Erryn reviews ‘Sacrifice (Fire and Brimstone Scroll Book 2)’ by Nikole Knight. This book was released on April 10, 2020 and is 322 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was released July 27, 2021 narrated by Kirt Graves and is 9 hrs and 42 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I was fascinated by book 1.
Human – angel – Nephilim. How can Riley fit in anywhere when he doesn’t know who or what he is?
With his mysterious heritage shrouded in shadow, Riley Shepard struggles with his identity, his confusing sexuality, and the prohibited – but deepening – feelings for his guardian angels. Questions remain unanswered. His guardians harbor secrets. And danger lurks just out of sight.
When disaster strikes, Riley must make a choice that will change everything. But will his sacrifice destroy the life he’s built? Will there be anything left when the dust settles?
To him, it makes no difference. Because for them, it is worth the risk.
Sacrifice is the second book in the slow-burn harem/poly romance series Fire & Brimstone, featuring hurt/comfort, temptingly sexy guardian angels, forbidden love, and an unlikely hero who discovers what it means to be free.
Trigger warnings include: situations of homophobia (both external and internal), violence with low-level gore, and sexual assault.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and so was interested to see where this second one might go. And, let me say, it went to some very dark places. And I’ll mention the violence up front. Low-level gore is the trigger warning, and it’s accurate. My heart bled and my stomach churned when I heard what was done to one of the characters. That being said, there was, on the flip side, plenty of humor. Riley has discovered his true nature – he’s Nephilim. That means pretty much everyone – all the demons and angels – want a piece of him. He’s all-powerful and hasn’t learned to control his impulses. Hence his need for guardians. Jai and Noel are adorable angelic minders while Gideon tries to control the motley crew. And as Christmas approaches, it looks like things might have settled.
But all is not as it seems. Riley has human things to deal with. His horrible foster mother for one. Just her existence makes me ill, and her appearance broke my heart. Then there’s Riley going on a date with a friend and the fallout when his angels discover this. When it all becomes too much and he takes a walk? That’s when things go truly sideways and the true violence begins. I wondered if the group could save one of their own who was badly hurt. I wondered if they could escape where they were. I wondered what the repercussions would be for Riley using his power. What was he willing to sacrifice to save one of the ones he cares most about?
I got a somewhat satisfactory ending, but it’s very clear Riley’s story is far from over. He just wants to go to college with his three angel minders. Powers far greater than his have other things in mind. Stay tuned…
I’ll also mention Kirt Graves. I adore him and his narration worked for this story. Interesting to see where the next instalment takes me.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Nikole Knight is a born and bred Hoosier living in a top-secret location in Europe. She’s the lone female in the house, unless you count the dog, and she writes love in all its forms. When she’s not racing after a half-naked toddler or arguing with a child’s logic, Nikole can be found in her writing nook, typing away as her fingers turn to nubs.