Possession by A.D. Blackburn (Diabolus Venator #1)
January 31, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
In the epic battle between Heaven and Hell, there are angels and demons…and then there’s James.
Tall, dark and deadly, James Gunn is the President of the Diabolus Venator motorcycle club, a group of one time outlaws turned gun-toting, sword-wielding, ass-kicking demon hunters. His no-holds-barred style of dispatching hells darkest minions has earned him quite the reputation, but when he fights a low-level demon that warns him that his soul is in danger, he laughs it off…until he discovers that they mean to steal his heart to obtain it. When James realizes that a high-ranking demon has marked him for a prime spot in hell, he pulls out all the stops to protect the one thing he loves more than his own soul—his girlfriend, Maddy.
What James doesn’t count on is that this particular demon knows a little bit more about the art of possession than the average minion and he’s forced to make the ultimate choice between the love of his life or his own soul.
Possession is the debut book by AD Blackburn. It is a novella, and reads pretty quickly, but I also don’t feel like anything is left out. I was immediately drawn into this world. The seven men in this Diabolus Venator club, have to answer to the angel Thomas for the past misdeeds. To atone, they go out and fight demons. They went from a feared motorcycle gang to revered members of the community for keeping everyone safe. This group of guys bicker, they joke, they have great affection for each other while dripping in leather, and always are on the edge of violence. Fun combination!
Maddy and James have been broken up for three weeks to start the book – James having pushed her away afraid his lifestyle was too dangerous for her to be a part of. But really, they are still in love with each other and Maddy wakes him up to the fact that he can’t protect her 100% of the time. Which kills him since he lost his first wife. They have great chemistry and some really sexy love scenes.
The villain in this book is very evil and A..D Blackburn doesn’t hold anything back showing us his horrendous acts. There are twists and turns and the ending conflict scene is very well done. Maddy’s brother, Caius plays a big role in this book and it looks like he might be up next.
I very much enjoyed this world and would love to read a full length book from this author.