Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The Wanderer's mission three decades ago: secretly sire children to hide his bloodline, and protect them until their destinies can unite in the final battle between good and evil. That time has come...
Cara Collins, the First of the Holy Twelve, longs for one last peaceful weekend with her bridesmaids as she plans her wedding to Simon Young, her former Trinity Guardian, before duty calls with the Angelorum to gather the Twelve and prepare them for battle. Life, as she knew it, has changed; weird is Cara's new normal. Her newly acquired Nephilim DNA is wreaking havoc on her and those closest to her as her body transforms into Amazonian proportions and an overabundance of pheromones threatens to land her in hot water with Simon--not to mention a sudden suspicious outbreak of "insta-love" among her friends.
Michael Swift, Cara's Trinity Messenger, has spent months running from his attraction to Cara's brazen best friend Sienna, the only woman who has ever skirted his considerable defenses. But if he wants a future with her, he must confront his tormented past head on, or risk losing her and destroying the future of the Angelorum.
As dark forces and outside threats gather, Cara has more to worry about than fitting into her wedding dress and playing Cupid to her friends. A second encounter with rocker Brett King shows Cara once again that there are no coincidences. One of the Wanderer's children, Brett and his secret siblings are the key to gathering the rest of the Twelve.
When the newly forming team finally comes together, an unexpected revelation shakes them to their core. They must all look deeper into their souls as new secrets come to light to discover what's really at stake in the final battle between good and evil... if betrayal and Lucifer don't rip them apart first.
I received an physical copy from the tour host in exchange for participation in the blog tour and an honest review.
I read and reviewed the first book in the series and was pleasantly surprised by how spectacular a read it turned out to be. The mesh of fantasy coupled with a dash of interesting angelic history was a great pairing for the fictitious world O'Connor created. When told that the second book was becoming available for review on a tour, I had to act quickly. I had to know what happened to Cara and her motley crew of angels and humans bent on stopping the forces of evil and fulfilling their destinies.
Cara knew that things were changing in her world, but the extent to which that was happening surprised her. She knew after being given Nephilim DNA that she would be changing physically and even in the depths of her powers. What she didn't know was that her friends would also be slowly changing and shifting around her as well as they find their places in this new world of hers. Cara thought she was in for a little fun with her friends before she committed her life to Simon Young forever. A few growing pains and hormone spikes wouldn't stop her from doing so. But the forces of evil don't much care whether Cara wants a bit of freedom to enjoy a normal life and a normal wedding, they want what they want and they will do anything to get it... even attack the people she loves the most.
Michael shared a kiss with Sienna. Just a kiss. So why couldn't he stop thinking of her? Why was he desperate to talk to her and be with her but at the same time absolutely terrified to do so? Michael has a dark past that he never lets anyone know about. He knows he will not be able to hide anything from Sienna if he actually gave into his attraction to her and pursued a future with her. However, for whatever reason Michael can't stop himself where Sienna is concerned. If he is to be with her, he has to figure out how to tame his demons and none of his martial arts training will be of much help in that task.
I absolutely loved that this next chapter in Cara Collins's world was more centered around love and romance. While the first book was good, even thought it was more about setting the stage and relaying the plot, I liked that this one allowed me to get to know each of the previous book's characters (and even some new ones). I got to know more about Michael especially and he had been one of the characters that intrigued me the most in the first book. He was so mysterious that I knew he had to have a past that was more than a little troublesome. The angelic history was still there, the interesting battle between good and evil was still apparent, but the introduction of new characters and the budding romances that could be showcased in the next books, make me hungry for more. I
If you are interested in a book that has a lot of hot romance, a new and intriguing plot line, and a cast of characters you will fall in love with, this is the book for you.