3 ANGEL Stars
This debut paranormal novella was a fast, entertaining and steamy read. It’s the tale of Garon, a Guardian Angel, who learns his charge, Jessica (Jessie) is destined to die, which forces him to face his forbidden emotions for this mortal.
He’s been with Jessie since her birth and deeply loves her, in a way that immortal angels should not. He also feels things for her that he knows as a celestial being he shouldn’t. When he learns of Jessie’s fate, he's tormented and does the unthinkable. He gives up his wings for the love of this woman.
The naivety and innocence of Garon was done really well. Now a mortal, he's a beautiful grown man but the way he acts and the simplicity of his words show the truth. He's like a fish out of water and his guiding light is Jessie. To save her and to love and protect her.
Jessica has always had the ability to see Garon who she named George and thought he was her imaginary friend. She depended on him and leaned on him when she needed someone the most.
"He was her one true love. The literal man of her dreams. Her soul mate."
The interesting switch in this relationship was that Jessica was the dominant one. She's strong in spirit and while I liked this about her, she was sometimes too brash and a little hard to take. I understood that she had a hard and lonely childhood and it explained why she was tough and spunky but, I found her struggle to believe Garon, at times, only on the surface and cruel. I may have warmed more to her had there been a balance, a little more vulnerability, if only in her mind as she grappled with who Garon really was.
One thing I'll say, Ms. Leighton has erotic, off-the-chart steamy sex scenes nailed. This woman can write erotic, sensual, sizzling chemistry that had my Kindle burning up! Garon and Jessie are HOT together!
And while Garon may have taken Jessie's lead, he was a faster learner! And the chemistry between the two was electric and also sweet.
Ms. Leighton ended this with a sweet epilogue to this short tale. This was a good read and I think this author shows great promise. I look forward to more from Ms. Leighton.
An ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review