Dark Angel

Dark Angel: Book 2 of The Given Trilogy by [Mickey Martin]

Dark Angel is the second book in The Given trilogy by Mickey Martin. The story brings us back into the mysterious world of Lilliana and her adventures within The Given institution- a place designed for victims of violent crimes to heal and find their new life purposes. The first book focuses on Lilliana’s background, recovery journey, and friendships. This time it’s more centered on her budding romance with tall, mystifying, and shockingly handsome Damon, the leader of the facility. The novel opens where the first ended, with Damon leaving suddenly after professing his love for Lilliana, to go on a dangerous undercover mission. Five painful years pass and he finally returns and our narrative unfurls.

The book follows a structure that is not simply beginning, middle, and ending, as the story is peppered with many miscellaneous events. I think this writing style feels far more realistic as it mirrors that of real-life, so I really liked this choice. The background events help to enrich and diversify the classic love story narrative and make it seem less repetitive.

This book upholds the fantastic writing standard of Martin’s previous work, continuing to be vividly descriptive and captivating. Characters and settings are depicted beautifully and the attention to detail is outstanding. Yet this novel felt quite different to the prior, due to having a rather different tone. The first book was dark and thrilling whereas Dark Angel takes a softer romance-based approach centered on Lilliana and Damon’s growing affection. Therefore I feel it would be more appropriate to label this as a dark-romance with a hint of erotica; the couple’s sex life being a large aspect of the story’s narrative. If you enjoy these genres, you will undoubtedly adore this book, but this is less of a thriller as the first book was. Having read about the characters in the first novel in such great detail, it was interesting to see them interact once again within a new narrative. Because this story is focused on Damon and Lilliana, the other characters I’ve grown attached to in the first book don’t get as much attention as our two main characters.

Dark Angel continues the riveting story from book one and adds a refreshing element of romance that make this novel feel different but equally as rousing as the first.

Pages: 358 | ASIN: B085VJX2VJ

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