Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Ignatius (Iggy) Faber is half human and half demon, but not just any demon since his father is Lucifer. Iggy was taken in by the Jesuits in Denver and trained to be a demon hunter. His mother died in childbirth, and needless to say, his father is nowhere around. Iggy had hundreds of half siblings, but he and his half-brother Titus are all that remain until one night when a demon killed Titus leaving Iggy the only survivor.
Lalo Pavia has been friends with Iggy since he was eight years old and being autistic and a foster child, Lalo trusted only Iggy. Their friendship has been strong for thirty years, but ten years ago Iggy realized that his feelings for Lalo were much stronger than that of friendship. Both Lalo and Iggy are gay, and Iggy has learned to know what Lalo needs when things begin to overwhelm him.
It was believed that Lucifer was locked away somewhere in Hell by the demons, but when Lucifer appears that rumor appears to be untrue. The demons pose a serious threat to the people in Denver, and Iggy is determined to stop them and his father. The demons want to put an end to Iggy and Lucifer, and Iggy wants to put an end to Lucifer and the demons. How can one person do it all?
Lalo who sees a younger version of Titus whose body was never recovered after he was killed, now another mystery. Who is this look-alike and whose side is he on? It doesn’t take long before the demons are well aware of Lalo’s importance to Iggy putting a target on his back. In spite of his limitations, Lalo keeps reminding everyone he is “not a coward”. He loves Iggy and tries very hard to help him in any way he can. His “not a coward” mantra is proven when he uses his drone to take a bite out of Lucifer’s neck for DNA leaving Daddy Lucy, as Lalo refers to him. a very unhappy demon.
The search for answers as to why the demons have settled in Denver and where they come from involves Iggy, Lalo and some of their scientific friends and the Jesuit journals and many of the questions they have are answered. The book answers all the questions as far as I was concerned, and I loved the relationship between Iggy and Lalo. I have to admit that as characters go, I absolutely loved Lalo. His innocence and misunderstanding of simple things endeared him to me, for example when Iggy refers to Lalo as appearing catatonic Lalo’s reply is “do cats drink tonic?”.
The book moved swiftly; not once did I find myself bored.