In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.
Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.
When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.
So the story follows Nina Grey after the death of her father in a car accident, while struggling to come to terms with his death, she meets Jared, a kind stranger who shares a cab with her, so she can get back home. After this initial chance meeting, Nina and Jared can’t help but keep bumping into one another. And its clear Jared knows more than his letting on…
Now, I will admit that there is a trend in books being released at the moment, with “over protective” and slightly “stalkerly” male protagonists, (think Twilight Edward), that I tend to be two minds about, (Good- Every girl wants a guy to whip her off her feet, declare love and protect her…I blame Disney, Bad- What happened to female empowerment?!?!) with this book, I completely forgot about my reservations with this type of romance/male character. McGuire has conjured this world; were the back-story, the elements of supernatural, just make these apprehensions vanish. Yes, at first you find it a little weird and McGuire never makes it seem normal and common place, but as the story evolves, you warm to Jared’s character, in a way I haven’t for male characters recently, and you strive for these two characters to make it as a couple, with every word that McGuire writes. What is more the relationship is so addictive; you won’t be able to put the book down.
The plot flows naturally, there’s a lot of action at the end, and where I would argue with some books, that this would make the ending seem rushed and haphazard, it doesn’t here. The focus of the book is the relationship, and the relationship is crucial to the plot, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of conflict to keep the story going, but if there had been conflict, like that at the end all the way through, the book would not have had the same intoxicating effect, and the relationship between the characters, of both Nina and Jared, and the relationship they create with you, would not have been same. It would have led to a lot of story, but no connection, which makes the difference between a good book, and a great book.