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Familiar Angel

(Familiar Love #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  57 reviews
One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.

Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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☆ Todd
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I may end up being in the vast minority here, but as much as I was dying for this story to be one of those "love for the ages" tales, like Deacon and Crick's from "Keeping Promise Rock" (because *swoon*), it never quite gelled for me in that way.

There were tons of elements of the story which I enjoyed, like the relationship between the brothers, and the few parts where they practiced magic; however, this book had a *lot* of moving parts, with plenty of backstory that we're *told* about, but not
3.5 Stars

Familiar Angel was such a cute story of magic and angels and demons and cats. Yes, cats. There was a ton of world-building and not as much romance as I would have liked, but I've got to say, I do love Amy Lane's vast imagination. It had a "once upon a time..." feel to it, and I rather enjoyed the storytelling.

Familiar Angel is not only the story of Harry and Suriel, but also is used to introduce a cast of secondary characters and build out the world. The MC's aren't together for all
I am stopping at 22% for now. I loved every book by Amy Lane I have read so far, but this one is just odd. It's a bit jumbled, and I am not enjoying it at all. Time line goes to past then present than back again. It's hard to read especially when I don't really care for any characters. Hmmm. Maybe I will return to it one day. No rating.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what would happen if an angel, a demon and a witch became friends...

It's been a hundred and forty years since Harry, Edward and Francis found themselves in the wrong place at what turned out to be the right time for them.

Life in a brothel was neither safe nor good for the three boys and Harry and Edward were determined to keep Francis safe from the darker side of brothel life. When things became too dangerous Harry and Edward knew that the only way to keep Francis safe
3.75 stars

Amy Lane’s paranormal books always have an epic feel to them. ‘Familiar Angel’ is no different, delivering a grand story of adventure and action, angst and pain, family, and romance.

Gomez Pugh did an excellent job with the narration. I’ve listened to his work before, so I knew I’d be in for a good listen!

‘Familiar Angel’ tells the story of Harry, a boy forced into prostitution and abuse, who did what he could to protect his brothers, Edward and Francis. Escape from their horrible
Well if it's not broken than don't fix it......

I really enjoyed this one when it was first released and listening to the audio book narrated by Gomez Pugh has done nothing to change how I felt than, so honestly I'm not about re-inventing the wheel so my current review for this story still stands...
It's been a hundred and forty years since Harry, Edward and Francis found themselves in the wrong place at what turned out to be the right time for them.

Life in a brothel was neither safe nor good
My experience with Amy Lane has mostly been good with a just a handful of misses I can count on one hand. Unfortunately this was one of those misses.

Somehow I missed this when it was first released and only noticed it was the previous book to Familiar Demon which I'm interested in so I decided to read this to "get my head in the game" so to speak. However, this book left me not much better than how I started.

The whole book was a bit all over the place. There was no proper structure with the past
3.5 Stars

Other than adding how much I really did like Gomez Pugh's narration (which, for once, didn't bring Victor Bayne to mind), Todd points out so well what I enjoyed and what I felt was missing. And how much the world-building seemed to overshadow this "epic" love story.

I, too, will definitely read (or listen to) additional books if AL were to make this into a trilogy, though...especially since those would be more likely (?) to be more romance focused with the 'verse securely established in
DNF 35%

This book just isn't working for me and honestly it's pretty difficult for me to say exactly WHY. The story feels a bit "fogy", a lot of missing pieces confusing facts concerning the world building. Not to mention our hero, as well as his two best friends turned somewhat siblings are all CAT shifters. I don't like cats - AT ALL - so them being sort of the main heroes isn't really that appealing to me, not to mention they behave like FAR more than your regular house cats (which they are).
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

Get through the intro and into the first chapter and you won’t regret it.
It took me three tries to get past the subject matter but know this is a “rescue” and romance.
It’s touching. It’s heartbreaking. It romantic. It’s a rebuilding.
There’s a bit of mystical. There’s detailed consensual M/M romantic sex.
There’s deep familiar love and support. There’s faith.
A love story.
A complex multilevel story.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Amy Lane is one of my favorite authors and I consider her an auto buy. So I was psyched to see this release, especially as it appeared to lean towards the angsty side, something Lane excels at. There is no doubt I enjoyed Familiar Angel. I just didn’t love it. The story does have a ton to recommend it, so let’s start there. Harry and his brothers are bound by something far deeper than blood and their unique bond is really at the core of the story. The nature of
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~ 3.5 Stars ~

I have loved many of Amy Lane’s stories and while this one, Familiar Angel, had much going for it, I must say that I often felt as though I was running behind the story trying to catch up to it. Let me begin with a quick recapping and some highlights that I really enjoyed about this novel, overall.

Harry and his two “brothers” have been, essentially, enslaved in a brothel, and at the mercy of an abusive psychopath named Big Cass, for far too long. Harry is ill but still does
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved, m-m, magic, triggers
I don't know why I don't read more Amy Lane. I know I have enjoyed what I have read by her.

This was beautiful and I'm left feeling happy and content. There are struggles, danger, violence and pain. Oh, so much pain! These boys were born into the pits of hell on earth but fought back with love for each other and escaped even when there was nothing ahead for two them but pain and death they fought to save the youngest of them.

Beware though, there are a lot of instances of remembering or
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like these books that she pours her heart into a lot better than the instalove fluff pieces she does. If she has to do those to recharge to do these, then I will honor the process.
Caroline Brand

3.5 Stars

Familiar Angel has all the elements in a story that you would expect from Amy Lane – lots of angst, well written characters and an enthralling plot, the one thing it was missing though in my opinion was any depth in the relationship between Suriel and Harry. Their relationship takes over a century to fall into place and when it finally, finally happens the story quickly ends.

Harry and Suriel meet in the strangest off ways whilst Harry is running for his life. That
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-paranormal
Wow, what a bore. Only my compulsion to finish a book stopped me from abandoning this one midway. The premise was so interesting, I couldn't point to where it went wrong but wrong it went. It was just so boring. Harry was a martyr, Edward was interesting but didn't show up enough, Francis was so damaged and already paired with Bel without much more detail. The story felt too fast and too slow at the same time, sometimes I felt like there was something missing. I may not be the sharpest tool in ...more
Oct 30, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 27%
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a story that I enjoyed but I felt that it was just not quite making it there at times. There was a lot of time where things felt a bit jumbled up, or it seemed that one storyline was getting forgotten but to pop unexpectedly, that made it seem as though this didn't quite come together cohesively as a book.

There is a good bit of backstory and world building as we learn about how this little family, the Youngbloods, came to be. From learning about the boys past to the event that brought
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Amy Lane tends to be a sure bet for me. Winter Ball was the only other book I couldn‘t finish. Unfortunately, the characters and their developing relationship didn‘t work for me - at all. The characters sounded interesting in theory, but remained flat and lifeless. They lacked that relatable authentic core which I love so much about Amy‘s writing. The author seemed more invested in the setting (which works well enough), but that‘s not what I read an Amy Lane book for.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not my favorite from Amy, whom I love, but I finally finished. Don't think I will be reading the follow-up books about the brothers. Just not my type of story I guess.
As always though, well written, good characters, full story.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was certainly a departure from what I normally read and most definitely a departure from stories I’ve read from Amy Lane, one of my favorite authors. The main reason it’s a departure is that it’s fantasy-based and that’s not my favorite genre; there’s also a historical element, a lot of world-building, and a huge family dynamic with relationships out of the norm—it’s a family of the heart rather than a family of origin—so even understanding all those intertwining relationships took some ...more
Natosha Wilson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing read. I truly enjoyed this book so much. Once I started this book I could not put it down. It was just that good.

Harry, Edward, and Francis at a young age figured out that there is cruel people in the world. People who will use and abuse you for their own greed for money and for their own cruel pleasure. Being the oldest two Harry and Edward made a pack that they would do whatever was possible to get out of the brothel where they have been used many times over before
Start looking at your own heart, my brother, and we can stop looking through Suriel to see it.

Familiar Angel is my first read by Amy Lane, and I really enjoyed it. It’s sweet and adorable while having enough plot and action to keep my attention. I only wish the world building had been a bit stronger.

Harry grew up in a heartbreaking environment, and one day life changes for him drastically. All of a sudden, he’s in a world of shapeshifting with angels and demons and magic. He also meets an angel,
Morgan  Skye
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audio, reviewed
I’m having a tough time reviewing this.

On the one hand, I enjoyed it – as I do nearly every Amy book I’ve ever read, and like those of hers I’ve read a million times.

Amy is very good at giving us clear, crisp writing with just the right amount of show versus tell. The back story for our boys is delivered in a bits and pieces with only small amounts of flash backs to fill in the gaps.

We’re shown the budding relationships between all 3 boys with telling glimpses rather than overt smacks to the
Pete W
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book start off with a bang. In so many ways. From when the boys made their escape. Then they meet the other four and things progress very quickly from there. (view spoiler)

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Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review by Gloria Lakritz Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
Novel: Familiar Angel
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Rated: Mature
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 193
Release Date: October 20 2017

I have been reading Amy Lane books forever. This young lady knows no boundaries, her abilities are endless! Did you know before she became ‘published and famous’ she began with stories that were like Fables?……A different land, different people that did good, struggled
Goodreads reader/reviewer Sue from Joyfully Jay said it so much better that I ever could. Here's a poignant snippet:

"So my biggest frustration with Familiar Angel came from feeling as though I’d been dropped into a story already in progress. I was always struggling to find my balance and grasp a hold of the narrative. Lane excels at immersive story telling, but rather than being a part of the story, with Familiar Angel I felt like I was merely a spectator and often a confused one. Because of
Bronwyn Heeley
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, romance, paranormal
3.5 STARS.
I’m not sure if I’m an atheist. I see death as freedom, full stop. I do t believe in a higher power, in fact have a very heated dislike of the Catholic organisation which trickles into most others, as I have yet to come face to face with a religion that doesn’t preach love and acceptance with a heavy side order of intolerance. They are so swamped—*breath* I do however believe it allows people to be free from the fear of death which allows them a freedom to live and as long as no one
Cathy Brockman
Cover Love.- I could see this model as Suriel and it with the cat I could see where familiar comes in.

One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis barely escaped their fate at a brothel. A sorceress was rescuing her lover from hell and performing the spell she turned the three boys into her familiars and they all became a family. Now they use their powers to save people from human trafficking. Harry was in love with the Angel Suriel the moment he saw him.

This was a very
4.5 Stars. I loved the premise of this story. The three familiars, the angel, the demon, and the witch made such a nice family. Not all is good in their world. They fight against human trafficking and that is a subject that brings me to tears. However, it is done in a way that you feel empathy and it’s not gratuitous.

I loved Suriel and Harry’s love story and I could see where the other boys stories intersected. I can’t wait to read them.

The whole novel had a rhythm to it that kept me engaged
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail ...more

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