BOOK REVIEW ~ REIGNITE BY J.M. DARHOWER

The moment the short-lived apocalypse came to an end, life returned to normal. Mortals continued on with their oblivious existences while the earth healed and flowers again bloomed, the devastation instantly wiped away. It was as if it had never happened.
But it did.
Luce knows. He’s cursed to remember every moment, forced to live with everything he has done. Suddenly finding himself out of confinement, he’s faced with a decision: where to call “home”. Free will turns out not to be the freedom he expects when the only thing he wants doesn’t know he exists.
Serah woke up with no memory of where she came from or who she was before that moment. Struggling to adapt to the world as a mortal, she’s haunted by a set of bright blue eyes that always seem to be watching her. She can’t shake the feeling that he could be her salvation… if only she can remember him before it’s too late.
Lucifer didn’t fall from Grace alone. He’s not the only angel with a grudge, nor is he the only one fascinated by his beautiful mortal.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions…

After the events and ending in book 1, I couldn’t dive into this second book fast enough. Even though Extinguish was written as a standalone and meant to be left open-ended based on reader interpretation, I’m grateful the author decided to write another book. Because when it comes to romance, I need my questions answered and my ending clearly defined, and as I fell hard and fast for these characters in book 1, getting my closure and finding out what exactly happened to them after the showdown in Extinguish was absolutely necessary. With that being said, I did feel like this book was lacking compared to the first. Things were wrapped up in pretty bows too fast and with one of the main characters literally embodying the fallen archangel, it was hard to believe that all loose ends were tied up nicely without much conflict. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it for the most part as it was a fast-paced read with the return of all the beloved characters from the first book as well as new ones.
Just like my review for the first book, I have very few things to say about the plot as the story here builds up from what happened in Extinguish. I liked that there were more Lucifer POV scenes and I got to delve deeper into his thoughts and feelings. I still find the idea of giving the Devil himself a humane side fascinating – it definitely made his character seem a lot dynamic than most male leads I’ve read about. As for the romance, it was a bit weak and honestly, there weren’t that many scenes that focused on the main characters’ relationship development because this book was more plot-orientated, but the parts where the romance was showcased, it was beautiful, and it only strengthened my belief that despite how forbidden or unnatural the romance was, these two belonged with each other.
I think my biggest problem is that because this book is fast-paced and more plot-oriented than ever, it’s hard to have time jumps (I’m talking years and years) and have them convincingly weaved into the story. While reading, it felt like maybe a month or two passed instead of years, which is why I thought the story was a little all over the place and underdeveloped compared to the first. But despite that, I’m thankful that Lucifer and Serah did get a second book and was happy with the final ending the author provided.
As a whole, this 2-book duet ranks a solid 4+ stars and is well worth the read. They’re attention-grabbing, gripping from the get go, and the world building is excellent, not to mention each and every one of the characters were fascinating.
Reignite is the 2nd and final book in this 2-book paranormal forbidden romance series. It’s not a standalone and must be read after Extinguish.
Rating: 3.5 stars!