Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
For all the holiness that surrounds Vatican City, evil lurks within its walls.
Alain Autenburg has been a member of the Swiss Guard for the past twelve years. As a member of the group of men charged with protecting the Holy See and the Supreme Pontiff, the Swiss Guard have been serving popes for centuries. Unbeknownst to most within the Guard, there is a subset within their numbers who are members of the Knights Templar. They are responsible for ridding Rome of all the unholy paranormal happenings going on in the city. Alain is the current Knight responsible for these duties.
Cristoph Haase is a new halberdier in the Swiss Guard. Older than most of the other new soldiers in the pope’s army, Christoph is not quite sure why he is in Rome. While it is the top assignment of the Swiss army to be selected as a member of the Guard, Cris is not sure he fits in. Resigning would not only end his military career, but also leave a stain for any future private employment. To make matters worse, Cris is fighting his attraction to and non-committal response from the Sergeant in the “Special Projects” office of the Guard, Alan Autenburg. To make matters worse, the sergeant is assigned to be his mentor.
As the attraction between the two grows, Alain has severe reservations about letting Cris into his world. The last time he let someone in it almost destroyed him. Alain wants to protect Cris from the things that go bump in the night. A relationship with this new recruit would put in jeopardy, especially if he were to be trained as his replacement. All that changes when Cris is cornered in a bar one night by an incubus who is trying to steal his soul. The incubus shows both men their deepest desire. They must now move forward with their relationship while fighting demons being called by someone within the walls of Catholic leadership.
This is a well-crafted book with enough tease of romance and action to fulfill the premise of the book. Alain wants to be with Cris but the last man he was close to was hurt by his line of work so he Is very hesitant to follow his feelings. This drives Cris crazy with what seems to be Alain’s flip flopping on whether or not to see where their feelings lead. The secondary characters work to move the story along. Of special note is Father Lotario. The chain smoking, vodka swilling exorcist is not what one expects to find. I hope there are more tales of Alain, Cris and the demon fighting men of the Vatican.
The cover art by Aria Tan is perfect for the book. Alain is standing in profile with the Vatican City skyline in the background. You can also see Cris looking on in the background.
Published May 2nd 2016 by NineStar Press