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This was my first book by Felicity Heaton, and I'm disappointed with myself that I didn't begin this series sooner. Oh well, at least there are six books out already, you know, if you can hack a marathon session :)
There was nothing I didn't love about Asmodeous. He was a bad a$$, kick a$$, alpha male who enjoyed acting like a bit of a brat towards his Master. He didn't seem to have any qualms about toeing the line with the Devil. Foolish or ballsy? I'd go with the latter. He'd never been allowed to leave Hell in his entire existence to travel to the mortal world so he'd steal off to one of the seeing pools that allowed him glimpses and he'd draw. Of course he jumped at the chance to leave when the opportunity presented itself. I felt immersed in his senses with the way the author described the noisy and busy world around him. As the story went on, another more vulnerable side of him emerged. He'd been more or less conditioned to be evil, to take pleasure in delivering pain and suffering. But deep down he did have a spark of good. He had no concept of friendship or intimacy, he was too proud to ask for help, hated to appear weak or helpless in front of others, but none more than Liora and Apollyon. He also didn't like being reminded that he was a shadow Apollyon, as if he wasn't an individual, whole. The more time he spent with Liora, he learned to feel (remorse), to trust and to want to be a better man. He was easily hurt which may have made him come across as a little weak, but I felt it drove the point home of his many vulnerabilities and the circumstances of his existence thus far. It also allowed his character a lot of room to grow into the type of hero we could all appreciate.
Liora was a great heroine. She was cheeky, feisty, spoke her mind, and although she was described as "a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons", she wasn't the type to get herself into unnecessary trouble. She rarely put up a fight when it seemed like Asmodeous was a bit overbearing with his protective streak. She seemed to enjoy the attention and liked being cared for. Not only did I like her level of patience and understanding, I also liked that she was quick to analyze her words and actions. Whenever she said something that had upset him, she thought things over and quickly readjusted. She wasn't dumb, and she didn't play dumb either.
They had great chemistry that seemed to flare hot with the awareness of two grown-ups recognizing lust, but getting to the place of love moved at a slower, more believable pace. They talked about their lives, they barely had a filter so misunderstandings were a very rare occurrence. I really enjoyed the no-nonsense dialogues, the flirtatious banter and light humor. There were some scenes that squeezed a few tears out of me and the love scenes were very sensual but not overly graphic.
Even though I haven't read any of the other books in the series, I didn't feel lost. Well, not really. For the most part, characters other than the hero and heroine were introduced with a bit of back story in the form of memories of past events through the MC's eyes. And it wasn't delivered in an info dump either. Past events were delivered seamlessly into the current action of the story. Speaking of action, there was a nice balance of romance to fighting. I liked that the scale didn't seem to tip one way or another. The author's descriptions of places easily came to life inside my mind as did the various fight scenes which just added to the overall appeal.
A few things about this book made my mind stray to Kresley Cole's Demon from the Dark. Asmodeous reminded me of Malkom Slaine. A lonely individual perceived as an evil monster, but deep down he had good inside him. In terms of intimacy, he was a virgin but he was a quick study. Then there was the first love scene at the pool in the pits of hell versus the pool in Malkom's cave. It was simply something I noticed, but other than that, I easily got lost in Ms Heaton's storytelling and any further thought of similarities vanished. If anything at all bothered me a little, I felt that Liora made a lot of repeated observations about Asmodeous' character or appearance. I didn't think they were all necessary to grasp who he was. Overall, I enjoyed the five hours I spent with this book, and I am definitely intrigued enough to go back and read the first five books.
Rating: 4.5 rounded up to 5
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author via RabidReads for the purpose of an honest review.
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Her Wicked Angel is the first of the Her Angel series I’ve read by Felicity Heaton. I didn’t feel lost when reading this book, which is a big thing to me when I break into the middle of a series. When characters from other books made an appearance in this book, I felt there was enough explanation to keep me steady.
So on with this story! This is the story of Asmodeus and Liora. Asmodeus lives in hell and is an evil angel, the King of Demons, as he puts it. Asmodeus is seriously badass, and until this story begins he is basically a ruthless torturer and killer. He is the Devil’s right hand man, and takes pleasure in all things evil. Liora is a very powerful witch, and the Devil wants her in a bad way. Presumably to impregnate her. I tell ya, that Devil is always up to no good, right? So he sends Asmodeus to bring her to Hell, since he can’t leave.
What Asmodeus doesn’t count on is that Liora recognizes him – and she’s not afraid. Rather, she seems quite intrigued. And it’s a good thing, because he is, too. The two of them instantly fit together like the last two pieces of a puzzle. Love is definitely in the cards for them. And Asmodeus makes the difficult decision that he will not listen to the Devil, not bring Liora to him.
A lot of the book you feel like you are gearing up for an epic battle between Asmodeus and the Devil, except you don’t know how it’s going to go down. There is a constant shift in variables, and all the while it really amps up your concern that something is going to go very wrong for this couple. I really grew attached to both of them; Liora with her caring and gentle mothering ways, and Asmodeus as a newcomer to the life of goodness and seeing the mortal realm in person for the first time. Their personalities really complement each other.
He brushed the knuckles of his right hand across her face, tunnelled his fingers into her chestnut hair and grasped it tightly. Liora gasped when he tugged her head backwards and banded his other arm around her, holding her immobile and powerless. His hungry gaze fell to her lips. He growled again, a husky feral sound that thrilled her, dropped his head and kissed her hard, devouring her mouth and dominating her. She melted into him, helpless against the force of his kiss and the pleasure that swept through her in response.
Let’s talk about sex, ok? Oh holy Hell, this book has the hot sex in spades! Asmodeus may have been inexperienced before, but as soon as he meets Liora, he is definitely making up for lost time. His exuberance is infectious, and as much as they can get it on, I want them too. They work like a well-oiled sex machine. And when it’s good, it’s good. But when it’s love, well, it’s Earth shattering. Felicity Heaton definitely doesn’t disappoint in the sexual healing category in this book. She has a real talent for making you sweat.
There are two characters in this book that continually stole the show – Romulus and Remus. They are Asmodeus’s Hellhounds, and oh-my-god, they are the funniest, most wonderful pets you’d ever hope to have. They were playful and mischievous. When they made an appearance you couldn’t help but smile, and even laugh sometimes. Sure, they might be demon dogs, but they are still dogs. And not only that, but seeing the way Asmodeus is with them, well that’s all icing on the cake.
Felicity’s writing is spot on as always. She definitely grabbed me right from the start, and I enjoyed the ride the whole way through. This book is full of drama, action, and sex – just the way I like it. There were a few spots near the end where I felt it was a bit slower, but they were still quite interesting so I can’t find anything to complain about. What this book did do, however, is make me want to go back and read the previous Her Angel books. I’m especially interested in Erin and Veiron’s story!