Eve of Darkness by S. J. Day

Book Blurb:
Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel... All in a day's work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long-ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted to kill demons, Eve knows her learning curve must be short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She's also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history...

But she'll worry about all that later. Right now she's more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she'd never quite believed she had.

Eve of Darkness is the first book in the new Marked series by S. J. Day. The author has created a world where Cain and Abel, yes the same brothers from the bible, still exist in the modern times, working as bounty hunters for God. This is the world Eve, an agnostic, suddenly becomes a part of, not by choice, as one of the Marked. The Marked are sinners, branded with the Mark of Cain, who are given a second chance by working off their penance by acting as God’s bounty hunters.

Werewolves, dragons, water demons, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures are the Infernals, which are hunted by the Marked when their number comes up. But Eve instead finds herself being the one hunted by the Infernals. She needs to learn quickly how to defend herself against the Infernals and how the hierarchy of the angelic's justice system works from the Archangels down to the lowly Marked. In the process of learning all this, she suspects all is not calm and serene in the celestial's justice system.

Eve is attracted to both brothers, Alec (Cain) and Reed (Abel), she has conflicting emotions in regards to the both of them. One is assigned as her handler, the other as her mentor. One brother is the definition of the refined, sexy gentleman who she just meets, while the other is the wild, bad ass, hot biker type from her past. There is high-wire sexual tension between Eve and each of the brothers, while they go about trying to figure out the reason why some of the Infernals are after Eve.

On top of everything else, throughout the story, Eve tries to figure out how she can work the celestial justice system so she can get back to her quiet, normal life – minus the Mark of Cain.

Eve of Darkness is a good read, a page turner that starts out sizzling hot and heavy from the get go. The book definitely puts a different spin on the typical Urban Fantasy story with the references to biblical figures intertwined into the modern world. I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, the main character was of Asian ethnicity, this is one the reasons I wanted to read this book. I’ll be there to pick up the next book in this hot, steamy, action filled series.

Future Releases in the Marked Series:
Eve of Destruction - June 2nd
Eve of Chaos - June 30th

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2 comments:

Mishel said...

I went out and bought a copy of Eve of Darkness, w00t, so excited! I really enjoyed your review and I can't wait to start reading the book =D

Fantasy Dreamer said...

I hope you enjoy Eve of Darkness as much as I did! I can't wait for the next book in this series, just a couple of weeks away. :)

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