series…
Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal…or destroy.
He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth’s power, he’s bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release.
She’s an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can’t escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth’s underworld realm, she finds that her past isn’t all she can’t escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it’s forever…
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So funny and fun. I adore Azagoth and Lilliana’s story. Find out for yourself. I’ve read at least 20 of Larissa’s books, this is my favorite.
The Grim Stud and the Virginal Angel. A Match made in Sheoul-gra.
The Grim Reaper is through playing Heaven’s stud for hire and wants a mate. The angel Lilliana has a choice to make: agree to become Azagoth’s mate and steal his chronoglass or refuse and be punished. A lose/lose situation. And then she met Tall, Dark and Deadly.
For a novella, there was a lot of back story on Azagoth, enough to make him feel like a complete and well-rounded character. Like many other characters in the Lords of Deliverance series, he was a pawn in the games between Heaven and Sheoul, but he was also cunning, resourceful and a great strategist to ensure he could play his hand and win when necessary. Probably the most surprising trait of his was how he’d taken to fatherhood. Even though his offspring were all by design, he cared for his children and was hurt when they sided against him. That he actually wanted a mate instead of accidentally stumbling onto one (the theme of most stories) was a nice change. And I loved that the chosen heroine had an ability that was connected to Azagoth, thus making her a perfect match. I loved his cheeky, playful side. Especially when he tried to keep her off balance in the beginning.
I really liked Lilliana. One moment she appeared shy and intimidated and the next she showed backbone and a bit of fire. She managed to flip the switch on and off depending on the situation. A planned betrayal of Azagoth may have been the reason for her being in Sheoul-gra in the beginning, but seeing that plan and her perception of the sexy Grim Reaper slowly crumble made this read an incredibly satisfying journey. The playfulness laced with sexual tension between these two characters made me root for them in every way.
The sex between them was all-consuming, passionate and so hot. Call me a pervert, but the fact that she fondled Azagoth in his beast form was ridiculously sexy! There’s nothing sexier in PNR than when a heroine easily accepts the beast half, shows just how accepting she can be, and when said acceptance and tenderness fells the beast.
Of course it wasn’t all hearts and flowers, but Lilliana’s eyes were finally opened to what she wanted, and Azagoth learned that he wasn’t as alone as he thought. What Lilliana, Idess, and Reaver did for him in the end was really touching.
I’m excited for HADES and have already pre-ordered my print copy. If you haven’t read any of the books in the Demonica or Lords of Deliverance series, you are missing out on one amazing world and countless hours of exciting entertainment filled with fantastic writing, dialogue and characters.