Angels' Judgment 4.5* It was a pleasure to reread this story. Sara and Deacon are two other characters that I really appreciate. Here they are the active players and as such they shine and conquer the reader. Incisive, direct, without paranoia or excessive melodramas weighing on their backs and making them mulling over themselves or making them waver in their emotions and feelings, which makes them human and normal and so nice to follow, even while in the exclusiveness of their position. Certainly it does not hurt that they both have great sense of humor and that Deacon is irresistibly hot! Also, the investigative plot is well articulated, action-packed and with good suspense, it develops in unpredictable ways and therefore it is very satisfying to solve the case step by step together with the two main characters. Despite being short, Angels' Judgment is a complete story under every point of view, so that it leaves you with complete satisfaction when you get to the last page.
Angel's' Wolf 3* From Angels of Darkness (In this anthology I really had no desire to read Angel's wolf a second time) The story is interesting enough, but I wasn't particularly involved by the characters, except for the cats! Noel was a secondary character and as such he should remain, I found his development unremarkable. And about his winged companion, I don't even remember her name! The attempted murder of an angel gave hope for a good investigation, but the perpetrator's reasons revealed in the end left me a little doubtful and incredulous, and, as often happens in short stories with characters who just met for the first time, I found the love interet's birthing and development too hurried and therefore not fully convincing.
Angels' dance 3.5/4* This is the story I couldn't wait for! I was intrigued by Galen and Jessamy since their first appearance, even if they didn't have a lot of spotlight. The main characters have a very nice personal story and characterization, both individually and as a couple: the cautious detachment from other people, the avoiding to make private confidences to outsiders in opposition whith the small gestures of affection and trust reserved only for longtime and trusted friends; and later their alchemy, their weaknesses and innermost feelings shared like a secret between only the two of them, without the need to display them in public - an attitude that was just mentioned in the main books and here is given depth and intensity. The only shadow marring perfection is the considerable age difference between the two: 2600 years for Jessamy, "only" 275 for Galen. For living beings so long-lived and strong to be defined immortal that difference is equivalent to almost nothing, and the background of both credibly justify their kind of approach and the attraction and compatibility of one for the other, but is that 'almost' bound to the negative aspects that come forth in the very elderly angels who draws a shadow on the future of the couple (though probably we'll never get to read about their old age, or maybe we have to imagine that strong bonds prevent the madness to infiltrate the soul...) Equally interesting and pleasurable were the glimpses of other characters: the still carefree Illium and his love for a human, Dmitri's mysterious past (though we know it already), Aodhan's still serene shyness. In contrast, the general plot and the resolution of the mystery behind Jessamy's aggression left me a little disappointed. I was really surprised when I turned the page and there it was Tangle of Need excerpt: I was expecting something more. The explanation given as resolution to the aggression felt rather weak (view spoiler)[(Alexander's vampire had no reason to shut Jessamy, especially if she wasn't tied to Alexander's son, and therefore she didn't have to help him with the power takeover. She had nothing to gain from Jessamy's death); (hide spoiler)] I was sure we would discover a deeper and more complicated plot... ...more