Book Review: Darkest Heart by Juliette Cross

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The first thing that drew me to this book was the forbidden romance of an angel and a demon - it blurs the lines between good and evil, and it gives a realistic portrayal of love that can be glossed over a lot in other books. Not to mention the hot guy on the cover, let's not forget him and his tormented, broody pose. I have heard a lot about Juliette Cross in the past, but this is the first book I have read by her. Although it took a bit to really understand the world I was diving into, it was written in a way that works whether or not you've read previous books. The hero, Dommiel, has shown up before in other books, so I imagine you, as a reader, would enjoy him even more if you already have a bit of the backstory. But I am impatient and picky about what books I read, and this is the one I wanted. So I read it, previous books be damned. :) High demon Dommiel is a merc for hire, straddling the line between the angels and demons, he helps those who give him enough incentive. Whether they be demon or angel makes little difference. But when a favor is called in requiring him to be saddled with a blue-winged angel named Anya, his patience is pushed to the limits, for here is one angel who could destroy him. Anya is desperate, bitten by a demon prince and slowly being consumed by his essence, she is in danger of becoming a slave. Her only hope is to find the archangel Uriel and have him heal her, but in order to do so, she needs the help of a demon. As they travel together, their prejudices towards each other begin to diminish, and their passion rapidly gains strength. If they surrender to their desires, it could lead to their doom - or their salvation. Dommiel is basically the bad boy of every girl's wet dream. Don't make that face - read the book and you'll agree. He's a demon, so obviously he has done some things that would keep you up at night, but he is also kind to animals, saves children, and stands up to his own kind when it's right. I wouldn't want to take him home to mom and dad, but I love living vicariously through Anya. Anya was a really interesting character to read about, because she's a 400-year-old virgin who desires Dommiel but is fighting it desperately. She doesn't truly know what she's missing, but her feminine instincts tell her that it would be SO good. I loved the angst between them, and it's always nice in these sorts of romances when both characters really start to learn about each other and find things in common. Even though they both know a relationship could be disastrous, they can't help falling in love. It was both hot and sweet at the same time, and I couldn't get enough. I finished reading this at about 1 in the morning, that's how addicted I was. Juliette Cross has got me hooked now! I can't wait to read the next book in the series and get some more demon and angel excitement. Please, can I have some more? **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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