About the Book:
Title: Hell of an Angel
Author: Christi Barth
Series: Unlocking His Heart #2
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2023
Synopsis: Raised in Hell. Living in Buffalo. And on the verge of accidentally destroying both realms…
Dark angel and actuary Evangeline Thayer hates taking unnecessary risks, but she knows becoming human will be worth it. All the creatures in Hell have bullied her about her negligible ‘power’ her whole life. And don’t get her started on why she has wings if she can’t even fly?!? She just needs a teensy bit of help with removing her power…which is where a very hot, very flirty, and absolutely infuriating Nephilim comes in.
Half-angel Gideon Durand has been fighting demons a long time, but he’s never heard of a dark angel. Least of all one this gorgeous, stubborn, and with the power to completely nullify evil. Maybe in Hell, that’s a weakness—but with an unknown evil on the loose and murdering Nephilim?—that’s a damned useful skill. So Gideon strikes a deal with Evangeline: he’ll scratch her wings…if she’ll scratch his.
Now good and evil are—temporarily—working together. And might even be having steamy fun…if it wasn’t for a rather inconvenient threat trying to unleash the apocalypse, once and for all.
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Hell of an Angel is the second book in the Unlocking His Heart series, and though you could read it as a standalone, reading Imperfect Angel, the first book in the series, would definitely help contextually. I love the premise of the series, and the world-building is great. I like how the author continues to expand the world, and the introduction of a type of angel that Gideon and the other angels haven’t heard of adds an interesting dynamic to the story. It’s easy to picture the spellbinding and dangerous paranormal setting they live in.
The chemistry between Eva and Gideon is strong, but I think I never really connected to either character. I didn’t feel overly invested in their love story, and Gideon came off as kind of immature considering how old he’s supposed to be. His arrogant playboy attitude at the beginning made him a bit unlikable for me, but I did like that as he got closer to Eva, he became more open and vulnerable. You get to see a side of him that he doesn’t show to many. They have an opposites attract/enemies-to-lovers/insta-lust romance, but it just didn’t have that swoon factor I wanted.
I loved Rhys and Maisy in Imperfect Angel, so I was happy to see them in secondary roles in this book. And I’m really intrigued by the tension between Zavier and Liss. I have a feeling they’ll be the focus of the next story, and I’m eager to see how their story plays out. Also, the friendship between Gideon, Rhys, and Zavier continues to be a highlight of the series. They are so great together, and some of my favorite scenes were the ones with all three men. They totally give off Bat Boy vibes, and those vibes never get old for me.
There’s also an intriguing and deadly mystery the group is trying to solve, and there are a few unexpected twists that make me curious to see what happens in the next book. Thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The world-building.
- The friendship.
- opposites attract
- found family