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Friday, September 30, 2011

Ordinary Angels by India Drummond

Ordinary Angels by India Drummond
Publisher: Trindlemoss Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (310 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Zoë Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons. Most of Zoë's friends are dead, but she doesn't mind because they died long before she met them. Then one Tuesday night an angel takes her salsa dancing and turns her world upside down. Grim reality closes in when she discovers a body in her company's boiler room and Higher Angels accuse her best ghost friend of murder. Knowing she's the only one who can stand against them, Zoë resorts to lying, stealing and summoning, all while trying to determine if the tempestuous love she's feeling is real. In the end, getting blood on her hands forces Zoë to question herself, and her angel to question her.

Zoe talks to dead people. To be more specific she talks to the spirits of dead people who have not yet moved on. This allows her to feel comfortable with the unusual events in her life, such a sharing a house with a her dead grandmother. One thing it doesn’t prepare her for is looking up from her desk to discover that the new office mailman is an angel. A really gorgeous angel.

Alexander has interfered with the mailman’s life so must take his place. He doesn’t bargain on meeting and falling in love with Zoe. His superiors bring him to task; interfering with a human’s life is forbidden in the angel society.

Another twist occurs when Zoe’s spirit friend Henry disappears, along with the collection of keys Zoe has given him over the years. From this point on Zoe’s life revolves round searching for Henry, falling deeper in love with Alexander and helping him fight his case with his superiors. Another problem is Grandma. She doesn’t like Alexander, or rather, she doesn’t like angels.

Ordinary Angels is an unusual book. Set in the paranormal genre, it has humour, danger and spicy romance. Zoe could be described as feisty. She allows no one to get too close to her, except for her best friend. Somehow Alexander breaks through her reserve. Her feeling for him at first confuses her until she admits her love for him. But how can an angel and a human possibly have a relationship?

Alexander is naive when it comes to how humans behave. At times he finds Zoe’s explanations unfathomable, but this doesn’t stop him falling in love with her. Aware his superiors decision could change his whole future he tries to distance himself from Zoe without success.

Unfortunately, Alexander’s confusion made him weak. He relies on others and doesn't succeed as a strong male character. Zoe tends to overshadow him, and this detracted slightly from my enjoyment of the book.

Ordinary Angles encompasses the love story of a couple from two totally different backgrounds. Both have their own problems with the relationship and with their lives. Their problems inexplicably entwine with each other to end in a surprising climax which ties up all the loose ends.

It's a book I felt was worth reading for the humour and the intrigue as Zoe followed the clues to find Henry. Quite a pleasant read.