Review: Angelborn by L. Penelope

AngelbornWhat a beautifully written novella! What happens when a halfling angel falls in love with a human but is unable to bind with her soul? That’s the dilemma in Angelborn. In Caleb’s case, it lands him in the Wasteland, a dark place where those with no soul wait for the rare chance to get a new soul. But Caleb escapes and goes in search of the soul of the woman he loves–a soul that’s been reincarnated in the body of Genna, a college student whose modern sensibilities confuse Caleb.

And then there is Maia, Genna’s roommate, who is haunted–literally. She sees ghosts and is haunted by one whose anger sometimes physically manifests itself in violent ways. When Caleb and Maia meet, an undeniable connection is formed that leaves them both questioning what they want and why they want it. It makes them question the very nature of love. Maia and Caleb’s story was captivating from page one. One of my favourite aspects about Angelborn is how L. Penelope writes about angels *without* adding biblical overtones. Her portrayal of angels is more reminiscent of deities from mythology, which allows a secular person like me to be able to enjoy a story without getting a lesson from the Bible.

With finely etched characters and a compelling plot, Angelborn will leave you wanting to know more of Caleb and Maia’s story. This was my first time reading L. Penelope and I am sure it won’t be the last time.

My rating?

5_Star

Review: Haunted by Christina C. Jones

Haunted CoverI love a good paranormal story–especially one that is creepy and sexy at the same time–so I was intrigued when author Christina C. Jones began sharing teasers on Facebook of a paranormal story she was working on. The more I read, the more intrigued I became. I finally had to ask her if she’d already released it–the impatient Golden in me just couldn’t wait. 🙂

Haunted – a paranormal love story is very different from Christina’s other books, which has been more romantic in nature(contemporary romance and romantic suspense), so I could understand when she said she was hesitant in releasing it. Fans do not always react well when authors release something that is completely different from what they usually write.

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Christina C. Jones

Well, I can say that, having read Haunted, I am one very happy Christina C. Jones fan. We start with what seems like a very normal situation, club manager Khalida is in bed with her boyfriend Travis (whom she is beginning to find a bit tiresome) and she is unable to sleep. But pretty soon we understand that all is not what it seems. Beneath the very normal veneer of her life, Khalida is hiding a secret–a fantasy (phantom, perhaps?) lover who satisfies her in ways that Travis never could. The intensity of her fantasies is increasing to the point that she is finding it hard to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. And then a very handsome, very intense man called Aram walks into her life. Aram has secrets of his own and Khalida is connected to them–even if she doesn’t initially understand how or why.

I won’t give away more of the plot, just know that if you want to read a well-written, intriguing and sexy paranormal novella featuring African-American characters, then Haunted – a paranormal love story is just what you need! I loved reading it and I think you will too!

My rating?

5_Star