Reviewed: October 11th, 2022
Released: October 4th, 2022
Genre: MM Romantic Fantasy
Death comes for us all, even those we love.
The line between angel and demon is razor thin. Kai knows this firsthand. As an Emissary of death, darkness follows him like a shadow, leaving him touch-starved and lonely.
Tormented by the error in judgment that killed his only love, he accepts an assignment to redeem himself: hunting down the demons destroying the mortal realm. But fate takes a turn, and Kai finds himself drawn to one of his targets instead.
Demonic martial arts expert Byron Black has struggled to survive his entire life. He has fought for every breath he’s taken and each bite
he’s eaten, yet in the instant when his demise finally seems inevitable, death incarnate steps forward and spares him. Kai is as beautiful as he is terrifying, and although Byron suspects the angel’s interest in him is more than it appears, he can’t stay away.
Together, the pair search for answers regarding who wants Byron dead—and why—but uncovering the truth might destroy them both in the process. Can Kai defeat his inner demons to save the one that has crawled into his bed?
Set in the Star-Crossed Celestials universe, Emissary is a standalone novel featuring an array of creepy crypts and crematoriums, train-top sword fighting, an excessive number of buckles and buttons, and (of course) a Happily Ever After. It can be read as a prequel or
companion story to the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet.
Content warning: scenes of violence and death, including on-page torture of an adult character by a family member.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
Kai is an angel dealing death at the whim of the cosmos, but when the stars deem that one of his targets is not ready to die, Kai has to make a choice. When Kai observes the innocence behind the hard exterior of the demon Byron, he begins to understand why.
When Kai intervenes to save Byron, the demon wonders why this gorgeous angel saved his life, and why he keeps returning.
A bit of a slow start, but the characters hook you in, especially Kai’s struggle with his inner turmoil, and his battle to accept who he really is. Byron is unexpectedly lovable, and the juxtaposition of the pure at heart demon versus the corruption rife in the world works well.
The chemistry between Kai and Byron builds, and the heat is soon scorching. If you love MM fantasy, lovable characters and plenty of spice, then this is the book for you.
Purchase Emissary as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology via Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple and other vendors of your choice.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author A.L. Morrow is the (naughtier) alter ego of a young adult novelist. When she isn’t writing clean(ish) YA tales, “A” enjoys dreaming up steamy scenes and spectacular settings—often along with a touch of magic or myth. She believes that love is love and likes reading and writing various genres of romance, especially stories involving MM and MMF relationships.
In her downtime (what’s that?), A finds delight in scouring for secondhand designer fashions. She briefly lived in a haunted mansion, once took a flight to visit Scotland for a day, and is prone to meeting minor celebrities in random hotel elevators. She resides in the eastern US.
Other books by A.L Morrow:
Watcher, Book One of the Star Crossed Celestials
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