Monday, January 14, 2013

All For You review

All For You by Dana Marie Bell* is the first book in the paranormal romance series The Nephilim. It was published in December 2012 by Carina Press in ebook format.

I've read several of Bell's series and tend to LOVE her writing - she packs in great characters, lots of action and drama, and perfect moments of levity to keep the books from getting too "heavy" and - of course - tons of hot romance!

All For You gives us Seth, a Nephilim with wings and the power of flight and invisibility, and Abby, a scarred human who is trying to learn to trust men again after a brutal attack by her ex. Seth has a day job as an architect but his real job is tracking and killing the Shemyaza for the Archangel Gabriel. He has known Abby and her family since childhood and now finds himself very attracted to her. Abby has a life she is comfortable with but still finds it difficult to trust or get close to any men even though she is incredibly attracted to Seth. When Abby's past comes back with a vengeance, Seth steps in as protector and sparks fly.

I liked Abby - I thought she came across as strong and determined but had a tendency to act without thinking the consequences all the way through. She always tried to protect those around her without regard to her own safety and was a little too forgiving of the often overbearing Seth. Seth was hot, smart, and protective - a little too protective at times and frankly, I'd have kicked his ass a couple of times but that's why Abby is perfect for him and I'm not :) The rest of the characters were fascinating and I really want to read more on Dante, Damien, Rafael, and the rest of Seth's "brothers" and more on Abby's group of girlfriends especially Andi, Beth, and Grace.

While I enjoyed All For You a great deal and will definitely read the next book in the series when it comes out, it seemed to have fewer of those comedic moments that epitomize Bell's writing than some of her other books. Don't get me wrong, there were some of those moments, like the scene in Piotr's study, but not as many as I would have expected given the serious creepy drama happening in the book.

Overall, All For You is a solid start to an interesting and engaging new series that I look forward to reading.

*I should note that I know Dana Marie Bell and find her to be a great person and author. Consider that my full disclosure :)


He will keep her safe, no matter what it takes.

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she as her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

Warning: This book contains explicit sex and graphic language.

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