Author: Xen Sanders
Cover Artist: L.C Chase
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/05/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Saint’s afraid to die. Grey can’t stand to live.
Grey Jean-Marcelin wants to die. He thought painting his passion — vivid portrayals of Haitian life and vodou faith — would be enough to anchor him to this world. But it isn’t. And when the mysterious man known only as Saint saves Grey from a suicide attempt, it’s more curse than blessing — until Grey discovers that Saint isn’t just an EMT. He’s a banished fae, and can only survive by draining the lives of those he loves.
All Saint needed was a simple bargain: one life willingly given for another. But as Saint’s feelings for Grey grow deeper, centuries of guilt leave him desperate to save a man who doesn’t want salvation, even if Grey’s life means Saint’s death.
When Grey’s depression consumes him, only he can decide if living is worth the struggle. Yet his choice may come too late to save his life . . . or Saint’s soul. And whatever choice he makes, it may shatter them both.
I wasn’t totally sure about this book when I started to read it, it stats with Grey waking up in hospital after a failed suicide attempt, and his introduction to Saint the paramedic who ‘saves’ him. It all seemed rather silly, and I thought it would quickly become some kind of insta love immediately cured rubbish. How wrong I was.
Because Saint is not human and his character has lived a long time, he is accepting of Grey’s depression in a way that has never happened before, and Grey himself really sees Saint as well. In fact the first 50% of the book is these guys negotiating the terms for what is to follow. Without being spoilery the paranormal part of the book is solid and not totally unexpected, but it is totally enhanced by the description and feel of Grey’s depression, the hope that started to grow and his recognition that maybe it could be changed. This read so very true and honest that at times it was incredibly emotionally intense, yest at no stage was the writing anything less than beautiful.
Suicide is the biggest killer (in the UK) of men under 50, and mental health is still treated as such a stigma, and this book neither romanticises Grey’s health nor does it brush it away .
Despite the reader warnings regarding suicide/ self harm the overall feeling I got from this book was positivist and hope.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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