Standalone MM paranormal romance
by Barbara Elsborg
Self-published – 1st December
Word count 95,000
Blurb for Archangel?s Assassin
He wants to forget
West is an archangel?s assassin delivering justice to supernatural creatures who break the law. Not a straightforward job because he also has to absorb the memories of those he kills. Even worse, West is breaking the law himself in an attempt to free his brother from hell. If he doesn?t succeed before his archangel boss finds out, West will be joining his sibling.
He wants to remember
A young guy wakes in a London park with his memories gone. He has no idea who he is, or where he comes from. A bracelet engraved with the single word Tao is the only clue to his identity. With no sign of his memory returning, he drifts into a life on the streets. Begging is his only way to survive.
Two worlds collide
When Tao returns West?s stolen wallet, West offers to buy him a coffee. Tao delights in the chance to sit down with a good-looking guy until his instincts tell him to run away. Fast. West is surprised when Tao flees, considering how much he?d been mentally urging him to stay. Is he losing his touch or is Tao more than a scruffy young man down on his luck?
Only one way to find out.
I could write my review in one simple sentence ?What?s NOT To Love In This Novel.? I have read some amazing Paranormal / Fantasy Novels this year. Archangel Assassin is right up there at the top of the list.
What does Amnesia. Faery?s, Archangels, assassins, and Demons have in common? They are all part of the story of this novel.
So, we start with West an Archangel Assassin, whose job is to kill Supernatural beings that have broken the supernatural laws. Not an easy job, but add to that, every time West kills someone, he absorbs their memory and he sees the brutal and evil things that that person has done. He is also killing for a Demon who has demanded that he brings sends the souls of 100 bad beings to hell early, to win his brothers freedom. All this has left West cold and unfeeling towards the world. He won?t allow himself to date anyone and survives on one-night stands, how could he bring anyone else into his dark world? That is till he meets Teo.
Poor Teo woke up two weeks ago with no memory and only a bracelet with Teo on it. He assumes that that?s his name. He is struggling to survive, living at a squat and begging for money to feed himself. When he is not begging he is roaming London trying to find something or some place that will help him remember.
It is while he is sat outside a caf? with cardboard angel wings on his back and a tin to collect money, that he meets West. One of Teo?s co squatters picks West pocket, but Teo sees and manages to pick the pick pocket, and returns the wallet to West. As a thank you West invites Teo to join him in the caf?.
We follow a story full of angst, Witt love and danger, as things are not what either main character believes of their own lives or the others.
I do not want to spoil the plot, So I am not going to go into detail, but we are sent on an epic journey between two worlds, both have dangers for West and Teo.
Can they learn to trust one another even when there are enough grounds for doubt?
Will Teo want to remember his former life?
We find out later in the book that there is a danger that threatens the worlds. And we have our hearts ripped out and leaves us a sopping mess of mush at some parts of the story.
I loved the chemistry between the two main characters, West is moody and dark, though Teo does manage to soften him and brings a smile to his face. We have Teo who should be devastated with little hope of finding out who he really is, yet manages to see the positives in life even as trodden down he is.
There are also a Demon who is manipulative, Another angel who loves to annoy West And West?s boss who is strict but loyal to West, even when things turn bad.
Is this review really just for one book, It feels more like a series, when I read this back.
The story is at a nice pace, fairly fast but without being too fast, You will certainly not want to put this one down, so expect missing an appointment, a bus, or a late night or two.
Meet The Author
Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the south of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
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