Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review: Savage Angel

Reviewed by Jen
Sara's life and family heritage have always been about protecting others. It's part of her lineage as a Nephalim and as the soon-to-be-head of her family's security firm.  A new job is turning out to be more than she bargained for, however.  The client is the father of a one-night-stand she has never been able to get over. And to make matters worse, her former lover is back to complicate things even further.

Gideon has just returned from a gut-wrenching tour in Afghanistan.  While he escaped physically intact, he is nursing some serious emotional wounds.  He is not prepared to come face-to-face with Sara again.  When he does, he handles it... badly.  He uses cruelty and anything else he can think of to push her away, until suddenly, he changes his mind and lets her back in.  Gideon and Sara end up working together to protect his father and to solve the mystery of who is targeting him.  This, as they resume the fiery relationship they started years ago.

For me, this second installment in the Earth Angels series is much better than the first.  And in case you were wondering, the two books are total stand-alones and you don't need to read one to pick up the other.  But even with the vast improvement, there were still some major problems here.  The big one is in the development of the relationship.  Gideon's change of heart, going from a total bastard to wanting Sara back, was so abrupt it gave me whiplash.  (Plus, it baffled me that any self-respecting woman could forgive his asshattery so easily.)  Then, they are in love after four days together, two or three of which Sara was unconscious.  Um, no.  Also, the villain was painfully obvious. So much so, I was sure he would be a red herring. But no.  It was him.

Like I said, though, this one was an improvement. There is more character development here. I felt like I knew Sara and Gideon on a basic level and understood most of their motivations.  We had a little time for sexual tension to grow, so the bedroom action was more satisfying.

But, overall, I'm thinking this series isn't for me.

Rating: C

*ARC Provided by Carina Press via NetGalley

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Savage Angel
by Stacy Gail
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press

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