February 20, 2022 04:36 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
During January, I read four novels, two novellas, and three short stories. It was kind of a mixed bag with about half of them not even reaching four stars for me. There was only one book that received a five-star rating from me to make it eligible to be featured as my Book of the Month. This author’s books have consistently received this honor so I’ve featured her work several times before. This one is a paranormal romance roughly long novella or short novel length, so meatier than a short story but not quite as involved as the main novels of the series it comes from. It’s about Azagoth aka the Grim Reaper, who is in charge of Sheoul-gra, the world between the human realm and Sheoul, and a kind of holding tank for the souls of demons and other evil beings. Azagoth has lived a rather lonely existence, trapped in his own realm, and is tired of being alone. He’s decided that he wants a mate and demands that Heaven send him one. Lilliana is the angel who shows up for the job, but given a choice between two unsavory scenarios, she didn’t have a whole lot of say in the matter. However, she’s offered a chance to get out of the deal and earn redemption for her “sins” if she finds and steals a time-traveling device which Azagoth possesses. When she first arrives, Lilliana thinks that Azagoth is a jerk and has every intention of finding the device and getting out as soon as possible, but the longer she stays and the more she gets to know him, the more she sees Azagoth’s gentler side and begins to fall for him. But when he discovers her original intentions, he may not be so forgiving.
Azagoth has earned a spot among my favorite heroes of the series. He has some hard edges, but at the same time, he has goodness in him and a kinder, gentler side. I especially loved his childlike enthusiasm when Lilliana took him outside Sheoul-gra. I also thought that having him so deeply connected to the realm itself was a particularly nice touch. Lilliana is a nice mixture of sweet and sassy. She can hold her own when Azagoth is being difficult, but she’s kindhearted toward him when she learns of his past and his reasons for being where he is. I thought she was an excellent match for him and her grand gesture at the end really solidified their HEA for me. I loved Azagoth and Lilliana as a couple and think they were perfect for each other. Their relationship has a Beauty and the Beast kind of vibe that I adored, while also being extremely steamy. There are some additional developments in the greater story arc that make me look forward to seeing where it all goes. Overall, it was a perfect read that I thoroughly enjoyed. That’s why I’m naming Larissa Ione’s Azagoth as my January Book of the Month. If you enjoy paranormal romance full of adventure and sizzling, swoony romance, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal…or destroy.
Read my complete review of Azagoth.
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