4 feather #bookreview of NAPHIL’S KISS
by Simone Beaudelaire
Since ancient times, the semi-angelic beings known as the Nephilim have protected the children of men. These chaste, eternal warriors stand between humanity and the Succubae, daughters of Lilith, who drain men of their will through seduction.
Until the day one Naphil, Lucien, first encounters the succubus Sarahi. That day a creature of darkness, sick of the shadows, dares lift her face towards heaven and discovers something she never dreamed she would find… love.
But their love is overshadowed as the long-foretold war between angels and demons threatens to break over the land. For prophecy states that from the mingling of these races will come a warrior who holds the key to victory… or utter destruction.
Disgusted with her life as a life-sucking succubus, Sarahi chooses not to be the demon her mother, Lilith, meant her to be. Wandering around the streets of ancient Rome, hungry, needing to feed, she heads for the Temple of Venus. There, she encounters the celibate Naphilim called Lucien. Thus starts the spark of love that spans centuries before being consummated. And from their union starts the war between dark and light.
This is a poignant tale of old love, young love and lost love. Choices made and ramifications of those choices. That no matter who you are or what other people think of you, you can change your life. You do not have to follow the path that others want you to take.
I really liked the relationship between Sahari and Lucien, that even though she was a succubus, he always treated her as a princess and a lady. Never having doubts in her or giving up on her.
Simone Beaudelaire does a great job bringing the characters to life, and the dynamics of the different lifestyles from Lilith’s hellish domain to the trailer house in the Mojave Desert. During the fight scenes, you feel like you’re right there with them, swinging your blade or sword. This is actually a story I wanted to go on a little longer. I really wanted to see more of Annie and Josiah’s relationship after the dust settled.
Love the steamy, hot book cover.
I highly recommend this book. It should have merited 5 feathers, but there are just too many proofreading errors. So I give it 4 feathers.