Review: Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless

October 28, 2014 Review 0

Review: Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless

In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest's fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge.


But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she is torn between family loyalty and her growing connection to their prisoner. One day her father discovers their forbidden intimacy and sends Milja off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston.


Cover Him in Darkness is a dark and thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.

Title: Cover Him with Darkness
Author: Janine Ashbless
Published by Cleis Press
Source: Author
Published: September 22nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 238
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

When I started reading Cover Him with Darkness I expected it would be something that would take me a few days to read only because I usually read in bits and pieces. Instead I finished in a few hours. Not because this was a short book but because once I started, I couldn’t stop. I was too intrigued with who/what/why I just had to know NOW what was going to happen.


Having read quite a few books about fallen angel it’s pretty safe to say Azazel is not like an angel I have ever read before. In one word – he is an enigma His emotions and his story was so simple yet so complex. He would have these moments where I thought he was so childlike and yet others he was so worldly. Also, I didn’t understand how someone as strong as an angel could be kept and captured by such simple means. So many mysteries to ponder here. As for Milja, hers was very simple. She’s like a moth to the flame, drawn to him. Raised very sheltered by her father I can see how Azazel is her Pandora’s Box. Growing up as a child to know and see the burden of her family is to stand guard of this bounded man but to not know the why. So of course she releases him and then the fun begins!


There’s so many twist and turns this story takes. Just when I thought I could predict what would happen next, the story would twist another way. The sex, like the story, is dark but still falls in the consensual side. For that reason I know some may consider this DE, I however do not. There were a few unanswered questions I would have liked to discover however the ending was most satisfying. I do feel it was left open enough for this to continue on as a series. If it does I will be there to read the next book. As for Cover Him with Darkness, I will be recommending this book as well as this author.


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Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore.  She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

Her work has been described as: “hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.”   (Portia Da Costa)


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