The Lost: Celestial Blues 2 by Vicki Pettersson
Fallen angel Griffin "Grif" Shaw and his mortal lover, reporter Katherine Craig, are trying to learn the truth about Grif's death a half a century earlier. This quest will lead them to discover that the Pures might have their own agenda - one that will have Grif and Kit scrambling to stay alive, to stay together, and to choose their fate...before it's chosen for them.
Review by Brittany:
Here's a book with a beautifully fantastic cover, which I'm such a sucker for. I also read and reviewed the first book, so I knew that I was going to enjoy this one.
It's been a year since I picked up the first one, so jumping into this one meant I had a bit of an adjustment period to try to remember who characters were and what all of the terminology regarding the angels meant. The author made it easy, giving some one sentence recaps that were enough to spark my memory. Similar to the first one, Kit and Grif have good banter and good conversations between them, making their relationship one that I can't help by root for, despite the fact that I suspect it won't be able to last.
One element of this book that felt different to me was how gruesome it got at some parts. There is mention of a drug - krokodil - that is Russian and cheap to make, but it also causes the flesh to rot and infections to spring up. The descriptions in the book were tough, but I couldn't help but appreciate them. I also thought it was interesting how this drug leads Grif and Kit to involved with two separate large-scale drug rings, one with Russians and one with Cubans.
This book also explores more of what happened to Grif. He's determined to solve the mystery of who murdered him and his wife Evie, and this book leads Grif to a few more answers. The end of the book leaves the reader with a cliffhanger regarding the murders, which will hopefully set up the discovery of exactly what happened in the third book.
Kit and Grif's relationship is also left on a bit of a cliffhanger in this book. Throughout, Kit struggles with Grif's obsession with Evie and his inability to be totally present in their relationship. By the end of the book, the strain reaches a bit of a boiling point.
I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoyed the first.
...she told herself that a new love couldn't be expected to replace an old one. That wasn't what new love was for.
But all it'd taken was one slip in thought, one reminder of how hard it was to be compared to someone who was perfect - someone who would always be perfect now that time had also made her saintly - and Kit was suddenly doubting everything she was.
She loved things because she loved them, and that was reason enough.
It wasn't where Grif was that bothered her, or what he was doing. It was what he was thinking about. About another woman.
She had to keep her feelings, especially regarding this woman, under control.
"Why does so much of life have to be about letting go?"