“The first Descendant in millennia with the power to use an ancient artifact is being hunted. By the good, the bad…and the worst.
Every rogue longs for a second chance, right? Wrong. Larien, former angel of The Host is not looking for redemption. What he needs hasn’t been seen in millennia but he’ll search the ends of the Earth to find it – from the hills of San Francisco all the way to…the Silk Road.
Jayla Protegenu learned as a child to call her protectors to keep at bay the things that prowled the night. Now, as a woman grown, she never expected one of those protectors would be a Fallen angel – Larien. His job: to help Jayla find the mythical and mystical Seal of Solomon.
Even among those who created the very meaning of good and evil, nothing is black and white. Neither friends nor enemies are what they appear.”
Description taken from authors website
Silk Road by T.J. Michaels was an extremely original take on angels, demons, and everything in between. It is the first installment of the Seals of Destiny series. I must say that historically I do not prefer angels..what can I say? I am a very bad girl! After this book…maybe I will rethink this preference. T.J. Michales defined her characters with such clarity I could easily picture them in my mind and it was a lovely sight!
“Larien stood not five feet from her. And he was just as darkly beautiful in broad daylight as he’d been when he’d waltzed into her bedroom at eleven-fifteen at night a week or so ago.
The faintest bit of pitch black hair was a fuzz over his scalp. Perfectly formed black brows over pretty brown eyes that managed to look intelligent and annoyed all at once, and his sun-kissed skin made her think of warriors and pirates. Like a bad boy wrapped in good guy skin or vice versa.”
Silk Road caught my attention and kept me on my toes through every chapter. There were a few times in the beginning when I thought “I know what is happening … I see where this is going” and…well I was wrong. This was not an accurate assumption. I think I assumed in the beginning that everything was transparent and expected, just because the story seemed so natural. Silk Road twisted and turned flawlessly. The characters were nothing short of fantastic. Broody slightly damaged angel that is snarky as hell…HELL YEAH! Larien was a truly enjoyable and the chemistry between him and Jayla was sizzilin’ hot. Jayla was a terrific female character. Strong, smart, and willful yet feminine and kind. I enjoyed her internal dialog and it was easy to empathize with her emotions. (example)
“Her senses screamed “non-human” loud and clear, like one of those horns people blew at football games. This wasn’t a man. This was a…actually she didn’t know what it was, but the mix of lust and menace that rolled off of it slithered up her body and punched her gut from the inside out. Flesh felt stretched too tight. Perhaps if he touched her in the proper spot, she’d simply zip her skin off and leave it behind, freeing her spirit to float about the room in a gloriously horny haze. Her hair was on fire, blood boiled beneath the scalp. Her mind tore off into two directions. It screamed “Run”, or was that “Stay”…actually she couldn’t remember now.”
Secondary characters were defiantly worth a mention and I liked the fact that not every detail about them was dished out. Chel, Talon and Isthus are great characters and I cannot wait to find out more about them! Silk Road is a truly terrific beginning to this new series.
I give Silk Road 4 out of 5 Bullets!!
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Silk Road will be available for purchase on July 17, 2012!!
I received this ARC directly from the author with no promise of a positive review.