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Guest Review: Messenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden

Posted June 18, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Messenger’s Angel (Lost Angels #2) by Heather Killough-Walden

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love.

When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia…

For hundreds of years, Gabriel has passed himself off as a common Scottish villager. Few know he is the Messenger, a powerful archangel who has secretly scoured the world for the only woman who can complete him. Now, he’s shocked to discover the object of his desire in his own backyard.

Researching her Ph.D. in the Outer Hebrides, Juliette Anderson has always been the rational type—until she looks across a quaint pub into the silver eyes of a stranger. He’s handsome. He’s intense. And he claims her with a searing kiss on the spot.

Every instinct tells her to run. But when a dark force rises, and the truth of her identity is revealed, she must put her faith in the mysterious man who enflames her.

Juliette is researching her Ph.D. and is traveling extensively. She discovers, quite by accident, when she’s in Australia that she has some weird healing ability. Right when she gets home she is contacted by a media mogul who wants her research to intersect with a show he wants to put on. With money as no object she heads to Scotland to do her research. From moment one things start to go wrong and life gets crazy.

Juliette figures out not long after she’s in Scotland that not only can she heal people but she can move objects with her mind – oh, and control the weather. She is basically accosted and kissed at a hotel by a beautiful man but runs from him before she can figure out what his name was or why the hell he was kissing her. Juliette eventually finds out that the man who kissed her is Gabriel, the archangel, and she was specifically made to be his mate. There are others after her who are also angels (Adarians) who are bad and want to kill her to take her powers. Then there’s the media mogul, Samuel Lambent, who is also an angel but Gabriel and his brothers, Uriel, Azrael and Michael, have no idea what that guy is up to. He seems evil but yet in the last battle (of the last book) he actually stepped in and helped.

Our lovely arches, Juliette, has a hard time taking it all in but eventually believes – this after having her luggage stolen, being attacked by an Adarian, being scared of Gabriel and running from him, being physically ripped out of an elevator. Not much to go through, right? Now all Gabriel and his brothers need to do is keep Juliette as well as Ellie (Uriel’s archess) safe and then get on with their lives. Apparently easier said than done.

This story started off a bit slow for me but I wanted to see what happened next. While I was reading the story I got a little wrapped up in it and didn’t really take the time to think all of the details through. After I finished the book, however, and thought about it I couldn’t help but think how over the top it all was. Not only in some of the writing and prose but in the story line as well. Juliette was a smart woman but frankly she came off as as not real smart at times. For someone who was supposedly brilliant she sometimes had a hard time putting two and two together. She was very kind-hearted so that was a bonus. Gabriel went all he-man Alpha-boy when he first saw Juliette and said some really thoughtless things that only scared Juliette from him (not mean, just thoughtless). He had a “revelation” about how he loved Juliette like a minute and a half after he met her and he knew absolutely nothing about her. Literally nothing. I can’t say I really liked Gabriel all that much but the couple kind of fit each other.

Then there was the part of the book dealing with Samuel who was actually Samael – also an archangel. What was he up to? Why was he wooing Juliette and trying to keep her away from Gabriel? I thought we’d find out but as the book went on his part in it became non-existent and it was a tad strange how that part of the story just fell away with no explanation.

Then of course we have the Adarians. These are archangels that were cast from the heavens (apparently that happens more often than we think) and are after the archesses because they have healing powers. While the Adarians have multiple powers – none of them can heal. The leader of the group is Kevin-the-Psycho. Ok, his earth name is Kevin, his real name is Abraxos and that man is one can short of a six pack. He is in love with Ellie (the archess from book 1) but wants to kill Juliette and drink her blood so he can not only take her power temporarily but have it for all time. He has started killing his own men – drinking their blood and stealing their powers for himself – which turned him in to a vampire of sorts, but later in the book is concerned that his groups numbers are dropping. Well yeah. I guess others aren’t supposed to kill members of his team – only him and a few of his chosen. *sigh*

This book had so much potential but really fell short of the finish line in my opinion. There was almost too much going on to get a good romance going. We know the couple is fated for each other and the archesses are understandably leery of the men, but there was so much opportunity to have expanded the romantic aspect of the book that it just didn’t take. Hopefully books from this series will have a more expanded romance that blends better with the fight/battle scenes.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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What I Read Last Week

Posted June 11, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 3 Comments

Good Afternoon!
How are you? Things here are good. Life has been pretty quiet with my oldest already out of school. She’s bored already and she’s only been out of school for a little over a week – oy. lol My youngest’s last day of school is Wednesday and she’s thrilled about that fact.
DFRAT 2012: Thank you to all the authors who are participating! We’ve had a great response to the Read-A-Thon and there’s definitely more to come with 3 weeks left of June. Lots of guest posts and giveaways!
I don’t have the schedule from other blogs that are participating in DFRAT but the schedule here on Tracy’s Place this week will include the following authors:
June 12th – Jeffe Kennedy
June 13th – Rita Henuber
June 14th – Daisy Harris – while not necessarily participating in DFRAT she is a digital first author – woohoo!
June 16th – Christine D’Abo
June 17th – Julie Korzenko
I’ll post the schedule for all the blogs as soon as I get it
This past week I read 4 digital first book. I actually didn’t pick up a paperback book at all this week as all my reads were ebooks but only the 4 were digital first. 🙂
So on to what I read:
First up for the week was Messenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden. This is a series about the 4 favorite archangels who had mates that were made especially for them. They of course are searching for said mates and in this book Gabriel meets his woman – Juliette. The story had the angst of their relationship as well as the trials and tribulations of them running from the bad archangels. The story was a bit fantastical for me which seems weird to say since I knew there were archangels involved but beside that it was too contrived for my liking. I read this for Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review posts. 2 out of 5
Next was Jacked Up by Erin McCarthy. Book 6 in the Fast Track series was a cute fun read. Eve Monroe is uptight and can’t relax – she starts dating her brothers jackman, Nolan Ford. The pair are cute together and I really liked their dynamic but I thought that there were a bunch of stuff that wasn’t resolved by the end of the book. Entertaining book, just a little frustrating for me. 3.25 out of 5 Read this one for Book Binge as well.
Next was Portside by Elyan Smith. This was the story of Iwan who lives in Wales and wants nothing more than to hang out down at the docks and get a little action from one of the guys – one guys specifically, Jonah. I’ll be reviewing this book this week so keep your eyes open to read more.
I’m Not Sexy and I Know It by Vic Winter was an adorably cute story about a guy who has no self-confidence when it comes to meeting guys and dancing. At a bar one night a guy comes up behind him and starts to dance with him and kind of direct his moves. This gives him a huge boost and makes him feel oh so sexy. The story is a good one about friends to lovers and well worth the read. 3 out of 5
More Than A Stranger by Erin Knightley is the story of Evelyn who is completely put out when her brother, who is her best friend, heads to Eton and his letters start to be filled with constant talk of a new friend, Benedict Hastings. Evelyn is completely put out that she might be replaced so decides to write to said new friend and let him know in no uncertain terms that he is NOT her brothers BEST friend – that would be her. Pretty big talk from an 11 year old girl. lol The two become correspondents for 5 years until Hastings breaks Evelyn’s heart. Now Benedict is at Evie’s home under an assumed name. The pair start to fall in love but Benedict knows that he can’t get close to Evie cuz he’ll just have to break her heart all over again. This was an interesting book. I loved the correspondence aspect of the book and many other things but the story really was told in almost 2 separate stories and not interwoven well imho. I read this one for Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review post. 3.5 out of 5
Mind Magic by Poppy Dennison was a good paranormal read about a mage who saves some were cubs from death by a demon. He then meets the alpha of the local werewolf pack, Gray, and sparks fly. The story is about the romance as well as the them trying to find out who took the cubs and why. I’ll post my review for this one this week so keep your eyes peeled.
Last for the week was The Tin Star by JL Langley. The story of a 21 year old who comes out to his father and brother and all hell breaks loose. I read this one for my TBR Challenge read and will post my review for this one on Wednesday.
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Happy Reading!!

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