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Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Gothic City Lights" by Brindle Chase

Title: Gothic City Lights
Author: Brindle Chase
Publisher: Loose ID LLC
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 185 pages
Heat Rating: Erotic
Rating: 3.5 Cups

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It was just a fling. Lilith Templeton had no clue he was a human agent working for the angels. No big deal, but she got caught and Mother Superior, Portland’s most powerful angel, wants penance. Or death, Lilith’s choice. Being a lowly half-demon and therefore not a participant in the never-ending war for souls, she knows it's insane to cross the full-blood demons like Mother Superior wants. But opting out isn't an option: do or die. For additional penance, she's paired with an angel who not only ignites her lust but something more. Lilith wants to fall in love, to know what it was like to share herself with just one man. Yet since succubi needed to stay sexually satisfied, falling in love with the angel of chastity is a mistake she can’t afford.

Gabriel would have never second-guessed his choice to ascend through the virtue of chastity. Until he meets Lilith. Now, his ascension would be forfeit if he cannot vanquish his need for her. Having no choice but to ignore the fire burning inside them, they work towards tempting the demon cult’s human leader into revealing the hideout. Lilith, sexually irresistible half-succubus, is the perfect bait. Get in, send the signal and wait for the angel to rescue her. Oh and not get killed, or tempt the angel. Simple, right?

Tsteinrid's Review:
Gothic City Lights is a look into the supernatural underworld of Portland, Oregon. Where demons and angels are in a constant battle and lives are at risk.

Can a demon have “good” in them? Can an angel harbor sin in his heart? Those are questions that arise in Gothic City Lights. While the concept of good hearts in demons and an angel with sin on his mind is not new, this story is intriguing.

Lilith is a half demon. She is constantly trying to satisfy her succubus cravings. With sex being the only thing on her mind, the only thing her body craves, it’s her heart that wants more. Years and years of non-stop sex is getting old and the games are getting boring. Lilith needs to mix things up. She didn’t think wishing for change would drop an angel in her lap.

Gabriel has a mission to accomplish, but why is Mother Superior bringing in a demon to help? Not to mention a demon that stirs forbidden things in an angel of chastity. He must remain strong, but it’s really difficult when she is everything that he never knew he desired.

Forced to work together is one thing, but to be forced to live together 24/7 is another. Gabriel is battling his desire to taste and claim her and Lilith is battling new feelings of desire that even a succubus should never have to feel. They each will lose themselves if they fail to stay apart, but how can they, when love begins to fill their hearts.

Something drew me to this story. Even after coming off another book that had deep religious undertones and eroticism that disappointed me, I couldn’t help but want to read this story. I can honestly say that Gothic City Lights did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the foundation of this story. The old good versus evil plotline has been told again and again, but this take was filled with angst and passion. I was constantly wondering how these two people were finally going to come together and I can say that I didn’t see the “how” coming.

Mr. Chase did well and I can’t wait for the next in the series. So why did I not rate this higher then? While I was intrigued with the story it didn’t make me NOT want to put it down. I could walk away and do other things. When a book is really great for me, I just can’t do that.

I do have to give this book credit for making me think though. I was continuously thinking about it. Lilith and Gabriel were on my mind and their plight was burned into my brain. I wanted them together, but just was so unsure how it was going to happen. Mr. Chase really did do a fabulous job working that out. He has a new fan and I am looking forward to the next in the series, Gothic City Lights: Helena. Keep up the great work. This book is a winner!


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