I am pleased to have Samantha Jacobey on the blog again today. Whew, she is one busy lady! Yesterday she released Book 2 in her Summer Spirit Series, Dark Angel. Peruse the promotional materials and then I will include my reviews of both Summer Angel, and Dark Angel.
Dark Angel, A Summer Spirit Novella
by Samantha Jacobey,
Book 2 in the Summer Spirit Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 23rd
Dark Angel – A Summer Spirit Novella… Can your Guardian Angel simply walk away?
Charlie and his girlfriend met last summer, after his awakening from a near death experience. Their love grew while his body healed, and after a few short months, he had come to believe she was the girl of his dreams. But Donna has a secret; one she had never intended to share with the love of her life.
While Charlie’s physical being had lain in a hospital, his spirit had traveled to another dimension – her world – where the forces of light and dark collide. When he had returned to the living side of consciousness, Clarisse stole Donna’s body, claiming it and giving herself a second chance at life and love. Of course, people who die are meant to stay dead, and there will be rough times ahead as Keeper, head of the angels, decides how to put things back in order…
Charlie stared down at their plates, guilt washing over him; “Damn.” He could tell she had put a great deal of effort into the meal, and he had blown it. “So much for overtime,” he muttered, turning to follow her to their bedroom. “Honey, I’m sorry,” he called more loudly.
Stepping into the room, he noted her hunched frame on the foot of the bed. Her face in her hands, her shoulders shook, signaling her silent sobs. Taking a knee before her, he sat back on his haunches while his fingers gently wound around her warm flesh, pulling on her arms to uncover her delicate beauty, “Hey.”
Allowing him to expose her tears, her face looked distorted, causing him to inhale sharply. “Don’t look at me Charlie,” she implored.
“Why?” he breathed the question. “Seriously, baby. What’s happening to you?”
Flicking her moist tongue over her lips, she whined, “You’ll call me crazy if I tell you. Just like you did Grandma Parker.”
“No, I won’t,” he pushed himself up onto his knees, his arms sliding around her waist, “Baby, I love you so much. We’re survivors, remember?” he alluded to their private joke. “There’s nothing you can’t tell me, an’ I promise; I would never call you crazy.”
She stared into his deep brown eyes, feeling as if they would swallow her whole at any moment. “My name isn’t Donna,” she stated flatly, “My name is Clarisse.”
Charlie’s lungs clamped down tight within his chest, as if she had knocked the wind out of him with a single punch. “Clarisse,” he coughed, squinting as he tried to make the connection. Finally, unable to do so, he stroked her long straight locks, “Honey, I’m not following.”
“That’s why she doesn’t know me,” she pulled herself up straight, “Because… I’m not me. And Grandma Parker can see it somehow.”
“I see,” he sank back down, heels to rear, “And how long has this feeling that you’re someone else been going on?”
“I told you!” she screamed, leaping to her feet, “Now you think I’m bat shit psycho!” she whirled around, moving to the window to peer outside, searching the darkness for some unseen
Watching her, he pushed himself up, standing slowly, “I never said that. I don’t understand. That’s all.”
“Of course not, you’re still you,” she quipped.
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(Book One of the Summer Spirit Series)
Perfect novella for a Sunday afternoon read!
Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of getting to know this author through her Facebook fan group which I joined after meeting her at an FB author event and winning a swag pack from her for the release of her Avenged, the 7th book in The New Life series. I have purchased the first 3 books in that series, but am almost embarrassed to admit I have not found time to start reading the series yet (but the teasers, synopses and reviews on the series look fantastic! I really am looking forward to learning Tori’s tale.) When Ms. Jacobey announced the upcoming release of Summer Angel, I was thrilled to pick it up on release day as I knew I could find time to squeeze in a novella by this author I have become quite fond of between my other reading obligations much sooner than I can immerse myself in a series.
Yesterday I finally had the time to pick this one up and enjoy thoroughly while my daughter was at symphony practice. Don’t let the short length fool you, Clarisse and Charlie are big characters who will leave a lasting impact in your literary experiences.
Charlie is in the summer after he graduates high school, before he heads off to college. His mom has talked/guilted him into one last summer vacation as a family. As his parents have become more estranged as the years go by, and he reasons that the college he will be attending is not THAT far away, he is not overly excited about the trip to Florida, but a blonde girl in a straw hat he runs into at the airport does intrigue him. Then Fate and Destiny intervene in the most unexpected ways.
As paranormal romances are not my first genre choice, I initially was going to give this a 4 star review, but upon further reflection of my general review criteria, there is no reason it doesn’t deserve a full 5. It is beautifully written with very few grammatical/editorial errors – certainly not enough to take away from the story in any way. The two main characters are extremely well fleshed out, especially when you take into consideration the constraints of writing in a short story/novella format. I have read too many full length novels to count that haven’t left me feeling as connected to the main characters as I do to Charlie and Clarisse, and all done in prosaic fashion. The heart of the story itself revolves around the age old battle of good versus evil. Things can get touchy when this is the core of a book, simply because it has been done so many times, in so many ways. Samantha has managed to master this one in both fantastic presentation and a truly unique spin. The pacing is quite good throughout; it is crucial not to let things lag in this format, but I imagine it is even more difficult to make sure there is not so much going on that motivations are lost. A definite 5 stars in this area as well.
This is a completely clean read, so no need to include any warnings. My highest recommendation to fans of paranormal romance, and those looking for a quick, mostly sweet read. By no means is it all sunshine and roses; it packs plenty of intrigue and the evil part of the good versus evil equation is certainly well represented. I see this one as a great read for a summer day on the beach, though I certainly enjoyed it waiting what seems endlessly for spring to arrive. I will definitely read further additions to this series, and it has left me more anxious than ever to delve into the darker side of the author’s writing style.
My Review of Dark Angel
(Book Two of the Summer Spirit Series)
Since I first read Summer Angel, I have had the chance to catch up on all of Samantha Jacobey’s catalog, which really makes me appreciate what a different direction Summer Angel took from her A New Life Series. Summer Angel was such a light read by comparison! And, in comparison to ANLS, Dark Angel is a much lighter read as well, but as the title suggests, it is a bit darker to read than Summer Angel was.
I thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace though. We open this book with Charlie and Donna, about a year after Summer Angel ended. Wait…Donna? What happened to Clarisse? And what about Gous, Destiny, Keeper and Father?
I honestly enjoyed this quick read every bit as much as Summer Angel, possibly a bit more even. The lines between good and evil are a bit more blurred, as they so truly are in the real world. This one isn’t quite as clean as Summer Angel, but the sexual situations are still more implied than explicit, making it certainly for a wider audience than the A New Life Series. As with Summer Angel, this is a novella – pick them both up and enjoy them on a couple of consecutive beach days this summer. They are absolutely perfect for that for fans of paranormal romance.