Nightfall by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“We want what we want”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤
“You either have my back….”
“You’re at my side….”
“Or you’re in my way…”
“Be Lilith, Never Eve.”
The Hero(s): Will Grayson – Will has been seen as the lush of the group in previous books, but there is much more to him. He doesn’t know what he wants in life, he thinks he is less than his friends because he doesn’t have ambition like Michael, or determination like Damon or a set path in life like Kai. He has been in love with Emory for years but she rebuffed his advances and he went to Jail for beating her abusive brother who was a cop.
The heroine: Emory – This is the first book Emory appears in, though she has been referred to in prior books. We knew she was abused by her brother but in this book we get to know her and we see how bad the abuse was and how it shaped her and her actions.
The Love Story: Will was shipped away by his family to a place called Blackchurch. It is a hidden place where the ultra wealthy send their kids who can’t toe the line and embarrass their families. Will first embarrassed his senator Grandfather when he went to prison and has done worse since getting out, acting as the playboy who was blowing through his inheritance on alcohol, drugs and hookers. Emory is drugged and kidnapped and wakes up at Blackchurch.
The story of Emory being kidnapped to Blackchurch is interesting, since it means someone is either out to get Will or out to get Emory (or both). That person not only knows about Will’s past with Emory but also knows where Blackchurch is, which is not an easy thing, since it moves every few years and is a closely guarded secret.
Blackchurch itself and the guys there were interesting as well. There was the Alpha (Aydin) who seems nice sometimes but others seems like a ruthless dictator. Also, Will seems weak when we first see him, since he just takes it. Will seems to want to help and stand up for the weaker guys but he just defers to Aydin.
The narration was terrific and I am not quite sure if it is just because I have really gotten used to these two narrators since this is the 4th book in the series I have listened to or if they have just gotten progressively better with each book, but I am really enjoying these audiobooks.
The different storylines were great. Will has some secret agenda, whomever kidnapped Emory had an agenda and there were all the issues from the past. Not to mention Alex, the hooker who is now in their group of friends, which they all consider their family. We know that Alex was in love with Will as well. The homoerotic scenes between Damon and Will are every bit as hot as the intimate scenes between Will and Emory.