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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: 3 1/2 stars
“Don’t break my heart…I love you, so much. You’ll destroy me.”
Gitte: I fell in love with both Alex and Angel in Angel after Dark for different reasons. Alex because he’s just an ideal book boyfriend isn’t he, Jenny. Gorgeous, sexy, passionate and protective. He was a bit of a Ladies man but then he heard and saw Angel and our man fell hard. He didn’t change much in this instalment; if anything his qualities were magnified and he went all out for Angel. I fell harder, which I didn’t think was possible. Alex is LUSH!
‘He was passion personified; the epitome of sex for sure, but he possessed an unexpected tenderness….’
As for Angel; well she did change and sadly not for the better. The main reason I didn’t love this one as much as book #1 was, in my opinion, because she became one of those heroines I just can’t enjoy or get on with. She became childish, whiney and weak and blamed Alex for something she selflessly instigated initially, in order to protect him. She also expected him to do things despite her telling him not to. She became the kind of woman I don’t like in real life, you know the ones who blame the man for not second guessing her and blaming men in general for not being psychic. This was so disappointing as I thought the continuing storyline was great with plenty of intrigue, drama and suspense. The passion was off the charts hot and I was really enjoying it as the story unfolded until Angel just took the wrong turn. She became everything she wasn’t in book #1.
“Agony and ecstasy all rolled up into one. You are everything to me.”
Again, it has to be said Kahlen Aymes is a fantastic writer and whilst I enjoyed this one I didn’t love it, I just couldn’t. I can’t wait for the final book now to find out how it all ties up in the end.
“I believe in the kind of love that leaves you breathless, aching, and feeling like you’re flying and dying all at the same time.”
I just hope Angel reverts into that fantastic level headed, gutsy and sassy chick she was in book #1 don’t you Jenny?
Jenny: Oh Alex is definitely the stuff book boyfriends are made of. You pretty much summed him up and let’s not forget he’s good with children…le sigh…..I really did fall hard for this guy in book one and if it’s at all possible, his fierce love and protective stance for Angel in this book only intensified my feelings for him. He is divine and boy, didn’t Angel bring him to his knees. She had him at sixes and sevens.
“I’ve worshiped you.”
I agree with you about Angel, Gitte! Angel was one of my favourite heroines in the first installment and I missed that woman in this one. She was sexy, witty upfront and pragmatic. She didn’t play games, she didn’t mess about and that’s what I loved that about her.
“I can’t stay away. I don’t know if I’d be strong enough to fight it even if I wanted to.” Alex
“You’re the strongest man I know.” Angel
“Not when it comes to you.” Alex
So it begs the question….what happened to that sassy no nonsense Angel in this one? Here was this wonderful guy who continually proved himself, laying his feeling bare and what does she do? Pushes him away because of ‘what ifs’? Yes, I can understand her being skittish because of Alex’s past and I understood her desir to protect him but instead of coming across stoic and unselfish, she ended up frustrating me. As you said, poor Alex needed a crash course in mind reading to keep up with her. But…when these two are good together they make for addictive reading.
“Do you dream of me often?” – Angel
“Every time I close my eyes.” – Alex
Like you I loved the drama, the wit, the suspense and the passion…wow! These certainly fire up the pages and the heat is there in abundance. I did enjoy Confessions After Dark but I didn’t love it as much as book one. In saying that, I’m dying to delve into Promises. I look forward to their banter, the intense passion and seeing how their relationship evolves because I’m definitely invested in these two!