Review: Savage Angel

Reviewed by Jen

Sara’s life and family heritage have always been about protecting others. It’s part of her lineage as a Nephalim and as the soon-to-be-head of her family’s security firm.  A new job is turning out to be more than she bargained for, however.  The client is the father of a one-night-stand she has never been able to get over. And to make matters worse, her former lover is back to complicate things even further.

Gideon has just returned from a gut-wrenching tour in Afghanistan.  While he escaped physically intact, he is nursing some serious emotional wounds.  He is not prepared to come face-to-face with Sara again.  When he does, he handles it… badly.  He uses cruelty and anything else he can think of to push her away, until suddenly, he changes his mind and lets her back in.  Gideon and Sara end up working together to protect his father and to solve the mystery of who is targeting him.  This, as they resume the fiery relationship they started years ago.

For me, this second installment in the Earth Angels series is much better than the first.  And in case you were wondering, the two books are total stand-alones and you don’t need to read one to pick up the other.  But even with the vast improvement, there were still some major problems here.  The big one is in the development of the relationship.  Gideon’s change of heart, going from a total bastard to wanting Sara back, was so abrupt it gave me whiplash.  (Plus, it baffled me that any self-respecting woman could forgive his asshattery so easily.)  Then, they are in love after four days together, two or three of which Sara was unconscious.  Um, no.  Also, the villain was painfully obvious. So much so, I was sure he would be a red herring. But no.  It was him.

Like I said, though, this one was an improvement. There is more character development here. I felt like I knew Sara and Gideon on a basic level and understood most of their motivations.  We had a little time for sexual tension to grow, so the bedroom action was more satisfying.

But, overall, I’m thinking this series isn’t for me.

Rating: C

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Savage Angel
by Stacy Gail
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press

Review: Nobody’s Angel

Reviewed by Jen

I wanted to like this story, and I thought the beginning showed potential.  But this book didn’t hold me.  In fact, I had to struggle to make it to the end.

It all starts when Kendall watches a co-worker attack another woman then kill himself.  He has a strange white glaze over his eyes… and the event thrusts her into the world of spirits and the supernatural.  A sexy EMT and a mysterious, masked guardian angel enter her life –and she begins to understand the things she is seeing.  Through her investigations, Kendall uncovers the truth about what is eventually revealed to be a string of murder-suicides.  And she falls for the sexy Nephalim who spends the entire book trying to save her life.

Sounds pretty good… but it wasn’t.  That’s because the romance failed.  I don’t know if the guardian angel identity reveal was supposed to be a surprise. I’m hoping it wasn’t because it was painfully obvious from the beginning. Then, the way the “love story” progressed was at lightning speed.  It’s total insta-love with some shallow hero-angst thrown in.  I felt nothing for either character and I surely didn’t believe in any feelings between them.  The sex was over the top, and unexciting since we had virtually no chance for any sexual tension to build.

As for the action/ mystery part of the storyline… it was meh.  Not terrible, but again, I just couldn’t make myself care.

This wasn’t good for me. Maybe if it were a full length book and we had more elapsed time and character development, it might have been better.

Rating: D+

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Nobody’s Angel
by Stacy Gail
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press