Title: Angels Sing (Daddy Dearest #2)
Author: Eli Easton
Release Date: December 2, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 136
Reviewed by: Valerie
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Jamie Bailey has not had such a wonderful life. He gave up his dreams of Harvard at 18 to raise his sister’s unwanted baby, and later a prized job to help a sick friend. Now the father of six-year-old Mia, and assistant manager at Raven Books, Jamie’s dreams are dashed once again when Uncle Billy admits what dire straights the bookshop is in.
Stanton Potter, son of the most notorious businesswoman in Bedford Falls, loves his job teaching at the local elementary school. But he’s less than thrilled when he is forced to put together a Christmas pageant with first-graders, including Mia Bailey.
When Stanton meets Jamie, angels sing. Jamie’s gender-bending fashion sense, and sweet aura, have Stanton suffering through the worse crush he’s had since he was a different teen. But can there be any hope for them when Jamie and Mia’s lives are about to be uprooted?
This Christmas, its Jamie’s turn to receive a little help from heaven.
Angels Sing feels genuine, which makes it easy to recommend as a heartwarming holiday read.
Stanton had a privileged upbringing and chose happiness as an elementary school coach rather than a more prominent, lucrative career in business. Jamie’s adult life has been difficult with multiple massive sacrifices that put his life on a course vastly divergent than he had planned. Stanton and Jamie meet and they are awkward with each other. Stanton is so besotted with Jamie that he can’t act normal, and Jamie thinks Stanton doesn’t like him, or is possibly homophobic.
Angels Sing has awkwardness, sadness, and attraction at what feels like a normal pace. There’s a mother who could easily have been written as the stereotypical interfering shrew, but the author showed restraint and gave us a realistic, flawed character who redeems herself by the end. Young Mia is precocious, as fictional children often are, but Mia is not so much that she becomes annoying or steals the show. Most of all, Stanton and Jamie’s budding relationship progresses at a reasonable pace with a mix of hesitation and longing.
The epilogue occurs two years into the future; I’m a big fan of seeing what lies ahead far into the future, especially for short stories and novellas, because it allows the time needed for a happily ever after to realistically develop. Eli Easton gives us a very sweet epilogue.
Overall, Angels Sing is successful and enjoyable, and I recommend it as a quick holiday read.
Daddy Dearest Series