The plot is really lacking just focusing on Tanner wanting revenge on a demon who took away everything he loved. There’s no real progression or development of Tanner getting closer to his goal. He just comes out several steps behind his goal. There aren’t answers just more questions.
Also not all the characters are explained immediately. Readers get who Tanner, Tobias, Alex, Sebastian and some of Tanner’s crew are but for other very minor characters their role in the story doesn’t become apparent until later in the story but their names are mentioned (goes back to more questions coming up than answers).
Going back I also feel that the first encounter with Elijah and his demon minions was a bit confusing, sequence wise, with the fight going on in the Wulfric manor. Tanner was thrown around like a ragdoll whereas there’s not much mention of what happened to Tobias and why he wasn’t aiding Tanner when he was being attacked. For twins, they were not at all in tune with each other.
I also felt a bit bad for Alex. He’s Tanner mate but the he was:
1) thrown away and abandoned
2) told to prostitute himself to Tanner’s brother, Tobias, so Tanner could move his plan along (.i.e. Alex was only seeked out because he was useful)
3) Tanner’s mate but Tanner was sleeping around with whoever he liked/wanted
4) threatened by Tanner, whom held his livelihood/life in his hands
5) treated him like a sex toy/pet
6) screwed up by the mind games being thrown at him by Tanner.
When a little affection/romance (which there isn’t a lot of) was thrown in between Tanner and Alex I was just having a hard time believing that they could ever be more than they were. It felt like the author was romanticizing abuse. Tanner was an asshole and all he did was take and take and take.
The hierarchy was intriguing to learn about and it was unique in that aspect. The different factions that made up the story’s universe were intriguing. I wanted to know more about the underground, Zion/Halo officials, the underworld, etc.
I’m a little sad this story didn’t work out for me but don’t take my word for it and give it a read. You might actually find it more appealing.