Plot Summary: Gabrielle Cody is a paladin, a holy warrior in a fight against evil. God calls her with a pain in her gut and gives her supernatural strength, endurance, and vision. In this second installment, Gabby lives in the attic above a whore-house, and protects the hookers in-between answering holy summons to destroy evil. Detective Luther Cross has tracked her down again, and he must choose what to believe; is Gabby on a mission from God, or is she a psychotic lunatic? In addition to her building romance with Luther, Gabby finds that her circle of improbable friends is growing, which is a surprise only to her.
I wanted to read this book because Amazon choose it as their number one romance pick for 2008. I have to say they have good, if unconventional, taste. The romance in this book is more like a tug-of-war, rather than the traditional boy meets girl, boy gets girl set up. Maybe that's why it feels so fresh and exciting to read.
The heroine is lovable like Oscar the Grouch. Gabby is a true social misfit, and she has no filter between her brain and her mouth, so the most outlandish and cutting comments spew forth without thought. Just being her friend requires the patience and understanding of a saint. On the other hand, they all know that Gabby would spit in the Grim Reaper's eye before allowing any harm to touch an innocent. She is a walking contradiction, everything noble and pure we'd want in our superhero, but also cruel, scared, and insecure, like a mean dog who has been beaten down often and hard.
Luther Cross cannot let Gabby go, and neither can he deny the strangeness he witnesses in her presence. Her ability to pinpoint evil is either a gift from above, or too much of a chilling coincidence. The romance between Luther and Gabby takes several huge steps in this book, however it is far from a done deal. I'm looking forward to seeing this relationship continue to develop in book three, "Servant: The Kindred," due out August 2009. I recommend reading book one, "Servant: The Awakening", first.