Tuesday 4 December 2018

Book Review: Saved by Grace by Sita Bethel (LGBT/PNR)

Title: Saved by Grace
Author: Sita Bethel
NineStar Press

Publication Date: 3 December 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

Alel is a demon, and he is good at lying. The image he wears is a lie—no one can see his wings or barbed tail, nor can they see the horns peeking from a shag of hair salted with strands of white and pale gray. Half-starved, Alel is short and gangly and has lavender freckles dusted across his nose and cheeks. Lust created him along with all other incubi and succubae for one reason—to encourage humans to sin while feeding off of their sexual energy. Anything more than carnal acts is forbidden, but Alel yearns to be kissed, to bury his face in the crook of a lover’s neck and hold them until dawn.

When he meets a human named Jackson, who’s more interested in snuggling on the couch while watching movies and making out instead of one-night stands, Alel realizes dating Jackson would leave him famished, but he can’t resist the temptation.

As their relationship builds, Alel and Jackson explore the boundaries of both sexual and romantic intimacy. The more they’re together, the more they fall in love, but Alel knows if another demon ever catches him, he’ll be dragged back to hell for breaking taboo.

The thing I loved most about Saved by Grace was the diversity of its characters. It was great to see representation from a broad spectrum of the LGBT community, and the book, as a whole, considered how easy it is to pigeon-hole things and set up 'rules', but how sometimes those expectations need to be re-examined and the rules broken in order for people to live their lives to the fullest and find happiness, in themselves and with others. I adored both the pairings in this tale, but particularly Alel and Jackson. I thought their relationship developed at a realistic pace, and they both grew as characters throughout the course of the story. There are plenty of sex scenes in this book, but all contributed to the plot, and the pacing didn't feel stunted because of them. Overall, this was an entertaining and thoughtful read and I would give it four stars.

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