Genre: Contemporary, GLBT (M/M)
Length: Novel (168 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Adam Hardy’s assignment was clear: Infiltrate the pseudo-biker gang Fallen Angels and bring back the dirt on their big boss, Lucifer. Nowhere in the mission statement did it tell him to fall for the local leader, Mammon, named after the fallen angel of greed. Marc, aka Mammon, thought that a quick dip would sate the lust he held for the newest Fallen Angel. After all, Adam would never be his now that Lucifer had taken an interest in the pretty boy. Was intent on making him a golden boy.
Who knew sex and an unexpected bond of trust would bring Adam and Marc together while they tried to take Lucifer down and out of their lives forever?
When Adam left on a trip with Mammon, leader of the Fallen Angels to meet up with Lucifer, the big boss of the crime organization he was sent in to bust, he just wanted to come out of his assignment alive. But Mammon (or Marc) is suspicious of Adam and when they arrive at the remote cabin where Adam believes they would meet Lucifer he tests him. However, the attraction that both men had been trying to keep under wraps blows up in their faces and they have the most incredible sex. Later when Marc finds evidence that he’s been betrayed by Adam, someone he was beginning to trust who had been with his gang for over 4 months and for whom he was beginning to have strong feelings, he’s understandably furious. Fists fly and they have an all-out brawl, but before they get to the point of killing each other Marc gains the upper hand and demands answers.
Unfortunately the answers are what Marc dreaded and he has few options. He could kill Adam, give him over to Lucifer, or he could let him go. He knew how Lucifer’s vengeance would play out and even though he was very angry with Adam he did not think he deserved the punishment that Lucifer would mete out. Adam, in the meantime, realizing that time was running out for him, made a proposal that would allow both of them to get rid of Lucifer. But Marc is in no mood to deal until Adam finds his Achilles heel, his teenage sister who had been adopted and was being financially supported by Lucifer. Marc then admits to Adam the real reason Lucifer wanted to meet him was to make him his next golden boy, or kept stud, a position that Marc had held several years before.
Eventually they decide to let the meeting with Lucifer proceed but it did not go according to plan because Lucifer wanted to sample the goods, Adam, as soon as he arrived and this created a rift between Adam and Marc who could not deal with the thought of his lover being with Lucifer. Eventually Marc and Adam have to make a hasty getaway as their plans go awry but Lucifer was not one to give up a chance at revenge. He wanted to teach Marc and Adam a lesson they would not soon forget about the penalty for trying to double-cross him and they found themselves in a situation where Lucifer demonstrated who really had power and the ensuing battle is a fight to the death.
This suspenseful tale had great writing, as usual, from Marty Rayne who is fast becoming an auto buy for me. This is an excellent book with two main characters that were strong men yet they were vulnerable to each other. Her characters are well rounded, the dialogue is great, the pace is fast and the reader goes from one double dealing, double crossing situation to another in a complex plot that kept unfolding. The main protagonists and the supporting characters were very well done and Marc’s teenage sister was especially memorable. The author used an unusual technique in Fallen Angels in that there were two first person POVs – the reader is in the heads of the two protags in each succeeding chapter. While it’s cheating, in a way, it worked here and I didn’t find it at all confusing as this technique gave another dimension to the story.
If you like stories with lots of action and adventure, excitement, loads of very hot sex, suspense and violence, then you can’t miss Fallen Angels. I loved this book and highly recommend it.