Silk Road - T.J. Michaels The first Descendant in millennia with the power to use an ancient artifact is being hunted. By the good, the bad…and the worst.

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Every rogue longs for a second chance, right? Wrong. Larien, former angel of The Host is not looking for redemption. What he needs hasn’t been seen in millennia but he’ll search the ends of the Earth to find it – from the hills of San Francisco all the way to…the Silk Road.

Jayla Protegenu learned as a child to call her protectors to keep at bay the things that prowled the night. Now, as a woman grown, she never expected one of those protectors would be a Fallen angel - Larien. His job: to help Jayla find the mythical and mystical Seal of Solomon.

Even among those who created the very meaning of good and evil, nothing is black and white. Neither friends nor enemies are what they appear

This is a fabulous book. I am not sure I can find the words to do it justice. Right off the bat this book has a wonderful mythology and the author really took her time and learned the facts and made sure things were accurate. That much is clear. That aside, there is the simple WOW factor. Angels fighting demons to save all of humanity.

In this book, angels and all manner of paranormal creatures live side by side with humans. Some are very aware of this fact while others are blissfully ignorant. Ms. Michaels did a wonderful job of creating a rich and detailed world that took my breath away. I have to admit, I did not fly through this book like I may normally do. This book is such a feast for the senses that I found myself reading slowly and taking my time to enjoy it. The exotic locations were wonderfully detailed.

And the characters! The heroine is a strong-willed woman who does not falter when incredible odds are thrown at her. She is not looking to be “rescued”. She wants to kick ass and take names. Then there is the bad ass alpha hero. He is a fallen angel so he also has that bad boy vibe. There are numerous secondary characters and they all add to the story. Of course this book is only the first in the series so I look forward to seeing these characters in the future books.

The relationship between Jayla and Larien is fraught with forbidden desire and a love to conquer all. The buildup was perfect. The chemistry between the characters was exquisitely detailed by Ms. Michaels.

Ok, I am running out of adjectives to describe how totally awesome and wondrous this book is, so just read it for yourself. Right now. Put it on your, “have to read it now!” list. I swear you will not be disappointed.