They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we
graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know?
It’s my heart he’s slaying.
Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.
So here's the thing...
Angry God is the final book in the All Saint's High series, which is a spinoff of the Sinners of Saint (SoS) series. This long-awaited installment follows Vaughn Spencer, the moody, artistic, and devilishly handsome son of the first couple in the SoS, Baron and Emilia LeBlanc-Spencer.
There was no denying my anticipation for this one, not just because of the dark elements (which I love) and the tempestuous romance (also my jam) between Vaughn and a certain feisty Brit names Lenora. No, I'll be honest. I missed Mom and Dad, too! And I delighted in every moment that they were center stage (I wouldn't have minded more playtime though...).
BUT as much as I love them, Angry God is not about them! It's about Vaughn and Lenora.
Vaughn was by far the most intriguing Tothole of the bunch. He took me by surprise in every book in the series. In Pretty Reckless, he was unexpectedly honorable. In Broken Knight, he was shockingly thoughtful, in like a Jedi mind-trick reverse psychology kind of way. He was all those things and more in Angry God.
Vaughn is the perfect combination of his parents, right down to his core. I think that's what I secretly enjoyed most, watching their characteristics unfold in his actions. He's calculating, controlling, intelligent, artistic, benevolent, considerate, and honest. His attributes intermingle. There are no two sides to him. Vaughn is a many-headed monster. He can be malicious, cruel, callous, and austere. I had many expectations for him. Vaughn did not disappoint.
Neither did his partner. Lenora Astalis is that missing puzzle piece. She fits into all of Vaughn's crevices. They match. She doesn't just meet his challenges. She dances into the darkness with him. Lenora was so much more complex than I imagined. She has a hunger and a strength all her own. She's not a "dainty English rose". She doesn't wilt in the face of Vaughn's icy exterior. She plays his game right along with him. Lenora is a force to be reckoned with who really comes into her power by the end of the book.
There are so many things to love about this book! The best parts, the triumphs after the tribulations, made me feel so proud! The character development, their growth, was a truly beautiful story. I'm already plotting my reread of the entire series.
If you're new to the world of Todos Santos, I suggest starting with book one, Vicious. So that you can appreciate Angry God the way that I did. With admiration and respect. For the characters.
We bid The Sinners of Saint, adieu.