Review: Her Wicked Angel by Felicity E. Heaton

Friday, September 20

Title:  Her Wicked Angel*
Author: Felicity E. Heaton
Series: Her Angel #6
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ?? self-published ??
Format:  ebook
Date/Year:  September 21, 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

The King of Demons and the Devil’s right hand man, Asmodeus is a dark angel born of evil and created for destruction. When his master orders him to venture into the mortal world and retrieve a female for him, he seizes the chance to leave Hell for the first time, uncaring of what the Devil has planned for her… until he sets eyes on the most beautiful woman he has ever seen—a female who awakens new feelings within his black heart, unleashing passion so intense that it controls him and desire he cannot resist.

He will not let his wretched master have her. She will belong to him.

Liora is a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons. A mission gone wrong sees her sent to Paris to cool off, but when a dark and deadly warrior with a gaze of golden fire lands in her life, she ends up burning hotter than Hell for the wicked angel. Nothing will stand between her and the immense, forbidding male. Not her cousin. Not Asmodeus’s sworn enemy and twin, Apollyon. And certainly not the Devil.

Caught up in a tempest of danger and soul-searing passion, can they survive against the odds and seize their forever after?

My Musings:

Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres.  When I read the blurb for HER WICKED ANGEL it sounded like it had the potential to be a series I would really enjoy.  As I read the blurb, it reminded me of two different series I already love, J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angel series and Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series.  Felicity Heaton was a new to me author, but I have read some amazing reviews for her other books.  With that in mind, I felt I had to give this series a try.  I only hoped I wasn’t sabotaging myself from the beginning by having my expectations so incredibly high.

I knew very quickly that I wasn’t going to fall in love with this series.  The author’s writing style did not gel with me.  I tend to get bored with descriptive imagery.  I don’t like reading about the inner thoughts of characters, and I really don’t want to read conversations between characters talking about feelings and emotions.  All of these things happened a lot, and that was a problem for me.  I prefer my paranormal with a lot of action and with characters who are cruel, independent, snarky, crude, sexy, and wickedly smart.  I’m by no means saying that these characteristics were absent from HER WICKED ANGEL, it is more that they weren’t as unapologetically in your face as I like them to be.

Most of my problems with this book stemmed from personal taste.  I found the characters to be a bit too much on the needy and whiny side.   I also didn’t care for the good vs. evil theme.  I like my evil characters to be cruel, nasty, and vile, but have just barely enough personality and heart to make them lovable.  Asmodeus simply wasn’t evil enough for me.  He was harboring too much good.  :)

There was one huge, glaring issue I had with this book.  I had a big problem with the relationship between Asmodeos and Liora.  I felt their romance was immature, think ‘Twilight’-esque,  and unhealthy.  I’m used to seeing the claims of “You’re mine” and the urge to claim the chosen mate when it comes to paranormal romances.  I’m not a fan of it, but I’ve grown accustomed to it.  Asmodeus took that trope way too far in my opinion.  His thoughts were more along the lines of, “I can’t live without you” and “Nobody else can ever have you.”  Statements like that set off alarms in my brain, and that pushed their relationship into creepy territory.  Most of the crazy jealousy and possessiveness was resolved toward the end, but it left a lingering bad taste in my mouth.

I think I’ve harped enough on all the things which didn’t work for me.  I need to emphasize that there were some positive points.  The sex is hot.  I had my doubts about the quality of the romantic relationship, but I was never in doubt about their passion for each other.  The action scenes were also very good, especially all the fight scenes.  I can also say that I never had any complaints about the quality of the writing.  HER WICKED ANGEL was not a good fit for my taste, but I can see why other readers will like it. 


Overall: 2 stars
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