KIRKUS REVIEWS — Excerpts
For The Passion Season
Book I of the Covalent Series
"A tale about Lucifer’s son that deftly draws in readers with engrossing characters and room for expansion."
"The author’s amalgamation of genres is impressive, mixing romance, erotica, and supernatural elements with an ongoing FBI investigation."
"Doyle excels at the dramatic, surprisingly realistic romance."
"The father-son dynamic has potential for pure epicness in later books."
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For The Pain Season
Book II of the Covalent Series
"Doyle deftly injects turbulence into the recurring couple’s romance."
"The sex scenes . . . are unquestionably ardent and provocative."
"The possibility of a betrayer, meanwhile, is more intriguing, ultimately launching an explosive final act in which the Covalent and the feds rally together."
"A commendable follow-up with otherworldly action, down-to-earth melodrama, and sensuality in between."
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Reviewed by Author K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
The Passion Season: Book I of the Covalent Series by Libby Doyle is a truly amazing urban fantasy guaranteed to set the heart aflutter and the pulse racing. At the start it follows Rainer Barakiel, son of Lucifer, as he is exiled from his home. He is a Covalent, a race that, above all things, must find a balance between the energies of creation and destruction. His father, Lucifer, was a traitor, and gained control over the realm of destruction and all those who dwelt within. Relentlessly, he sends his forces against the Covalent, hoping to seize control, whilst also sending his minions to the earthly realm where the son he wished to win over was exiled. Loneliness threatens to engulf Rainer, but he finds unexpected friendship from Pellus, an adept assigned to him who shields his activities from mortal eyes.
Empires rise and fall, his time passes in a combination of business and battle, and longing for home. But then he finds it in the most unexpected place, in the arms of a human known as Zan, and finds in her a kindred spirit. Zan, (Alexandra O'Gara), is no stranger to turmoil. She has a warrior’s soul and has survived more than most should ever witness in life; a former army veteran, a recovering alcoholic, who now works as an agent for the FBI. She has no interest in men but is helplessly drawn towards him, and both have secrets they would rather remained buried. With the war between realms and the uncovering of sacrificial cults, Zan grows closer to discovering a truth that could put her very life in jeopardy, one that Rainer must shield her from, or risk what they have become.
If I could give any more than five stars, I would. Libby Doyle has a vivid descriptive voice, allowing the crafting of beautifully scripted romance, epic conflicts, and heart pounding action. Clear thought has gone into every aspect of the plot, from the inner workings of magic, to the dividing of realms in a fantastic manner. The Passion Season: Book I of the Covalent Series truly is a book you won’t want to put down. Written in alternating character points of view, we are given glimpses into the psyche of some very real, well-constructed characters. It has everything; good vs evil, conflict, friendship, betrayal, and some smoking hot sex scenes, which at no point were anything other than beautifully written. Engaging, page turning, thrilling, I just couldn’t put it down. One thing is for certain, Libby has been added to my top author list so I remember to keep an eye out for the next book in this epic, fantastic series.
Reviewed by Author Wendy Goldberry for Goodreads
The Pain Season: The second novel in this Covalent Series had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, which almost never happens in romance novels! Zan and Rainer’s love story takes a very dark twist in this novel, and I loved it! When the first book ended, I wasn’t entirely sure where this relationship was going or how it would end up. The hero is a warrior demi-god-like alien for crying out loud! I kept turning the pages of this book to see what would happen next, how the couple would work through this difficult realization, and if they could reconcile their differences.
This book made me fall in love with the characters all over again, especially the side characters, who become so much more vivid and life-like in this novel compared to the first. I was rooting for Pellus, one of the main side characters, throughout the book. Zan is by far one of the best heroines I have ever read. She’s strong, smart, witty, rough, tough, and a softie at heart with some deep flaws and insecurities. She’s awesome! Rainer Barakiel, the hero, is swoon-worthy as always.
The battle scenes in this really kept me turning the pages. This isn’t just a romance, this is a full out epic saga, blending bits of sci-fi, romance, mystery, and even a dash of legal thriller into the mix. It has something in it for almost everyone and I can’t wait for the third book in the series.