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A fallen angel with a mission and a medical examiner who's lost her faith are fighting for their souls in a glittering, near-future Manhattan... Blind faith is for fools. That's what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she's going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city's slums. She's certain it's not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease--until anA fallen angel with a mission and a medical examiner who's lost her faith are fighting for their souls in a glittering, near-future Manhattan... Blind faith is for fools. That's what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she's going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city's slums. She's certain it's not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease--until an angel appears in her morgue in a flash of glory. Luniel is not just a fallen angel. He's a powerful warrior sworn to fight evil in hopes of a chance at redemption. He's after the demon princes who are stealing the seven vials of holy wrath which, when perverted, will unleash eternal hell on earth. To stop the plague, Luniel needs Morgan's help, "and" her faith. But Morgan believes science is their salvation. If the zombie plague is a demonic curse--and if Luniel is true--he'll have to prove it. Even if he loses his heart to true love or his soul to Hell......

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ISBN : 9780425258378
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Revelation Reviews

  • S.M. Blooding
    2019-03-27 01:44

    Okay. This book made me forget that life kinda sucks right now.It started off quick. This is more urban fantasy than paranormal and more erotic than romantic. However, all those lines have blurred together so much, it doesn’t really matter. But I will say that urban fantasies, even the erotic/romantic kind, plot happens quickly. It usually starts with action and the plot will push the characters through a fast paced roller coaster ride.That’s what we had here.The world Ms. Hayes created isn’t wildly unique. I don’t think that’s what she was going for. With that said, there wasn’t a lot of world building she had to focus her writing energies on. She was able to use those energies on other structural elements like plot and character development.I liked Morgan from the word go. She just came off the page very well. Luniel came off very well, too, and it was very nice (and hot-hot-HOT!!!!) watching them come together to save the world.This was a very good read and a fun escape! Should you read it? You betcha!

  • Melliane
    2019-03-31 05:09

    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI heard a lot about Erica Hayes and even if I didn’t start with the series I thought, I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this one. I must say that I was completely surprised by this first volume, I was much more excited than I would have thought by reading the summary.Morgan is a doctor working in a morgue. She is obsessed with the new disease ravaging her city. Indeed, zombies appear increasingly, killing many people every day and our young heroine is determined to find a cure. Although everyone thinks it’s one of the seven predictions of the end of the world, she is determined to prove them wrong. God has no place here and science is something that is much more important for her. And yet, some signs are difficult to understand, as the transformation of water into human blood. But her life is turned upside when Luniel appears in her morgue, trying to understand what happened to his brother. He does not hesitate to reveal to our dear Morgan his angel’s condition. A quite strong attraction appears between our two heroes, but they resist both for their own reasons. A new world opens itself to our doctor; it will be very difficult for her to accept what she has so long denied. I must say that she has been through a lot and it's hard for her to trust Luniel. They are a very good team together; it was pretty funny to watch their arguments and researches. It must be said that there are many things to speak about when you have a man who has faith and a young woman who believes in nothing. Many arguments or persuasions. We will read little by little the story to discover their past and all the characters around them. I also found very interesting the different POVs of the characters throughout the novel, it allows us to get an idea of ​​each of them. It intrigues us for the novels to come.I haven’t read a lot of books about angels and I was immediately intrigued by the ideas of Erica Hayes. The end of the world, zombies, demons and warriors: a very nice mix. We immediately want to understand who is behind the end of the world and especially the reason. And yes! It is much more complicated than expected! Many paths are open for the other characters and I must say it is really intriguing. It was a good idea because we are now eager to find out more. This is a nice discovery and I'm curious to read more about each of our characters.

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2019-04-26 01:52

    The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.Dr. Morgan Sterling is a medical examiner who doesn't believe in God, angels the devil or any kind of religion for that matter. She only believes in what she can see. When people start turning into zombies and the world is coming to an end as she and the people of Babylon know it all Morgan wants to do is find a cure for the virus. She wants to save all these people and give them their lives back.She is pretty shaken up when an angel shows up in her morgue. She can't believe what she is seeing. Her world is turned upside down when she starts seeing angels and demons. Even though she sees them she still doesn't believe her own eyes. And she definitely doesn't trust this angel or God. She thinks they are all lairs just like the preachers on tv.The angel she sees in her morgue is Luniel. He is one gorgeous dude or angel that is. Morgan is attracted to him right from the beginning as he is to her. Neither one understands their feelings for one another. How can they care and feel the need to be with each other so strongly when they have just met?Luniel wants to take Morgan and make her his. He doesn't understand because he has not felt this way about a human or angel in like a thousand years or more. Lune is a tainted angel who fights evil in the world trying to make amends for his sins so he can earn his place in heaven again. That is all Lune wants is to do what is required of him so that he can get back into God's good graces and return to heaven. But his love for Morgan changes all that for him. If getting back into heaven means that he can't be with Morgan then he is willing to give all that up for her.I learned to care about all of Lune's friends like Jadzia, Trill, Dash and all the other tainted angels. They are all very lovable characters. You get inside all of their heads at some point or other in the story. You get to know each character like who they were and you get to know a little bit about what kind of heart they each have. I really enjoyed reading about zombies and the world ending when all the vials has been released. I love that the world is ending with the release of the vials and with zombies all mixed in together. I can't wait to read the next book in the series Redemption. If the first vial is zombies then what will the next vials hold?

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-04-05 02:07

    I’m going today that this book uses the “F” word in the most hilarious way EVER!!! WARNING I’m about to cuss… “Jesus in a fucking jam jar!” Hahaha I like to lost it reading that! I was laughing so hard I snorted! Multiple times! Hehehe I’m still giggling! And yes it’s about Angels… But they are bad, but oh so good let me explain that sentence- they are bad enough that they don’t live in heaven but not bad enough to lose their good graces or wings. Wings are hot! And I fanatically love the names! And I’m so glad I don’t live in their world cuz they scare me!Lune is the angel here and he’s on a mission for himself. Something’s gone wrong. His brother is missing, people are dying, things are getting suspicious and no one seems to know what’s going on. He’s definitely got the alpha male thing going for him and he’s not the quiet type, he is actually full of sarcastic remarks and an earful of crazy LOL! And he is willing to do anything to find out what happened to his brother and why all these apocalyptic things are happening! He’s definitely a HAWT piece!Dr Sterling is your Dr who’s a medical examiner and is bent on finding a way to end this crazy virus spreading around killing people… Until she opens a body bag that’s exploding with feathers hahahaha I can’t go further into that because of spoilers but it’s pretty funny! She’s got some trust issues and some no nonsense with makes but Lune is gunna give her a run for her money! She’s an Indepentent woman and she’s worked very hard to get where she is and trust me with her past it was hard work. I loved her reaction and relationship with Lune. It seems like it took Eons for them to finally get “their moment”!This story is NOT your average angel story. Some of these angels take their earth leave to an extreme and their actions are just nuts… Makes you wonder who the good guys are sometimes. And the secondary characters are not lacking, as Dash is awesome! The writing is so unlike any other you can’t really compare it. It’s full of action and intense suspense and humor and sometimes gore and kinky things. Just read it!! It’s not like those cute little kid angels that statues are made from! You’re in for a crazy wild ride! 4.5 CRAZY SCARY ANGELIC PAWS!! I can’t wait to jump into book two now!

  • Franjessca
    2019-04-15 06:08

    Full Review posted at Book Lovin' MamasI am a cover lover...or maybe cover luster...because when I saw the cover of "Revelation", I knew I needed to read this book. (And no I did not go crazy over the guy on the cover for the first time...it was the sword on fire and the colors.) I then sealed the deal when I read the synopsis of the book. A book about crazy, sexy fallen angels, a plague that causes zombies, some demons that want to cause the apocalypse to start, that is pretty much a seller in my eyes to read this book.Erica Hayes builds a world where it is further into the future and fallen angels are definitely not what you expect to be. Both the characters Luniel and Morgan had some strong points, but they also had their weak points.Overall, I did enjoy this book and I look forward to reading the second one. I felt though the book dragged a little bit and I lost interest in certain parts of the book, but when it picked back up, I had a hard time putting it down. It also had it's moments where the characters did not click with me. I give this book 3.5 full moons and I look forward to reading what Erica Hayes does next in the second book.I recommend this book to paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers out there who enjoy fallen angels that kill demons for their job and their pleasure.I received complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sylwia
    2019-04-24 01:44

    I am confused as to what to rate this book. It's got everything you want in paranormal romance really. I was a bit hesitant to get this book coś it was about angels and having read many books about angels that majorly over did it with the whole god aspect I didn't need the bible to be thrown in my face every page. But these angels that are tainted were more humanized and more pleasant to read about. The author has a way with words in describing the zombies feasting that impressed me and is probably the 2nd most grossest books I have read and iv read a few. So I found that pretty cool. The thing that was mostly a back draw is Morgan Sterling. At most times I found her reasoning stupid and without thought. Frustrated me most of the time and swearing out to the book. But close to the books end with the main event enfolding she prays to god and says "Heaven, help me save your child" that just touched me and changed my whole perspective of her. Don't know why but those few words spoke to like no other. So with this I would give it 4 stars and would be watching for the next books release.

  • Marin Thomas
    2019-04-16 07:06

    Hayes does a great job world-building in this book and that's one of the reasons I like to read paranormal romance/urban fantasy every once in a while. The story starts out fast and the characters are intriguing and held my attention until the end.

  • daisy.
    2019-04-13 23:47

    Really good read, but not for the faint of heart.

  • Nefertiti
    2019-04-09 02:00

    My first thought: Why is he wearing a tank top?

  • Paranormal Romance
    2019-04-09 04:09

    The heroine has always been a nonbeliever. She doesn't believe in God, or heaven and she certainly doesn't believe in humanity. Only cold hard facts and science make sense to her and as such she's shut herself down emotionally-shunning most of what life has to offer. Late one night while working desperately on a cure for the Manhattan virus that turns people into flesh craving monsters she encounters something that completely changes her world forever. She encounters an angel. Well, 2 angels actually. The first one is dead, stabbed through the heart and left in a park. The other angel, though he has possesses none of the typical angelic personality traits, is his brother who has come to collect the body. Horrified and momentarily stunned by what she's seeing, she decides to shoot the dark haired man only to discover he's impervious to the bullets. When the truth is staring her right in the face she has the habit of lashing out in confusion and anger, as it the case with the hero. But he banters with her, teases her and he's the most beautiful creature she's ever seen. The hero once loved a woman so much that when given the choice between her life and his duty, he chose to try to save her. She died anyway at the hands of a demon who raped her and murdered her...and the hero was cast out of the heavens. Not quite Fallen, but Tainted, he is cut off from the Above and spend his days killing every demon he can see. When he sees the 2 sign of the apocalypse- the rivers run red with blood, he knows that his brother has been killed and another of the 7 vials of plague has been released. He doesn't expect to find a stubborn beautiful and all too tempting doctor on his quest though. But now the demons know who she is and target her because of her association with him, he knows he has to protect her. This is something that comes ease to him, the desire and urge to protect people, especially women. He feels the compulsion to save them and in turn have a taste of that passion that can exist between a man and woman-something he's denied himself for hundreds of years. But she is blind and ignorant despite all that intelligence. She refuses to accept how things are and fights him every step of the way. God forbid she ever trust him and it seems that no matter what he does or says, she'll always find fault in him. Perhaps some of her points are right. He does enjoy killing demons and he is hesitate to fall for a woman again but he's not heartless and he's not selfish. The heroine struggles to open her eyes and see. She expects things to be a certain way and when they aren't she lashes out. But when history repeats itself and once again the hero must watch the woman he love turn into the very demon he must hunt, he instead turns to the heavens and begs for her life in place of his own. It works. But in the process, the heroine's insecurities cause her to run once again. The hero, however, is not so flighty. No matter what she does or how hard she pushes him away, he's always be there for her and he'll always love her.This is an urban fantasy and I struggle with this genre for the main reason that it lacks that traditional romance. Though this book exceled far more in this department then others I still wanted more. The hero I felt didn't have reason to love the heroine quite as much as he did. He was crazy about her and completely devoted to her and while this was a high point, in my opinion she could have been anyone. He was that type of person that needed someone and in his case it was a woman he could protect and call his own. He longed for that need and when he found the heroine he found what he had been missing since his lovers death. He was, however, a marvelously unexpected character. At first I imagined him to be a dark and brooding character and while he certainly had dark times, he was a joker too. He laughed and bantered and teased. In fact this book had a comedic tone at first that was unexpected before it turned dark. The heroine I did have a hard time relating with. While I too am extremely offended by the church and those who pray on less fortunate or ignorant people this character took this distrust and bitterness and applied it to her whole life. She was a scientist and thought she knew best even though she was completely out of her depth. She was either hurt, endangered or KILLED at least 6 times during the book and still she took every single opportunity to turn her back on the one man literally risking his life for her. As such I wasn't much interested in this book and with it's lackluster storytelling, I'm not entirely surprised there was only one book to follow in the series before it got the cut.

  • Vikki
    2019-04-02 07:11

    First Line: 'Today, of all days. It was Thursday. The world couldn't end on a Thursday.'Yup, that's where we start, with our sexy leading man discovering that the world as they know it may actually be ending. Of course, as an angel, Luniel (Lune) had always known this was possible. There's just one problem. Heaven was supposed to control the apocalypse...and by the looks of it, right now, that isn't happening. So it's up to Lune and his fellow Tainted's to figure out what the hell (pardon the pun) is going on and fix it.Set in a future New York City, renamed Babylon (yes, I have issues with the name, but I won't go into them here), unbeknownst to mankind, fallen angels, and demons alike roam the earth. There are seven signs of the apocalypse and here at the start of Redemption, Lune has discovered sign number 2 - oceans drowning in blood. However, there are supposed to be seven guardians keeping the seven vials of holy wrath safe and having not received a memo from above that He has given the apocalypse the go ahead, Lune and his fellow Tainted's deduce that all is not well and hell is attempting to start the apocalypse before scheduled. On top of all this, Lune has a second pressing problem. He hasn't been able to contact his twin brother for nearly a week. Putting that with the fact that there are probably two dead guardian angels around the city somewhere, and Lune has a base for his search for answers. Which leads him straight into the path of a rather sexy junior pathologist named Morgan.About to unknowingly conduct an autopsy on Lune's twin, Morgan is surprised to say the least when this drop dead gorgeous angel appears from no where. Refusing to believe it's all not just some prank or weird dream, Morgan uses her scientific background as a shield against the magnificent specimen that is Luniel. Only Morgan was involved up to her neck before she even met the handsome angel. She's been investigating the Manhattan virus that's been plaguing the city, turning it's residents into basically zombies with a taste for human flesh. What she doesn't know is that this virus was the first sign of the apocalypse, and now her research will be key in the Tainted's search for patient zero, and thereby the demon princes that have let loose these plagues on the city.Now to our hero and heroine. I have no problems with Luniel. He is a pretty awesome hero as heroes go. Dark, sexy and damaged...my kind of man. BUT Morgan is a little different. Admittedly I have a problem generally with books where the two main characters are instantly attracted to one another. Sure in this case both of them are fighting it, but for two very different reasons. Lune's issue is a past horrific end to a relationship where his love got damned to hell for all eternity after being horrifically tortured in front of a chained Lune. Add to that the 800 years of self imposed celibacy and I can get why he's more than a little reluctant to jump feet first into a new relationship. However Morgan's problem seems to be herself. She's too much of a scientist to actually believe he's an angel, but she lets herself get caught up in the moment - and in one pretty steamy scene she was more than willing to go all the way, except Lune pulled back at the last second. Only then did she berate herself about how stupid it was. Rinse and repeat. It got repetitive to say the least. I can't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason I just did not connect with Morgan the same way I did with Lune. Whether that's because I want Lune all for myself or not I don't know ;)The premise of this book isn't exactly unheard of, however the way Erica Hayes goes about this makes it instantly more charming. Firstly, the secondary characters in the form of the band of Tainted's are absolutely fantastic. These men and women are warriors through and through, Dashiel, Trillium, Jadzia, Iria, Japheth and Luniel, they make one hell of a team. They have great chemistry and a lot of good natured teasing and fighting goes on...you know, warrior stuff. I'm a big fan of humour in my books and Revelation has just the right amount to offset the more gritty and serious aspects of the book, such as demons that are into pain, and certain Archangels who don't seem very Archangely...*cough* ..Michael ..*cough*. Speaking of the grittier aspects of the book, there are some scenes of violence that made me cringe a little. In some places they are used well to show exactly what they Tainted's are really up against, and to show Lune's loss of his last love some 800 years ago. However in others, I didn't think they were really necessary Not that it detracted from the book's appeal once I got over the initial shock, but some scenes, like when we first meet the all powerful Archangel Michael, took me a re-read to understand why it was wholly necessary.The second reason this team of rogues charmed their way onto my bookshelf is because some of the most unexpected phrases are used by this band of unruly fallen angels. The one that literally had me in stitches, purely because of the way it was used was this one:'Jesus Christ on a jelly sandwich. Lune tugged his hair, rough. Him and his bleeding heart. Michael would laugh his righteous blue ass off.'And trust me, there are many more like that. It's that offbeat sense of humour that had me falling in love with these characters and Erica's writing style as a whole.The story is pretty damn interesting, though I have read similar things reasonably recently. To me Revelation is almost a blend of Larissa Ione's Lords of Deliverance series and J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels. There's some awesome fight scenes, some gritty violent stuff, steamy sex scenes and a beautiful topping of fresh humour. Where the series will take us next I don't know, but I can't wait to find out. I did have some misgivings to begin with, what with the violence and Morgan's almost unbelievable instant attraction to Lune, but all in all, Redemption is most definitely a very promising start to the series, and I will most definitely be keeping up with the Seven Signs series.My Rating: 3.5/5

  • Cameron
    2019-04-26 07:03

    Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat ReadAs the first book in a new series, I must admit that I liked this book a lot. The characters were engaging, the plot was interesting, and the world itself was rather chilling in an “it could happen” sort of way. If you are a fan of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, you might want to check this book out. =^.^=I really loved the all of the characters in this book! At least the good ones anyways. The antagonist, eh, I didn’t care much about them. I wasn’t invested in whether they lived at the end or not, but for the rest of the characters it was a whole different story. It isn’t often that I will be reading a book and suddenly start to worry that the author might kill off a character or two during the telling, but with this book I’ll admit to having a few moments of concern. The reason behind the worry was because I really cared about the well-being of all of Hayes’s characters. From Luniel (Lune) and Morgan, both of whom I shall admit drove me crazy at times, to Jadzia, Japheth, Trillium, Iria, and Dashiel, I was emotionally invested in all of them. Usually I don’t focus much on the secondary characters in a book, but with this story, they all play a big part in the overall plot and they all have clear distinct personalities, quirks, etc. I couldn’t help but become attached to all of them. And I didn’t want any of them to come to harm.That being said, most of the focus of the story surrounds Lune and Morgan, and while I liked both of them a lot, there were moments where they each managed to get under my skin and caused me to get twitchy. With Morgan it was her continual refusing to accept what was staring her directly in the face. Yes, I get that she is a scientist, but come on, when presented with more than enough proof that the stuff going on around you is real, it seems rather foolish to continually deny that it’s all real and then try to make excuses for what it could actually be. Sometimes one needs to just accept it rather than fight it. There were several moments where I wanted to smack her with a clue-by-four upside her head because of this. Grrr… In the case of Lune, ok I get that he’s got baggage from his past that makes him not want to get close to someone, but seriously his hot/cold behavior towards Morgan during the first half of the book was extremely annoying. I actually found myself agreeing with Dashiel when he said that Lune should sleep with her and be done with it, rather than angsting over whether he should or not. I rarely hold to that idea, but sometimes when characters exhibit this type of behavior I just want to scream.Now, I will say the scenes where Lune and Morgan do get together are majorly HOT! I do like a bit of romance in my paranormal/urban fantasy reads, but this book goes beyond a bit to full on steamy. There’s definite chemistry between these two. And they aren’t the only two who have some memorable scenes in the book. There’s one scene towards the start that really made my whiskers curl. If you want to know what that scene is, get a copy of the book and find out for yourself!As for the plot, it’s an interesting spin on the End of the World/Book of Revelations cannon, as well as that of Fallen Angels, and angels in general. The main premiss of the story involves the first two of the seven signs of the end of the world. The first being a plague upon the earth. The second the water turning to blood and everything within it dying. Because of these events happening, Lune, Morgan, and the rest, team up to find out who’s behind it all and put a stop to it. While for most, this may not seem like such an intriguing plot, but for this feline, I was hooked. I’d actually never read the Book of Revelations before, and this story made me want to check it out. Plus, I like it when an author takes an idea based on spiritual belief and spins it into something new, while still maintaining the main idea behind the belief. It’s fun and exciting, and it kept me reading. Add in the internal conflict with Lune, the struggle between science and belief with Morgan, and the other characters various issues, and you’ve got a rather engaging story. Maybe I’m just too easily pleased, but I’m actually looking forward to reading the next book in this series. =^.^=And may I say that the world that Hayes has created is rather awesome. If I loved anything specific about this book, it was the world itself. The setting is a future New York, in a city called Babylon (I could say a few things about the city name, but I won’t). Within this city there exist mutants, or muties as the characters call them, zombies created by the plague, demons, angels, and more. It’s basically a paranormal smorgasbord, and while such a world has been created time and again in other various paranormal/urban fantasy novels, there’s just something about Hayes’s version that stuck with me long after I put the book down. While I honestly can’t imagine a world with angels and demons being real, I can easily see one with Hayes’s versions of mutants and zombies. You may laugh, but with some of the stuff happening with science nowadays, anything is possible.So, to make a long review short, I felt that this was a very promising start to Hayes’s newest series. I will readily admit that it’s not for everyone, but for those who are looking for a fun read with a few interesting twists, then this book is well worth trying. I definitely have to give it four paws and a tail wave of approval. =^.^=

  • Kataryna Hermans
    2019-04-14 04:52

    An ok storyline. Started off strong but as the story line progresses I felt that it became a bit repetitive. Still a good read though.

  • The Last
    2019-04-25 04:55

    In an alternate - and somewhat futuristic - Manhattan, we meet the Tainted Host; a group of fallen angels who were cast out of Heaven by the Archangel Michael and who continue to carry out Heaven's bidding in the hope of redemption and a chance to return home. Naturally, we're talking hard-drinking, hard-loving, hard-slaying and hard-sinning fallen angels here (apart from Japheth who's trying way too hard to be way too pure). They're a group of bad boys - and women - all flawed and each with a story to share; someone for everyone.I was excited to start reading this book, as I was interested to see how well the angel and zombie themes would merge together but I found the first few chapters heavy going and nearly gave up on a couple of occasions. There's a lot of swearing and in my opinion, it's completely unnecessary. It's obvious that the characters aren't pure, angelic types and it's also obvious there's a lot of banter between them so the swearing doesn't add anything, it just feels over-the-top and after the millionth time of a demon being referred to as a "hellshit", it was incredibly irritating. The chapter in which we're introduced to the Archangel Michael and his hedonistic lifestyle also felt too much; although I am looking forward to finding out why Michael is doing what he is doing and whether he will get his comeuppance at any point.However, as the book progressed, I found myself easing into the story more and more. The characters are tried and tested types that we've all met before. Luniel is a man of faith who's terrified to get close to a human woman because he failed to protect the last woman he loved and he can't take any chance that the same thing will happen again. Dr Morgan Sterling is a woman of science who's terrified to put her trust in a man of God - let alone an Angel - after she saw how so-called religion stripped her mum of everything, including her life. They're immediately attracted to each other and we all know they'll have found their way to each other by the end of the book. That knowledge doesn't make you want to stop reading though - you want to see how the story will play out.Talking of the plot, I really like the idea behind these novels. Basically, there are seven vials, each filled with God's Wrath,and each looked after by an Angelic guardian. It's not known what has happened to one of the guardians but another has been murdered and both of their vials have been emptied, releasing the first 2 "plagues" and beginning the countdown to the apocalypse. I wonder how the author will interpret the other 5 signs?The main storyline obviously belongs to Luniel and Morgan. It's relatively strong and very fast-paced, even if it is slightly predictable. I mean, as soon as you hear about Luniel's past, you know that at some point he's going to have to go up against the demon prince that stole his last human lover's soul. They do have great sex though and it's well-written!We also start to see the beginning of some of the other character's stories; particularly Jadzia's and her infatuation with the demon, Shax. I liked the fact that the book wove the start of these storylines in as I felt it gave the supporting characters more substance and the book felt like it was "more" than just a romance novel.There were some descriptive passages that caught my attention, like this one: She expected him to take the chair in the corner, but when she laid her head on the pillow he lighted on the dark wooden bed end, wings flaring. He crouched there on his toes, perfectly balanced, wrists crossed on his knees. His black hair tangled, windswept. His feathers twitched, black and silky, a golden spark or two dancing, and his deep blue gaze settled on her. And serious heart felt moments like this: "Screw you okay?" Sweat trickled from Jae's hair, and he shook it away angrily. "If it's so damned simple, why don't you just flit back off to heaven whenever you f--" "Because I'll never forgive myself!" Japheth's breath drained cold. "Okay?" Dash's dark eyes flamed scarlet with shame. "I can't forgive the things I've done, or the way I feel. I've drowned my soul in blood and screams, and it felt so fucking good that I deserve to burn in hell. Forever". And there are enough loose ends left dangling to make you want to read the next books in the series and find out what will happen. One final gripe though, the dark-haired warrior with the blue flaming sword on the cover of the book is NOT Luniel. His hair isn't long enough, his breastplate should have buckled leather straps and those leather trousers are ill-fitting and quite appalling. Shame on whoever designed it for not paying enough attention to the author's writing!Okay, so I know it probably sounds like I've mainly complained about it but I actually think this book will appeal to a lot of readers. Certainly, if you love paranormal romance, long-haired angst-ridden heroes, sizzling sex scenes and you fancy a change from vampires and werewolves, then this is one for you!

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-03-29 06:07

    4.5 stars - Revelation does a great job of kicking off Erica Hayes new Seven Signs series a dark urban fantasy romance with fallen angels, demons and zombies set in a slightly futuristic and morally decaying New York. I thought that this melding of dark urban fantasy and romance was really good.On the romance front, there is a great built-in conflict between the leads: Dr Morgan Sterling is a scientist who believes in reason and not magic and whose past has taught her that 'faith' is a dirty word and fallen angel Luniel (Lune) who should resist his attraction to the brave and determined woman – considering that his love for a human is what lost him his soul and earned him entry to the Tainted Host and an eternity of doing archangel Micheal’s dirty work. So the pair have a long way to go and both need to overcome their pasts to have a future together – that is assuming there is a future to have.Since Revelation straddles the line between romance and urban fantasy, the supporting cast has plays a larger role than in a typical paranormal romance. Often series starters which have even a moderately sized ensemble have the problem that with so many characters introduced so close together it is hard to keep track of everyone. That is not an issue here, there was enough of the personalities of everyone here to mark them as distinct individuals and a couple of Lune's fellow tainted angels actually make it far enough out of the herd that we get a decent sense of who they are – and two in particular seem to be already positioned for their own stories - and even trickier, there is a good balance between the story line for leads and the threads for the ensemble.There is also a good balance between the relationship/character development and the background story and though the battle is between angels and demons, I am happy that it looks like the lines between good and evil are not clear cut - the angel who holds the Tainted's souls and pulls their strings is debauched and there is a suggestion that one of the demons may not be as evil as his brethren. Initially Revelation seemed to have a Demonica/Four Horseman vibe but, although the 'darkness' is on a par with that series, that really wasn't the case as the book progresses. Now for my nits, aside from the fact that there were elements to the 'darkness' I could have lived without – would-be-rapist zombies for one - my only real nit is that since Hayes hails from 'the land down under', Morgan uses a couple phrases that us Yanks would never use – actually just two words that I noticed but Morgan says them multiple times and I noticed every time that she said them.Overall though, I thought that Revelation was great start to Hayes' new series with an intriguing apocalyptic background plot, plenty of issues for leads to overcome for a HEA (or a HUA - happy until the Apocalypse), and an interesting supporting cast. I am looking forward to the next book, Redemption, and to seeing more of these tainted angels.

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2019-04-20 02:56

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: Powerful fallen angel and doctor attempt to prevent the End of Times. Will they survive to love or will evil reign supreme?Opening Sentence: Today, of all days.Excerpt: YesThe Review:Cover art is one of the forces that will draw me to a book and encourage me to flip it over the read the back cover. This cover hit all the right notes for me including a drop dead handsome male, a sinister deadly weapon that glows and a city that must be in peril. This cover art cemented my vision of our amazing fallen angel, Luniel or Lune. He is someone you want on your side because he is going to finish his enemies with no mercy.What about our heroine Dr. Morgan Sterling? This is a woman of science that has a brutal past and only believes what she can see, smell, touch, taste and feel, plus she even questions all of that information. There is just something about Morgan that I found hard to comprehend. She has the makings of a wonderful heroine but I just couldn’t get into her head. Her character makes so many assumptions, challenges about everything and yet doesn’t even rely on her passion for science to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, she didn’t live up to my expectations for this book and sadly, she never lives up to her own expectations either.The world that Ms. Hayes has created is unique in that we are given a world that most of us have seen via television or big blockbuster movies or visited the city streets ourselves in Manhatten but we are unsure the time period that has passed since our present to the time that this story is set. I found this to be a gripping way of engaging me in the story straight away. I have walked those streets in New York City when I was a teenager and remember the wonder of the city.The cataclysmic event that has brought Lune and Morgan together is the death of an angel that was the protector of one of the vials that contains God’s wrath and Lune’s brother. This is a different twist on evil that our heroes must fight because one of the two vials already released on the Earth has caused a zombie plague to break out. Morgan must struggle between her scientific/doctor mind looking for a cure for all those infected and the realization that a bigger evil is out there and must be stopped no matter the cost.This story had promise and good storytelling and yet I have come away feeling “Meh”. It reminds me of listening to a song that you know being sung by someone else but they are singing it in a different key. The words are the same and the notes are right but it doesn’t resonate like the other version. It doesn’t reach down and grab you and lead you on a ride until the last note has drifted away.Final thoughts, I think the series has promise and I just hope that Redemption, book 2, will take it to the next level.FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Foxfire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Jody
    2019-04-14 06:48

    Revelation is a revelation in my view of angels and the idea of religion inciting action. Erica Hayes has created some super sexy angels that are charged with keeping humanity safe as evil tries to unlock the seals leading to the apocalypse. While I found myself drawn to one sexy angel after the next, I just wish I understood their background better. That part of the story was very confusing to me. For being such omnipotent beings they seemed very down to earth with foibles and issues like the rest of humanity. They're paying for their sins by being mostly expelled from Heaven so there's a sense of loss surrounding them that added more layers of humanity to them.Luniel has had terrible luck with love and it's damned him time and again. Upon meeting the fiery Morgan Sterling he again fights an attraction that could get both of them killed. With one life or death encounter after another they both eventually give into temptation in a super steamy encounter that is sensually sinful with nothing angelic about it. His interactions with her until then mostly involve verbal sparring that allows for a constant build-up of sexual tension. With as much as they act like they don't get along, you can sense the similarities of their souls that will make for a satisfying pairing. Morgan is a strong-willed woman who doesn't believe in what she can't see. She's more than capable of protecting herself in a fight and uses brains along with brawn. The concept of religion is foreign to her and she too has been hurt being loved and lost. To find true love and and save humanity she has to take a leap of faith, both Earthly and Heavenly.The world that Erica Hayes has created is rather bleak. In a city both dark and gritty I kept waiting for Batman to show up. Instead we have a group of battle-armored winged angels who are all sexy as sin fighting to keep humanity safe in a bloody physical battle against a slew of villainous biblical creatures. The majority of the story actually involves battle in one action scene after another, so those who don't like heartpounding action will be disappointed. I however do like a good fight and found myself fully immersed in these action-packed sequences and surprised once or twice by shifting loyalties.This was an intriguing and exciting start to a new and gritty Urban Fantasy series. The origin of these half-Fallen Angels is rather murky but will hopefully be clarified in future books. The main couple is likable but not as loving as some romantics would hope but their sexual chemistry was palpable. The remaining embattled angels completely won me over and I look forward to seeing them get one step closer to redemption through their own HEA. Fans of the paranormal will find the origins of these creatures difficult to comprehend but this is an ultimately satisfying start to a series I look forward to reading more of.

  • Maria
    2019-03-30 04:12

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review as a part of a book tour. I rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars.A dark urban fantasy loosely based on the Apocalypse, Revelation by Erica Hayes starts out slowly and gradually picks up speed. Filled with fallen angels, zombies and demons, Ms. Hayes sets her story in a future/alternate Manhattan known as Babylon. With colorful descriptions, plenty of physical action and a forbidden romance, this story is sure to grab the readers attention.A fallen angel, or "Tainted", Luniel is disturbed by physical changes he's beginning to see in the world. Babylon has become the capital of crime, a new virus is targeting humans and turning them into zombie like creatures, and Babylon's bay has turned to blood and is full of dead fish. Unable to contact his brother, still one of the regular angels, for over a week, Luniel is afraid one or more of the "seven deadly vials" spoken of in Revelations, the final chapter of the bible, may have been stolen or captured from a "Vial Guardian" and been twisted by a demon. Discovering his brother's body in the city morgue confirms his suspicions that somethings gone very wrong.Trying to understand a new disease no one has a cure for, Medical Examiner Dr. Morgan Sterling had little faith in humanity and doesn't believe in any one's version of God. Trusting only in science and things she can prove, Morgan can't believe her eyes when she opens a body bag in the morgue. Skeptical and suspicious, Morgan is unprepared to be rescued by Luniel when she becomes caught in a battle between heaven and hell. She never planned on falling in love with a fallen angel.The scenes between Luniel and Morgan are full of emotional angst, sharp dialogue and smoldering heat. Unable to trust each other at first, Luniel and Morgan must overcome their distrust of each other and choose a side in the coming war. Ms. Hayes did an okay job developing these two characters but while their sexual chemistry is hot and off the charts, I had a hard time dealing with their emotional issues. Luniel had a hard time letting go of his experiences with women in the past and went on and on about not being good enough for Morgan, while she went back and forth on whether or not she could trust him even though she becomes physically involved with him. The first book in a new series, Ms. Hayes's characters have begun the battle to end all battles. Who the victor will be may very well depend on the "Tainted" angels. Want to find out what happens between Luniel and Morgan at the end of their book? You'll have to read Revelation to find out.

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-04-07 01:46

    There were several things that really grabbed my attention when I saw this Revelation while cruising around the book store: paranormal romance, zombie plague, fallen angels, and possible demon curse. Seriously, I was immediately sold. I love apocalypse books, I love zombies, and I’m a total paranormal romance junkie. I’ve also recently discovered fallen angels ooze sexy and Luniel did not disappoint on that. The setting is New York City meets Gotham City a few years into the future. Babylon is not anything likes its namesake. It is actually the crime capital of the country. The city is full of crime and violence. To top off those issues the bay had turned to blood and the sick and diseased are looking and behaving like zombies. Luniel may be one of the Tainted, a fallen angel but he knows the signs of an appending apocalypse. He believes that what he is seeing is the effects of a Vial Guardian losing his precious vials wrath. Luniel also knows that the vials can be abused and the wrath twisted if they land in the hands of demons. A traumatic event from her teen years has left Morgan with little faith in any sort of a higher power. She is now a doctor and relies heavily on science and the solid proof that scientific facts give her. While on the last leg of her shift at the medical examiner office she has a hard time believing what she is seeing in the body bag. Logic and a long time distrust tells her it is something completely different than what it actually is. Morgan’s inability to trust was one of my annoyances with this book. It is her character flaw and she has a right to it, but she held onto the distrust of all for too long. The entire crew of Tainted was interesting and I want to know more about them. I also want to know more about the archangel Michael. For someone who holds the souls of the Tainted he has his very own dark taint and I’m very curious about the whys of that. Jadzia’s new friend also has me eager to read more books in this series. I love dark books and Revelation was extremely dark, the world, the characters, even the fallen angels had their own darkness. The spine clearly lists Revelation as a paranormal romance. The setting and the way the story is driven makes it feel more of an urban fantasy. There is definitely romance between Luniel and Morgan. Readers are given plenty of sexual tension and some hot sex scenes that are present with any romance. The author’s website describes the book as an urban fantasy romance and I find that to be a very accurate genre description for the book.

  • Tessa Onabigon
    2019-04-16 05:04

    Won from a Goodreads Giveaway.I'm a BIG fan of anything to do with the Paranormal - especially if it includes a kick-ass hero, wicked humour and a whole lot of romance - so naturally, this book caught my eye when it was posted on the giveaway page. That said, I went into this never reading any of Erica's work so I didn't know what to expect from her personally. A book of this genre could go either way with me...Luniel, our sexy-as-heaven protagonist, is an angel who had it all once upon a time - strength and power you could only dream about, a home so peaceful, so beautiful it'd make you weep, and a purpose in life he was proud of. Oh yeah, and his soul. But that all changed when he fell. Now one of the Tainted Host-a group of warrior angels like himself, who lost their souls for being bad little boys and girls-he's stuck serving a cruel son-of-a-b***h Archangel named Micheal (yes, THE Micheal) for a shot a redeeming his soul and finally returning home. But that's easier said then done when his next mission is to stop demons from spilling the 7 Holy Vials of God's Wrath on Earth, unleashing Lucifer himself.After being dealt a shitty hand in life, the beautiful assistant Medical Examiner of Babylon, Dr. Morgan Sterling lost faith in all things heaven-sent. Done with praying to a God who refuses to help, she's out to prove science is the key to finding a cure for a devastating disease that's ravaging the island of Manhattan and it's residents. However, the one thing she thought she could believe in will be shaken to it's core when out of the blue, a strange but beautiful man with wings of feathers, suddenly flashes into her office and into her life. An attraction so deep and meaningful ensues when they team up to hunt down the creatures responsible and a cure for this plague before it's too late and all is lost. This book had all the things I look for in a book. Sexy heroes and heroines. Red-hot romance. Devilish humour. Fast-paced action. A charming and promising ensemble cast. A rich and intelligent plot-line. And bad-ass villains that could knock you flat. Yup, this book grabbed my attention from start to finish and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next novel in this extremely entertaining series. :)

  • Penny
    2019-04-16 03:52

    When I read a book written by Erica Hayes, I am always rewarded by her voluptuous writing: voluptuous, meaning lush, visceral, with imagery overflowing in exquisite colors, smells, flavors... I read her stories, and it is like I have the book equivalent of a kaleidoscope, filled with sharp, gleaming shards of rainbow-tinted emotions, that turn and churn within my mind, and produce a visual smorgasbord of graphic ups and downs, casualties and victories; her characters are always caught up in these tornadoes of moment, cast onto the page in a glorious melee of good, bad, sexy and sweet circumstance--It is urban fantasy, fairytales for adults, love, hate and life lessons dressed in peacock feather intensity--And this book deals with the Apocalypse--specifically Archangels, angels, devils,and demons--For anyone with a Sunday school education in their background, there will be familiar moments in this--Such as Revelations, the final book in the Christian bible . . . This takes place in a city called Babylon, the heroine a Dr. Morgan Sterling, Medical Examiner; she is world weary, cynical, stubborn and suspicious---of humanity primarily, until she runs into---Angels.The Tainted: a group of fallen angel-soldiers in constant warfare with demons running rampant on the streets of Babylon--hoping to gain their souls back from the Archangel Michael, and return to the gates of Heaven by doing his dirty work every day . . .Luniel is his name, a black winged, black haired blue-eyed angel who rescues Morgan, and then becomes her body-guard/lover/nemesis in the war between Heaven and Hell . . .What follows involves snarky dialogue, chili-pepper-hot sensuality, the joy of flight within an angel's arms, lies, friendship, and despair---and lots and lots of lust.Be prepared to wallow in the depths with zombies and blood Princes, to fly with viscious icy Archangels, and to be shocked by surprise--and by a demon's loving touch . . .

  • Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
    2019-04-27 01:03

    Don't let the subject of religion keep you away from this book. These angels aren't perfect. In fact, most are what I am calling semi-fallen, stuck in between Heaven and Hell, on Earth, and trying to make the best of it. There is a lot of talk of God, Heaven, and the Devil, but it flows with the story.Something or someone has started the Apocalypse without permission. So things have gone to shit. Fast. A series of events lead Lune and Dr. Morgan Stirling to work together, and they have an instant attraction. In my opinion it seemed a little forced in the beginning. Did I still want them to get it on? Hell yes. And when there is physical interaction (it happens more than once!!) it is done well. As the story progressed, I was really rooting for them. And they have a TON of obstacles to overcome. There are times you think "Finally, they've made it!" then boom. Shit hits the fan. Again. It is all very exciting!There is some kink and gore that some may find unappealing, especially because of the 'people' participating in it (ie angels) but I thought it appropriate. These aren't your weeping grandmother's angels, they have vices. And for the most part they are not ashamed of them.For a book that takes place over less than 2 days, parts of it seemed to drag. I can't put my finger on it, because the sex was good, the action was intense, but I felt something missing. Maybe I didn't get to know the characters as much as I would have liked; I'm not sure. Maybe it was the fact it seemed like "shock factor" was used several times - I laughed a little the third time I read about someone's eyeball melting down their face. It's kind of gross, but what can I say? I am a bit demented.Will I read the next book? You betcha. And I am looking forward to it. And I bet I will enjoy it even more, now that I know the world and have a grasp on the characters. 3.5 stars - a good solid read

  • Vick
    2019-04-26 05:11

    Just a rant under the cut..(view spoiler)[ Goddammit this fucking stupid. The main characters are assholes with no chemistry and the plot just falls apart like a fart in the wind. It's deus-ex after deus-ex and that shit is motherfucking boring. Angels stories with shit mythology are shit stories. An in between tier of angels? Really? This makes me wanna vomit. There was no fucking difference between the angels and the tainted. Or at least Michael and the tainted. In fact, he was worse. But he was maybe the most interesting. MAYBE.The two mains go back and forth the entire novel whining either about: 1--for him, how he isn't worthy of the her..then his boner gets in his way but then he failed a girl before... but this boner won't go away.. but he lusted after someone and got her killed.. and damn this persistent boner. or2--for her, how she can't trust him, then she might trust him cause he's hot, but then he might be a liar, but then he smells great, and now shes a badass, then she's a sex kitten etc etc etc..It was like the publishing company just handed the author a vague idea and told her to run with it... " don't worry if you can't figure it out, magic god powers will work when you need em!" Fucking stupid.(hide spoiler)]

  • Marielle
    2019-04-04 06:06

    It's an interesting world, but I got frustrated with two things. Firstly, the Tainted Angels are at least 800 years old, but they talk like modern teenagers. You'd think after all this time they'd be more sophisticated in their forms of speech but also they had to know other languages and even English a few hundred years ago sounded completely different. I can see them picking up plenty of modern slang based upon their partying lifestyle, but you'd think they'd still used old fashioned terms and expressions especially with each other. Secondly, the main female character is supposed to be very smart. She made it through med school on scholarships but she acts like an idiot for the most part. I can see some of that behaviour in teenager, but in a smart doctor?

  • Jessica
    2019-04-14 04:12

    This one started out kind of slowly w/ a lot of religious connotation, which in retrospect should be expected since it's the first book in a series based on the biblical end of days and fallen angels. Once the book got rolling, I fell into the dark gritty world that Hayes is so talented at creating. Her words include some I've never seen in a dictionary (angelscum, lol) but they get you right in the gut. I found myself carried away on a wave of shadowy underworld images with sharp edges and could almost smell the scents of the Tainted. I LOVED this book and only give it 4 stars because of the slow start. If you are a fan of Dark Fantasy, early LKH, Kim Harrison, or Stacia Kane, I highly recommend this book! Looking forward to the next installment!!

  • Ibrium
    2019-04-21 06:09

    .5 starsMorgan is the definition of mercurial. And that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, if she weren't stupidly mercurial. When it occurred me to that I would actively cheer her death-by-stupidity, I realized I needed to give up the ghost. DNF.For the record I had other problems with the text that kept me from enjoying the book. The constant swearing: WE GET IT. YOU ANGELS ARE EDGY AND DARK. OOOH. (seriously, "hellshit"? Weak.) The first time we meet Michael: SUBTLE. Things I did like? Jadzia. Her story I am maybe interested in enough to give another book a try. Assuming she gets her own book. Yep, so that's pretty much all I liked.Everything else was par for the (poorly-executed) PNR/UF course.

  • Netanella
    2019-04-06 23:06

    Great book with a very interesting storyline that captured my interest from the first chapter. Tainted angels - caught between heaven and hell - suspect that demons are trying to hijack the seven signs of the apocalypse. Diseased zombies roam the glittering and decaying city of New York. The waters have turned to blood. Very cool storyline. The H/H are Luniel, a tainted angel with a heart of gold, and Dr. Morgan Sterling, a medical examiner with no faith in God or her lover. I loved everything about the book except for her character, who didn't seem too smart for holding an advanced medical degree. However, I am very much looking forward to the next book in the sequence.

  • Marianne Theresa
    2019-03-27 00:07

    This book blew me away.It was, as are all Erica Haye's books, fast paced and witty. I fell in love with the Hero, Luniel. He was Sexy, hot and utterly lovable. Dr Morgan Sterling is one lovely lady, who doesn't start off as a kiss-ass heroine, but gets there eventually.I love that she only ate half a hot-dog over 4 days and had all that energy. I want what she's having LOL.Great book. fast paced, thrilling and gory, bloodthirsty to the 'nth. Zombies, muties and demons galore... add in some really hot Angels and you have a great read!If you are feint hearted have a spew bag ready. Ms Hayes does not hold back on the graphics... that's why I like her books.

  • Ilona
    2019-04-11 00:06

    I'm not a very religious person but I do like a book full of demons (mostly thanks to Larrisa Ione's Demonica books) so this one seemed worth a try. It has an ME with a belief in modern science and a Tainted Angel who still believes in God and Heaven. What I liked most was that there was no 'bible thumping' even though the whole story's theme was based on the biblical seven signs of the apocalypse. In fact right through to the end the Heroine does not believe in Heaven even though she ends up believing in Angels, Demons and the biblical signs which are rather obviously there.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-15 00:10

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this through Goodread's first reads so thanks.Set in an apocalyptic future, New York medical examiner Dr Morgan is trying to find a 'cure' to a new virus that is turning people into zombies but unknown to her things are about to get a lot more complicated when angel Luniel arrives. A good paranormal romance, and a good start to the series can't wait to read the next one.