About the Book:
Title: Imperfect Angel
Author: Christi Barth
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: Oct. 25, 2022
Publisher: Entangled Pub.
Synopsis: Three days ago, all Maisy Norgate had was a stack of bills, about a gazillion jobs, and her sunny-as-hell outlook. Now, thanks to an uncle she never knew about, she’s inherited an ornate skeleton key with absolutely no idea what it’s for—or why she has it. Which is exactly when a ridiculously handsome guy claiming to be an angel shows up at her door and all hell breaks loose…
Nephilim Rhys Boyce cannot believe that Maisy is the new Keeper of the Key. Why would anyone bequeath this warm, bubbly redhead the key to Hell? And to make matters worse, she’s given the key to the first person who asked for it. A demon. Yep, Maisy is determined to make his job—not to mention some seriously inconvenient temptation—as hard as possible.
First a half angel with a very human chip on his shoulder must find a way to convince Maisy that angels and demons do exist. Then Rhys will have to break the really bad news…that she might have accidentally ended the world.
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Imperfect Angel is an exciting and sexy paranormal romance. When an uncle she never knew existed leaves Maisy a key in his will, she never suspects to see a handsome man at her door claiming to be an angel. And when the angel tells her she is now the new Keeper of the Key to Hell, and he is there to protect her, Maisy’s chaotic life becomes even more complicated. Little does Rhys know, Maisy gave the key away, and now the pair has fourteen days to retrieve it so Maisy can claim her new role before all Hell breaks loose – literally.
I enjoyed Maisy’s story and the swoon-worth romance between her and Rhys. They are both well-developed characters, and Maisy is definitely the sunshine to Rhys’s grump. Maisy is feisty, selfless, and fierce, and she has a wicked sense of humor. She’s also really kind and compassionate. Rhys is also a badass, but he isn’t as kind and caring as Maisy, which is understandable considering the difficult life he’s had.
Initially, Maisy knows nothing about the supernatural world, which frustrates Rhys to no end. Plus, her eternal optimism, even in the midst of everything they face, irritates him. Does Maisy care? No. She is who she is, and she doesn’t change. I like that about her, and I like that she begins to break down the hard walls around Rhys. He’s very different once he lets Maisy in.
Maisy and Rhys have amazing banter, and many of their conversations made me laugh out loud. I love that, though faced with deadly obstacles and huge burdens, they find ways to laugh and sneak in some happier moments. Plus, they have a ton of chemistry, and their sexy scenes are equally steamy and tender.
The relationship between Rhys and his two best friends totally gives me bat boy vibes. Though their personalities are different, their friendship – the easy banter, the way they know each other so well, their trust and loyalty, are reminiscent of Rhysand, Cassian, and Azriel in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This isn’t a bad thing! I love the bat boys, and I loved Rhys, Zavier, and Gideon. I’d love to read more about them and Maisy’s best friend in future books.
I also thought the world-building and supernatural elements were really cool. There’s a big difference between the human and supernatural world, as Maisy quickly realizes, and it’s described and explored well. I liked the different demons introduced, the whole concept of having Keepers of the Gates, witches, half-angels, spirits, and more. Add to that the high-stakes plot, the action and danger, and the unexpected humor, and I found myself really engrossed in the story. It’s exciting and suspenseful, and a perfect paranormal romance for the spooky season.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance.
- The supernatural elements.
Courage is acknowledging your fear and doing what must be done despite it.