All For You
Dana Marie Bell
The Nephilim, book one
ebook, 226 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Carina Press
He will keep her safe, no matter what it takes.
Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she as her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.
But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…
As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?
Warning: This book contains explicit sex and graphic language
A Nephilim with the hots for a human, and a woman completely head over heels in return. Both blind as newborn pups, broken by past loves, and too damn skittish to make a move on one another. What does it take to get them together? A menacing sister-in-law. Oh, and the threat of a demon's secret plot certainly adds to the weight of 'hurry the fuck up already'!
Neither have any clue of the other's desires and yeah, even from the outside looking in, I would have subscribed to that ignorance.
Seth's best friend is Piotr, the son of the Shemyaza's leader. Despite his love and utter trust for the guy, not all of his brothers share such a tight bond to Piotr. There's a full cast of your typical rough housing alpha males, a protective-yet understanding-older brother for Abby, and the some over the top/way too much attention to detail when it comes to food that I've come to expect from Bell.
Note: Mexican food and romance do *not* make an appetizing combo for this reader.
The mystery of Piotr is played off very well. And his assistant Andi delivered just enough info to keep me drooling for more of a taste of his story.
So "broken by past love" doesn't exactly cover it for Abby. Seth lost his first wife to cancer five years ago. About the same time that Abby was dating a true psycho named Doug. The guy murdered her younger brother, nearly succeeded doing the same to her parents, raped her sister, and attempted to burn Abby alive. Oh yeah, PSYCHO.
When trust becomes absolute, Seth reveals true identity and Abby couldn't have taken it any better. Finally, a woman with an open mind. Though, admittedly, I would have freaked at the angel part. Probably more so than learning my long time crush had wings. Go figure that one out.
After I finished this little read, I checked out some fellow reviewers' comments on Goodreads. One particular was a DNF. She gagged over it all. LoL. And yes, this book is totally everything you can expect from an angel/human love story. Big strong protector meets too stupid to live female who can't manage to follow the simplest of instruction. I myself have gagged over similar stories, but seriously, this wasn't that bad. Not at all. Cliche? Definitely. But romantics will survive.
And I will be continuing on in this series. 4 out of 5 stars.