Series: The Age of Gray #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Semi-explicit sex scenes, attempted sexual assult
Reviewed by: Kate
Love can stand the test of time. Can it rise above the taint of Hell?
Age of Gray, Book 1
Lady Katherine Blakely is married to a monster. On the same night she witnesses how low her husband can sink, she meets a charming stranger, a gentleman from top to toe. Yet even her gallant rescuer is possessed of a dark side.
Lord George Draconis Thornton, commander of the Dominus Daemonum, is on a mission to expel the demon prince Damas back to the underworld. But a golden-haired beauty derails his plans and stirs an attraction he’s never felt before, not even for his centuries-dead wife.
Discovering Lord Blakely is in league with Damas, George sweeps Katherine away from the chaos and devilry threatening her life. With every touch, their love grows by joyful leaps and bounds.
Sensing his enemy’s vulnerability, Damas kidnaps Katherine to his hellish lair, where he wages a sensual assault on her defenses. As George tears at heaven and earth to find her, he is painfully aware of only one way to save her soul. The cost will break her heart…and destroy his own.
Warning: Contains wolves in gentlemen’s clothing, a precipitous descent into Hell, and a frightening glimpse of a post-apocalyptic world where angels and demons wage war for dominion on earth.
A sweeping romance that spans centuries, THE DEEPEST WELL is a spin-off of the dark and sexy Vessel Trilogy. THE DEEPEST WELL bookends the Vessel Trilogy, with the action taking place both before and after that series, and I think the people who will most enjoy this book are those who have already read it.
There is a lot I would warn you about in this book - infidelity, dubious sexual consent, and a suicide attempt top the list, and this is not really a book for the feint of heart. Dark and dangerous, THE DEEPEST WELL gives us the back-story of Kat and George that was only hinted at in the Vessel Trilogy.
The story starts out in historical England, and feels like any paranormal romance, except the villains are around every corner, and they're even more sinister than you could imagine. We get to see a younger Jude, who exudes sexiness, and in the epilogue, Cross does an excellent job of setting up the next book in the series. The world-building is a bit lighter than the Vessel Trilogy, with some background coming from George as a bit of an info-dump in his conversations with Lady Katherine.
I would definitely recommend THE DEEPEST WELL for those who have read Cross's previous trilogy, and even for those who haven't. The romance doesn't necessarily need a ton of world-building to enchant, and the book would inspire emotions even if you aren't familiar with the characters from previous books. If you like your romance a little darker, more intense, and with angels and demons, look no further than THE DEEPEST WELL.Series Titles:
- The Deepest Well
- The Darkest Heart
- For another series by this author, try The Vessel Trilogy.