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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Halo or not, he's one... HELL OF AN ANGEL by Christi Barth - REVIEW!

Ladies and gents, fans of Romantasy, we're all waiting on pins and needles for the next installment of a particular dragon rider series to release, HOWEVER there is STELLAR reading to be done in the interim, and the title in today's review spotlight is positively HEAVEN SENT...or Hell sent, depending on your angle, but I digress.  In any case, it's the SECOND installment in the Unlocking His Heart series, of which I've read the first book (ADORED IT!), and am just now learning that the series is even called that, but whatever name you put on it, it will be followed closely by a resounding end note, drop mic summary of being AMAZING!  Have I got your attention?  Good, good, that's the plan.  😉  Without further ado, let's take a closer look at...

Unlocking His Heart, Book 2
Christi Barth

About the book...
Raised in Hell. Living in Buffalo. And on the verge of accidentally destroying both realms…

Dark angel and actuary Evangeline Thayer hates taking unnecessary risks, but she knows becoming human will be worth it. All the creatures in Hell have bullied her about her negligible ‘power’ her whole life. And don’t get her started on why she has wings if she can’t even fly?!? She just needs a teensy bit of help with removing her power…which is where a very hot, very flirty, and absolutely infuriating Nephilim comes in.

Half-angel Gideon Durand has been fighting demons a long time, but he’s never heard of a dark angel. Least of all one this gorgeous, stubborn, and with the power to completely nullify evil. Maybe in Hell, that’s a weakness—but with an unknown evil on the loose and murdering Nephilim?—that’s a damned useful skill. So Gideon strikes a deal with Evangeline: he’ll scratch her wings…if she’ll scratch his.

Now good and evil are—temporarily—working together. And might even be having steamy fun…if it wasn’t for a rather inconvenient threat trying to unleash the apocalypse, once and for all.


Full disclosure...
...I was just starting this one and encountered one of MANY funny moments that I wanted to share with family members, so I broke into a 15 minute explanation of the series as I've read it thus far to set the appropriate mood JUST to read the quote.  Do I regret it?  Nope, not even a little bit.

The entirety of the book contains moments, dialogue, and feelings you'll want to savor, share, and shout to the world!  I loved the idea of a dark angel...that wasn't actually dark!  Eva was an incredible character, both the woman and the dark angel, and when those two sides came together, even more remarkable.  It was fun getting to know her as she got to know herself.  Grant it, I would rather that she didn't experience all the, pardon the pun, but hell she did go through, including some pretty intense bullying, but she learns, she grows, and eventually can kick some pestilent behind (there's a inside joke there, but you'll have to read the book to uncover it!). The story behind the Fallen and how Lucifer wasn't actually running around the flames and brimstone with a forked tail and horns was enlightening.  Whether it was meant to be or not, it was thought provoking honestly...I mean, he was one of the elite until jealousy stepped in, so who really knows?  Anywho, theological discussions aside (hello...don't come at me, this is a work of fiction; enjoy it for what it is!), when Eva meets her grandfather for the first time, it played out perfectly.  We saw the dark side of him, while we also saw the familial side, introducing the concept of something or someone not being entirely light or dark.  Did I mention Gideon?  Oh my stars, or should I say HEAVENS!  While we got the oh so delicious Rhys in book one, Gideon is nothing to slouch at either.  He comes off as a playboy, though completely upfront and honest with those he "encounters", but there's more to this golden haired nephilim than meets the eye...and while he and Eva are verbally duking it out, protesting doth too much, it was a pleasure waiting for them to get it together.  😏

All in all, an amazing read you won't want to miss!  If you're a Paranormal Romance fan, or simply love a great story filled with whit and humor, all played out while trying to save the world, THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU!


About the author...

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.


Special thanks to the Entangled Publishing team for the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY this week, so seek thee out a copy online or at your local brick and mortar.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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