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Exciting, thought-provoking novel of the supernatural
on June 17, 2015
This is actually my second reading of Divine Temptation, and I enjoyed it even more this time! Ms. Elson has done a lovely job of creating a strong protagonist in Maggie. Though she is struggling in her personal life, Maggie does not present herself as a victim, nor does she spend much time dwelling on the faults of others. That is thoroughly refreshing! In a genre skews toward 'damaged' people, the characters in this book shine: they are neither perfect nor horrible, but simply human.
I appreciated Ms. Elson's careful, reasoned use of religion in this novel. Though it definitely reflects a Catholic world-view, it should be understandable to those of other religions (or no religion at all), and gives this book a hook that sets it apart from other angelic novels (which often choose to eschew problematic theology in favor of making angels a sort of... heavenly-and sexy!-superheroes). The divine/human relationship is treated with respect, which I appreciate.
There IS steamy sex, though I'll leave it up to the reader to find out how THAT happens, and some exciting action sequences that will get your heart racing.
My single criticism of Divine Temptation is that it really is mislabeled: this is NOT a romance novel, but a fully fleshed novel of the paranormal with a romantic aspect. I could easily see it marketed to a wider audience than a typical 'romance' engenders, because this is not stuff that will appeal just to women.
Divine Temptation is an exciting, thought-provoking novel of the supernatural, with strong characters and a good story. It deserves to be savored (though I couldn't do that--read it in one day, both times).