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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Man has free will, and guardian angels have an eternal place in the holy host.

When unexpected feelings interfere with Malchediel's guidance of a mortal being, he must decide if his love for one man is true, or the work of the devil. Charged with the soul of handsome but suicidal Bran Weller, Malchediel faces a new challenge: Bran's steadfast belief that homosexuality is n
ebook, 111 pages
Published October 16th 2010 by Silver Publishing
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Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the beginning I was getting seriously irritated with this book. I mean it's one thing to send an angel to be a guardian of a man by making him retain his Faith in order to save him, but the man in question is gay and said angel is telling this 'suicidal" man how being gay is a sin and not approved of in the eyes of God. Geez isn't that an ultimate downer if I say so myself. Being gay and wanting to off myself, hearing that coming from a supposed angel wanting to save me I think I'd just say s ...more
What a Dark and Lovely Romance!!!!

And I loved it!

Just finish this story and I'm still thinking about the main characters. Mal, the angel, is the only narrator of this book. He is innocent, and in a certain way very immature. Regardless the lack of some explanation of his age is very obviously he is an eternal creature.
I may tell right away that as a angel his main thoughts and talks is full of religions (pre)concepts, and one of those is the main theme of this b
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Fallen is another guardian angel book but it has a unique style in presenting the story. Told in first person, present tense the novella follows guardian angel Mal as he experiences life and love in an entirely new way. So much that Mal is no longer happy in Heaven. After falling in love with his human charge Bran, Mal is called to atone in Heaven. Although Mal knows he’s sinned, he’s not sure he’s sorry. Yet Mal doesn’t know how an angel and a human can ever be together.

The story centers aroun
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
4.5 stars.

The writing suits the narrator and the story perfectly. It's what struck me the most. I didn't even realize it was in the present tense until I was a quarter of the book in and even if I don't avoid books written in a certain point of view or tense, I pay attention to these things, but Mal just took possession of my brain and I shut off everything else.

Mal is a guardian angel and although he's probably been around for a long time, he's very innocent, bordering on naive. In the world wr
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am not a huge fan of first person writing, nor am I the slightest bit religious. In which case at face value this book was probably one it would seem I should avoid.

However I had forgotten it was written from the angels POV by about page ten, so that took care of my first person issue. As to the religion, there is the battle in the book between what religion dictates about a man lying with a man and what the angel grows to learn. This is not focused entirely on the religious aspect, more about
Christel Grady
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to say this was my first Kindle purchase. I've been waiting for months to read this, and was truly impressed. Of course I knew it would be fabulous because Crank is awesome. What really stirred me more than anything was the socio-political aspects of the novella. I whole-heartedly agreed with Bran's views on Catholicism and homosexuality. There is a fine line between what is considered "right" and how we as humankind act on our personal values. We must find a way to change long ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pia Veleno is an amazingly talented writer who knows how to keep you enthralled throughout the story, and she so deftly sweeps you from the highest highs to the lowest lows, that I was left wondering just how on earth she managed it. It's not easy to write romance, much less such sexually explicit material, without delving into corniness, or worse, just bad writing, but Pia clearly knows her terrain. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. ...more
Maria in the 16th century
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angels, m-m, religion, novella
Oh yes! It was about time I gave 5 stars to a book again! This novella is delightful, I just couldn't put it down. Mal's innocence and his struggle with slang had me giggling 80% of the time, and even if I still don't understand what was going on in Bran's head, the development of the story makes up for that. It's a sweet book, full of interesting reflections about religion, homosexuality and love and how the three need not clash. ...more
Pia Veleno
Sep 28, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Updated and republished by Loose Id November 2014

My publishing debut!

Contains the questioning of religion and faith, a latte machine, and a single bullet that changes everything.
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is a hard one, I'm torn. I really wanted to like this book. The problem may have been my expectation of the story instead of what was actually there. I was looking forward to a "It's A Wonderful Life" type story, minus the holiday and flashbacks. I expected it to be much deeper than it actual was. I expected the story to be more involved with Bran's life and depression. I expected Mal to be a much stronger character; not hard or unreachable, just less wishy-washy.

The thing that stood out mo
I've been trying to write a review on this book but I just can't. I know I would end up offending a whole lot of people and that really isn't what I want to do.

In the end, I did like the style of writing in this book. But, man-o-man, I had some serious issues with some of the concepts touched on. I think it is the arrogance of humans claiming to "know" what G-D wants and diminishing G-D to the minute understandings of our human pettiness that has always turned me from organized religion.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: smut
This a hard book to review! I really liked what was in the story. The problem comes in how much was left out of the story. So much was left unexplained and unfinished. I think this would have been a 5 star book if it had been fleshed out, but unfortunately it wasn't. ...more
May 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
I haven't started this yet but I just wanted to say I love the cover art! Beautiful. ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a quick read,at first I wasn't to sure about this book,as I kept reading I really started to like it. Give this book a try. ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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