Araton's Destiny (Celestial Justice 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : April 23, 2013
- File Size : 357 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00CIB2U98
- Publisher : Diversity Novels; 2nd Edition (April 23, 2013)
- Lending : Enabled
- Print Length : 126 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,240 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Araton had been a guardian angel for years...keeping a close eye on his human...yet he didn't know what a toaster was. I could cope with that until he suddenly 'knew' how to use a coffee machine, a condom & other sundries. If he had learned through observation of his previous human, it would have hung together much better.
It was a quick, sweet read but I don't think I would read it again.
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- Some of the specifics about angels are fun: their physical forms, their emotions, the way their lives work, etc. I was also amused by the distinctions made between different types of celestial beings.
- Araton is incredibly naïve, never having experienced sexual contact of any sort before meeting Jake, and the author manages to portray Jake in a similar way despite the fact that he's had a bit more experience than Araton has. The sweet and tentative nature of the physical scenes almost made me feel as though the characters were two teenagers rather than grown men.
- The story's a quick read, and probably almost half of it consists of lovingly described sex scenes. They're detailed and drawn-out, and Yates seems to have a gift for writing about what her characters do in the bedroom. (see cons below also)
- The whole story felt rushed to me. Descriptions of the setting, relation of key scenes (for example, Araton's first experiences with sleep and food and physical touch), and even conversations would have had more of an impact on me if they'd been slowed down just a bit and expanded upon.
- The men have sex when they're still strangers, which means there's very little buildup. As a result, the sex had zero impact on me.
- The story is rather spectacularly mushy at times. Araton gets Jake a nothing-special-about-it, football-shaped clock for Christmas, and Jake's response is, "It's absolutely stunning!"...and Jake is calling Araton "baby" within 24 hours of having met him. Now, I'm one of those people who actually believes that love at first sight (or at least, within a few hours) is possible, but I wasn't convinced that it happened here. Maybe with more detail I could have been.
Overall comments: The sex is well written and fairly expansive, so if you're looking for a short story with a healthy dose of erotica, you might try this one. I like to read sex scenes that are between people who have more of an emotional connection than these two guys, though, so overall I didn't love this one. The sex is the story's biggest selling point, and the sex didn't do it for me.
One of the things that I loved most was the interaction between Araton and Jake. Araton was so naive, yet so responsive, trusting that Jake only had his best interests at heart. I wasn't expecting the sex between them to be so toe curling sex, but it was a very enjoyable surprise, definitely scorchingly red-hot! I was gratified to see that Jake took such care to make sure Anton was at ease. Watching their passionate, yet gentle relationship blossom was wonderful. I really liked Anton's gradual transformation both physically and emotionally. I admired the way they accepted the changes going on around them and took it in such stride. Araton may have been sent to Jake as a Christmas Angel in order to help him find a Christmas miracle; however, Anton was his Christmas miracle just as Jake was Araton's.
'Anton's Destiny' is an enjoyable, sweet Christmas story with passionate, wonderfully written love scenes and a great happy ending. It's a marvelous tale about justice, passion and setting things right. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and out and if you are a romantic like me, it will have the same effect on you.
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