Monday, September 7, 2015

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Review

"Wedding Day 

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who's nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net... risking it all in search of a love that will last forever."

I'm not denying it. I'm hunting a bunch of hilarious, Chick-lit novels. And Kiss An Angel is the next book in the list. 

Kiss An Angel is more of a King Thrushbeard retelling. The format certainly is similar to the fairy tale in the beginning (and I most certainly know, because I find myself frequently fascinated by the tale). The ending strays off a bit, but the plot stays on track. 

Daisy is forced into marrying a stranger. She has her hilarious moments, from her wedding vow moment ("...take you to be my awfully wedded husband...") and to other points in the book (including an elephant smackdown, which is a long story). But she is a surprisingly human character, whose determination leads her to success (or even more trouble). She undergoes an amazing character development and becomes better. But she never loses that sweetness she always possessed (and not found in most characters). It is one of her best qualities. 

Alex is not amused with the new wife he found himself with. Having some POV chapters (actually, more like scenes and parts), he has an admiration for Daisy. And their I-must-not-love charade makes me giggle into stupidity. Ahh... A "Will they, won't they" couple. That trope is always fun to see, and in Kiss An Angel, it still is. 

The story goes by quickly. Readers immediately jump into the couple's wedding. The humor hits almost instantly, and I simply get carried into Daisy's story. I watch her mature and accept her situation. Not once has she given up. Okay, maybe once, but she goes back to complete her job with stunning determination. She is an amazing character, as I said before. Alex himself has his moments (but also possesses jerkish tendencies that makes me frown). 

The ending is a HEA. 

In conclusion, Kiss An Angel is a lighthearted read. It possesses a few stubborn characters, who are like old mules refusing to do any work. The romance is a joy to see, and Kiss An Angel is for mature readers. (Because kids are going to laugh themselves into fits if they read this. Or maybe not. Maybe not.) 

Rating: Three out of Five

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