mardi 26 janvier 2016

Levi ( The Garguiem 1) by Lola White

Hello to all,

                        Surprise! For once i manage to post my review on Tuesday like i had planned to^^. Now it's true that i had hoped at first to  finish and post this review for the release date of this book but that wasn't possible so a few days later it's nothing.

I know that this book won't please everybody because of the topic, some really don't like when Religion is used in a romance paranormal or erotic or when religious person are put in question. I can understand that and if it's your case then  you can skip today post if you want. However if you can put your beliefs aside for a moment and see that a story is only a story then you could give this one a try.

Happy Reading!
Publisher: Excessica
Publication: 2016
ISBN:  0373277210
Genre: romance, paranormal, religion, angel, erotic
Violence: strong

Language: strong
sex: very strong
Public: 18+
Source: eARC received in exchange for an honest review

Description from goodreads :

 The Garguiem—fighting evil and corruption through faith, duty and love.

He’s part of an ancient order that’s been fighting corruption within the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages. She’s two months away from taking permanent vows to become a nun.

When Levi is sent to Waterview to investigate the possibility of demonic influences among the diocesan clergy, he meets Marcella, and immediately recognizes her as his other half, his gift from God.

He just has to convince her that love is worth leaving the nunnery for.

But as Levi starts leading Marcella down the path of temptation, her faith is tested in ways she never expected, and the one responsible for bringing evil to Waterview sees his chance to exploit her weakness.

My opinion:
          A very good discovery! This is my first  book from this author and i really enjoyed it ...The Garguiem are a special  group among the catholic  Church dedicated to fight evil when it manifest in  real life. They are part of the Church but no priest at all which means they can have family  but also to help them in their task they got some powers... it differs for each warrior as we learn it can be empathy, better sense, etc.

I admit that  this book could hurt some sensibilities if religion is something for you that can’t be touched and that the simple idea that some people in the system can be corrupted. But if you are open minded this become a very captivating story. For me  all people even priest are first of all human which means that they are not above making errors or worse so the idea of a “real “ divine order to keep the rank clean was very interesting.

I really loved how the author constructed the origins of the Garguiem ( or what we learn of it at this point) and i really loved the fact that for them Female are worth as much as males. It made me smile as for such an old order they were very progressive from teh start in comparaison to the whole clergy. The author also gave nuns an important role in the story, putting them under the light and acknologing their worth that was refreshing.

Now i can still imagine what could bother you but if you remember that Marcella isn’t a nun yet it makes perfect sense! I really loved the Mother Superior and how attentive and open she was, you will see what i means if you read this but i don’t want to reveal too much.

The plot is well constructed, the characters are  touching even if Levi can be very VERY straightforward. We do get to learn a bit of his past so it’s easier to understand his reasonning but still  i admit i wasn’t always at ease with his actions.

This story is a kind of thriller, you have an investigations, suspects and a big dose of mystical/ paranormal elements  added to the romance. It’s also very steamy  so better be prepared for that. If teh beginning can be a little confusing you get into the story quite rapidly and then, you can’t stop turning the pages to learn more.

I’ve read this as an arc so the final version will perhaps vary from what i’ve read but in what i’ve read two elements bothered me. Sometimes the jumping between the chapters was a little too harsh and rapid  you end a chapter with a character and an setting then  it’s completly different without the link easily made, that got me confused sometimes and i even had to check if i hadn’t missed a page or something.
Then it’s a little more a personnal opinion but i didn’t like some of the place where the characters did what they did or when they did it ... i can be open minded but that was  too much for me, too unappropriate ( somehow i was expecting Levi to be more respectful i guess).

That aside i really enjoyed this story so if you think this could be something you could like give it a try! I do hope to read the next one as well if given teh opportunity.

Score:  3,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review; Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received.

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