Reviewed by Xanthe
Member of The Paranormal Romance Guild Team
I went into this story looking forward to the premise of Lucifer atoning whilst being on earth and falling in love. However, his presence brings about illness, and he searches for ways to stop it. With the doctor in charge Adam, who is fighting to save his patients and his attraction to Lucifer.
Adam is from a deeply religious family and with his father’s voice constantly in his head; he attempts to stay away from Lucifer. It’s clear that he struggles a lot with his attraction to men and how he grew up but there is something that he feels from the start whenever the two men are together that slowly builds up with looks, comments and touches fuelling the fire.
Lucifer also struggles but with something far different as he was bound to earth when God kicked him out of heaven. Regardless of how many years he’s been here, it’s still hard for him to connect to those around him; especially his son who he’s recently reconnected with and they’re slowly rebuilding their relationship. When he finds himself attracted to Adam and it’s difficult to stay away from the man, he questions what he thought he knew about himself and how he lives on earth.
It did take me a little while to get into the book. This may be due to not having read book one in the series where certain relationships are established but it soon becomes clear with which character means what to who. There’s a lot of emotion to go through for both men as they experience internal struggles along with the stresses of what is happening in their town.
Adam’s family makes for hard reading as they, especially his father, expect him to think and act a certain way. Of course, it’s up to Adam to show them who he truly is. Lucifer’s relationships with others in the book show how hard it is for him to connect with others, none more so than his son. When he has to reciprocate with feeling, it’s something extremely foreign to him and hard to express.
The plot of the book is interesting with aspects of heaven, Lucifer’s fall from grace, and then a health scare turning into the possibility of a plague. All of these things wove together to create problems that Lucifer and Adam were faced with. It did feel like Lucifer took a long time to get to the point where he acted to try and solve the issues at hand.
There are a good group of characters included alongside the MC’s. They’re all involved throughout the story, helping each other and wanting to support in any way they can. One little girl is there and just pulled on my heart as she draws Lucifer out of his shell when around her.
I did enjoy the book overall. There was a lot of back and forth between the two men, and then Lucifer walked off quite a lot with not much to show for it so I occasionally found myself frustrated at him but also with Adam once or twice as he dealt with his family. Once I got into the story it moved at a good pace and held my attention. I would probably recommend reading book one, Immortal Scars, first as it will help with relationship connections and a couple of plot points.