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Series: Extinguish #2
Published by Self-pub on October 13th 2014
Genres: Adult, Angels, Demons, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: From Author
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The moment the short-lived apocalypse came to an end, life returned to normal. Mortals continued on with their oblivious existences while the earth healed and flowers again bloomed, the devastation instantly wiped away. It was as if it had never happened.
But it did.
Luce knows. He’s cursed to remember every moment, forced to live with everything he has done. Suddenly finding himself out of confinement, he’s faced with a decision: where to call “home”. Free will turns out not to be the freedom he expects when the only thing he wants doesn’t know he exists.
Serah woke up with no memory of where she came from or who she was before that moment. Struggling to adapt to the world as a mortal, she’s haunted by a set of bright blue eyes that always seem to be watching her. She can’t shake the feeling that he could be her salvation… if only she can remember him before it’s too late.
Lucifer didn’t fall from Grace alone. He’s not the only angel with a grudge, nor is he the only one fascinated by his beautiful mortal.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions...
Sinners run hot because they’re destined to burn.
When I read Extinguish last year, I never expected a sequel. Hoped, perhaps, but I was more than satisfied with its ending as well. Beautiful, heartbreaking, perfectly-fitting yet allowing the reader to crave more was what I was left with. But when I heard the author was working on this sequel I was ecstatic to see how Luce and Serah’s story could continue beyond Heaven and Hell.
Reignite picks up not long after we leave off in Extinguish, and if you have not read it yet I implore you to do so! Serah is now human but with no recollection of who she was. Luce is now free from his confinement in Hell, longing for his love. But even though her memory is gone, Serah can feel a connection to the mysterious yet somehow familiar stranger lurking in the shadows. That or she is going crazy. But he’s not the only strange presence surrounding her.
This installment really digs into Luce’s background, his life as an Archangel and what led up to his imprisonment in Hell in the first place. I’ve read all kinds of angel/demon novels, some with a strong background in religion and some that stray away from it. This story is crafted in such a way that it takes stories from the Bible, like with the creation of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, and twists it to fit with Luce’s character, which I found to be pretty clever. Luce is quite deliciously evil in Extinguish, with a soft spot for Serah. But here we get down to the essence of who he was before he became ‘Satan’. We meet a misguided angel that deep down just longed for a paradise and free will. I LOVED that bad boy we first met, but peeling back all of these layers of who Luce truly is and seeing this other side made me love him even more. Softer yet bubbling with jealousy and greed and that hint of defiance.
Serah is drawn to Luce like a moth to a flame! Once again these two just couldn’t deny that pull they felt for each other. But of course Luce’s life is not meant to be shared with a human and his love for her makes them both vulnerable to his enemies in ways he cannot afford. The ending really pulled at my heart strings and many tears were shed because once again I was in awe of Darhower’s storytelling. The writing was gorgeous and the characters were beautifully captured. I’m so in love with this duology. Whether you side with Heaven or Hell, the Extinguish series has a fiery passion that burns bright in all its glory. I was left feeling all tingly inside and couldn’t be more pleased with how it ends.
Luce’s nose brushed against hers before he tilted his head. Her heart raced frantically. His lips lightly touched hers, barely a kiss, a soft graze, but it ignited something inside of her, rekindling an extinguished flame.