Their love, forbidden yet beautiful, hardly stood a chance of surviving a place like this.
Trey Palmer killed his stepfather three years ago, stabbed him repeatedly with a butcher knife, and now he’s facing life behind bars. He doesn’t deny what he did, nor does he regret it. But he’s plagued with flashbacks of a torturous childhood in which he was abused by this man he finally extinguished. In prison, Trey employs a strategy of avoidance. He becomes a loner and a workaholic, steering clear of the gangs and their drama. His life changes one day, however, when a new cellmate arrives. Jeremy Banks, also in for murder, decries his innocence. With his long hair and angelic face, he’s too pretty for a men’s prison. Though at first annoying and mouthy, Jeremy begins to wiggle his way into Trey’s heart, and Trey starts to wonder if maybe the kid really is innocent. He really does seem like an angel. Their feelings for each other evolve, blossoming into something forbidden yet beautiful. But how can a love like theirs last in a place like this?
Fallen Angel is the first book in a series, and it introduce the reader to a prison life that does a great job trying to keep it real. It had some nicely done characters that will easily keep the attention and get the reader to an interesting journey into the darkness.
Trey is used to keep a low profile in jail, where he was sent after killing his stepfather. He has no interest in getting involved in any drama and spend his days absorbed by his routine. But when Jeremy, his new cellmate, arrives Trey becomes interested in the innocent looking guy and feelings start to appear in the previously isolated man.
The life in prison was described in a way that seemed very realistic, it’s definitely less violent than other books that address such subject, which was a nice touch because it was center in other aspects rather than just gangs and aggressions. It’s not like it’s not present but it’s done in a softer way. I really enjoyed reading that part. I don’t think the plot was too developed, perhaps the author is taking things slowly in this one and will create more conflicts in the next books. I did enjoyed the story and some character were very nice.
Since it’s the first book in the series, it take a while introducing the main characters and some of the secondary characters too. I found more sympathy for Jeremy, he was a sweet and awfully naïve man. It was so easy to get in touch with his feelings. Trey was harder to care for. He had a hard cover that made very difficult to get so much as an emotion out of him, but I think it was a positive thing because it seemed like the characters was made to create such reaction.
The romantic element was very minimum here and I wasn’t too convinced by the few moments that were shared in such situation, but I think it let a nice promise of something bigger and more genuine.
In general was a nice book to read, but I think that, to fully enjoy it, the reader should be ready to read the other books in the series too. It had some possible triggers for which I recommend to read the warnings before start reading it.