Author: Monique O'Connor James
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he's taken everyone she's ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn't met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God's good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.
Justin's general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin's convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity.
Never mind falling in love, that's not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she doesn't know.
If neither are equipped to save the other, then whose soul will live and whose will perish?
This was a wonderful thought provoking book. Jess, who has gone through more tragedy in her life than anyone could bear, loses her faith in God. Ironically, she falls for Justin – an angel trying to protect her. It's quite the interesting relationship because Justin doesn't really even like humans, and he has trouble understanding human emotions. Jess has gone through so much, and the man she falls for can't even empathize with her.
Justin is a love/hate kind of guy – one minute you love him, the next you hate him. He can be such a jerk sometimes but at other times you can't help but like him. As he gets more attached to Jess, some of her human emotions rub off on him. It's interesting to see their relationship progress – they can't go a day without arguing because they see things differently.
I really liked all the characters in this book. Rory and Vi were a couple of my favorites and I would like to see books about their stories one of these days. I definitely want to read more about Jess and Justin though. I can really relate to Jess and her issues with God. I'm not a religious person at all, but I do still love to read about angels. This is a nice paranormal romance that I would recommend to readers of any age.