Dirty Angel (PIU’s Review)

Dirty Angel
Title: Dirty Angel
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal/Urban fantasy
Page Count: 225
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Dying Sucks

Particularly when you discover there really is a hell. Aden thinks there’s no way he can avoid going down, but when an angel and demon can’t agree over his fate, Aden is given one more month to gain redemption. He doubts he can find a way to become a better man in so short a time. But it’s worth a try, right?

Living sucks

Particularly when you can’t shake free of an obsessive ex. Brody might be managing to hold down his job as a vet, but his personal life is a mess. If he doesn’t pull himself together soon, he’s going to be sliding downhill too fast to stop.

One wet night, on a dark country lane, two worlds collide and destinies change forever.

Dirty Angel is a very unique and heart warming story about “Second Chances”. I had a hell of a time enjoying this awesome book. Kudos to the author for creating such meaningful characters and such an unique plot to describe GOOD and BAD. I was amazed by the plot, character and setting with every page i turned.

Whats it about:
Aden North is the ultimate bad boy. He is a thief and a petty criminal. He is selfish and never hesitates in taking advantage of a situation or a person to aid his own personal gain. In one word: BAD. So, when he dies it is obvious that he will go to hell but due to a selfless act Aden finds himself straddling the line between Good and Bad i.e. Heaven and Hell. Aden is given a 30 days extension on his life to redeem himself by learning “How to be Loved” and “How to offer Love”. His performance and ability to stay in the straight and narrow path of truth and honesty will determine whether he will go to Heaven or Hell. So, the half good and half bad Aden is dropped in the small town of Caterham for his one month in Earth. Here he meets Brody Sanders, a vet who is hiding in his home town from his abusive and crazy ex. The sparks fly almost instantaneously but is this attraction really meant to be??? Is Brody “THE ONE” who can give Aden LOVE??? Will Aden be able to find a way to go to heaven without hurting or disappointing Brody??? Well, don’t wait and pick up this book to find out!!!

My!!! this book was crazy good. It had quite a unique concept with the Final Judgement and then a second chance to be GOOD. I liked the way the good and bad side is shown to be always battling in Aden’s head. The bad side always tempts him to take the easier path but the good side encourages him to have strength to walk on the harder good path. This book has a very deep and profound lesson about what being Good actually entails. Aden already had good in him, he just needed a chance to actually try to use his good side.

Aden North is a very complicated human being who had a very rough history of sexual abuse. His past is inserted in little doses throughout the story which helps in understanding Aden’s lack of need to create a deeper connection with another person other than meaningless sexual encounters. The final reveal about his parents was shocking. Aden did what he needed to survive. The scales on his bad side is overflowing but one selfless act evens out all his past doings and earns him a chance to actually fall in love and live a meaningful life while making good choices.

Brody Sanders lives with the burden of a huge self-inflicted blame. He has been abused by his teacher from a very young age, which leaves very deep scars on his mind as well as body. Brody was like a boat without a tether and Aden comes in his life like the anchor he needs. he struggles with his past but he opens up to Aden, who finally makes him realize that his relationship with the teacher is “abuse” and “not Love”. Brody and Aden both saves each other.

Brody and Aden’s love was the best thing that could have happened to both. It starts with physical attraction but turns into love without them even realizing it. The guys had very hot chemistry. Brody is looking for a casual hookup from Aden, but for the first time Aden is aware of the repercussions of his getting involved with Brody. He knows he will hurt Brody eventually but the temptation of Love is too great to resist. Love finally sets them free.

The plot develops pretty quickly. The notorious demon Dante and the angel Raphael both try to influence Aden’s time among the living. I loved Dante. He was persistent and a very, very naughty Demon. The feather trick was a nice touch. What i liked most was that there was no sugar-coating or excuses for Aden’s bad deeds. Aden owns his bad choices and tries his level best to make good use of the second chance he has been given. The finale was perfect. It was not exactly sunshine and rainbows but the boys found heaven on earth through their LOVE for each other.

Bottom line, this book is hands down one of the best reads about “second chances”. It was unique and beautiful and I enjoyed it a lot. It has some pretty distressing issues about abuse which is written amazingly well. This book has been a 5 STAR read for me and I would recommend to all.

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