After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.
As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection—one that threatens to consume them.
I was quite intrigued by the summary of Christina Ashcroft’s “Archangel of Mercy.” Dimensions, archangels, ancient forces and a wingless hero named Gabriel? I had to read this one. The story felt quite different as Aurora, the heroine, pulls Gabriel from another dimension with a spell of some sort and steps into a different world. The characters are quite appealing, and I was enjoying this story – that is until a twist at the end that left me feeling rather unsatisfied with the story. Yet, the world still impresses.
Aurora is a human, although her mother is from a different dimension. When Aurora attempts to open a portal to her mother’s world, she ends up transporting a very angry Gabriel from his partying to her. Her attempt at defying laws of nature brings Aurora to the attention of ancient forces who seek to punish her. Gabriel ends ups trying to protect Aurora from the forces, and the pair finds a common attraction that leads to love.
Gabriel is an interesting archangel. He is not terribly concerned with humanity. He isn’t very nice to Aurora for quite a bit of the book. He is hard to like at times, although Ashcroft did convince me to be sympathetic to his long-standing angst. Aurora is a more likeable character, but I couldn’t help but question why she didn’t send Gabriel packing.
But I did come to appreciate Gabriel and actually did enjoy the romance – right up until the end. In paranormal romances where one of the couple is human and one is immortal, there needs to be some type of shift for the couple to end up together for the same life span. I didn’t buy or agree with the way this situation is resolved in “Archangel of Mercy.” It didn’t fit in with my image of Gabriel – or with the way he was portrayed throughout the entirely of the story.
“Archangel of Mercy” was a mixed read for me. The world sucked me in – and I have every intention of seeing where Ashcroft takes the series next. Yet, I’m still not entirely sold on Gabriel and Aurora’s happily ever after.
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