Nephilim Lucca Marlowe has been banished and sent to live as a human with both his wings and his glamour bound so he can make peace with his human side. Working as a private detective, he keeps to himself, not caring whether he lives or dies, or at least not until he meets a beautiful, mysterious human woman—with deadly secrets—and her nephew who seamlessly slip into his life and his heart. Things are further complicated by a series of bizarre, brutal murders of supernatural beings and the return of Lucca’s father.
Juliet Romeo is a woman out of her own time, sent to the present day to protect and hide she and her nephew from angels and demons that seek to kill them. A police detective fully aware of the existence of supernatural beings, she is tough, smart, and cautious, her life revolving around keeping her nephew Owen safe. That has always been enough for her until she meets Lucca, to whom she is unbelievably drawn. But his presence at the scene of a close friend’s murder and the fact that he hangs with supernatural beings makes her question whether it is safe to listen to her heart and pursue a relationship with him.
Half human and half angel, Lucca is a loner, isolated, tortured, distrustful, and lost, with little hope for his future. He was horribly abused by his father for years to destroy his human side and any compassion he might feel for humans, and it nearly worked. Lucca longs for death to free him from his powerless existence, neither human nor angel, at the beck and call of both angels and demons that all seem to want to either use his skills as a warrior or to see him dead — sometimes both. The last thing he expects is to fall for a human woman and a sickly young boy who bring his heart and soul to life for the first time.
Lucca and Juliet are nicely fleshed-out characters who tug at the heart. Lucca’s existential angst and inability to see that he is worthy of love and happiness and Juliet’s compassion and open heart with Lucca make it so easy to identify with and root for each of them. The relationship between Lucca and Juliet sizzles with chemistry and heat but is also an intense connection full of raw emotion, which Nutt smoothly develops into an angsty but sweet and steamy partnership of equals. The love scenes beautifully explore this connection. Lucca’s interactions with Owen are funny and sweet, as well.
While at times the pacing is uneven and the story complicated, overall Lucca is an entertaining paranormal romance with an interesting twist on angels and demons. A cast of unique and well-developed characters—nephilim, archangels, fallen angels, demons, and humans—some likeable and others not so much, provide humor and tension as they bicker amongst themselves while battling demons in suspenseful action scenes.