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April 23, 2014

Loved It: The Fallen by Keri Lake

Series: Sons of Wrath 0.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: April 17, 2014
Publisher: Self
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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38 comments:

  1. It is nice that this novella not only delivered in length but in story as well. I rarely read novellas anymore because I just don't get enough. This sounds like a worthy read for sure.

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    1. It is and it's FREE so super big bang for your buck and time!

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    1. Yes but on the flip side, he might get another book...

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  3. Oh I am intrigued...off to one click now! *woosh* Oh and would you look at that...I checked Goodreads too and the series is already on my TBR LOL! I think I may have found my next series :)

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    1. Win-win! This series is sooo great, same zip code as BDB

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  4. I'm happy to hear that this novella managed to deliver for you and you enjoyed it (OH AND THAT IT'S FREE!!!) LOL hopefully you enjoy the rest of the series.
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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    1. I've read it and it's so awesome! This came late, I guess, more like an afterthought or something. Totally worked.

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  5. I've had this series recommended to me, but haven't gotten to it yet. I appreciate the heads up about where this one takes the emotions.

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    1. This is a great addition to the series, gives it a great flavor

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  6. Okay! So I just snatched this up, it should be a good indicator whether I'll enjoy the series as much as you. I love the quote you shared, and these covers are the best!

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    1. This wouldn't be a good taste test for the series coz the tone in this one is darker and grimmer than the rest of the books. The SoW books have more romance complete with HEA so if you don't end up liking, I suggest you still try Soul Resurrected.

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  7. It's nice to have a good angel book because it's sometimes quite difficult. I heard a lot about this author but I'm ashamed to say that I haven't tried her yet but I hope it will be the case soon. And the fact that it's a standalone is perfect for me!

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    1. You must try her, she's an awesome PNR/UF writer!

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  8. Woah, this sounds super dark and disturbing as you said but we need HEAs!

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    1. We do and I hope he gets one in the future

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  9. Ahh I have this series on my tbr pile. Gonna have to try to get to it sooner :) Thanks for the heads up on the freebie!

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    1. You're welcome! I have a feeling you'll love this too, you're disturbed like me LOL

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  10. I forgot about this series! I just downloaded both this one and the book 1 to my kindle--can't forget about it when it's staring you in the face ;) Great review! I'll be sure to keep in mind that the writing styles are VERY different.

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    1. Yay! Carmel loves this series too so if you need someone to hold your hand, you got me or Carmel, we'll walk you through it... DIBS ON GAVIN!

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  11. Cover is nice and I like the sound of Xander, he sounds like my kind of guy

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  12. I like dark books and this sounds just right. I'm not into erotica lately, but maybe soon, for that reason I won't let this freebie pass by. Thank you! ;)

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    1. Yup, grab a copy. I don't know why it's not free on B&N

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  13. I absolutely love your reviews on this series. I just grab this one...since it can be read as a stand alone, I'm going to give it a go ;)

    thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Oooh I know your taste now, I have a feeling you will love this a lot

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  14. Freebie! I was going to 1-click it but no HEA??? And this sounds really dark, but I did just read a book that I thought I would hate for its dark themes but ended up enjoying it. Maybe I should 1-click this after. Great review Braine! :)

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    1. Yes, definitely 1-click, nothing to lose!

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  15. Oh a freebie you say! I'll have to go grab this from amazon.... I love the cover and your review has me curious. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Thanks and yay! The more people grab it the better :)

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  16. M,m,m,m! I one-clicked that puppy like it was nobody's business, lol! Which sounds totally dirtier than meant, lol. Looking forward to reading it, thanks for putting it on my greedy bookaholic hit list :D

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    1. You're welcome, that's what we do best, grow each other's TBR

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  17. You know I like a dark read, Braine - maybe even something that makes my uncomfortable. Good thing I one-clicked this one last week. Xander and Karinna both sound pretty compelling...in very cold, dark ways. Fantastic review, hon! I'm really excited to start this entire series.

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    1. You're in for a treat because this may be dark but the next couple are swoony!

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  18. ha wow I think I want to meet Xander! I just had to rush over to amazon and nab it heh... humm I think I would be okay with no HAE as long as the book is well done.

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    1. Cool beans, you'll enjoy this one then

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  19. All you had to say was dark and disturbing! LOL I'm in! I love books that push my comfort zone, yeah! I don't ride rollercoasters, but I love this kind of ride..LOL
    Thanks!

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