Title: Aiden’s Angel
Author: Aundrea Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 147 Pages
At a Glance: I would recommend this to someone who loves stories about angels and their role in the battle between light and darkness, and those who aren’t as interested in the sex scenes but more interested in the expressions of emotional love and connectedness.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Aiden Lobo is a graduate student in a world where magic, gods, and demons are part of everyday life. After a terrible betrayal, he is cursed with a Crack in his heart, turning him into a living doorway for an ancient demon of war to come to Earth and kill millions. Aiden is rescued by his guardian angel, who seals the Crack with his own Light. As a servant of the divine, the nameless angel was supposed to kill Aiden to prevent the growing cataclysm inside him. But he loves Aiden too much to end his life, even to save the world.
Aiden falls for his guardian and names him Eskandar, but then learns to his horror that because Eskandar was created for him, when Aiden dies Eskandar will too. Aiden will do anything to keep his beloved angel safe. But with no choice except to sacrifice himself to prevent the apocalypse, he only has one option: a terrible betrayal of his own.
Review: The premise of Aiden’s Angel is really interesting: a light versus dark magical world where out protagonist is literally torn between two worlds. It opened with a nail-biting hook, and the tension and action remained ramped and fast-paced throughout. The world building was subtle yet well done. While I could picture this happening within a contemporary setting, the prevalence and acceptance of magic, the Divine, light forces, and dark forces were seamlessly woven into the narrative. Add to that the use of swords and other weapons more commonly associated with historical pieces, and the blend of where this story happened and what life was like for these characters; it was artfully crafted.
The love interest in this story was soulful. Descriptions of feelings were marrow deep. I would have enjoyed more physical intimacy between the two characters, but it seemed the author was going more for the nature of true love and how that manifests, as opposed to the physical acts of two people hot for each other.
There was something about the story that kept me from truly sinking all the way in, though. I enjoyed the action, loved the characters, and was interested in how the conflict would be resolved. I think if the story had been a bit longer and the focus on Aiden and his angel developed more fully, this story would have fully satisfied my appetite for a fantasy/sci-fi romance. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, but it’s a factor to consider.
I would recommend this to someone who loves stories about angels and their role in the battle between light and darkness. I would also recommend this to readers who aren’t as interested in the sex scenes but more interested in the expressions of emotional love and connectedness.
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