Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Deep in Crimson (Return to Sanctuary #2) by Sarah Gilman from Entangled Select

Deep in Crimson (Return to Sanctuary #2)
by Sarah Gilman
Published:  September 24, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Select
Source:  eARC provided by publisher
for review purposes.
 Kidnapped by humans and raised in a research facility, Jett was taught to believe his own race of demons insidious and violent. But a friendship with the archangel Raphael shatters Jett’s reality. Caught between two worlds, his first months of freedom find him lingering on the fringes of his home colony, Sanctuary. When the human who stole Jett captures another demon youth from Sanctuary, Jett learns of the real plan—to steal Raphael’s archangel grandchildren. Jett wants to bring his captor to justice, but he must overcome the lies from his past and join forces with the demon Guardians, and the demon child’s older sister, Lexine.

Irresistible attraction grows between Jett and Lexine, but Lexine’s prophetic dreams of being mated to a poacher make her wary. And if Jett goes through the all-consuming process of becoming a Guardian, he may forfeit any chance they have of being together.

My Thoughts:  After reading Out in Blue, I have been looking forward to reading Deep in Crimson, which is Jett's story.  We met Jet in Out in Blue.  He is the demon who helped to save the Archangel Rapheal, was mortally wounded, and then healed by Raphael.  He has deep rooted trust issues, stemming from his abduction from Sanctuary at the age of 5 and being held captive until he escaped in adulthood.  During his captivity he was put through all kinds of testing, he was abused, he was brainwashed, yet he never gave over entirely to his captors, a flicker of some kind of remembrance buried deep inside.  Since his escape, he has spent his time outside of the boundaries of Sanctuary, refusing to interact with them, despite their invitation to join them.  He wants to leave, yet he feels compelled to be there and make sure no harm comes to the Archangels Rapheal, his son Wren, Wren's wife Ginger, and the two new Archangel twins recently born.  When tragedy strikes, he can't help but intervene, and this brings him face-to-face with Lexine, the female demon he has been admiring from afar.  Despite his initial reservations, he partners with the Guardians, as they have a common goal, a common enemy, which must be taken care of.  He also finds himself drawing closer to Lexine.  When Jett learns who and what he really is and is meant to be, and his feelings for Lexine deepen, he faces a very difficult decision, one that is not to be taken lightly, a choice between love and duty.....or are love and duty one in the same?

I enjoyed Deep in Crimson.  I find Sarah Gilman's take on angels and demons very interesting and unique.  Archangels are protected by demons from the outside world and poachers, who seek to destroy them, as their feathers are like gold in the black market.  The Archangels also posses special gifts.  The demons also have special abilities, some more than others, especially the Guardians, those that are called to protect the colony and the Archangels, and then their are those special Guardians who are called to be protectors, special body guards, willing to lay their lives down for and protect the Archangels at any cost.  Book one, Out in Blue was Wren and Ginger's story, with many of the secondary characters playing important roles.  In this sequel, Deep in Crimson, the focus is on the demons, Jett and Lexine in particular, with the secondary characters also playing a big part in the story.  I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, which were all well written and well developed, as well as the story line itself, which was interesting, suspenseful, and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the romance between Lexine and Jett, and seeing how Sarah Gilman developed that over the course of the novel.  If you enjoy paranormal romance, especially that involving angels and demons, then The Return to Sanctuary Series is something that is different from many out there, and something I would recommend checking out.   
Fantasy for your imagination. Humanity for your heart.

Paranormal romance reader and author. I keep company with angels, demons, dragons, and phoenix royalty. Hell yes!

Introducing the Return to Sanctuary series!

In a dark world where fallen archangels join forces with demons in the struggle for survival against human poachers, love awaits and romance takes flight.


  1. I have such a love hate relationship with books about angels and demons! I am glad you liked this one though even if you weren't completely in love with it.

    1. I don't know why they aren't my favorites either. It seems like I will really like a book that has them in it, or I just can't bring myself to finish it. I did enjoy this series though.

  2. I tend to stay away form the angels and demons types of books, don't know why really. I think this sounds like it might be a pretty good series. Great review.

    1. It seems a lot of people feel that way. It just depends on the book for me. I had already read the first book in this series, so I was familiar with it and I did like it.

  3. I don't think I'd pick this one. Thanks for sharing!


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