Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ARC Review: Angel Undone by Leta Blake

Angel Undone
The Archangel Michael is tired. He fought wars and shoved his brother Lucifer out of heaven all before the Dark Ages rolled around. His role as protector of Israel now encompasses all of humanity, and while he performs his job perfectly, there's little personal joy in it.

Until one night in a bar when he meets Asher.

Michael isn’t sure what it is about the vulnerable, self-deprecating Asher that calls to him, but something about his restrained depths, gentle smiles, and encyclopedic knowledge of flowers tugs at Michael in a way that can’t be denied. Too bad romance isn’t part of his mission.

Facing an eternity of perfect submission to God’s authority, rebellion stirs in Michael. Questions of free will, angelic vocation, and the role of love and lust demand answers that just might cost Michael his place in heaven.

Warnings: this novella contains urban fantasy, wings, angels doing unangelic things, erotic content, and playful blasphemy.

Todd's rating:

On the night that 40 year old virgin, Asher Rosenthal decides he's finally going to be intimate with a man, God himself sends Asher a guardian angel, to keep him from making a terrible, potentially dangerous mistake.

And since the Archangel Michael thinks God incapable of making mistakes, the immediate, unmistakable draw that Michael feels for Archer isn't even questioned. It just is.

But when Michael wants to continue his budding romantic relationship with Asher, long after Asher's life has been saved, that act of defiance against God's orders brings up all sorts of questions for the Archangel.

Most of the action in this short read happened in one of two places: either between Michael's ears or between his legs.

Lots of page time is devoted to what might happen if Michael decides to follow his heart and choose a life with Asher -- over his current life with God. Scary, contemplative stuff, that, right?

And a lot of the remaining pages were devoted to the rubbing of naughty bits in all the best places, which was pretty steamy, particularly if you have a thing for wings.

I enjoyed both characters, Michael slightly more than Asher, but my only real complaint was that, other than a 17 month separation, it didn't feel that there was a lot that actually happened event-wise, so the story was a bit light on the external conflict for my usual tastes.

Overall, I'd rate this one around 3.5 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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