As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.
Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.
Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.
Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...
I am finding more and more urban fantasy stories that are falling more and more into a cookie cutter mold, this book definitely fell outside of it, and I liked it! First off, I appreciated the fact thats he wasn't half naked on the cover of the book. Further, I appreciated the fact that she has a healthy sense of self-preservation, well to a point. This book delved further into angelic mythology than I have ever found need to venture but it wasn't that difficult to understand. I had a tiny bit of a problem understanding the fallen change of command at first but I got it eventually.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Maddy and her men, since she has no female friends, but I especially loved the forbidden chemistry between Maddy and Gabriel. I want to see them together, one because he is a hunk, and two because Nathanial is an ass. I think the plot moved relatively quick with a slight lull in the second quarter of the book, but it picked back up and has sufficient twists to keep me reading. I finished this book in one sitting and will definitely look out for more by this author.
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