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Published by Self-pub on June 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Angels, Demons, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: From Author
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I Declare War
Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah's brother from her life, she's given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it's too late.
Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.
Lucifer—or Luce, as he prefers to be called—has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he's just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah's willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?
As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice—a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.
Serah has questions. She wants answers.
Luce just wants to play a game.
She sensed him before she saw him, felt his presence like the bitter breeze. He smelled like lit matches, crackling fire with a hint of peppermint. The electricity in the air intensified, the sky stirring, a red and black swirl of clouds blocking the much-needed sunlight. A storm was coming on fast, and that storm had a name.
If anyone reading this review does not already know this about me, I am a huge fan of author J.M. Darhower. Seriously, if she wrote the phone book, I’d read it. Grocery list? Send it on over! So when I hear she is writing a new paranormal romance, I flail all over with excitement and glee! Add in angels and a bad boy (Satan, nonetheless) and I’m a hot mess of anticipation.
Extinguish tells a different tale of heaven and hell than I am used to in angel reads. This is no human falling in love with a fallen angel story. Here we have Serah, a warrior angel who enjoys spending her time watching over children and making love with the Archangel, Michael. When she learns a fellow angel near and dear to her heart has fallen, Serah is assigned the task to confront Satan himself and demand a cease-fire in the war of good and evil. And so it begins…
These characters could not have been more different from each other. Serah is the sweet angel who is obviously selfless and deeply compassionate. The angels don’t truly know what it is like to have senses, to smell a flower even, or to really feel something. But then there is Lucifer, or Luce as he prefers to be called, who changes all that. I don’t even know how to describe him. He is bull-headed and selfish, everything you would associate with Satan, a total bad boy. But somehow he was endearing, and dare I say, charming? A truly wicked personality on the outside, but on the inside is that Archangel, brother to Michael, and Serah makes him feels things he didn’t expect too. This never took over Serah and her resolve though. Of course she goes through this change around him, but in the end she doesn’t allow herself to forget who she is and where she came from, and I admired that about her character.
It was a slow burn with these two in the beginning, but once that fuse was lit, their world exploded with heat and passion!
“Tell me you don’t feel it then, the fluttering in your chest; the hair on the nape of your neck rising as your nerve endings stir, your fingers tingling with the need to reach out and caress something.” His eyes raked down her form. “Tell me your body doesn’t ache at the mere thought of me between your thighs, on top of you, inside of you, giving you what my brother never could – real feeling, the kind of feeling that makes you scream so loud your throat feels like it’s bleeding. Agonizing pleasure, the kind that torments your every thought, driving you to the brink of insanity only to pull you right back from the edge, over and over and over again. Unbearable pleasure, the kind that makes you beg for it to stop, but the moment it’s over, you feel like nothing but an empty, useless shell – a shell that needs more.”
H-O-T! Gah, I swear I highlighted full pages of this. These two had chemistry coming out their ears! Each moment and interaction sizzled with sexual energy with a huge payoff that left me wide eyed and blushing. Of course, there are repercussion and let’s just say, a couple tissues were needed by the end.
I cannot say enough good things on the writing and how this world was portrayed. Heaven is described as an idea, whatever you make of it and different for everyone, whereas Hell is an absolute place inside the earth, your worst nightmare set on repeat. I found the details rich and beautiful in both light and dark. Everything was so vivid, so clear, and just plain perfect. As I write this review, I find myself re-reading huge sections, just to relive it once again.
Extinguish is seductive in it’s glory with a blazing hot romance and a touch of grace. I, for one, am on the edge of my seat, waiting for what else J.M. Darhower can throw at us. Bravo!
The author has this seriously awesome prize pack that one LUCKY winner will get a chance to win. What’s in the prize pack you say?
-a SIGNED paperback of Extinguish
-A Luce magnet complete with a quote
–Extinguish playing cards (EEP! This fits so well with the story! You’ll see!)
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2. Must be at least 18 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items. Prize pack will by mailed by Author.
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