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First, I absolutely love romance novels that focus on devout characters, of any faith.
And for once, the church is not presented as outdated and irrelevant, or naive, or secretly corrupt and scheming to take over the world. That approach is so trite that it's boring. Instead, the author presents faith as powerful and true. Paranormal fiction is hugely popular, and to see it brought into the realm of religious good vs evil is entertaining and refreshing. At the same time, White doesn't sugar-coat. She presents the reality of corruption and naivete and religion. People are fallible. Some people believe, all people sin, and some seemingly religious people are rotten to the core. Hence a need for an order like the Garguiem.
I loved that the hero and heroine are people of faith but they still have doubts. They curse, they make mistakes, and they have hot smex. Their faith affects their interactions with and perception of each other and the world around them. With one big exception, which I discuss below, they felt authentic.
The plot is intense. The premise is that evil exists, and it's roaming around like a lion looking for people to devour. But evil is also in disguise, which is even scarier. What Levi finds upstairs in Remy's house totally creeped me out. However, I'm a light-weight when it comes to horror, so other readers may take it in stride.
Our hero and heroine have chemistry in spades. The hero is crude, but his actions counterbalance his words. And I got the sense that Marcella needed to be rattled to realize what she wants and with whom. I like that even though Levi is a man of faith, he still talks dirty and has wild crazy smex with the love of his life.
So...why not five stars? As devout as Levi and his sister are, I was surprised that they seem to treat sex so casually. This seemed like a flaw in their characterization. Whenever they referenced past escapades, particularly Levi's sister, it never rang quite true. Not that I expected chastity from them, but the disconnect between their behavior and church teaching was never addressed and I wanted it to be. So....Is recreational sex no biggie to the Garguiem? Do they get a pass? Because usually, a devout person of just about ANY faith has ideas about when, where, and with whom smex is a-okay encouraged and when it's labeled sinful. Particularly a person actually working in the church, synagogue, mosque, what have you.
Annnnd I REALLY disliked the fact that Levi and Marcella have sexual encounters in a confessional, on an altar and later again in church. Such behavior, particularly since it was repetitive, seemed highly unlikely given their beliefs. These settings seemed designed to titillate readers at the expense of characterization. Which was disappointing.
Despite my criticism, this is an entertaining book and I recommend it for anyone who is 1) not easily offended by sex in sacred place, and 2) looking for something fresh in romance.
The Garguiem: Levi is none other than sheer brilliance, created from the mind of one of the greatest author's of our time. I'm happy to say that I've been allowed as a reader to delve into the depths of Lola White's world and I've come out a completely changed person. This tale speaks of demonic possession, corruption, and an ancient order within the Catholic Church that's been fighting it since the Middle Ages. Already a great hook right? Absolutely. Well enter our incredibly hot, tatted Alpha Male. Did I mention that's Levi? As if you hadn't guessed already he is our holy warrior called to us from the heavens above sent to rid this little town of it's infestation. Until her...
Marcella. Even her name has a fantastic ring to it doesn't it? Not only is she one incredibly lovable character, she's genuine and will evoke emotions in you that you will not expect. The chemistry between the two main characters is so magnetic it practically leaps off the page. Lola White weaves a magical tale about demonic possession, human faults (which we all have). She calls into light things that we struggle with on a daily basis. Which makes this book all to real and makes you wonder on a deeper more religious level am I truly opening myself up to something greater, whether it be divine intervention, or the presence of evil. Don't get me wrong this is a fictional book, Lola White is just that great of a writer. She has you call in to question things you hadn't truly thought of before.
This book will evoke emotions in you that you won't expect, so be prepared for one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride. Plus the hot and steamy adult scenes will have you talking a long cold shower...and re-reading them several times over.
Lola White, Thank you for bringing this wonderful work of art to readers everywhere.
If you haven't had an opportunity to download or read this don't wait it's worth it!
The plot was intriguing and I thought the premise regarding the mysterious Garguiem was interesting!
Characters are individually well defined with their own mannerisms and vocabulary. Speaking of which-if you don't like strong cussing then this isn't the story for you!
I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. It looks like a story about Liah (Levi's sister) is coming and I'm wondering if we'll see who Sister Margaret was talking about that wore the pendant of the mark each Garguiem has on their hand.
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