Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

TEMPTED BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

TEMPTED BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian
Tempted by Midnight
by Lara Adrian

Series: Midnight Breeds #12.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Lazaro Archer has been working non-stop for the Order since the night his entire family was massacred, except for the one member who was with him and away from the family home at the time. Even Lazaro’s Breedmate was brutally murdered.  Now Lazaro is trying to help the Order make a political alliance with one of the major human families in Europe. It will be a tricky meeting, but Lazaro has no worries, because he knows the Breed ambassador who is coming to the meeting.  That all changes as the meeting begins, and ends, with murder.

 

Melena Walsh is a Breedmate and the daughter to the ambassador.  She knows that her appearance at the meeting is breaking the arranged rules, but she also knows that she couldn’t tell her father “no”, or the meeting might not have happened.  All appears to be going great as the meeting goes on, with the exception of Lazaro’s glaring at her and treating her like the child he once met and saved.  Just as it appears that not only is the meeting a success and the alliance will happen, the night erupts in flames and Melena’s life is forever changed.

 

Lazaro manages to save Melena from drowning, gets her to safety, and learns the real reason she was there at all. He knows that somewhere, the Breeds were betrayed and good men were lost. What Lazaro cannot accept is the feeling that he has towards Melena and his longing to make her his Breedmate. Having lived through the pain of losing his previous Breedmate, the last thing he wants is to risk that type of pain ever again.  Melena is surprised by the passion she feels towards Lazaro, but she could have accepted it, if he didn’t push her away every chance he has.  Melena accepts Lazaro’s feelings and leaves only to find the worst betrayal and danger ever imagined. Lazaro realizes his huge mistake almost immediately and goes after Melena just as he feels her terror. Can he make it to Melena before whatever is threatening her can harm her?

 

A night filled with death and betrayal begins a journey of passion and love in Tempted by Midnight.  Melena and Lazaro have much more to work through than falling in love as they met for a second time. Lazaro has lived the last several years only worrying about what the Order needs from him to succeed while striving to get it. For the most part, Melena, since reaching adulthood, has been sheltered through working with her father. While I could understand why Lazaro acted the way he did, I was almost glad when he sent Melena away so she wouldn’t have to deal with his bitter pain. However, I knew that something would happen to bring them back together—not that I would have guessed the mad twist at the end.  Tempted by Midnight shows that everyone can be given a second chance to discover love, you only have to accept it.

AZAGOTH by Larissa Ione

AZAGOTH by Larissa Ione
Azagoth: A Demonica Novella
by Larissa Ione

Series: Demonica #10.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal…or destroy.He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth’s power, he’s bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release.She’s an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can’t escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth’s underworld realm, she finds that her past isn’t all she can’t escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it’s forever…

Lilliana is an angel with a problem. She knows that she has broken a rule in her job as a Time Traveler and will probably be punished for it—even if she only broke the rules under duress and with extenuating circumstances. But when she is called before Raphael, she is given the worst news. Lilliana’s punishment is to be sent to the Underworld to mate with Azagoth and to be stuck in Sheou-gra forever. Her traveler’s soul will fry up and die under those circumstances. But just as Lilliana is forced to agree to this punishment, she is given an out to escape both Azagoth and to keep her wings and place in Heaven.

 

Azagoth, the Collector of Souls, is tired of being used by the angels and being alone.  He wants a mate, and he wants a willing one. Like that will happen when he is also known as the Grim Reaper, but that is what he bargains with the next time one of the Heavenly Hosts shows up wanting something from him. He is very surprised to learn that they have a mate for him and that it happened so fast. Not sure what to expect and sure there is a catch, Azagoth makes arrangements for the arrival of his new mate.

 

Lilliana expects to hate Azagoth on sight, but instead she feels confusion and that leads to passion—one that Lilliana fights with her entire being so she can do what was demanded of her to escape Sheoul-gra. Azagoth isn’t sure he believes that Lilliana is there of her own will, but when she gives him a gift of an hour’s travel to somewhere in the world, he accepts Lilliana and her gifts with wonderment and happiness.  The days are ticking away and Lilliana hasn’t managed to figure out a way to fulfill her escape clause, and now she isn’t really sure she wants to anyway. The unexpected passion that she and Azagoth have found might be worth living in Sheoul-gra, especially with the changes that appear to be taking place in both of them. But before she can decide what to do, Azagoth learns of what she was asked to do and throws her out of Sheoul-gra and his life. Back on the earthly plane, Lilliana may have lost her love, but she still wants to give him something his heart desires, and she finds a way. Broken hearts have a way of staying broken or healing depending upon the parties involved. Can a miracle happen to heal Azagoth’s and Lilliana’s hearts in time to save their love?

 

Heaven and Hell come together as love blossoms between to lost souls in Azagoth. I totally fell in love with Lilliana and Azagoth as I followed their journey. I really enjoyed watching as they were able to heal places deep inside themselves as their passion grew. Knowing his past, I could understand why Azagoth acted as he did, but I was very happy when he was forced to see the truth and not a betrayal. Lilliana had me as I watched her give Azagoth his wish even as her heart ached. Azagoth is a love story filled with the joy and wonder of falling in love while showing the pain of misunderstanding and separation and a pure happiness of acknowledged love.  I’m really hoping a certain archangel will get what has been coming to him for a few books now in the near future.

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