For a crime committed in the halls of heaven, Caim fell from grace to become one of the fallen. His punishment is to serve in the pits of the underworld as collector of the devil’s debts.
A thousand years in the servitude of demons is more than Caim can bear. Now he has a chance to be free and to find peace. He has found what he seeks most in the eyes and arms of Bliss Tadeo, a phlebotomist in a small town called Merry, North Carolina. With her eyes and her heart she has soothed the beast within Caim and given him a chance for redemption — if they can survive his ultimate escape from hell…
Caim is a fallen angel who was banished from heaven and sent to the underworld to serve that lord. He is a collector; he collects the souls of people who have sold their souls to the devil for success and wealth. He hates what he does and the demons he has to be around, especially his nemesis Belial. His only bright spot is his attraction to Bliss.
Bliss Tadeo is a phlebotomist with beauty and a gentle soul which is what drew Caim to her. She knows that he is different but there is something about him that calls out to her. She soon finds out who and what he is but will she be able to save him?
I have to first say that I enjoy Dahlia Rose as an author, her style of writing and the way she weaves a story always grabs the attention from the start. This story with its theme of good versus evil started off a little slow but it soon caught fire. You felt the hatred Caim had for his plight especially when he had to collect a soul, or deal with the other Demons who taunted him.
When reading a story such as this, or any story, you as the reader want to be able to identify with the characters in the book or feel what they’re feeling. Dahlia Rose did just that with this story. You felt Caim’s disgust when he had to collect a soul or had to go to the underworld when summoned. You also connected with Bliss’s feelings for him and her desire to help him redeem himself.
The supporting characters in the book helped to round out the story, and the possibility that Caim may not be forgiven and given a second chance was always there. Darkest Joy (Dark Love 1) is the first in a two-part series which should be read. It is enjoyable and uplifting.