Book Reviews

Susan Elisabeth Phillips – Kiss an Angel

5206576Let us meet Daisy Devreaux, 26. She has led a charmed and carefree life where she has been spoiled and sheltered. She definitely comes across as an airhead and a simpleton. Daisy is blindly optimistic about every situation, sometimes to the point of foolishness. She is full of optimism, love, bubbles and sunshine.

“She (Daisy) dug her nails into her palms and told herself she had no choice. “I, Theodosia…” She gulped for air. “…take thee Alexander…” She gulped again. “…to be my awful wedded husband…”

Alex Markov, her new husband, is intense and most people give him wide berth. Alex is definitely not a man who seems easy to get along with. I found him mean, condescending and moody.

“I told you from the beginning how this was going to be. I don’t respect you – I don’t even like you very much – and I sure as hell don’t have any intention of playing the bridegroom.”

19gibsonmoneycanbuyThis tale begins at the nuptials between Daisy and Alex, both individuals being forced into the marriage. Daisy was foolishly irresponsible upon the death of her mother and spent away any money left by her mother until the debts piled up so high that creditors were after her. Her father, the wonderful man that he is (*sarcasm*), gave her two choices: she could either go to jail or marry Alex Markov. As for Alex, he was indebted to Daisy’s father and the marriage arrangement was the hefty price he was paying in to order to even things out with his debtor. The “arrangement” was for Alex and Daisy to remain married for six months. Alex was left with the charge of taming the simpleton and introducing her to the real world while Daisy was to stick it out for the full amount of time if she ever wanted to see another penny from her father. It was a recipe for disaster from the start.

699977So, Alex takes Daisy with him to the circus….yes, that’s right….the circus. This part I actually found very enjoyable. He is a performer and a manager for the Quest Brothers Circus and introduces Daisy to this rough world fully expecting the dim-wit to run for the hills once she got a taste of the life. Daisy surprises everyone when she rises to the challenges set before her. She is determined to prove something and stupidly is determined to make her sham of a marriage work.

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I understand that the author was trying to make Daisy out as a sweet girl who wins the boy with her unconditional love and determined demeanour. That did not work for me. I hated how she just allowed Alex to treat her like crap and walk all over her. She never stood up for herself, specifically when she was accused of a “crime” and it was something she was punished for. I never felt that she had the upper hand at all expect maybe towards the end. I also hated the fact that she was so determined to make something of her relationship with Alex when he was such an ass-hat to her. I did not find it believable that even an airhead would want to continue to be in a marriage with someone who treated them so wrongly and unjustly.

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I really disliked Alex for the majority of the book and by the time he actually did something self-less and sweet (at the 80% mark!), I simply held no more compassion for him and could not muster up enough energy to care about his redemption.

Alex was rude, domineering, arrogant and an ass.

I want to explain that I usually have no issues with these types of males. I actually usually like to read about an alpha jerk.

assholeHowever, what bothered me the most about Alex is that I felt he was so condescending, mean and haughty. He was just too irritating and insufferable for me. No amount of time would have redeemed him in my eyes. Perhaps if we saw more glimpses of his humanity earlier on in the storyline I would have been able to come around and forgive him.

That did not happen, at least not for me.

He had been abused by his uncle as a child (by being knocked down and brutalized) and was sure he just wasn’t able to love anyone or anything. It’s not like he had not tried, he had but he realized he could never get to love someone, that he was broken inside. It was so heartbreaking to see how he could not accept so many great things that started to happen to him but at the same time it was so emotive to see him accepting them at the end.

My intention is not to turn off anyone from reading Kiss an Angel. I am just expressing my opinion, which again is in the minority. If you have not read this book, give it a chance. You may end up discovering a story that is very enjoyable. There was some humour that had me laughing but it simply did not make up for my dislike of both the main characters.

“Did you eat my Twinkies?”
She gulped. Keeping her eyes glued to the whip, she said, “Exactly what Twinkies are we talking about?”
“The Twinkies in the cupboard over the sink. The only Twinkies in the trailer.” His fingers convulsed around the coils of leather.
Oh, Lord, she thought. Flayed to death for a Twinkle.
“Well?”
“It, uh — it won’t happen again, I promise you. But they didn’t have any special marking on them, so there was no way I could tell they were yours.” Her eyes remained riveted on the whip. “And normally I wouldn’t have eaten them— I never eat junk food-—but I was hungry last night, and, well, when you think about it, you’ll have to admit I did you a favor because they’re clogging my arteries now instead of yours.”
His voice was quiet. Too quiet. In her mind she heard the howl of a rampaging Cossack baying at a Russian moon. “Don’t touch my Twinkies. Ever. If you want Twinkies, buy your own.”

 

13942901._SY540_The dialogue was gritty and romantic with oodles of sexual tension. The supporting characters were just as well developed, even the animals in the circus had me laughing at times and on the edge of my seat at others. The story was so creative and well laid out.

“I’m not going to fall in love with you, sweetheart. It’s just not going to happen. I care about you, but I don’t love you.” ….

“I don’t love you anymore”, she whispered. “I don’t love you at all.” His throat closed. “It’s all right, sweetheart. I love you enough for both of us.”

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