Despite three siblings and his late parents all working in the "family business," Raphael Wilder prefers to go it alone. The life of a sentinel is a lonely one at best, but Raph shuns connection of any kind when pursuing his prey which includes ghosts, demons, ghouls, poltergeists and any other ethereal bad-asses that murder human beings. Feeling responsible for his father's death, Raph won't risk involving anyone in his quests, but never counted on the strong and beautiful Bette Spencer getting involved of her own choosing. Their attraction is mutual, but can only lead to heartbreak when Raph knows he will leave when the case of Bette's nephew's murder is solved, or worse, when one or both of them is dead in the attempt.
It's truly delightful when a book this well written comes along.The story flows naturally and is effortless to read. The characters are believable and very well done. The action is spooky, suspenseful and arrives at a heart-thundering climax without being hokey or contrived. It's exciting, fast paced and has an intriguing premise. Bette Spencer is haunted by the unnatural deaths of her mother and nephew, unable to shake the feeling that something not of this world is responsible. Raph Wilder is not only haunted but tortured by his birth-ordained vocation that has robbed him and his entire family of a normal life. It's understandable that he won't risk getting close to anyone, but the matter is out of his hands the minute he meets Bette. This pair are supernaturally made for each other!
A few minor characters dot the story as well, and though appearances are brief each one of them seems fully developed and has a major contribution to the plotline. I would have wanted to get to know siblings Ariel and Cassiel a bit better but big brother Gabriel really steals the "best supporting actor" title with his sharp wit and "father knows best" attitude. The story clicks along without ever dragging or getting bogged down in extraneous subplots or inner dialogue. I can't say enough good things about this book...it was as refreshing and satisfying as a cold drink on a hot day.
Kudos to author Evie Jayne for a stellar kickoff to a series that will thrill the socks (and pants) off many readers to come!