Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Release Date: February 1, 1996 Publisher: William Morrow Standalone Number of Pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 9/20/18 to 9/21/18
This book killed me. I’m serious, it took a knife to my heart over and over. I don’t know if I was in a different head space when I read this or what, but I sobbed all through this story. The sheer determination Daisy has is awe-inspiring. And it’s not just her, she amasses some friends (both human and other) that tore my heart out, too.
As much as I wanted to hate Alex, I really couldn’t. He had no real reason to not believe Daisy’s father and his assessment of his daughter’s character. From the beginning, that’s all Alex was going on. Sure, in a perfect world he would have reserved judgement on her until they got to know each other. But it’s not a perfect world and I can’t really fault Alex for believing Max when I found out what Max had done for him in the past.
Daisy, on the other hand, has been going through life knowingly allowing people to think she’s a dimwitted spoiled brat. Her willingness to let people think this way about her did not help Alex to see her more clearly. It really didn’t take long for both of their true personalities to come through, though. Both had terrible childhoods in much different ways. Alex’s personality took one turn, into the dark, while Daisy always tried to stay optimistic. So even though they seem like really different people, under it all they are a lot alike.
There is so much that is dealt with in this book. There’s abuse that manifests itself in many ways. Emotional, physical, sexual, psychological…it’s all there. (Don’t want to post a spoiler, but what happened between Alex and Sheba when he was younger absolutely was abuse!) Not that all of these things happen with just Alex and Daisy. The side characters have their issues, too. SEP never writes a story of just the hero and heroine, there are always so many people involved that really give such depth to her work.
Once again, I want you to unravel this story on your own so I’m not going to give too much more of my opinion here. I’m just going to say that I highly recommend this story. It is phenomenal!