**Please be advised, this book is dark romance and is intended for mature readers. It contains mature and taboo themes and is for readers 18 years or older. Some themes may be triggering. Content in this post is also intended for 18+ readers only.**
Adult, dark romance, fiction
They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.
For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin.
And Raphael lives to sin.
His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.
Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…
Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.
Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.
The Fallen: Genesis is a prequel novella in The Deadly Virtues Series and MUST be read before Raphael (DV: book one).Synopsis provided by Ardent Prose PR.
(Ink Stains are an equivalent to stars in any other form of rating, ranging from the standard 1 to 5 – for this review, they should be blood stains but oh well…)
This book is incredibly dark and mature. It is intended for readers of 18 years or older and contains themes which may be triggering to some. These themes are mature and/or taboo.
Mercy was never awarded by the Fallen.
No one was ever spared.
There was no goodness in their souls.
Tears and cries rolled off their consciences
like raindrops; protests and pleas made them smile.
Wow. Just, forgive me, Father, for I have definitely sinned.
I read this book in about 5 hours, high on anticipation and many, many emotions. All my expectations were completely blown out of the water, in the best of ways, and in my reading time, my French sister was quite humoured by the fact that I just wouldn’t stop moving around. She also laughed because there were some points where I was honestly close to tears, this book got to me that much. Forgive me for all my sins, but this book was incredible.
She would be the saint to his sinner.
The light to his dark.
The chastity to his lust.
When I say this book is deliciously dark, I mean it is dark. If you’re reading this right now and you’re underage, please kindly press here, thank you. If you’re 18+, please be advised, again, of the maturity of this book.
It was lust and want and his greatest fantasy
within arm’s reach that was in control.
And he happily surrendered himself to them.
It takes a certain amount of talent to write dark romance, without it being a complete smut-fest and without it focusing on violence. Cole manages to find that delicate balance between the two and intertwines them in a way that elevates both. This romance is completely unconventional. Not unlike Cole’s other dark romance series, of course, but this one goes a bit above and beyond.
He was beautiful. A fallen angel in the flesh. She wondered if this was what Satan looked like. The most beautiful of men but with the wickedest of souls. He too was a fallen angel, after all. The first. He hadn’t always been evil; he was a child of God. There had been good in him once.
Ultimately, you’re following religion in it’s darkest sense, the romance of a serial killer and the unique relationships these people have with each other. It’s not to say that all religion sects are mirrored from this one, that’s something I feel I have to say – this series isn’t poking fun at, or offending, anyone of any particular faith. This work of fiction needed villains, whether that be the religion itself or how our main men are built for sin, Cole definitely made it believable.
They had been conditioned to hate humanity.
And with the Brethren as their example, who could blame them?
Our main characters in this first book are Raphael and Maria. Raphael, named for the fallen angel, had an explicitly savage upbringing at the hand of the Brethren and now lives his days with his brotherhood, under the leadership of Gabriel, their saving grace. (I quite literally mean saving grace. Gabriel got himself and his brothers away from their life with the Brethren – this is common knowledge for the reader in this book, which is why you have to read The Fallen; Genesis.)
Save him, she thought.
You are here to save him. By any means.
You are here to save his damned soul.
Maria wants nothing more in life than to become a nun, to devote her life to God and be proud of that. For a last trial, she is given the task to bring the Fallen, Raphael, back to Purgatory (read the excerpt of this here!) She’s quite a self-sacrificing character, someone who I think starts of coming from a place that isn’t quite where it should be but growing into her own as the story goes on. The rest, they say, is history.
You would think.
Now, they were all as dark as midnight,
not a single star illuminating their godless worlds.
It isn’t history, not at all. Cole manages to find that delicate balance, which I mentioned before, but ultimately, gives us a dark romance that is a story of what we sacrifice for each other to heal what broke in us long ago. And my gosh, was it glorious.
I would like to confirm that I both laughed and cried with this book. There was a lot of emotion packed into this one book and I honestly cannot wait to get into the stories of the rest of the brothers. (I can’t even pick which brother I’m waiting for the most because I want all of their stories out now!)
Could they be healed?
Could that kind of love save them, save their lost souls?
Was that the answer? Love?
He sighed, shaking the farfetched notion
from his head. It was an impossible dream.