Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.
Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge.
When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?
“Love was a product of the work that we did. The kisses, the intimate whispers, the innocent touches that meant more than words could ever express–these were things that I’d never have. Things I was never supposed to want. I was merely the spark to ignite the flame. I was never meant to experience the burn.”
I know I say that I don’t get a chance to read a lot of YA books that often anymore and I think that is something that I need to change. This book is another great example of why I love this genre. I have always been a fan of paranormal romance. I love a good angel/demon story and this one was just fantastic.
Descent follows the story of Easton and Gwen and is told from dual points of view. Easton is the reaper from hell. He doesn’t believe in love or happiness. He’s only known death and darkness for the past 400 years. The last thing he planned on was meeting Gwen. While going to reap some souls, he encounters Gwen and another angel. He’s intrigued by them. They just radiate goodness and are distracting him from doing his job. See not only has he been reaping souls for Hell, he’s also been helping bring souls to heaven. And that’s what he has to do, bring a soul to heaven. Unfortunately, by having to do that, he’s counting on his partner to bring the other soul to heaven. And lets just say, his partner didn’t fully understand what was being asked of him………
Gwen is an angel of joy. She’s lived in a “bubble” for the past 17 years, only seeing happiness and joy. Seeing a soul getting reaped first hand has a lasting effect on her. She wants to know more now. She no longer wants to be shielded from the bad. She wants to see and understand it all. What does that mean exactly? Well, looks like Easton has a new job. Easton is supposed to show Gwen a few reaps and scare her back into the world that she’s always known. Little did he know that Gwen had a different mission in mind. Just how far into Hell is Gwen willing to go to complete her mission? Will she really be safe with Easton? Will Easton be able to protect Gwen at all costs?
I have to say, I was immediately drawn to this book because of it’s cover. Then I read the synopsis and knew I just had to read this book. I was pulled in and captivated by this story from the first page. The plot was so refreshing from what I normally read. One of the things that I loved was the mature feeling of the book. I didn’t feel like I was reading a YA book. I loved the world-building. The author gave such great detail to what her vision of Hell would be. It felt very realistic and was very easy to visualize.
I was intrigued by Easton as soon as I met him. He had a darkness to him. He was so sad, so broken. I just wanted to know why he was the way that he was. I enjoyed watching his character grow throughout the story. He went from unfeeling and not caring about anything or anyone to seeing that maybe he does deserve goodness and love. That maybe there is somethings that are worth fighting and sacrificing for. And Gwen…So curious. Always wanting to fix things and people. Feeling that pull to take ones pain away. Never wanting to give. She was such a strong character. A lot stronger than most people gave her credit for.
Descent was a quick, but enjoyable read for me. The characters so intriguing. The story-line captivating. It made me laugh and swoon. I loved the push and pull between Easton and Gwen. I loved the angst, romance, action and paranormal elements. Overall, I just really enjoyed this story. This is my first book by this author and I’m really looking forward to diving in and reading the first two books!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Entangled Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*