Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love.
When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia…
For hundreds of years, Gabriel has passed himself off as a common Scottish villager. Few know he is the Messenger, a powerful archangel who has secretly scoured the world for the only woman who can complete him. Now, he’s shocked to discover the object of his desire in his own backyard.
Researching her Ph.D. in the Outer Hebrides, Juliette Anderson has always been the rational type—until she looks across a quaint pub into the silver eyes of a stranger. He’s handsome. He’s intense. And he claims her with a searing kiss on the spot.
Every instinct tells her to run. But when a dark force rises, and the truth of her identity is revealed, she must put her faith in the mysterious man who enflames her.
I love seeing how different authors play with angel mythology considering they are one of the few fantasy creatures with some built in lore of their own in actual religious texts. One thing that bothered me was the characters referring to God as “Old Man”. I got the feeling that Killough-Walden was trying too hard to hide the connotation to the Judeo-Christian God. Personally I was a touch bothered by the terminology and probably would have been less irked if they just used “Father” or something.
The general series premise of “God” giving His four favored angels each a female angel called an archess who then go missing for many years was was a great set up for a romantic reunion. In MESSENGER’S ANGEL, we follow Archangel Gabriel to Scotland on his search for his archess, Juliette. Romantic setting aside I found Gabriel to be a touch thick for being 2000+ years old considering that during his first encounters with Juliette she has no idea what he or even she is. I understand the reaction to finding your long lost soul mate but some of his actions were rather counter-intuitive to getting your lost love to open up and trust you especially when that trust is necessary to save her life.
In addition to the premise, I like the concept of the archesses’ blood giving other beings powers as it was a good motive for a villain to want to kidnap Juliette. Although the amount of people going after Juliette made the story more complex than necessary. There were bad guys who had henchmen with their own personal agendas for Juliette and after awhile I got very confused about who was who and which motive each person had.
A few too many villains aside, MESSENGER’S ANGEL mixed intense action with a sexy romance about long lost soul mates. I am interested in the next book involving the Angel of Death called DEATH’S ANGEL coming out in 2013.
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