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Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.
The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.
Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.
My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****
Oh dear, where to start! Firstly I received the ARC for this book in return for an honest review & I’m happy to be kicking off this Blog Tour for InkSlinger. Secondly, look at that cover, awesome and haunting.
The book blurb had me, lock, stock and two smoking barrels. I’d committed to this tour before I went back to work and was worried I wouldn’t have time to read it and do it justice. I was wrong, it took me 2 days because I couldn’t wait to get off work and sink into my cozy chair to find out what was going on.
I feel I should but a warning somewhere in here and this could be a good point to do that. The book contains content that some might find disturbing. There are paragraphs dealing with the subject of child sexual abuse & physical abuse. Please don’t let that put you off, it isn’t gratuitous but pivotal to the story.
So, Mariah is broken, she has her life neatly stored away in boxes in the corners of her mind. She’s coping and hoping to go to school to get her degree, life isn’t perfect, but then whose it.
That is until the night a mysterious stranger walks into the bar she’s working in and knows everything about her. He knows her sister and he wants her to go with him.
Enter Phoenix, deeply screwed up and detached. Guilty and sorrowful for what he had done a century ago. Phoenix and Mariah were made for each other. Only nobody though to tell them that.
He is Mephisto and she (unknowingly) is Anabo. He is a son of hell and she is, well lets say an angel.
They hate each other, or do they?
If you’re not hooked yet I don’t know what will get you to be tempted. (I’m trying not to do any spoilers but its hard) Eryx, the sinister, more evil older brother of Phoenix is wanting not only to gain more power to befall Lucifer by claiming lost souls but also he has a prize in mind, Jordan. Mariah’s younger sister who she sent away to an orphanage to save and in doing so sacrificed her own life.
The journey Trinity takes us on is magical, heart breaking, wonderful and gut wrenching scary (in a good way) Mariah’s palpable demons in what happened to her growing up were so real I could taste them, I felt her pain.
Phoenix’s guilt is tormentingly touching, yet somehow, someway he manages to get her Mariah to open up to him and she begins to trust him, feel things for him and have some slight hope they might just become more than friends.
That is until he shatters her world by one decision. I honestly couldn’t put it down, I thought about their story when I couldn’t read it. The writing is outstanding, the descriptive narrative compelling and the ending had me weeping.
Although this is the third book in the series (this is the first one I’ve read) it can be read as a stand alone. What it did do however, is make me now want to dash out and buy the first two and get caught up in all that is Mephisto.
Awesome work brilliantly done.
Trinity Faegen Bio:
Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.
Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached at Stephanie@StephanieFeagan.com or Trinity@TrinityFaegen.com
She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4430487.Trinity_Faegen?from_search=true
The Mephisto Mark Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18046744-the-mephisto-mark
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Trinity-Faegen/e/B004UTPCDW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1378945672&sr=8-1
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