Title: Michael (Path of Angels #1)
Author Name: Patricia Josephine
Publication Date & Length: March 30, 2015 – 72 Pgs
There is only one path.
Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role–to hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell. He is determined in his mission, never straying from his appointed path, until he meets Lake Divine, and discovers there may be more to his beliefs than blind duty.
But Lake is not who he seems. Offspring of a human and a fallen angel, a Nephilim, Lake must choose his own destiny–give in to the coldness and embrace the dark, or seek the light and rise above the sins of his father.
Two paths lay before them, but only one has the potential to destroy them both.
I have mixed feelings about this book. The overall plotline is very creative and very interesting. I would love to read a full novel devoted to it. Which is where this book falls down, in my opinion. The pacing seems off. Moments that should be fast are slow and moments that should slow are fast. There’s so much time spent on non-romantic romance that I’m left wondering why these two are even together.
This is an insta-love novel. I’m with insta-attraction, but love takes time. Not necessarily to fall in love, but to explain it and realize what it is. That doesn’t happen in this book at all. We see it as the reader, but the characters figure it out without any conversation together. In fact, about 90% of this novel doesn’t have these two characters together in the same scene.
I also felt as though the author wasn’t sure how to write M/M sex scenes and so skipped out on them. This is particularly the case with the first kiss, which if this is to be an erotic romance novel, needed to slow down and linger. It’s a turning point for Michael, something new to him, something he’s unsure of, and that needed to be shown in the moment rather than in telling later on.
Likewise, there were a few inconsistencies that a detailed beta reader probably could have helped with. Like getting dressed after getting undressed so a character isn’t naked in waiting for family or naked running through the streets. Also a beta reader should have been able to help with the pacing.
The last point I would like to make is that religious aspects of this novel. I love religious fiction, love love love it. This novel tried to bring in more the reality of religiosity in todays world than solely changing it for the purpose of plot. Which is fine. Where I felt the downfall happened was in the turning points. Scripture was used to back up the anti-gay thoughts but never there to back up the “love is love” thoughts. There are certainly scriptures that do this, and I felt as though the author skimped on easy research to find them. If this novel is truly about God accepting all kinds of love, then those scriptures absolutely should have been in there.
Overall a quick and easy read.
When Patricia Josephine isn’t writing, she is watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She is an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She also writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.