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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Review - This Side of Heaven by Fallon Blake
Title: This Side of Heaven
Author: Fallon Blake
Publisher: Loose ID
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Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Samara Hale has learned to keep everyone at arm’s length, with good reason. Abandoned by a father she’s never known, she’ll do anything to not become her mother and waste her love on a man who will only end up leaving. A powerful empath, she’s grown comfortable hiding behind her self-imposed walls. On the heels of her uncle’s death, a stranger shows up claiming to be a Telal, a half-demon, half-angel. She’s sure he’s out of his mind—unbelievably hot, but still, out of his mind. When she’s attacked by demons, he’s the only one who can save her. Samara will have to trust him with her life. She’s just not sure she can trust him with her heart.
With a forbidden love, an ancient prophecy, and demons on the hunt, Nathaniel knows this would be the worst time to act on his feelings for his mortal charge. But with Samara’s life in danger, he must not only come face-to-face with temptation, but with an old rival whose ambitions include claiming Samara for Lucifer himself. Nathaniel will risk it all to save the woman he loves and he can only hope Samara will take a risk of her own.
This is one of those stories that would benefit from being longer. It’s very cute, but it deals with subjects that are very complicated. The net result is a feeling that these topics are being glossed over. Since these conflicts are not only part of the universe as a whole, but mirrored within the characters, it makes the characters feel glossed over as well.
The sex is the story is good, if a bit purple at times. There are even situations when it is awkward and amusing.
Overall a nice story. It’s not going to set the world on fire, but it will pass an evening or a rainy day.