on March 9, 2012 :
As a self-proclaimed lover of all things action, sci-fi and sarcastic, let me tell you, this story has it all. The plot is rich as we are introduced to a world with Seraphims and mystery. Each of the characters are awesome (but realistically flawed--there be no Mary Sues in this fic).
We start off by meeting Lasca, who is an absolute hoot with her quirks. She is a a lusty reluctantly-successful photographer/professor who always has an amusing way of looking at situations. Some of her asides are hysterical. Seriously. I love watching her growth throughout the entire novel. By the end, you'll totally be recognizing that Chez isn't the only badass in the family.
Speaking of Chez...By chapter two we meet Chez, who has a unique characterization of being an extremely sarcastic ex-military mercenary who is also a "schmuck". When the plot gets going, he reminds me a lot of John Crichton (Farscape) with his ability to adapt to an seemingly impossible situation. And we all know how I feel about a man with a gun. Well, he's got two. And he's named them.
Then there is Owen who isn't who (or what) he seems to be! I can't exactly get into details about him without major spoilers, but he's awesome. And if you are a fan of awesome bromance, then you are going to love and adore the interaction between him and Chez.
I could go on and on about the adorable sweetness of Gianni (If you enjoy a good slow-boil UST-y relationship, then you'll squee and flail for Lasca and Gianni), the serenity of Andro, the tough-guyness of Lei and his crew, but really? You should read this book for yourself.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)