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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Angel Thief by Jenny Schwartz

Angel Thief by Jenny Schwartz
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (68 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Holly

She's breaking the rules. Again.

An archivist in the heavenly library, Sara must follow protocol when it comes to curating the knowledge of the universe. But "liberating" an ancient text from the collection of a human—an Australian drug lord—could save a boy's life. Sara has no way of knowing that one of the man's other treasures is a sexy-as-sin djinni, bound by a wish to guard the estate.

He's only following orders.

Filip is compelled to turn over intruders, even celestial ones, to his master. When he catches Sara in the library, he isn't above indulging in some sensual kisses with her, or using her to trick the mobster into wasting a wish. It's what he must do to preserve his facade of freedom and protect his heart.

But the kidnapping of the drug lord's daughter forces Sara and Filip to work together—bringing out the hero that lurks within the soul of the djinni, and the passion within the angel.

Sara is the archivist in the Library of Heaven. When she discovers a rare and valuable book in the earthly library of an Australian drug lord, she knows she must liberate it to save a young boys life. She knows it is breaking the rules, but she looks to the greater good of saving the boy. What she doesn’t know is that one of the other rare treasures held by the drug lord is Filip, a sexy and attractive djinni, sworn to protect all property of his master, no matter what.

When a fanatic kidnaps the kingpin’s only daughter, Filip is torn between his attraction to Sara, and his duty to his master. As the story unfolds, the daughter learns what her father has done, and Filip and Sara join forces to rescue her, and save the man who kidnapped her from the wrath of her father. Can an angel and a djinn find common ground? Can Sara and Filip find a way to free him from Solomon’s curse? Will there be a future for them, together?

Jenny Schwartz has written a delightful twist on the theme of ‘good overcomes evil’ with a combination of magic, charm and modern evils. The characters are well developed, and the locations are true to life in the descriptions.

Sara is bored. Yes she is an angel, but not conventional by any means. She takes risks, trying to help others. She is smart, and loyal, and determined to save Filip, even if it’s only from himself. She is an innocent, but she knows she wants Filip. She is honest, and doesn’t fool herself where he is concerned. I like her attitude, and her determination to save everyone.

Filip is a djinn, one of the children cursed by Solomon to serve mankind. He is pragmatic, and believes he will never find freedom. He is strong and protective, and determined to keep Sara free from Vince’s clutches. He is handsome and sexy, and avoiding romantic entanglement with the angel. But there is a core of goodness in him, one that Sara can sense.

I enjoyed how Ms. Schwartz combined modern time and life, with the myth and magic of long ago. There are several surprises in this, where paths cross unexpectedly, and add to the overall feeling of closure and lead to a wonderful happy ever after for the angel and the djinn.