*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This was a very character-focused book, all about Grey and Saint and their inner struggles and relationship with each other. It was slow-paced, but that’s not a complaint at all because it never dragged, and the pace worked well with the character-focused aspect and feel of the book.
I also liked that this book included the topic of mental health and seemed to handle it well. Grey was struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts (plus one actual attempt at the very beginning), and the book really delved into his mind in order to explain what depression feels like, or at least what it felt like to him. And Saint, while not quite depressed, had his own struggles too, trying to cope with not knowing who he was, with not being human, with grief for all the men he loved, and with the insecurity of feeling like no one could love the monster that he saw himself as.
*SPOILER ALERT (I’m going to discuss the mood/feel of the book and whether it has a happy ending or not)* That being said, this book wasn’t the dark, heart-wrenching thing I was expecting from all the other reviews I’d read. It was more hopeful and sweet with a supportive romance (that does not cure Grey’s depression but does help him see light in the darkness). So while it could be triggering for anyone with depression or suicidal thoughts, the overall story was not a depressing one in the end. *END SPOILER ALERT*
Last but not least, I want to mention that I loved the beautiful, lyrical style of writing. It was still plenty easy to understand, but the descriptions of the characters, the emotions, the passion, the intimacy, etc. were wonderful.
So overall, this was a very character-focused paranormal book that really delved into the topic of mental illness, and the beautiful writing made it a pleasure to read!
Anyone who likes slow-paced, character-focused books, the topic of depression/suicide, and M/M romance with a light paranormal aspect.