Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Linda Nightingale has created a great, gothic feeling adventure around the main characters of our vampire lead, Morgan D’Arcy and his love, Isabeau Gervase. Through the use of flashbacks, we see the lifelong interactions of these two, from when Morgan was the angel Gabriel and Isabeau’s “imaginary” childhood friend, to current day, where he is working to make her his wife. The characters in this book are fantastic. From our main characters to the most minor, they are fully developed and have purpose. While this book is focused on Morgan and his love of Isabeau, this is not a romance. There is not a happily ever after or a happily for now ending.
I love how strong Isabeau is in this book. She is smart and not easily swayed by the “charms” of Morgan. And Morgan! He is somehow both the owner of enormous confidence and yet still naïve in some ways. It is his saving grace. His interactions with Isabeau’s ex are some of my favorites in the book. Despite the sometimes dark atmosphere and perilous situations, there is also an undercurrent of humor that is fantastic. The language in this book is so beautiful and transformative. It pulls the reader into the story and truly does not let go. The pace of the story is perfect, with the second half pulling the reader along til the end and gasping when you realize you’ve reached it. It will be interesting to see where Nightingale takes these characters next.