One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.
Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven Harry to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.
In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?
I may end up being in the vast minority here, but as much as I was dying for this story to be one of those "love for the ages" tales, like Deacon and Cricks from "Keeping Promise Rock" (because *swoon*), it never quite gelled for me in that way.
There were tons of elements of the story which I enjoyed, like the relationship between the brothers, and the few parts where they practiced magic; however, this book had a *lot* of moving parts, with plenty of backstory that we're *told* about, but not truly *shown* in any great depth.
In addition to the love between Harry and Suriel that couldn't be for a century and a half, we also had developing relationships for the other two brothers, lots of brotherly "meow time" in cat form, tons of escapades of rescuing human trafficking victims, a Big Bad made immortal due to others' fears, plus a few other things that I'm sure I've left out.
Which was a lot. Too much for me.
The book felt about 20% deep, meaningful relationship building for Harry and Suriel and 80% "everything else," which I wasn't really in the mood for this time out.
Don't get me wrong, the writing was stellar and the story line interesting, but I just wanted fewer rescues and quite a bit more romance. : (
There were still unresolved HEA's for both Edward and Francis, so I wouldn't be overly shocked if this wasn't the first book of a trilogy, which I will most likely read; however, I'm hoping that most of the world building was covered in this book, allowing the follow-up stories to concentrate more on the actual romances and feels.
I'd rate "Familiar Angel" at 3.25 stars and recommend it for those looking for a paranormal adventure story more than a bone-deep romance. Oh, and feline enthusiasts, instead of canine lovers, such as myself. ;- )
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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