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I Belong

Review: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

Title: The Mephisto Kiss

Author: Trinity Faegan

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Mephisto Covenant (Book 2)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 1606841718 (EgmontUSA)

ISBN-13: 978-1606841716 (EgmontUSA)

Reviewed by: Michelle


 The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.

When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.

What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

Quick & Dirty: Faith, attraction and love sums up my new guilty pleasure of a paranormal read.

Opening Sentence: Kissing Matthew was one of Jordan’s favorite things to do.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Trinity Faegen’s Mephisto brothers have become one of my guilty pleasures. Fallen angels and the brothers of Hell, The Mephisto Kiss is the next book in this exciting series filled with supernatural elements and detailed mythology. I was surprised at how much I would love this series, the world that Faegen built, and especially the characters. There’s excitement around every corner with a great balance of emotional happiness and turmoil. Angst? Check!

The Mephisto Kiss begins shortly after The Mephisto Covenant. In a plan to take down the government, Eryx has begun to infiltrate high levels of the cabinet. As part of the plan to coerce the President to join Eryx’ cause, he kidnaps the President’s daughter, Jordan. Coincidentally, Jordan is Anabo. The Mephisto must now intervene. And in a surprising twist, Jordan’s Anabo traits appeals most to Key.

To be honest, when I was reading The Mephisto Covenant, I wasn’t paying attention to the brothers. It wasn’t until The Mephisto Kiss that I was fully aware of the brothers and who they were. Key, in particular, has become one of my favorites. As the designated oldest, leader, and overall person to look up to, Key has all the traits of someone so strong and someone so vulnerable. It’s always interesting to read a male heroine as one of the “weaker” elements of a story. There is something extra to pay attention to when that happens. Key is not only the constant in a story, but also a variable. His feelings, his past-everything plays a part in the story. And that all affects Jordan, their relationship, and the ultimate goal.

Jordan is a high profile character. For her to be in the front line of a story is smart. There’s a different risk in her case, being Anabo, being immortal. It was nice to see how her life played into it and what the Mephisto did to adapt to the situations. Jordan’s voice was real and easily relatable. I enjoyed her growth as a character and hope to see her again.

My favorite part about The Mephisto Kiss is the history between Key and Eryx. It surprised me, in a great way. The dynamic between the two is different from many other sibling relationships, but Faegen wrote this one with a twist. It was nice and refreshing, and I definitely enjoyed it.

It was easy to get lost reading about the Mephisto, the lost souls, and the Anabo. The world, mythology, and culture that Faegen wrote is so detailed that you can’t help but be intrigued by it. It was easy to fall in love with the world, details and all. Match that up with the wonderful pacing, and you have a great story.

I highly encourage you to read The Mephisto Kiss. It really delivers a whopping of a kiss!

Notable Scene:

While she stood there weighing the decision, allowing her imagination to take her places she really didn’t want to go, Zee said, “It’d be great if you had all the time in the world to decide, but you don’t. Key’s starting to fade, so it’s now or never.”

Drawing herself up, she moved away from the console, around Sasha, and toward the edge of Key’s bed. His breathing was rapid and shallow, and his hands had begun to shake. Whatever color had been left in his cheeks was gone now. There was no doubt he was in the throes of death. She’d seen it before, when her mom slipped away and left her.

The rest of them moved closer, circling the bed. Phoenix looked near to losing it; Zee looked angry; Ty was solemn; Denys had no expression at all; Jax was fighting tears; Sasha was staring at her. “He’s what holds us together, Jordan. Please, do this for him, for all of us.”

Taking the last step to the bed, Jordan bent low, held Key’s face within her hands, and settled her lips against his. She forced his mouth open and gave him the wettest kiss ever, trying not to think of Matthew and how badly it would hurt him if he knew. He’d kissed her a thousand times, a thousand different ways, but always with feeling. Affection. Love.

This was nothing like that. The kiss was clinical, an exchange of saliva that might or might not help Key, but would change her forever.

The Mephisto Covenant Series:

1. The Mephisto Covenant

2. The Mephisto Kiss

3. The Mephisto Mark (September 2013)

FTC Advisory: EgmontUSA provided me with a copy of The Mephisto Kiss  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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