Title: Angel Undone
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Release Date: July 18th, 2016
Genre(s): Novella, Paranormal
Page Count: 90
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The Archangel Michael is tired. He fought wars and shoved his brother Lucifer out of heaven all before the Dark Ages rolled around. His role as protector of Israel now encompasses all of humanity, and while he performs his job perfectly, there’s little personal joy in it.
Until one night in a bar when he meets Asher.
Michael isn’t sure what it is about the vulnerable, self-deprecating Asher that calls to him, but something about his restrained depths, gentle smiles, and encyclopedic knowledge of flowers tugs at Michael in a way that can’t be denied. Too bad romance isn’t part of his mission.
Facing an eternity of perfect submission to God’s authority, rebellion stirs in Michael. Questions of free will, angelic vocation, and the role of love and lust demand answers that just might cost Michael his place in heaven.
Warnings: this novella contains urban fantasy, wings, angels doing unangelic things, erotic content, and playful blasphemy.
After the Great Battle, the Archangel Michael is in the business of protection. He is sent by His Father to the souls that need saving emotionally or physically. One such mission brings him to Asher Rosenthal. He is a 40 year old man about to make a mistake that can cost him his life. So Michael swoops in to save Asher. What would have been a routine mission for Michael turns out to be something bigger when he starts developing feelings for Asher. He has not felt such intense attraction or feelings for a human being in a long time and Asher becomes more than a mission to him. One night is not enough, and though he is scared of getting cut off from God, Michael braves God’s wrath to be with Asher.
This is a novella, so it’s short and most of the book was about Michael’s inner war deciding whether to go against God or not. Michael can’t help but defy God when he chooses to see Asher even after his work is done. There was very little about Asher and Michael’s relationship. Almost all the time Michael is waiting to fall from God’s grace because of his defiance and the rest is filled with some sexy/sweaty hook-ups between Asher and Michael.
I liked the inclusion of Lucifer in the story. He is working as a surfboard shop owner and is always ready to make Michael rebel against God. He was Naughty! (What more can you expect from Satan!!)
The story is unique and I liked it till almost 80% of it but that time gap took a huge part off the short novella. I found that part of the plot lacking. I loved the writing and I think it would have worked better as a short novel than a novella. I wanted more Asher and Michael time and just not them having sex. Plot wise there was very little happening throughout. More events in the story than the constant debate in Michael’s head would have been great. So there, I enjoyed it but did not love it.