A Secret that Should Never Have Been Revealed
A dark reality lies hidden under our very eyes.
Since their creation, the Màsala have enforced the destiny of humankind on Earth through the Subterraneans, Angels condemned to carry the weight of death on their shoulders in order to please Fate. Evan, a Subterranean, has denied his own nature in order to protect Gemma, the girl he was sent to kill and with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love.
But what are the consequences of cheating Death?
Five months have gone by since her last encounter with Death, and in spite of having experienced the most intense period of happiness in her life at Evan’s side, Gemma’s instinct reminds her that the game is far from over. Evan, overconfident, lets his guard down, revealing an unmentionable secret—an error that can be paid for only with blood. Death returns to claim Gemma, sending its faithful servants to kill her. Desperate, Evan will do anything to save her, but the menace will seek them out even where they feel safest . . .
The challenge between passion and death will pit the protagonists against each other. In the face of jealousy, betrayal, and emotional devastation, Evan and Gemma find it isn’t easy to escape their fate.
Elisa S. Amore doesn’t disappoint with this great second installment in the Touched Saga.
Gemma and Evan are in love and it is so sweet and adorable! Nothing or no one else exists for these two but each other, and they can scarcely bear to be apart. I love their chemistry, and I’m totally sold on the romance. These two belong together. I thought I’d combust alongside our mains if they didn’t get it on! I was a little surprised at the sex scene because it’s more descriptive than you usually find in YA. It’s not overly graphic, so this is more of a caution. I would recommend this for age 15+.
Death is still hunting Gemma, although that part of the plot really only kicks off in the second half of the book. This time, death takes the guise of a familiar face and it is emotional and heartbreaking for everyone involved. I did figure out what was going on a lot earlier than the gang, and there were occasions where I was rolling my eyes at their blatant stupidity.
When I read Touched, I was quite suspicious of Ginerva, but that seems to have been unfounded. She was a great friend to Gemma in this book, and I enjoyed her character a lot. She’s a badass witch who can kick serious angel butt, so what’s not to love about that?!
I love the world Elisa has created, and she is so descriptive in painting that world for the reader. I could easily visualize everything as if I was watching it on a movie screen. The scenes in Heaven/Eden were some of my favorite, and they were so magical and romantic. Swoon. I love the angel and witch combo and the development of those aspects is being consistently built.
Little clues are dotted throughout the book which gradually build to an explosive reveal. Can we just talk about that ending? Wow! My heart was in my mouth reading it! I did predict it (and I was screaming at Gemma in my head for being so blind) but it was still nail-biting and heartbreaking and it ripped me to shreds. I had to read it twice because I just couldn’t believe it happened. Awesome twist, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
We still don’t know what or who Gemma is but it’s pretty transparent at this point – all the clues are stacking up to one obvious conclusion. I won’t say it here in case I spoil it for anyone, but I am hoping this comes out in the next book and that it’s connected to how she will save him.
I did have a few small issues which stopped me rating this 5-stars. For me, the romance totally overshadowed the rest of the plot in the first half of the book, and even though I love them as a couple, and I adore romance, my attention was starting to wander. There were some inconsistencies with both Gemma and Evan’s characters which bugged me a little. For example, Evan is incredibly protective of Gemma but then he makes stupid reckless decisions which jeopardize her safety. Gemma is fierce and brave on the one hand and weepy and whiny on the other. Overall, I enjoy them as characters, but there were some scenes I wish had been written differently. The other aspect I dislike is how Gemma just dumped Peter. So. Not. Cool.
In any event, these minor issues did not detract from my enjoyment. This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it for lovers of paranormal romance that is heavy on the romance. I cannot wait to read the next book!
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Some quotes I enjoyed from my review copy:
“Love has made me crazy but it’s the sweetest form of madness and I accept it willingly.”
“If your heart stopped it would silence mine forever too. I couldn’t live even one minute knowing you were gone.”
“What you need to believe is that I’m a part of you as much as you are of me. You’re here inside me. Always remember that.”
“His kiss made heaven and earth move for me and I was swept up into an infinite sky studded with stars.”