Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield, the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him, and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.
This was a really excellent urban fantasy story. Our hero Cooper Causey is
a really likable curmudgeon, hiding away from the world in a series of
meaningless sexual encounters, before he’s dragged into a supernatural war
and his own past.
Cooper is a refreshing protagonist, in that he feels very original and
well rounded, largely free of well worn tropes. It’s nice that he and his
love interest are both in their thirties, as the genre seems overpopulated
with innocent young things.
When his beloved grandmother goes missing he discovers his bloodline can
be traced back to angels and the special properties of his blood has made
his family a target for fallen angels that are basically vampires. The one
weakness of the story was a rather large and lengthy exposition on the
entangled histories of his family and the supernatural beings that left my
head spinning a bit, but I was still able to follow along.
At his side is his first and only love, his dead older brother’s best
friend, Randy. Cooper made a clumsy pass at Randy years ago after his
brother’s funeral and they haven’t spoken since then. Randy is now a cop
and recently divorced, and of course Cooper’s love isn’t nearly as
unrequited as he thought.
There’s minimal sex in the book but it’s more than made up for by the
powerful chemistry between the two men, and the strong plot and
The last section of the book takes some unexpected twists and turns that
were pretty exciting and things end very satisfactorily but left me really
hoping for a sequel to see what happens next.
Gary Furlong does a warm, well rounded reading, bringing the different
characters to life and enhanced the experience.
5 of 5 stars!
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