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Half Moon Hill: A Destiny Novel (Destiny, Ohio)
Toni Blake
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Mary Roach
Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink, #1)
Laura Kaye

If Angels Burn: A Novel of the Darkyn

If Angels Burn - Lynn Viehl If I had to use an adjective to describe this book and the events that transpired, I'd have to choose the word "unnecessary." I think I lost count of the number of times I sighed out loud in exasperation and thought, "Really? Is that really necessary?"

The first half of the book builds up a lot of exposition and background in terms of Dr. Alexandra Keller's characterization. All of that hard and, at times, boring work rarely gets mentioned again past the halfway point. There was even a time where they mentioned some sort of arrangement Alex and Michael had that pertained to Alex's fancy, "doctory" exposition and I had literally forgotten about it until they had brought it up again almost one hundred pages later.

Based upon the back cover of the book, I had assumed this was going to be a paranormal romance. However, paranormal should be italicized, in bold, and probably even underlined while romance should be featured in a size two font. The romance kind of came out of nowhere. There was a passage where Michael was going off on some diatribe about how the two of them had a connection from the moment they came in contact with one another and, honestly, that's a huge crock. Not once did I feel any sort of sparks or kindles of budding romantic tension. Just a lot of bickering, half-hearted threats, and unnecessary feminine bravado.

Lastly (I promise), the constant overwhelming dumpage of information and unnecessary French irked me.

Despite its faults, the story did pick up the pace and my interest increased once I read through the initial exposition and setting up of the plot. I'm hoping the next heroine in the second book, Private Demon, isn't so depressing at the beginning, but based upon the few preview pages at the end of this book, I don't think so. From what I gather, she may be suffering from a terminal illness. Clearly, I'm a glutton for punishment.