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Bedeviled Angel (A Works Like Magick Novel)
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on November 7, 2010
Queisha Saint-Denis was given a second chance at life when a stranger pushed her out of his escape tunnel of a collapsed building. She lived and he died. Now she lives her life for both of them, or does it as much as possible without ever leaving her house. Unfortunately, Queisha has agoraphobia but she is working on healing that. One thing she did was agree to be a surrogate mother and had twins for a childless couple. Doing that was both the greatest and hardest thing she has ever done.

Chance Gordricson was a lawyer when he died saving Queisha. Now he is her guardian angel who can't get over the feelings he has developed while watching over her. Chance knows that Queisha is going to need him even more because the twins' parents have died and they are coming back to her. Being able to see what is coming her way has Chance both worried and infuriated at the selfishness of others. Everything changes when Chance is tossed back to earth and Queisha.

Queisha suddenly has many changes in her life. First she has her babies back but for how long is the question. And then she has their co-guardian and cook, Chance, to figure out. Chance just wants to help Queisha believe that she is the best parent those kids could ever have and to defeat her agoraphobia. Queisha might doubt herself but she will do anything for her kids - even overcome her fears. However, she just isn't sure what to do about the strong attraction to Chance. Will he be willing to stick around with an instant family? When all secrets come out Queisha is expecting more heartbreak and has no way to prevent Chance from going away. The fates gave her twins back and a love that healed her, what are the odds she could have Chance forever too?

What is the strongest thing on Heaven and Earth? Why a love everlasting of course. Bedeviled Angel proves that love can happen at any time and anywhere. Queisha works daily on living her life to the fullest. Chance found love after he died and with one of his charges of all things. What can I say, I loved both Queisha and Chance from the minute I met them. Chance because he would not let anything harm Queisha - not even his boss. Queisha because she had found a way to allow fantasy and happiness show her a way around her phobia. I felt the love from the minute they met and then when you added in the twins, it was palpable and leapt from the pages. The twins were scene-stealers in the best way. Magic, fantasy, and angels combined with hot passion and humor made Bedeviled Angel a book I could not put down.

Jo
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on October 7, 2010
Meet Guardian Angel Chance and Queisha, his charge. And they must fight not only for custody of Queisha's twins, but their attraction for each other.

Sometimes I feel a little weird when young children are secondary characters. I don't know if it's because they don't seem real, or maybe because they don't act like I expect children that age to act. These children, Lace and Skye, came pretty close, but there was still a few moments where I wasn't sure if they felt too young for their age, or maybe too old. Of course, I'm not a parent, I'm not really around kids this age very much, so maybe they're spot on. I'll admit it, after a while, I started to ignore the kids' part in the story, except when it came to the inevitable fight for custody. Then stuff started to get interesting.

And occasionally, I wasn't sure which character was talking, or what they were talking about. But obviously I was interested enough to keep reading.. and I suppose I could say it paid off in the end. Along these lines, there were a few powers/abilities that just seemed weird to me. I wasn't sure who all had what powers. And the fact that a certain someone could just make a whole trail of bricks pop up and wind itself around the yard? Who has that power? I mean, who's like "Yes... Yes I must have the power to create brick trails for people. Include that in my list of super useful powers.. like the ability to glue pieces of paper together, and have one over-ly rubbery arm." Do you get the picture I'm painting there? Basically I'm saying it's a random, weird power. Obviously not totally useless, but a little weird.

As for the characters. Queisha was quirky, which is totally good, but there were a few times I just wanted her to hush. Or maybe act.. differently. I wanted her to just shut up about the kids being taken away from her and just enjoy it. She told herself so many times to not think about the fact that the kids will probably get taken away, and to just enjoy the time she had with them. That's wonderful... DO IT. As for Chance... Chance is the type of hero that I love - sarcastic and strong. I'm not saying he didn't have his faults - honest to the point of needing a good shaking - but he was someone I'd want to be around, maybe even hang with on occasion. And I did love how he was slowly losing his feathers.

Up until almost the very end, this book was going to be one of those "good, not great, but okay" kind of books. But there was an otherwise not-that-big-a-deal paragraph in the last chapter or two that made me sniffle, and I even had to show a friend. And because of that (Everlasting puppies were involved!), this book was pushed into a different category. So with that, I give you the rating..

So I'm going to give "Bedeviled Angel" by Annette Blair a FOUR out of FIVE (4/5). I did enjoy it, and for the most part, I loved the two main characters. I don't think I could deal with Queisha's neuroses, but I'd definitely want to cuddle up with Chance. And his backstory was a real winner (I LOVED his backstory.. but no spoilers from me).
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Guardian angel Chance Godricson returns to earth (with a heavenly shove from his BFF Angus) out of concern for one of his clients, agoraphobic sufferer Queisha Saint-Denis whose life he saved eight years ago when he died in a mall collapse. The mortal faces difficult challenges as the Fitzgerald couple disappeared on a mountain climbing trip. Queisha is the legal guardian of their five years old twins Lace and Skye because they trust her to care for them as she had been their surrogate mother birthing them.

Works Like Magick employment agency owner Viveca assigns Chance to serve as the cook for Queisha and the children. He also serves as guardian to the frightened twins. Queisha struggles to provide the twins with what they need. Chance has problems too as he sheds his feathers whenever his thoughts stray to Queisha, adheres to the awkward angelic honesty tenet regardless, and hardest of all tries to remain detached.

The second Works Like Magick urban romantic fantasy (see Naked Dragon) is a terrific tale with plenty of humor especially as Chance struggles with unacceptable thoughts and dreams, and the heavenly dictate of complete honesty. The twins enhance the story line though perhaps they are too precocious while Angus is more an impish messenger than a guardian angel. With a strong lead couple and a taut look at an agoraphobic battling her neurosis to raise young children, Annette Blair provides a strong heavenly sent thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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on December 1, 2013
Like a bad first date, Bedeviled Angel would not end. Just when readers think the final course is coming and they soon will be able to escape into the night, yet another page of insipid writing is delivered. When a building collapses, Chance Godricson sacrifices himself to save Queisha Saint-Denis life.

He's rewarded and assigned to be guardian angel to many charges but Queisha remains always his focus. When the parents of her surrogate children are killed, Queisha is awarded custody. But as Queisha suffers from a debilitating case of agoraphobia, fears abound that she will be a suitable parent for the orphans and Chance is pushed out of heaven to live with the newly formed family.

Author Annette Blair has published a succession of fun and fantastic romantic tales in which the heroine is strong and capable and the hero is everything readers want him to be, which is perhaps why her latest offering is all the more disappointing. One hopes this is a small blip in her otherwise successful career and soon she will be back to normal, penning books people are excited to read.

-Lanine Bradley, posted on Sacramento Book Review
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on November 14, 2012
I adored this book. Of course, I cannot imagine what agoraphobia does to a real person, but I loved Queisha and Chance and the little girls. This book is written with so much passion, such real characters, such humor and love. You just have to keep reading.
The descriptions of the house, the many rooms there are, the angelic world. If only it could be real.

full review on my blog [...]
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2010
Bedeviled Angel by Annette Blair
Paranormal Romance -Aug 3, 2010
4 stars

Annette Blair writes a fun, frothy romance. Big on laughs and with a huge heart. Bedeviled Angel is part of the Works Like Magick series but can easily be read by itself.

Chance is an angel with many human charges but there is one that he can't help thinking about all the time. The lovely and quirky Queisha Saint-Denis. Queisha has a big heart but lots of problems. The chief among them being that she seems to have inherited 2 orphaned girls (she was their surrogate mother) after their parents went missing while mountain climbing. Queisha has a checkered past and her current difficulties include not being able to cook and a fear of leaving her house! Chance has been mooning over Queisha for years from heaven. Tired of Chance's infatuation with Quiesha. A well meaning angel decides enough is enough and literally pushes Chance from heaven. Chance falls to earth and soon finds himself adopted by Queisha's friend Vivica. Vivica runs a magical employment service. She quickly realizes Chance is an angel and that he would be a good match for Queisha. Vivica mentors him and places Chance with Queisha as a cook and as a temporary co-guardian to the 2 orphaned children. Although being near Queisha feels like paradise to Chance the more time he spends with her the more he places his angelic career and life in jeopardy.

I really loved Chance. I could feel how head over heals he was with Queisha. He longing for her yet knowing she could never be his was very poignant. Queisha was a very easy character to relate to. The only thing I wished was that she had been more proactive a character. Compared to Chance she seemed bland. I did like her vulnerability and her kindness and caring. And I couldn't help wanting them to be together. I also enjoyed the touching the side story involving the cute little orphaned girls. They needed the stability and love Queisha and Chance gave them. I yearned for them to be a family. But I think Chance's character steals this book. His love for the little girls and Queisha were heartwarming to read. He constantly tries to do the right thing. It was so fun to read how Chance is 'hired' as a cook but doesn't know how and has to learn behind their backs! There was also some tension in the story because although Chance loves Queisha the more time he spends with her the more he puts himself in danger as temptation leads to the slow loss of his angelic self.

Sweet, wacky and fun. Lovers of chick lit and light paranormal romance will savor this book I know any reader would love to have a guardian angel like Chance!

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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on December 9, 2012
I had so much fun reading this book! I loved the characters, and I love the fact that some of the characters from other books make cameos. There were so many times that this book made me laugh out loud! I definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read more of Annette's books!
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on July 25, 2012
I have enjoyed all of Annette Blair's works like magick novel's cant wait for the next book each time. Her books keep me on edge each time.
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on February 17, 2011
I love this book it goes great with the rest of the series. I really enjoy reading it. Great reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2010
In a building collapse, Chance Godricson is meant to live and Queisha Saint-Denis to die, but he sent her up his escape tunnel first, it collapsed behind her, and he became her guardian angel. Now Queisha's about to face the most difficult challenge of her life and Chance wants to be there for her. Enter Angus, a fellow angel, who knocks Chance back to earth, and to Queisha, without permission. Will the archangels let Chance stay? For how long? And at what cost?

The book begins 8 years later with Chance Godricson, Angel 4th class, in pre-everlasting. His first words: "How could you die at a time like this?"

He's been watching Queisha since that fateful day, and becoming more and more attached, and with this death, life is about to blow her out of the water. He wants to be there for her, so his best friend, Angus knocks Chance off the precipice and to earth and Queisha. What ensues is a story that will wrench your heart one minute and make you laugh the next. It's filled with heart and hope and problems they attempt to overcome together, while Chance can't tell a lie, and when he gets near Queisha, he's losing his chastity feathers all over the house. And the twins...Well, read it for yourself.

Among the things I adore about this book, besides the HEART in this story is the author's creation of heaven, and the cherub nursery, and the way she made me believe that my loved ones who passed had gone to a wonderful and fulfilling reward. Don't miss this story. It'll linger and make you smile when you least expect it.

Dont' miss NAKED DRAGON, the first in this series, set in Salem MA, or Blair's witches, all six, also set in Salem, or Annette Blair's Vintage Magic Mysteries set in Mystic Connecticut.
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