Two years ago, Jandra Maxwell walked away from the secret Fairlight Society and started a new life in a quiet Texas town. When her former Ward, the dark angel Zeph, seeks her out and begs for her help, Jandra faces an impossible choice. She knows he can only offer her heartache, but she can’t turn her back on the only man she’s ever loved. Zeph teeters on the brink of madness, pummeled by emotions his angelic blood once rendered him incapable of feeling. Driven to protect Jandra from a threat he can only glimpse in nightmares, he refuses to leave her side. As they explore the mystery of his recurring dreams, they discover the Fairlight Society has been keeping a terrible secret — one they’ll kill to protect. Fighting for her life isn’t so easy when Jandra’s also fighting for her heart. Her inexorable attraction to Zeph may save them…or damn them both.
I’m a lover of supernatural romance, but in Dark Angels Ward, Nia Shay has taken various aspects of the supernatural and made them all her own.
The characters in Dark Angels Ward are well-written and show growth throughout the book. We are brought into their lives and given the opportunity to learn about them in increments and develop an understanding of their choices and regrets.
The heroine of the book is sassy, sarcastic and full of brilliant quips which made me smile. Sometimes I find the ‘tough as nails’ female character is done to death – happily, this is not the case in this book. Whilst Jandra starts out seeming brassy and the ultimate tough girl, throughout the book we are given insight into why she shows this brash exterior to the world and what brought her to the point she is at when the story begins. It is testament to Nia’s writing skills that Jandra doesn’t become abrasive, rather I found myself liking her more and more as she opened up to the issues in her past and subtle character development allowed her to grow into a woman who was able to show her weaknesses and soften her attitude.
The background characters are also written well and enjoyable – I sincerely hope some of them will get their own books in the future.
All in all, a highly recommended read.