"Renegade Angel" was difficult to find. I had read Harlequin Nocturne anthology "Vacation with a Vampire: Stay\Vivi and the Vampire\Island Vacation (Harlequin Nocturne)" ~ 4 stars, last summer and loved all of it's short fangy stories written by talented authors that were all new to me. I love anthologies because of the fact that they introduce me to authors I haven't any prior knowledge of. I begin immediately to search for this book (I enjoy the hunt!), so I could read about the bigger story I knew had "Justin" the Vampire king in it. Inside "Vacation with a Vampire" is a very good and entertaining short story about the handsome and single Vampire king of an underworld city named Justin, who is sent on a much needed vacation by his Vampire sister. While on that vacation, Justin finally finds his much needed true love. I wanted to read "Renegade Angel" to get the full backstory about this character Justin and where he came from. So after hunting for this book for many months I finally found it, read it and have to say I'm very happy I kept up my search. It's a keeper!
Dark Fallen Angels, Nefari Demons, white winged Heavenly Angels, a half-breed Human/Demon she-demon, Lucifer himself, and powerful Vampires are all flexing their muscles as main characters within this action-packed, exciting fantasy romance. The hero Raum, who happens to be an earl of Hell, is a gorgeous Fallen Angel with black wings and a huge chip on his very strong, rebellious shoulders. He's an angry resentful Demon who hates Humans because he envies their eternal souls. Betrayed by a greedy fellow Demon named Mammon, he has been forced to flee Hell because he has been marked for death by Hell's Infernal Council. Wanting to remain alive, Raum agrees to help Heaven by working with it's Angels and a few other of Hell's traitor Fallen Angels to stop Hell from opening a Nexus between Earth and Hell. If Hell wins and the Nexus is opened...he dies. For Raum it's all about self preservation...until he meets Ember.
This stories endearing, tough and spunky heroine Ember, is a beautiful half-breed Human/Demon she-demon character who knows she's different, but has no idea how or why. Raised as a normal Human child by a Human mother, she has not an ounce of knowledge what she really is or that Angels and Demons really do exist. Let alone believe real Vampires roam the earth, and live in a underworld hidden city. Ember is the key to opening the Nexus. Her (unknown) Demon father Mammon, wants her only to use her for his evil purposes. He will let nothing stop him from getting what he wants. He wants control of Ember and he wants the traitor Raum dead. Ember is thrown into a world she never dreamed possible the day she meets the man of her dreams...assigned by Heaven to protect her...Fallen Angel, Raum.
This book met my expectations and went way beyond them. The writing is excellent, no-nonsense, direct smooth flowing dialog that had me flying through it's pages. There are two smokin' hot sex scenes in this book that are nuclear hot, but very done well. I very much enjoyed this fascinating version of a struggle between Heaven and Hell in a scary but fun fantasy world that Kendra Leigh Castle's imagination has created for our enjoyment. Oh, and good luck finding your own copy. I'm never letting mine go! Recommended and a keeper. Enjoy! ;}