Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted September 1, 2014
Karen Spraiker, aka Sterling Dragon, has had enough super villain battles and a busted romance. She needs a get away and what better way to do that then join a murder mystery weekend at a posh estate. She meets a stranger that send tingles up her spine and then another whom she dubs her NIGHT ANGEL. She doesn't know that the murder mystery that weekend would have little to do with the real mystery she must face.
Randall Dupre has left his clan to come to the aid of the northeast werewolf pack in finding their kidnapped children. He already knows that his destined mate would come to him there and when he sees her he knows. Unfortunately there is so much he must do before he can lay claim to the beauty ... first of all survive the treatment he must endure for the children. Second ... see how his mate will feel when she sees what he becomes when the sun goes down.
When I picked up NIGHT ANGEL I wasn't sure I was going to read it, not sure what genre I was in the mood for but, some time later I found myself still immersed in this book. Karen is just like any girl next door (well the girl next door with "super powers") that is getting over a break up. While Randall came off at first as a snappy jerk, once you realized what he was enduring you will want to dive in and stop it. The two main antagonists in this book were the perfect blend of someone you would never guess was evil and a suave debonair man. There are also a couple of other bad guys who came off as nasty bad. If I had one complaint it would be for author Annette Miller to give a little more explanation on her "superhero" role and what it really means. Are they some kind of entertainment or real hero's fighting evil? This is the first book of Ms. Miller's Angel Haven series, and I am hoping she will come up with a bunch more.
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One bad relationship and too many super-villain battles send Karen Spraiker, AKA Sterling Dragon, to upstate New York for a murder mystery weekend. The last thing she expects is a real mystery and a man with magical eyes who causes her blood to race the moment they meet.
Randall Dupre has left his clan to aid the northeast werewolf pack in finding their kidnapped children. When he meets Karen, he knows she's the one destined for him. But will she feel the same after seeing what he becomes when the sun goes down?
Allison McCall, supervisor in the Romance and Proposal Department of Cupid Corp., firmly believes rules are meant to be followed, yet her own love life is unfulfilling.
Preston Carlyle, Allison’s former boyfriend and one of her more creative agents, believes rules should be broken occasionally to give true love a chance. Only, he’s having a hard time convincing Allison and Cupid his techniques are working.
From the disastrous paperwork and the frequency of Allison’s visits to Cupid’s office on Preston’s behalf, she fears her position and his job are in jeopardy.
But when she finds out he’s requested a transfer to the Holiday Security Agency, Allison decides to prove she cares for him…even if it means breaking a few rules.
There are many times when you really should follow the rules in life, but falling in love might not be one of them.
Preston was a well-rounded and fascinating character. There were times when his stubborn antics made me shake my head, but even his biggest flaws were there for a reason. It was fun to see how he grew and changed as a result of the things that happened to him during the course of the plot. He stayed true to his original personality while also surprising me with how intelligently he responded to everything that challenged him.
The chemistry between Allison and Preston never felt quite right to me. I liked them both quite a bit as individuals, but their personalities clashed in so many different ways that it was hard to imagine them as a couple. She was straight-laced while he was impulsive, for example. There were times when I wondered why they were ever seriously interested in each other because of how deeply set into their ways they were. The fact that it didn’t work out between them the first time around only made me think about this even more.
This was one of the most original fantasy stories I’ve read recently. Ms. Miller spent a lot of time showing the audience exactly how the Romance and Proposal Department operated. I felt like I knew the entire department inside and out by the time she’d finished describing what it looked like, how its employees were expected to behave, and what happened when people broke the rules. It was nice to have such a clear understanding of it all, especially once Preston’s job was on the line because I knew exactly what he was risking.
I’d recommend to anyone who is in the mood for a creative Valentine’s Day tale.