Title: Descent (Kissed by Death #3)
Author: Tara A. Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: 06/02/15
Summary from Goodreads:
He’ll destroy everything and everyone to save her…including himself.
Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for more than four hundred years. So when he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel that knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.
Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen will do whatever it takes to get close to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and become a reaper herself. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to Hell will go for revenge.
When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will destroy everything and everyone to save her. But as the darkness closes in, will he be able to save himself?
I’ve been waiting for this book for TWO years, ever since I read Blurred. I couldn’t wait to read Easton’s story, a character I grew to love in the few scenes he was in during the first two books. And let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait (even if it wasn’t my favorite in the series).
It’s a short book, and not much feels like it happens, but it’s more character-driven than about the plot. It’s more about two characters who grew up with different worldviews and who are the complete opposites. One who grew up sheltered from all the bad, a Heaven’s angel who spreads joy to people who need it. And one who only knows Hell and death, pain and torture.
I loved Easton in the first two books, and that didn’t change in this one. If anything, I fell even more in love with him, with his quiet shield, his soft heart, his caring nature. He likes to believe that he’s just like any other Hell reaper, that he belongs there. But he’s not. Even when he has to do his job, he does it differently. He cares. He’s just… closed himself off, locked his heart away, because anything else would just cause him pain. He remembers everything about his past, and it haunts him. But Gwen shines, and her inner beauty and light brings joy into his life, his heart. He starts to hope, to believe, to love again. It was a beautiful journey to watch, seeing this tough-as-nails character take off his armor and find peace.
I also loved Gwen, the newest addition to this series. She was such a wonderful character, one who was inherently kind and sweet and joyful. Someone who loved making others happy, and who believed in humanity and the people in it. When she has to go into hell with Easton to save someone, she’s forced to face ugly truths. That not everyone is good. That not everything is all sunshine and rainbows. But her views before weren’t necessarily naive; she’d just never seen the dark side. Not like this. And you know? She still powered through it, with strength and determination and bravery. But most of all, with hope.
Their romance developed quickly, very quickly. And normally I don’t like insta-lovey romances, but there are times, and there are books where it doesn’t matter how long the two main characters have known each other. What matters is that I believe it. And I did believe it with Gwen and Easton. They made each other’s lives better, and they formed a lasting connection after all they go through in this book (which is a lot).
I would have loved more of the secondary characters, though! I was missing them, especially Cash (my love). ;) I wanted more of their interactions, especially with Easton and his fellow reaper friends, though we do see them all near the end. The plot was a little predictable, in that I knew it would end happily so nothing made me on-the-edge when it came to the characters’ lives. But that’s totally okay! I was just SO HAPPY with the story and with the ending. It was so much fun to read, and I’d really missed these characters, and I kind of don’t want it to all be over. CAN THERE BE MORE, PLEASE, TARA? MAYBE A SCOUT NOVELLA IN OUR FUTURE?
Descent was well worth the wait! It was intense, and a little heartbreaking, but the journey these two characters go on was so beautiful to read about. :)
Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.