Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The conflict, both internal and physical, the powerful, intense stream of consciousness, the tightly knit plot with its surprises are just a few of the many elements that readers will adore in The Pain Season, Book Two of the Covalent Series by Libby Doyle. I was hooked from the very beginning of the story with the protagonist, Alexandra O’Gara, an investigator and protector, anxiously looking forward to learning the secrets of her lover. What will happen when she discovers that the man she is irresistibly attracted to, the man who awakens all the passions in her is, in reality, an offspring of Lucifer himself, a cold-blooded and powerful murderer? What happens to love in the dangerous quest for the truth? That is for the reader to find out.
The plot is cunningly and cleverly constructed, allowing a love between a deadly creature, Barakiel, and a woman who is dedicated to protecting people from his kind. Readers will be rattled as they follow the upsurge of emotions in the protagonist and even when things look dire and dangerous, can she count on him? Or, is she forever trapped, lost in a world where the need for him becomes more and more as she discovers the dangers in getting too close?
It is within this context that the plot evolves and there is just so much to keep the reader’s heart racing, wanting to know what decision the protagonist will make next. Libby Doyle is an expert craftswoman when it comes to weaving gripping and hard-to-put-down stories. From the colorful setting, to the deft character development, to the exciting plot, The Pain Season is a page-turner, a wonderful story about the perils of love and how far the human heart can endure hurt to stay connected, even when it risks being shattered.