Release Date: April 17, 2014
Source: FREE on Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Erotica
To catch the Fallen, you have to become the very evil you were bred to slay.
Show loyalty. Be willing to go deep into the gritty underbelly of the world, where the vilest acts of human carnage thrive and seep into your mind like a black poison, consuming every part of you that was once good. Ignore your dark cravings and keep to the most important rule of all: never save the mortals.
This is the life of a Sentinel.
Some call us the toughest angels in the heavens. Unbreakable. But even the strong can break in the face of temptation.
Human females have always been the forbidden fruit for our kind—an enticement I’ve resisted for centuries, until she came along.
Karinna lusts for vengeance.
She wants inside the darkness, where the Fallen own the corrupted streets of Detroit—the perfect bait to take down the biggest crime ring the city has ever known.
I want her. To have her, though, I’ll have to break the rules.
For one taste of the forbidden, I’ll have to commit the most heinous sin of all …
**Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language.
You'll soon learn why you shouldn't play with something you don't fully understand.
To defeat a monster, you have to become one. Be the very thing you loathe.
Written as a stand-alone, THE FALLEN by Keri Lake, a Sons of Wrath, prequel novella, or should I say short novel since this dirty tale is a good 257 pages. Going in I was expecting the usual tone and texture that I've grown to love in Sons of Wrath, shit talking, silly banter and wild action instead THE FALLEN is dark, disturbing and quite erotic. It was a trip to a very dark and dingy place that would make some readers uncomfortable. THE FALLEN is what would happen if Liam Neeson failed to save her daughter in that movie Taken except that it'll be on paranormal steroids, know what I mean?
THE FALLEN is Xander's story when he was sentinel, angel, and a good guy, until a gorgeous, vengeful brunette crossed his path. I don't know if we're meant to fall in love with Xander, to be honest with you. His doesn't do fluff to begin with and accepts payment in tits and clits (can't help but LOL on that one) he's imposing and carries a sliver of darkness around him which is ironic considering he's an angel. He's a stalker/protector, depends on how you look at it, an avenging angel so mercy isn't really his thing. He can be loving and caring in his own dark way and he sure did sacrifice a LOT of things for Karinna, his one true love (?). Xander may not be my type but he is a compelling character due to the darkness and light that he carries in his heart. Let me just say this, I would want him guarding my back for sure but I'd think it over a million, trillion times before I invite him to my bed not because he'll scar me for life, he just throws off this hard-to-read vibe about him. Xander is beyond Alpha and definitely not angelic.
Karinna. This girl is on a mission to avenge her sister's death which got Xander's attention. This girl's lived a hard life since her sister died and she went out of her way, exploring the dangerous red light underground circle of Detroit to get into Sadismen, a group of sadistic mofo who are into making snuff films, raping and torturing the death out of women. Karinna has this coldness about her that would rival an Ice Queen's. She has tunnel vision until Xander broke through her haze. As a "couple", I didn't find anything romantic between these two. They're both tortured souls and when they got together, it's more of comfort and lust than love. I didn't feel the intimacy between them despite the vulnerability they both demonstrated. Unfortunately they didn't get the chance to fan the flames of romance because tragedy struck too soon leaving both of them in a better place but more scarred than before.
Man, I tell you, I felt so distraught after reading THE FALLEN! This shiznit's got no HEA, only a promise of something more with the outcome unknown and unpredictable. KLake really went to a very dark place in this novel. I'd use the label BDSM loosely because the erotic elements here are midnight black and S stands for slavery and not the cute consensual one so grit your jaws tight and suck in a big breath before delving into this novel. But as I enjoy being shoved out of my comfort zone, I of coursed LOVED every minute of it. It's nice when an author switch things up, adding a smoky, more musky flavor to her books. It's risky but it sure paid off here although, KLake, if you're reading this, I hope Gavin's book isn't as dark as this one. I like him warm, romantic and pliant *wink wink* if you know what I mean.
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