Title: The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Publisher: Dorcester LoveSpell
Percy and Alexi are finally together. The Guard accepts her as their seventh member and as a goddess incarnate. Even though a supernatural war brews on the horizon, they have the ghosts of former Guard members to help them fight it. When Hades himself threatens, will they be able to defeat such a powerful evil?
Like when Chuck and Sarah in the TV show Chuck got together, I kind of felt like, Where can Alexi and Percy really go now? I loved the dramatic acceptance/rejection cycle in the first novel, even though I’m typically not a romance fan. Now that the hero and heroine are getting married, one of the big losses in the novel was that anticipation of a connection.
When rumors and threats of a supernatural war become truth and an ancient enemy reappears to claim his long-denied bride, the Guard band together with a few deceased members of the older Guard generations to defeat the darkness. It was interesting to delve a little deeper into the other members of the Guard, both living and dead.
Percy had a little more backbone, which was great. Alexi was kind of overbearing and I didn’t like him quite as much as I did in the first book. We went from sexy, tortured hero to old fuddy-duddy not wanting to let Percy out to play.
DL is as elegantly written as the first. It has a broader scope, touching on the lives of more characters and expanding the Strangely Beautiful universe. We learn more about the underworld and why Percy is so desired by Hades, and what drives the Guard to fight to their inner demons as well as the ones actually threatening them.
It’s a beautifully written, engaging novel that sweeps the reader into a darkly luminous time and place. Of course, I recommend it, and look forward to reading any more books in the series!