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Angel's Pain by Maggie Shayne
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Oct 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: own, paranormal-supernatural, romantic-suspense
Read in October, 2008

Lack of emotion, lack of passion, leaves this reader disappointed…

As much as Briar tries to make everyone, including herself, believe she’s emotionless, you get flashes in the novel that are quite the opposite. At the beginning of the novel, Briar finds Crisa outside, looking confused, in pain. Somethings up, and as much as Briar doesn’t want to care, we believe she does.

But she’s out for revenge and revenge only. From her step-father to Gregor, all she wants is her chance at pay-back. And no matter how hard she tries to prove everyone wrong, the get under her skin, and she does care for them, in her own way.

I was glad to see the entire cast of characters. The book, the end of the newest ‘Wings in the Night’ trilogy, needed that, I think. And while Briar and Reaper are spending more time together, going after Crisa, who is certain there is a boy named Matthias out there who needs her, I was hoping to see more… and most certainly didn’t get it.

Yes, action scenes were excellent, as usual. Perfectly balanced, the bad guys get what’s coming to them, but I still think that Dwyer hasn’t answered all the questions there is. Which makes me wonder… and I’m not sure I want to believe this is the end of the series. It may be the final book in the newest trilogy, but the trilogy is part of the series, and I can honestly say that I don’t think this is truly the end. At least, I super, really hope not. Example: Reaper finds out that his wife is behind his transformation, and the trigger words that turning him into a raging, violent monster, but there are no answers for why. This better not be the end of the series… not on that note. Meanwhile, what about Roxy, Ilyanna, Matthias, - their stories haven’t been told yet. And what happens to Dwyer now that he doesn’t bring Reaper in like he was ordered? Too many unanswered questions for this to be the end of the series.

I think the plot was well played out… Except for Briar and Reaper. Oh, I was soooo not impressed with the novel on that part. There was no emotion - a super huge lack at that! Any time Briar and Reaper ‘got together’, it felt like it was written too quickly, a ‘quickie’ minus the passion. Yes, you feel Reaper’s emotion when he talks about his wife, Rebecca. You feel his confusion, his remorse, then his feelings of betrayal and more confusion. Yes, you feel Briar’s anger about the men in her past. And it’s quite understandable. But together? None! I felt zilch! That fire you felt between them before is completely gone. I’d have liked to have seen Reaper push her further. I’d have like to see Briar really break down. This just wasn’t enough.

I was disappointed… and I’ve never, ever said that about Shayne’s novels before. But that’s the only disappointing thing about it.

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