Friday, December 7, 2018

ARC Review: Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel #1) by Eli Easton

Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel #1)
When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should. 

Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an ethereal ideal.

Todd's rating:

Definitely a big ole' case of, "It's not you, it really is me..."

I mainly requested this one because 1.) I wanted to have a bit of history about "the angel" for other books in the series and 2.) it's Eli Easton, so hellooooo.

But the fact that the story is extremely historical, like historical on steroids, while it was extremely well-written, I've once again (and again and again) confirmed that much like mysteries, historical stories are simply *not* for me.

Don't get me wrong, though. I did like Alec and John, but OMG, the formality of calling everyone by their title, instead of by their first name, nearly drove me out of my tree.

Plus, as with pretty much every historical with gay characters ever, all of the hiding and shame. Christ, I can't with that, hence my disdain for historicals in general. One wrong move and Harry Homo would end up in the dungeons. Or whatever they had in England in the 1750's.

If you're a fan of period settings, this one was good, so I'd recommend it. Just not for me.

3.25 stars for my own *personal* enjoyment of the story.

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

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