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Reviewed by Jaqueline Neves for Readers' Favorite
Cursed by Melissa Riddell is a thrilling Angels and Demons romance, and the first installment in the Fallen Angels series. The story revolves around Cain, marked by his father, Adam, and exiled to the land of Nod, consumed by wrath and vengeance. His ultimate goal is to join Lucifer's army, earn his dark angel wings, and wreak havoc upon Heaven. Lucifer offers him a chance, promising the coveted wings in exchange for capturing Phoebe, the only human immune to Cain's mark, who stirs emotions within his dark heart. As Cain grapples with his intense hatred for his father and his growing obsession with Phoebe, he faces a life-altering choice that could lead to salvation or damnation.
Melissa Riddell weaves an enthralling tale filled with intricate plot twists, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The story's pacing is excellent, balancing action and moments of introspection, allowing the characters to develop organically. The action sequences are vividly described, immersing readers in the supernatural world of angels and demons. The characters are multi-dimensional, with Cain's inner conflict and Phoebe's resilience adding depth to the narrative. Riddell masterfully explores themes of love, revenge, and redemption, making Cursed a captivating read. The author's writing skills are commendable, as she crafts a world that is both dark and alluring, and her characters are relatable despite their otherworldly nature. Overall, Cursed is a page-turner that excels in plot, pace, action, character development, and thematic exploration, making it a must-read for fans of paranormal romance.