by Juliet Lyons
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Number of pages: approx. 214
Source: ARC from publisher
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 1/9/20 to 1/12/20
The task is laughably easy…until he meets Grace Black
Hadrian Cross is a half-angel with an attitude. He avoids his goody-two-shoes angelic family and prefers to slum with humans until he tangles with the deadly vampire queen, Esme. Fearing for the lives of his mortal friends, he approaches an ancient archangel for help, but there are strings—lead mortal woman, Grace Black to her soulmate. Hadrian happily complies. All women want to fall in love, right?
Book store owner and cheerful snark, Grace Black doesn’t believe in soulmates, marriage or regrets so when an angel arrives at her front door espousing the virtues of true love and destiny, she laughs in his face. Then makes him take off his shirt to prove he has wings. Grace doesn’t miss the ex who’s her supposed destiny, but Hadrian shirtless and in full flight is not something she wants to forget.
She agrees to his ridiculous offer mostly out of boredom and curiosity, but as they spend time together, they both worry the universe has its wires crossed.
This is a new-to-me author that I’ll definitely be reading more from. This story was funny and witty at the start, drawing me into the pages. Soon, the connection between Hadrian and Grace kept me coming back for more.
Of course, as an avid reader, Grace is a character I instantly fell in love with. Anyone who owns a book store is a friend of mine! Plus, she’s kind and smart and seems like a wonderful employer. She may be cynical and edgy, but that adds to her appeal.
Speaking of cynical, Hadrian has a lot of baggage weighing him down and keeping him from seeing the brighter side of life. He doesn’t necessarily look at himself that way. The fact is, Hadrian takes himself far too seriously. He doesn’t even realize that he’s lightening up the more time he spends with Grace because other aspects of his life are still spiraling out of control.
It’s so obvious that Grace and Hadrian belong together, but they don’t see things as clearly due to their preconceived notions of how their lives should be unfolding. Once they both were honest with themselves and each other (to a certain extent, anyway) they are all in and it’s beautiful.
While I also enjoyed learning about Hadrian’s life and the “underworld” he is aware of and has had contact with, those scenes were nothing compared to the central love story in this one. It’s not all hearts and flowers and violins, but the chemistry between these characters is almost sweet and innocent in an gorgeous way.
Like I said, I will be looking for more from this author. I loved this story. Great characters, great chemistry, great storyline, great flow.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**