Series: Kissed by Death #3
Published by: Entangled Teen on June 2, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.
Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge.
When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: I love Easton!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
After all this time, we finally get Easton’s story! And I have to say, it was a pretty good story. Yay! Easton was exactly the kind of broken, bad boy I suspected and I loved that it took someone as pure and good as Gwen to make him realize the good in himself and his ability to love. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good Paranormal YA, and even longer since I’ve been in this reaper world. We’ve seen the Inbetween and also the heavenly side of things and now it was time to dive into the true horrors of hell. Tara surprised me with how vivid and detailed she was with all the horrors of hell. That was easily my favorite aspect of the book as most of the time authors tend to gloss over the finer, horrific details and then Hell doesn’t really feel like Hell. That’s not the case here at all and I loved it!
Easton was every bit as damaged and tortured as I thought he was. More even. It was sad learning of all the things that happened to him while he was alive and also all the years he’s been a reaper. He truly thinks he’s a bad guy, undeserving of love and care. Yes, he’s rough around the edges, but not in an overly jerky way. It also sucked having to shoulder the burden that Finn and Anaya left behind after they went after what they each wanted, not that I faulted them for it. That, of course, leaves an over-worked and bitter Easton.
Gwen has lived a sheltered life as a heavenly angel. She’s never seen the true horrors of the world or of hell, but when fate makes her path cross with Easton’s, he’s about to show her the worst of it, whether they both want to or not. What I liked most about Gwen was her need to help others. She has a gift where she can absorb the pain and negative emotions of those she touches and she sees so much pain and sorrow in Easton, she’s inherently drawn to him. I will that their romance is a bit off with regards to pacing and such. I couldn’t exactly pinpoint when these two truly fell in love with each other, but it felt a little too fast for me. Yes, they’re good together and after all the “I Love You’s” are said their romance is pretty touching, but their romance on the way to the “I Love You’s” felt a little off. Also, the resolution between Gwen, Easton, and Gwen’s father was a kind of anticlimactic.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read the other books, but I think this one might be my favorite. Easton just stole the show with his tortured, yet loving soul. Even if the romance itself wasn’t a total winner, the story as a whole was great and I really loved Tara’s version of Hell. Descent is a quick and fun read. I really enjoyed Tara’s writing style and her cast of characters.