While working with a new client, Nathaniel finds out that pissing off a demon-wielding warlock in order to help a suicidal teen with misplaced sexual tendencies may be the last thing he ever does as an angel. Unable to stand aside, Juliana’s involvement in Nathaniel’s new case quickly develops into a misadventure with gun-toting bikers, table dancing, and a shamanic exorcism performed by her temperamental Native American friend, Chris Abeyta.
Can Nathaniel and Juliana’s love endure blood-letting rituals in the forest while helping a terrified teen find the will to live, or will fate and the rules of the afterlife tear them eternally apart?
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What really drew me in was the writing style. While I thought the book took a few chapters to pick up a little steam, once it did, I was completely sucked in and wanted to know what was going to happen next. As a whole, I thought it flowed well, and I grew to like the two main characters – Juliana (Jules) and Nathaniel. Both were well-developed and it was easy to empathize with Juliana especially. Of all the characters, she became my favorite. It is apparent she cares about her brother Jared, and that was on display several times in Angel Dreams. I also loved the paranormal romance elements with the relationship between Nathaniel, an Angel of Death, and Juliana, who has a heightened sense and can see things that others can't.
Another element of the story I loved was the incorporation of Native American beliefs through the character of Chris Abeyta, and it didn't take long for him to become one of my favorite secondary characters. I also liked Marcus, another angel and Nathaniel's mentor, as well.
While I caught a few grammatical errors here and there, it did not significantly detract from my enjoyment of the book. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal romance with angels. My rating is 4/5 platypires.
Huge tears fall from her gorgeous eyes. She lets me see the first of them and then she looks down, hiding beneath her lashes.
“Did you see me…were you at the bar?” she asks.
The tears continue to fall down her face like a solemn rain, drenching us both with sorrow.
I shake my head, not sure what she’s talking about. “No. I wasn’t at any bar. I came back here, to your house, like I said I would. You were sleeping. I couldn’t understand what was wrong.”
She turns farther away from me, staring down at the floor. Her hand moves to brush away some of the tears.
With my answer, I sense a mix of relief with something else. My not being at the bar seems important to her so I continue. “I found out about the succubus after.” I pause, seeking the correct words to explain to her. “Few earthly things cross over with a person’s soul when they pass. But I had to know about you, Jules. I passed into another level of the afterlife and you were still with me. As long as the soul is willing to know the truth, then the answer is always there. That’s how I found out. After death, the answers come like the ease of breathing air when you’re alive.”
My arms ache to reach out to her. But I have nothing physical to offer her anymore.
“I dreamed you were here Nathaniel…
About the Author
When Jody isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, or in the kitchen baking cookies & brownies - and then trying not to eat them all. She’s passionate about continuing to learn and reads anything and everything that catches her interest. Jody is a full time mom, a Reiki Master, and has taught Hatha yoga for over a decade.
Jody’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is the winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown award for best Paranormal Romance in 2014. She is currently working on a historical time travel series set in Montana in the 1860’s. The first book in the series, The Night Medicine, will be published in March 2015.
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