How do you tell Satan that you ran over his dog?
Evangeline Hollis has no idea, and she doesn’t want to find out. She’d rather forget the Infernal that nearly wiped out her training class and killed some of the best demonhunting Marks in the world. Living with the Mark of Cain—and the two sexy brothers who come with it—is trouble enough.
Satan has put a bounty on Eve’s head, and Hell’s denizens are converging on Southern California. The Infernals are complicating Eve’s hunts and creating chaos in her once orderly life. They’ve also brought her to the attention of an overzealous reverend who’s certain she’s Jezebel reincarnate.
About the Author:
S.J. Day’s resume includes a variety of odd jobs ranging from amusement park employee to Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. S.J. is now a full-time novelist.
The story of Cain and Abel in the bible is such a short one with no true details. It is this reason I admire Sylvia Day for how she has been able to twist and meld this story into something so cool.
We come into the third one and it looks like Eve is starting to really like this life. Why, we have no idea but I will assume it is because it isn’t the boring life she is used to. She is learning new things every day, finished with her training, getting better at making friends, and she still has both the brothers at her will- sort of.
At this point she isn’t letting anyone hinder the decisions she decides to make. When Eve has a hunch about something, she follows it and that leads to the cases she ends up with in this story. While trying to think about where it all started she decides they need to go back to the building of which she was originally invited. She finds that all the almost-gargoyles they destroyed are still alive along with the Nix that has been stalking her obsessively since her change. The detectives get in touch with her after the mysterious Punch Bowl Murderer starts killing people that have a history with Eve. This drives her to sincere fury and she starts putting the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what is going on.
In the meantime, Cain seems to be possessed and Eve knows something is sincerely wrong with him. He has a darkness in him that she can’t see passed and they end up breaking up officially. Trough all this, she falls into the arms of Abel not knowing what to do. He finally gives up denying his feelings for her and decides to embrace them. Cain, getting upset about the whole situation goes to find his mother to ask her for advice and she ends up coming earth side with him.
The devil comes up to earth through an emissary that no one seems to figure out to have a discussion with Eve. He agrees to disband the bounty on her head as long as she agrees to trade Cain and Abel’s mother. As a side note, he also agrees to give Raguel back. Eve is conflicted about what to do but agrees and starts thinking about how she is going to trick the devil without getting killed. The devil gives Eve a necklace to protect her from all the demons following her and disappears.
When Eve- the mother of all creation shows up next door, Eve is both confused and bewildered by the woman. She seems to accept her without question until she notices that once again both her sons are in love with
The same woman. Through a series of events Cain and Abel’s mom ends up seeing the necklace and tells Eve of its origin before disappearing back home to get away from danger.
Shit hits the fan in the end and it ends up being Sammuel that saves Eve and all her friends from being killed by his demons. He explains all he wanted was Eve to receive a message through the necklace and now that she has seen it on her sons neck the deal they struck was filled. Raguel and the priest return, and Cain loses his possession but still can’t fully care for Eve. As the story sits, there is still a lot that can be done to it.
There are only a few issues I have with this book. First, when these books started Eve was this bad dash chick who still had an insane amount of class and was very likeable. Throughout the storyline of this book, I started liking her less. I can’t even actually count the number of times Eve flipped people off in this book… Once or twice, okay. She is a bad days. I get it. However, I was actually counted after it started distracting me and she flipped people off at least 12 times in this book. That wasn’t even from the beginning. If she was trying to prove a point to someone, is there no better way that could be handled than “she flipped him the bird.” Twelve times??
While the storyline in this book was the best yet, the writing starting taking a slump. It seemed as if she may have been rushed while needing to write this one. Unfortunately, that makes for more mistakes and less true feelings. Eve wasn’t true enough in this one. If you do continue this series, and I sincerely hope you do Sylvia, please take your time with the next book. You are a much better writer than this book let off. Also, I still like Abel better.