Review: Cover Him With Darkness (The Book of the Watchers #1) by Janine Ashbless

 

Cover Him With Darkness

(The Book Of The Watchers #1)

Date of Publishing: October 14th 2014

Publisher: Tempted Romance

 

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Synopsis:

In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest’s fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge.

But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she is torn between family loyalty and her growing connection to their prisoner. One day her father discovers their forbidden intimacy and sends Milja off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston.

Cover Him in Darkness is a dark and thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.

 

My Review:

Cover him with Darkness is so, so good. I’m still getting over the fact that this book is over. The book blurb is so different from the actual book. I wasn’t too invested in the book when I read the blurb but holy shit I’m so glad I read the book.

Cover Him with Darkness starts out dark and REMAINS dark throughout the book. I love the way the author has taken these concepts of the Bible that we know and learn about and turned them into this completely amazing book.

Milja is from a small town in Montenegro. The entire country is half the size of Connecticut so there’s not much that can happen here, right? Wrong.

About five thousand years ago, the Fallen Angel Azazel was captured and kept prisoner in a small church basement in Montenegro. Now, almost five thousand years later, he’s still here. Weak and in complete agony. And now his care is the responsibility of Milja’s father.

There’s something about this book that will keep you hooked. Maybe it’s pity for Azazel. Maybe it’s the games he plays with Milja. Or maybe it’s Egan, the mysterious guy who’s so, so easy to love.

I couldn’t decide until the very end of the book whether or not I liked Azazel. There’s this very true line in the book. It goes something like “who wouldn’t come out of 5000 years of captivity unchanged.” So true. It seems like his years of being a prisoner have only made him resentful, angry and damaged. Not to forget, horny.

Oh yeah, he’s horny alright.

*fans self*

God bless Milja’s restless soul, but I do think the lady makes BAD choices. Although again, I completely sympathize with her. She’s seen Azazel at his weakest, she’s fed him, cleaned his wounds, and she’s been in love with him all her life. (She’s also given him a hand job, but she obviously didn’t mean to. Obviously.)

Azazel is a Fallen Angel. He is evil. But you can’t help but feel bad for him. I think his only fault was falling in love with a human woman and he’s more than paid for it. But maybe that’s just me. He’s also kind of an asshole.

There’s just one phrase that comes to mind when I think about Egan—Victim of Circumstance. I won’t tell you the whole deal about him because that would ruin the surprise but he’s a sweet, simple guy who’s maybe in love with Milja. But he’s competing against an Angel so we know he’s doomed.

There’s brief appearances by Archangel Uriel too—another asshole—but he’s funny. Selfish and “there’s only yap yap yap with him” but he’s kind of the person to side with whoever would favor him. He believes that Azazel needs to be captured and made prisoner again but he himself is kind of a jerk so I, for one, ignored his opinion all throughout.

There’s good things in the book and there’s better things in the book. I, for one, couldn’t find one thing I didn’t like. I have, although, seen reviews of people leaving the book halfway because it was religious, so if you’re not into that kind of a thing, this book isn’t for you.

In my opinion, this book isn’t the stereotypical Christian Fiction. So if you’re open to reading more about Fallen Angels and forbidden love or just some amazingly shmexy times, go for it!

The book is a standalone right now, but the fact that the author has left the ending open gives me hope for a sequel.

And makes me very, very happy. Sweet Bejeezus, this book has everything! It has hot sex and drama and romance and suspense. And Action. I couldn’t ask for more.

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Janine Ashbless is a British author of erotica and hot romantic adventure. Janine likes best to write paranormal- and dark-fantasy-themed fiction and has a lifelong interest in mythology, folklore and history.

 

 

 

*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*

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