Saturday, October 11, 2014
REVIEW: Undiscovered Angel
Empath Katrina Shepard spends most of her time alone, preferring solitude to the constant press of the pain and emotion of others. When she meets publishing tycoon Kassian McAllister at a party she finds herself intrigued. He is the first man she can't read. Maybe she isn't the only one with strange psychic powers.
An Earthbound Angel, Kassian has spent the better part of a century hunting Jack the Ripper. His personal quest for vengeance has locked his heart and emotions behind a tightly guarded door. But Kat reawakens the emotions he thought long dead. As they grow closer they both learn truths about themselves and see a chance for love.
But Jack the Ripper still roams the Earth and Kat has become the ideal target. Will Kassian finally have his revenge or will he lose yet another woman he loves?
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press
RATING: 4 Stars
‘Undiscovered Angel’ sets the foundation for what could become an excellent paranormal suspense series, based around those fallen angels who came to regret following Lucifer and asked to be forgiven, turning into the Earthbound Angels, fighting to protect humans from those who still walk Satan’s path. In this book, Sharon Saracino introduces a contemporary heroine with a painful family background and empathic abilities that have made her choose a solitary life, until she reluctantly goes to a girlfriend’s party and meets a man who appears to have stronger abilities than she does.
And he does – but Kassian McAllister isn’t just a man, he’s an Earthbound Angel who’s been hunting for the demon Jack the Ripper for almost a century. Kassian is intrigued by Katrina Shepard and her psychic powers, especially when those powers show her the Ripper carrying out yet another murder, very close to her friend’s party. This obviously puts Katrina in considerable danger, so Kassian and several of his Earthbound compatriots, must put her under their protection.
These characters are all intriguing. There are family ties, very close friendships, and fierce enemies; there are past experiences that were extremely painful and difficult to live with; betrayals old and new; and at the center of all this are Kassian and Katrina, both beginning to realize that they are still capable of falling in love.
Saracino builds all of this into a well-organized, very suspenseful and frequently surprising book. Using Jack the Ripper as the villain of the story keeps everything familiarly based on Earth, and also leads to scenes where our contemporary world feels Victorian. I enjoyed reading it – twice, actually – and I recommend it to any reader who likes wonderful characters placed in a strongly suspenseful paranormal setting. I give it 4 stars, and am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was sent.
Reviewed by: Roberta