Title: Depth of Return (Another Healing #2)
Author: M. Raiya
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal, witches, demons, gay romance, mystery/suspense/ action
Page Count: 231 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Betrayed and left for dead by his lover, North has retreated to a secluded island to nurture his coven of witches and their demon partners. His group uses the magic of starlight to bring as much peace to the world as they can. It’s enough. North has no desire to look for love again.
When an accident on a carpentry job reveals that he is a demon, Alan Holsen is sent to North for training. Alan possesses a rare healing ability—one he might be able to use to close the old wounds in North’s heart. While North teaches Alan magic, Alan teaches North to love again, and they both struggle with the leftover resonance of their haunted pasts.
Just when they dare to relax, North’s old enemy returns—and sets his sights on Alan. To save him, North must enlist the aid of neighboring covens, and he learns he isn’t as alone as he thought. But in the end, only North’s love for Alan and the power of the stars have any chance of saving them.
What do you get when a demon goes rogue??? You get an extremely action pact read. That is exactly what happened in this book.
My opinion of North’s character is he is a loner. After being turned on by who he though was his Demon (Gagnon) two years ago North has pretty much closed himself off to civilization and stays on his private little island and away from most civilians other then his coven. He does not trust easily after such a horrific betrayal. He is happy and content on his island but he is lonely and does not even realize it until he is sent a new student to train.
Once Alan is sent to North to be trained on how to use his Demon magic, weird things start to happen. Things that even as a powerful witch North has never seen before. Things like a dog being trapped in an antique necklace. The more time Alan and North spend together the more connected the two men become. The more connected they become the stronger their magic is and more of Alan’s abilities come too light.
After more time and magic together both men come to realize that they are fated for one another. North is Alan’s destined witch and Alan is North’s destined Demon. This is an extraordinary thing normally but with all the weird things that have been happening and now the return of Gagnon into the picture, something is vibrating in the air and at this point no one is sure sure if it is good or bad.
The more things start to come to light and the more danger that North and Alan find themselves in, it becomes abundantly clear that they both need the one thing that North finds hard asking for……help. With Alan in immediate danger North finally calls for back up for other local covens in hope they have some kind of answers or suggestions on how to help North save not only himself but Alan and the baby that neither of them knew they would find and fall in love with instantly.
From reading the description of this book I was honestly not sure how I was going to respond to reading it. But I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised that by the time I reached the third chapter I was completely engrossed in this book that I was up well past midnight reading it. I could not and did not want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen and if good would prevail or if evil was going to win. I also have to say that for the most part I was not truly sure which it would turn out to be.
As far as North was concerned, I was not too sure about his character in the beginning of the book. I was leaning more towards this dude is out there but the more I read and got to know his character I realized that North was trying to protect himself from being hurt by anyone again. He was closed off not only to the world but also to himself and the prospect of loving anyone ever again. Until Alan walked into his life I truly believe he was just numb on the inside for the past two years.
Alan in my opinion is truly North’s savior. He brought life back into North and gave him the will to live and fight for that life that he so desperately wanted but refused to hope for. If I am being completely honest there was some points in this book that I started to question if Alan was truly as good of a person as he seemed to be or if he was part of a bigger plan that was out to destroy what was left of North.
This book has definitely sucked me in whole heartedly and I will be on the lookout for the next book because I have a feeling it will be another excellent read.