This is one of those books that I was really interested in reading because I was curious as to how the author would have the lovers souls would find and recognize each other. But while I did like the book and found some parts of it quite entertaining, I didn’t love it like I thought I would.
I enjoyed learning about Morgann and Dierdre’s backstory and the reason behind the spell on their souls being cast as well as just what The Black Angel Book is and the secrets that it holds. I actually loved that Virgil is not your stereotypical leading man, but still has that undeniable thing that draws you to him. He is a bit awkward, but has this sense of honor that is a huge draw. Rose is one of those characters that I couldn’t connect with, but still enjoyed watching as she worked through her issues with her break-up. Rose and Virgil’s burgeoning relationship was more awkward than smooth and there were times where I cringed, but it was a nice change of pace from what I normally read.
While the writing was good and the author did a great job as dropping little teasers that kept me interested enough to keep going with the book, there were quite a few parts where I either skimmed or had to push myself to read through because it just didn’t interest me and I couldn’t see how it pertained to Rose and Virgil’s story. I’m all for building a rich and in depth world, but there were scenes that just felt like overkill and took time away from the focus of getting Morgann and Dierdre’s souls back together. Overall, this story has a lot of potential and now that the introductions have all been taken care of I hope Rose and Virgil’s story can really take off in the next book.
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
Once upon a time, there was the wandering soul of Morgann, an 8th century Irish calligrapher-monk longing to be reunited with his soul mate. Deirdre was his forbidden love, a witch with whom he wrote a coveted book.
Under her spell, the souls of the star-crossed lovers travel from bodies to bodies until they find each other. Eventually.
That became his quest: unearth her new body and trigger her memory, for she is clueless about whom she once was. Unfortunately their story didn't get a chance to become a fairy tale yet it still turned out as a famous urban legend referred as The Black Angel Book.
Twice upon a time, not so long ago, there was me, rational and devastated Rose. I needed to get a grip, said my French mum after my year of numbness due to a painful break-up that led me to cut my wrist daily, to feel something, anything.
So she sent me off to the free-spirited village of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to spend the summer with my American relatives. And just like that, I wasn’t myself any longer. Because someone pulled me out of the darkness and bewitched me, somehow.
I couldn’t wait to jump his bones… but why was he holding back?
He couldn’t wait to welcome me into his world… but was I ready to question my convictions and acknowledge that my self-inflicted cuts were now healing in record time?
How could I have imagined he was longing for his own unorthodox fairytale to come true? Frantically.
Hope Irving is the proud mother of a lovely and witty young lady, and the lucky wife of a loving and supportive husband. She's a debut indie author who lived in Paris, France, most of her life and also in the US, where she graduated with a master degree.
She loves Nutella and Camembert cheese (not together), carrot cake and cinnamon Altoids.
Her favorite fictional characters are Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris) and Sean Bateman (The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis).