Emissary: An MM Forbidden Romance (Star-Crossed Celestials Duet) by A.L. Morrow

"Kai was bound to kill an innocent man... no, boy. Man-boy. Whatever he was." - Emissary.

From the blurb:

The line between angel and demon is razor thin. No one knows this better than Kai.
As an Emissary of death, darkness follows Kai like a shadow, leaving him touch-starved and lonely. Tormented by the error in judgment that killed his only love, he accepts an assignment to redeem himself: hunting down the demons destroying the mortal realm. But fate takes a turn, and Kai finds himself drawn to one of his targets instead. Demonic martial arts expert Byron Black has struggled to survive his entire life. He has fought for every breath he’s taken and each bite he’s eaten, yet in the instant when his demise finally seems inevitable, death incarnate steps forward and spares him. Kai is as beautiful as he is terrifying, and although Byron suspects the angel’s interest in him is more than it appears, he can’t stay away. Together, the pair search for answers regarding who wants Byron dead—and why—but uncovering the truth might destroy them both in the process. Can Kai defeat his inner demons to save the one that has crawled into his bed? Set in the Star-Crossed Celestials universe, Emissary is a standalone novel featuring an array of creepy crypts and crematoriums, train-top sword fighting, an excessive number of buckles and buttons, and (of course) a Happily Ever After. It can be read as a prequel or companion story to the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet.

Angel's Review:

This book grabbed me and did not let go! A.L. Morrow is yet another new-to-me author and I'm stunned by their writing. Authors I usually like are ones who have their own unique writing style. Since this is the only book I've read by this author, I'm not sure if other books of theirs are similar to this one or not, cause this one? Was downright riveting. It's rare when a book has me actually feeling nervous and weary for the characters, but this book definitely made me feel like that. Along with cheering on Kai and Byron through their highs and practically feeling their pain and anguish. The level of detail that was prominent throughout the whole course of this book was phenomenal. Not once did a page nor a chapter lack precise detail of not only the descriptions, but of the scenes happening within the pages, the dialogue between characters, the background, and, of course, the characters. I got put through a roller coaster reading this book. I just wanted to see these two men get their mostly 'happy' ever after. The action in this book surprised me as I wasn't fully expecting how much of a part it played. I was pleasantly surprised by it though. It definitely was there for a reason and the plotline? *Chef's kiss* I was not expecting Byron's dad to be who he ended up being. I was really hoping it was Lynx. Be that as it may, despite the action scenes and the destruction and war that's happening on page, I fell in love with the characters. They each have their own year jerking story along with their own fight and determination. None of these characters felt like an afterthought or a filler. They all belonged, even the bad guys who nobody wants around. I am really hoping in future stories we can see more of Dev and his siblings. And of course a follow up on Kai and Byron. Oh! And since this is a new-to-me author, this series is new to me too. So, this can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed it, and I've never read any of the author books in this series. The heat level is maybe a 3.5? When the scenes do happen, they are steamy, but they don't happen that often. Overall, I'm really impressed and I'm really glad I read this.

Rating: 5 Stars

Miki.J's Review:

This book was thoroughly engaging from the start. I know this is part of the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet (which I haven't read as yet) but my understanding is that this could be treated as a prequel or alongside Watcher (book 1). For me, the beginning/first part of the story gave enough details and background information to understand the world and who is who.

Told from 2 POVs - demon and angel.......but who is who? I loved both Kai and Byron - judged for what they are, not on who they are or their actions, but that does change. Plenty of action, drama, plot twists aplenty and the growing attraction between them which is adorable (but it's not a insta-love nor overloaded with steamy scenes). I enjoyed this book very much and will be going on to reading the Duet.

Rating: 4 Stars

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