Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you.
Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.
Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.
When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.
ebook, 378 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by TKA Distribution
I’ve been trying for a few days to figure out how best to express my feelings about Raising Cain and have many drafts that I tossed because they just weren’t conveying what I wanted and finally came to the realization that what I liked about this book are the same things that drove me to wanting to toss my ereader into the freezer at times. Sound odd that something you really liked about someone can also drive you bat shit crazy? Possibly, but it’s the truth with this one and here’s why.
Dani. Her past and the things that were drilled into her head from a young age about never telling anyone what her parentage is, of which the Key isn’t apart of because she has no clue that she is even the mythical vessel, and it has made her self reliant, self sufficient, yet weary of getting close to anyone ~ and there are more reasons than just her lineage in this case. With this kind of upbringing she has become a strong and intelligent woman who just wants to be left alone but with all of this she has a difficult time bending metaphorically. Her need to stay in control and belief that she knows better tends to get her into a lot of trouble and some of it she could have avoided if she’d just listened.
Cain. He is an uber Alpha in every way. Sexy as sin (of course he is an incubus so it adds an extra layer of sexy to him), dominant and arrogant and while this was a draw it also grated on my nerves, especially in the beginning. But there is a tenderness to him that comes out at various times that makes you forget the arrogance and with the conflict he is facing you can’t help but want to hug him.
Cain and Dani budding relationship is best described as schizophrenic. No, really it is. They both do the merry go round dance of “I think I like you. I hate you. I think I love you. I hate.” so much that it made my head spin and I really wanted to grab some duct tape and slap it over their mouths to get them to stop baiting each other. Some of this does stem from the fact that they both have their secrets that neither is willing to give up, but most is because they both have strong personalities and neither could let up. But there were moments when their bantering was funny and had me laughing outloud.
Then there is the addition of Armen and Noah (Noah I loved instantly, Armen took awhile but in the end I liked him) Their arrival in the story brought about a little more drama and yet it also signaled the start of actually getting some answers to what the deal with the Key was and how Dani could be it.
This book was a rollercoaster of a ride for me in many ways, from my feelings about the characters to the pacing of the story. It starts off at a good clip and you are definitely tossed right into the world then it speeds up to an almost frantic pace and then slows down quite a bit. I didn’t mind the pace changes and actually liked the slower pace since that’s where some of the pieces start to come together. There is a bit of romance, but it isn’t the meat of the story in anyway and there is no HEA to be had here. The ending does tie up certain threads, but this is a series (Not a serial or standalone) so there is definitely more to come.
Overall: I really liked it even though I did contemplate tossing my ereader into the freezer and can’t wait to see what else is in store for Dani.
~ I received an ARC from TKA Distribution via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~