The Gifted One

GiftedOneThe.093404Title: The Gifted One
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press April 2013
Rating: B- List: Cher   B List

Blurb: As his birthday approaches, Matthew Westlake fears more than just growing a year older. He fears never seeing another year at all. Each birthday brings a close call with death, leaving holes in his memory, recurring nightmares, and one more glimpse of his guardian angel. This birthday Matt must stand against ancient evils that have hounded him since birth, because he is a Gifted One—a seventh son of a seventh son.

Within Matt rests the unlocked potential of a force for good, but it also makes him a target. Being the Gifted One and dodging demonic attacks aren’t Matt’s only problems, though. He’s fallen in love with his protector, the Archangel Gabriel, and Heaven will condemn that love to save Matt’s soul. But Heaven doesn’t count on Gabriel loving Matt in return, defying divine law and placing them in danger from demons and angels alike.

Review:  Gabriel and Matt are a sweet couple. They’re very much in love and you can’t help hoping that they somehow beat all of the forces of heaven and hell that are set against them being together. It’s a struggle to keep Matt alive, it seems that every time they turn around there is another attack coming their way, much less fighting heaven to get a happy ending. They are so special together. Angels aren’t supposed to feel love as humans do but there is something about Matt that transcends the normal rules for Gabriel, and he can’t help but fall in love.

Gabriel is delicious. It doesn’t get hotter than a protector who is kick ass, whose name fills the world with fear at his power and purpose, yet he stares at his love with big doe eyes full of love and adoration. Matt is so sweet, strong and resilient. The things he has suffered through in his life have only made him a kinder and more loving person and make him worthy of Gabriel’s devotion. They were smoking hot together and when they finally give in to the feelings between them, well lets just say it’s steamy and Gabriel is surprisingly creative.

The story keeps a fast pace and has a strong supporting cast that are integral to the story. Matt’s friends are family, and family is part of the strength that Matt must draw upon if he is to triumph over evil. The bond of brotherhood that exists between the archangels was done well and I really enjoyed their relationships.

The depiction of heaven and demons and fallen angels while a familiar trope was done with a different slant that I really enjoyed. The angels are made very real and it was fun to read this version of God.

The writing is strong and the characters and storyline well done but the ending fell a little bit flat for me. I felt that there was an essential element left unresolved and while I enjoyed the ending it left me feeling something was missing. This was a solid B maybe even a B+ but the unresolved issue left me feeling frustrated and venting in poor Beans ear.

Reviewed by Nina

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