Title: Gothic City Lights: Helena
Author: Brindle Chase
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance - Angels, Demons
Helena must have fallen into disfavor with Mother Superior. Her latest assignment to pose as a stripper and infiltrate the notorious underworld lair Gothic City Lights was outrageous! She -- an angel of charity -- was required to display her pure, perfect flesh to bait and eliminate a demon lord.
Demon-hunter Antonio Bendicini was bred for war. Sent to Portland to reduce the rampant population of demons there, he is quickly mired in an ancient war between angel and demon.
Both after the same mark, their paths collide. Helena could never have prepared herself for Antonio. Huge, hideously scarred from years of battle, and ugly, he was a true warrior, just like she, and he ignited something she’d never felt before: lust.
In "Beauty and the Beast" fashion, their desires entwine with molten ferocity and she falls to her want. Helena realizes she cannot complete her mission, because her heart belongs to the human. Determined to devise a new plan where she need not display her naked flesh for any man save Antonio, Helena is captured by the demon lord. Antonio must swallow his pride, stay his wrath, and join forces with the angels to rescue her before she is killed -- or worse -- defiled.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence
My Review -
First I would like to start off by saying I was very surprised by the book on so many different levels. One of the things that struck me about the book was the very different world that the author developed consisting of angels and demons, compared to others I have read. In Gothic City Lights the angels are earthbound who have 770 years to complete their mission of saving souls and fighting demons before they can ascend to being a true angel. However, these angels seem more human then angels. They may be stronger and faster then humans, but they fight with guns, have very strong emotions such a anger and will do anything it takes to capture a demon including strip.
I really connected to both Antonio and Helena because both had flaws and together they were able to overcome their doubts about themselves and open up to someone who could see their inner beauty. Antonio is rugged, tough and broken in some ways, never having been loved by anyone. He has spent his life fighting demons and he has the scars across his body and face to prove it, but the biggest scar lies in his heart. When Helena sees Antonio while she is stripping at the strip club for the first time to lure a demon she is instantly attracted to him. The is something about him that touches her heart and soul. At first Helena mistakes Antonio as the demon she is trying to lure, but soon finds out he is a warrior like herself battling evil.
Antonio has never seen anyone so beautiful in his life and when he has the chance to kiss Helena he takes it knowing he will never have another chance and that a beauty such as Helena would never want him. However, the connection is too strong for both of them with Helena needing to find out more about this man who stirs her and the man who can't get Helena out of his head.
What happens next is one very hot and intense sexy scene that had both craving for more, but at the same time breaking down barriers that each put up around their hearts. There were so many tender moments where Antonio's disbelief surrounding Helena's love for him were heartbreaking and truly made this reader's heart ache for him.
The consequences of Antonio's and Helena's relationship really drew me in as I really didn't know what to expect and I was quite surprised. The author did a great job in creating tension and drama as well as some very erotic scenes that tested Antonio's resolve and commitment to Helena.
I really enjoyed this book and I am really looking forward to more in this series because who would have thought that angels were able to have such intense sexual needs and a Mother Superior who lets her angels have a little fun on the side.