Illusion

Riley’s Guardians are breaking apart, and he fears he can’t put them back together again.

A hybrid born of an Angel-Fallen union, Riley Shepard is an anomaly coveted by both sides of an ancient war. But he doesn’t want to fight their war; he has his own battles to face. As his family fractures, bonds are tested, and forbidden feelings threaten to tear his heart into bloody thirds.

When the next attack comes—not from the outside but from within—is he strong enough to separate truth from lies, allies from enemies, reality from fantasy? How can Riley know what’s true when he doesn’t even know what’s real?

Life isn’t simple, love is complicated, and reality is terrifyingly blurry.

***Illusion is the third book in the slow burn harem/poly romance series, Fire & Brimstone, featuring hurt/comfort, broken but brave guardian angels, the first spicy taste of love, and an unlikely hero who learns to embrace his deepest desires. Book 3 is open-ended (no cliffhangers!), but the series will be HEA, I promise. For trigger warnings, see the author’s note.***
 

One of the best series I’ve read in a while

Amazon Review — June 28, 2020

I seriously can’t say enough good things about this series, and I’m only halfway through it.
I think everyone can relate a little to Riley. Being unsure, confused. But his character development is probably one of the best things I’ve ever read. Ever so slowly, we get to see Riley become this really strong person and just fall in love with him along the way.
Nikole writes it in a way where you don’t even notice till you think back to how he was in the first book. It makes the story, about angels and demons seem so REAL.
And oh my god. Can we just point how unbelievably heartbreaking, yet mesmerizing way she wrote about PTSD? Was not expecting that.
This book made me think longer after I had put it down. I’m just, completely blown away with how invested I got into this series.
Anxiously awaiting the next.

Riley is growing, and so are his problems…

Amazon Review — June 26, 2020

Life isn’t settling down for poor Riley. While he gets a break from one area of life, the other is waiting. Bidding it’s time to attack. And attack it does. This installment of the Fire and Brimstone series sees us taking a step back from outside complications and focusing inward. Riley’s got a lot of battles to fight. They’re just closer than he wanted.
Nikole Knight uses the supporting characters to really build up Riley’s world and his knowledge. That’s what I truly loved about this one. Seeing all the surrounding players make their moves while intentionally and unintentionally helping our main boy. I also loved the conflicts in this story. Even if I wish those causing some of the conflict would disappear. Although, while there were certain scenes that I wished carried a little more weight, everything felt authentic. The characters are going through natural emotional processes and it’s appreciated. Nobody is just flipping a switch and going with the flow.
I’m excited that Riley has learned more and built a more stable foundation. I’m terrified of what’s coming to rock the boat but so ready for the next book!

This is not a review. This is a praise. I’m bowing down for this series.

Goodreads Review — June 26, 2020

For me this is the best series of 2020. I predicted it with the first book and I was right.
In the First Book you learn to love the main characters. There is beautiful sweet Noel. We have the bad boy Jai. Then there is stoic but always nice Gideon. And lastly there is Riley.
Riley appears as weak at first but he grows with every page. The character development is really extraordinary in this series. Every one of them grows so much and it’s so beautiful to follow them.
In the First Book you learn to love the main characters. There is beautiful sweet Noel. We have the bad boy Jai. Then there is stoic but always nice Gideon. And lastly there is Riley.
Riley appears as weak at first but he grows with every page. The character development is really extraordinary in this series. Every one of them grows so much and it’s so beautiful to follow them.
The second book let me fall in love with the characters even more. Riley showed some strength and we could get a glimpse of what he is capable of.
So now we have the third book and it was as awesome as predicted. I didn’t like some of Riley’s actions (I called him an idiot out loud while reading) but these actions were necessary to bring the story further.
I can only recommend this series. I read some awesome books this year but the fire & brimstone series tops them all.