When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should.
Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an aethereal ideal.
December is my favorite month. I decorate every nook and cranny, whip us a storm in the kitchen, and gorge myself on holiday stories. Much to my delight, a group of my favorite authors collaborated on a series of Christmas tales this year. I kinda skipped around with the order, but no matter, it’s the magic of a special angel that ties each book together. I’m still dipping my toes into the historical trope, just recently discovering how wonderful they can be. Easton takes us back to 1750 in London where we meet two fetching men brought together in the most unusual manner.
Although they are quite different, both John and Alec are likable from the start. John is a large man, a bit rough around the edges, but he has a sweet and tender core. His job can be dangerous at times but it soothes a personal loss and gives him purpose. When he finds a magnificent sculpture discarded in the Thames, something shifts in him. He’s captivated by her, her story and soon enough, her creator. Alec was touched by an angel and vowed to take heed her advise. Pouring himself into his work and allowing his muse to take over, he’s become a successful artist. But that’s all he has. His art. When the relentless Bow Street Runner begins to court him, his eyes open and he suddenly understands what he’s missed before. Affection, friends, and the gentle touch of a lover…he wants all of them with a yearning he’s never felt before. But will his past destroy his future?
I’m always entranced by Easton’s stories and this time I was swept away with the grace and beauty of John and Alec. Alec thought he found love, only to have it thrown back in his face. But he was wrong. He might have been infatuated by the persuasive duke but he never truly loved him or in turn, was loved by him. John has never considered himself a romantic sort of fellow but Alec turns him inside out. He wishes to make him happy, care for him and above all, love him. I adored their delicate courtship. I couldn’t get enough of John’s household residents, each one special in their own way. And I simply melted with the wondrous powers of this elegant enchantment.
New experiences for both. Alec has never been with anyone before and John has never been with anyone he loved before. Their relationship is brisk but solid. I have no reservations that they will remain together, filled with joy by and by, for all time.
Are you looking for some holiday tales? Start here with this heavenly red-haired lady. She will take you on a passionate journey…and this is just the beginning.
Title: Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel #1)
Author: Eli Easton
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Buy Link: Amazon