Sunday, 2 October 2016

Return to Me by Nina Croft

Title: Return to Me
Series: Storm Lords (#2)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Amazon
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 8th September 2015
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge,2016 Blogger Shame 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Torrin Stormlord wanted nothing more than to keep his mortal wife at his side for eternity. But when his theft of the Elixir of Life is discovered, his wife is slain and Torrin is stripped of his angel’s wings and cast down into the Abyss. Having drunk of the Elixir of Life, Belladonna Dixon’s soul is tied to the earth in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth. Haunted by nightmares of past lives and deaths, of love and loss, Bella has survived by locking away her emotions. Torrin has spent a thousand years searching for his wife. Now he has found her again. But Bella fell in love with an angel, and Torrin is now the Destroyer, a demon of the Abyss. Can she see past the dark deeds he has committed, unlock her love, and give them both another chance at eternity. 

While Return to Me includes a standalone romance, the characters from book 1 are present in the book and it is advisable to read Remember Me first as it contains important information that is also relevant to this book. This review may contain spoilers. 

I will admit to being slightly ashamed of just how long it has taken me to read Return to Me, especially as it's from one of my go to authors in terms of books I'm sure I'll enjoy (which is in fact one of the reasons I picked up Return to Me this time! The other being I am in an intense fantasy mood at the moment and was wondering if it extended to urban fantasy/paranormal...apparently not but that didn't stop me loving this book). 

While there was great chemistry between Torr and Bella there was still an element of caution on the latters part. While Torr knew about everything that was going on, a condition in his contract with Lillith (in this context the Queen of the Abyss) that said he couldn't tell her anything or risk losing her together), Bella didn't and she exhibited a believable wariness to the situation. 

This was an interesting take on soul mates as well as Heaven/Hell and angels/demons. It was woven together in such a way that everything was interlinked and more information came out in this book than had in the previous one. It gives the book the unique edge that I've come to expect from Croft's writing. 

Once again this has been a great read from Croft and I look forward to reading whatever she writes next!