Sometimes you finish a good, close it with a smile, and nod. “That was good,” you say, and put it in the pile of paperbacks that you’ll keep to read again down the road and not donate to the local thrift shop.
Then sometimes you finish and say, “Why the hell didn’t this hit the bestseller lists?”
In the case of Angel with Attitude, it’s a question I’m not sure I can answer. Honestly, I’m left trying to figure that one out.
On the other hand it’s a book I had trouble finishing. Why? Because it’s good. Damned good. With a great line-up of characters like AwA has, it’s hard saying goodbye at the end of the book.
Anyway, one of the first things to mention — wow. Just wow. Michelle Rowen (though I’d never doubted before) can write… emotion. And not just love, lust as so many romance authors seem limited to. You’re so very aware of everything Rowen’s perky fallen angel, Valerie, feels — her pain, fear, desolation.
It must go with her overall power of descriptions — Rowen has fantastic settings. “Unpredictable” is such an underrated plus in the swarming paranormal/fantasy genres so popular now, where everything seems to tend towards variation off the medieval. After all, who’d have thought that Dante’s famed Underworld looks like… well… now… I can’t tell you that, now can I?
They are multidimensional. They are compelling. They are enticing and sexy. And at times, they’re sometimes rats. (Literally.) They are the cast of Angel With Attitude.
Yowza, Rowen, They are good. The central pair is… captivating. “Incandescent” also comes to mind. The side characters rock — and even they’re never quite what they seem. I won’t say anything so obvious as “Nathaniel is hot”, however. Hello — demon! It goes along with hailing from the land of hellfire and brimstone, eh?
And as refreshingly complex and enjoyable as Angel’s plot runs, there’s always the one-line, glib remark from our heroine, or well-placed reference to pop culture that keeps it rooted to reality throughout.
And yes, once I willed myself to actually quit procrastinating (and rereading the rest of the book) and read it, I loved the ending. Kudos to the author of this — well, it ain’t fanged… but… it’s still a fabulous book.
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Forever (July 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446616990
- ISBN-13: 978-0446616997
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