Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Circle of Darkness
Authors: Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker
Series: Genesis Circle #1
Heroes: D’Angelo Kumar/Angel Bai
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: There isn’t a monster D’Angelo Kumar can’t destroy or a crisis he can’t manage until he meets Angel Bai. The insane attraction he feels toward the sexy waiter is unwelcome because D’Angelo doesn’t have room in his life for relationships. A solitary path is the only option for a man like him, but fighting his growing feelings for Angel may be the first battle he can’t win.
Angel’s abilities extend beyond memorizing the menu at D’Angelo’s favorite Italian restaurant, but he knows better than to trust anyone with his secret. When a vision reveals that D’Angelo’s life is in danger, he will risk everything to save him. The only thing scarier than monsters and demons to Angel is never knowing D’Angelo’s touch.
To say the demon hunter is reluctant to form a partnership with the psychic is putting it mildly, but D’Angelo needs every advantage he can get when the world’s very existence is threatened. As darkness looms nearer, D’Angelo and Angel’s unexplainable connection grows stronger. For a chance at happiness, the two men will need to call upon unlikely allies for an epic showdown between good and evil.
Review: This is a great start to an interesting new paranormal series. Here, the paranormals (i.e., vampires, werewolves, etc.) must also deal with demons. D’Angelo is a hunter, or someone who is not quite human. He was brought up, along with his best friend, Christian, trained and bestowed with special powers that enable them to see and take out demons who cross the plane and cause trouble. D’Angelow and Christian have been on their own ever since the society they grew up in, the school where they trained, kicked them out and turned their backs on them for being gay and therefore unable to procreate to make bigger and badder hunters.
Angel is a sweet young man who happens to have psychic abilities. When he has a vision about D’Angelo losing his soul to a relic, he makes it is purpose to make sure D’Angelo survives. Unfortunately, D’Angelo takes some convincing before he accepts Angel into his life. He has one purpose and one thing he has time for in his life – chasing and killing demons, which doesn’t allow him any time for a relationship. Angel is persistent, and it quickly becomes clear to them both that they are mates. But, before they can really act on their attraction, things ramp up with the relic and possible dangerous demon.
I really enjoyed the rest of the team – Christian is a bit of a mystery, but the two girls are funny and seem pretty badass. Angel’s bff, Meggie joins the crew, though she doesn’t have anything special to add to the group as of yet, though she makes a mean hot chocolate. 😀
The mystery is solved and the demon issue handled with the help of the local Vampire Regent. He seems quite the character as well, and I’m really hoping the next book brings him and Christian together, as they seem to have a lot of potential explosive chemistry.
There is a lot of information given in this first installment, with quite a bit of worldbuilding and set up. Much of it pertains to the laws and rules the hunters and other paranormals must follow in the society, the history of the Institution, and quite a bit about the various demons, but as Angel was learning much of it as well, it felt necessary to the story. I am definitely interested in seeing where this series is headed and am excited to see more if it play out.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*