Cover Him With Darkness by Janine Ashbless
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: October 14, 2014
In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest's fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge.
But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she is torn between family loyalty and her growing connection to their prisoner. One day her father discovers their forbidden intimacy and sends Milja off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston.
Cover Him in Darkness is a dark and thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.
Some spoilers in this review.
As I read the book I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, and I'm still not sure on my feelings about this book. The description really sparked my interest. A fallen angel and a human, sounds great! Then I started reading the book and for everything I really enjoyed there was something I really didn't enjoy.
I liked the religious aspects, it struck a cord with this big Supernatural fan. The idea of fallen angels and this ongoing battle between good and evil is intriguing. That being said, I was really uncomfortable with the sex on the alter in a church. I skipped over that scene.
The scenes between Azazel (the angel) and Milja are hot! But there weren't enough of them. I just couldn't really believe they were falling in love because it seemed like they were never together and when they were together they were either fighting or having sex. I want to see a relationship building and Milja spent more time with Egan.
I also didn't buy the romance, falling in love stuff, because it's said that Azazel has an allure. He can make women fall in love with him. That added to the fact that I didn't see any real foundation for a relationship bothered me, especially the end of the book.
That being said, this book ended with the feeling like there could be more to the story and if that's the case I'll be reading it.