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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**
April's life is about to change in a big way. In many ways that she could never even guess. While she expects her boyfriend is about to propose to her, she is unaware that her fate is already sealed. Her destiny lies beyond this world, serving among the Angels.
Damian has been watching over April for all of her life. He knows everything there is to know about her. As her Guardian, he has saved her life many times to help her survive until her thirtieth birthday. After that, she will move on and he will finally be rid of the woman who makes him want to toss aside the rules and make her his.
But April's thirtieth birthday doesn't come. A tragedy changes the course of the future and soon April is left with a decision to make. Damian also must choose whether to continue living his sad and lonely life or take a chance on forever, again.
I think this is the very first time I've read a book with angels in it that didn't involve battles with demons. It was actually refreshing to see the conflict arise that had nothing to do with "evil" as much as the struggles with the basic human condition. Depression, self-harm, cheating, and mortality are all themes present in the story.
As for our couple, both faced their own internal demons like denial and resentment of past hurts. It was a struggle for each of them to deal with their new predicament. I think the author did a great job of portraying the emotions and thoughts that April and Damian had while coming to terms with their feelings for each other and uncertain futures. I was easily immersed in their story and may have teared up a little during April's first visit with her mother. *sob*
The reason I docked a half star was the whiplash I got from Damian's hot and cold behavior. I don't mind a bit of angst and back and forth. We all struggle with indecisiveness and miscommunication caused a lot of the problems presented between our couple. However, it does become a little repetitive after the first few times. When they had a moment of happiness, I grew to expect something to go wrong.
The romance was slow burning, but the chemistry was there from the beginning. I thought the love scenes were very well-rounded, showing the same amount of lust as affection. The ending was sweet and a little mushy but there was still a good amount of humor spread throughout the book.
If you're a romance fan who likes angel themed stories, this one is for you! 4.5 suns!
Full review on Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
Her biggest problem is that for the past three months she has had very explicit dreams involving Damian Perkins also a teacher at the school. She is convinced she loves Jared but why is she dreaming about a man who hates her and who she hates.
Damian is April's Guardian Angel and in three weeks when she reaches her thirtieth birthday she will become a Guardian like him. Something or someone in his past has closed his heart to the possibility of ever falling in love or having someone fall in love with him. Damian's job is to prepare April for when she crosses over but he has spent his time doing everything he can to get her to hate him and has been totally ignoring what his real purpose is.
A shooting at school leaves April dead and puts her into Slumber where she will lay till her thirtieth birthday comes. Damian fights with himself not to care about her but she has found a way into his heart and he is determined to close it again. Waking up in the Angelic Realm and finding out that she is now going to be a Guardian and that Damian will be her trainer leaves her angry and confused. She is determined to go back to Earth and live her life and she has that choice. She can Fall and return but not to her old life since everyone believes her dead.
For weeks she lays in her mother's home and visits her old school and classroom not ready to return to the Angelic Realm and being an Angel. Realizing that she can't return to the life she had she makes the decision to return and begin her training. Why Damian hates her she can't figure out nor can she figure out why she is suddenly beginning to have feelings for him.
April and Damian are forced to work together and most of their time together is spent arguing. He has something from his past that he has not spoken to anyone about in hundreds of years and he is not about to change that by talking to April. It is only after she is dead that April discovered that Jared had been cheating on her but it was something she should have seen. When his best friend tried to rape her at knife point instead of getting comfort from the man she thought she loved she got blamed. Now inspite of the rules she is determined to return to haunt him and drive him crazy.
This was a wonderful story, a Guardian who refuses to allow himself to love, or allow anyone to love him and a woman who always dreamed of marriage and children and closed her eyes to the man she wanted to marry. I highly recommend this book. This is the second book I have read by this author and loved them both.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team