There are a lot of characters and storylines going on in this book so you have to pay attention in the first few chapters when the main characters & their situations are explained in detail. This is a good example of a series that you should read in order so that you are not confused.
The main character is Drusilla “Tally” Tallow. She is a witch who has had a really rough time of it lately. She was recently possessed by a lamia or “the great and terrible evil”. A lamia has the body of a bird and the head of a woman with a taste for human flesh. In the previous book, a warlock whom Tally thought loved her and didn’t know was evil, summoned one using her body. Needless to say, while possessed, Tally did a lot of very bad things and there was a good amount of bloodshed and carnage. One of the casualties was Tristan Belledare. He was Tally’s official boyfriend, but after being killed by Tally became the Angel of Death. Another victim of the lamia was Falcon Cherrywood – the brother of Tally’s best friend & also Tally’s longtime crush. After a skirmish with the current Cupid, Falcon was handed the job – much to his horror. At the opening of the book Tally is majorly bummed. The fallout from the lamia episode has left her at a crossroads. She is temporarily deprived of her magic as part of her punishment for the lamia’s actions. She also has a humiliating encounter sexual encounter with Falcon when he falls asleep in the middle of making love to her. This kind of adds insult to injury because she feels kind of like a Typhoid Mary of the magical world. The Powers That Be decide to put Tally on parole. She now has two parole officers – Falcon (“Cupid”) is her heavenly one and Ethelred (a Crown Prince of Hell) is her infernal one. They each take turns with visitation trying to pull her to one side or the other. Ethelred kind of stole the show in this book for me a little bit. He is quite the character. He’s a demon hottie, morally ambiguous, funny, and hits on anyone (no matter the sex). I felt like on his days with Tally, he built up her confidence. I like the curse that Falcon puts on him. It’s kind of a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” curse. Basically, he is made to fall in love with the next person who propositions him. That person just happens to be Luminista. Luminista is the twin sister to Emilian Grey. Emilian has a werewolf curse. This curse and Ethelred’s curse cause all kinds of complications. I did like this book, but I would love it if the next book focused on Ethelred and Luminista. I would love for them to have a happy ending – even though the way things worked out in this book make that next to impossible.