7 June 2015

Her Dark Angel by Felicity Heaton

Hey everyone,

Tomorrow I’m starting a super intensive course at Makers Academy to become a web developer extraordinaire! I’m going to try and keep blogging on my regular schedule but please be kind if I don’t manage it, okay?  Anyway now we have the admin out of the way time to review Her Dark Angel by Felicity Heaton.

The book:
An angel trapped in Hell for centuries, Apollyon is tired of guarding the Devil. He longs to break free and feel the wind in his feathers, but he cannot leave the endless darkness without permission from above. When he senses someone calling him, he seizes his chance for freedom, but soon discovers the call came from a beautiful woman he has watched over from Hell, a woman who casts a spell on him and awakens the darkest desires of his heart.
Serenity is shocked when a wickedly sensual black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He's no other than the angel of death! When the lethally handsome warrior offers to obey her and give her revenge, Serenity can't resist the temptation, but can she resist the forbidden hungers the dark angel stirs in her?
My thoughts:

Being a novella it would be fair to say the plot for Her Dark Angel is a little thin on the round, or perhaps a better word would be simplistic. Rather than investing time and energy into developing a complicated plot, Felicity Heaton has instead focused on character development and the relationship between Apollyon and Serenity. For me this worked because I love well developed characters, particularly when those character are tormented, lonely immortals just waiting for their lady love to appear.

Apollyon stared at her. Was he making a terrible mistake by helping her? A part of him said to leave now before it was too late and he became too deeply involved with her. He couldn’t though. She had cast a spell on him. And he was a slave to her”.

The premise for this novella revolves around Serenity gaining revenge on her ex-boyfriend Edward, to do this she enlists the help of Apollyon. Together than plan to pose as a couple and make Edward realise what he has lost. Yet in typical romance book style soon the couple are struggling to separate reality from fantasy, do they have a real connection or is it all just make-believe?

This is a fairly common trope in the romance genre and I wouldn’t say Heaton managed to re-invent it but it was an enjoyable read. I particularly loved the character of Apollyon who after being stuck guarding the bottomless of hell is suddenly allowed to rejoin the human world. Similarly I liked how Heaton incorporated the traditional imagine of Angel being saintly versus the reality of Angels in her universe.

“He had said other angels had mortal women, but she still couldn’t get past the fact that he was an angel and what she had been brought up to believe. Angels didn’t do that sort of thing. They were good. They were saints”.

Finally this has a high level of steamy, lengthy sex scenes. Once Apollyon and Serenity start to get it on, its basically a non-stop sex-fest. I’ll be honest I skimmed a lot of these scenes just because I wasn’t in the mood to read them, not due to how they were written or the content. Overall Her Dark Angel isn’t a life-changing read but it kept me engaged on the train down to London and its a fun paranormal romance.

My rating:
Happy reading everyone and see you next time!

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