Title: Bedeviled Angel
Author: Annette Blair
Series: Works Like Magick #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Magic, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 20th – 22nd May 2020
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: I’m glad you’re here.
At the Works Like Magick employment agency in Salem, Massachusetts, matching clients in need with magical temps is a piece of cake, especially when the temp happens to be heaven-sent…
When Queisha Saint-Denis agreed to be a surrogate mother for a jet-setting – but childless – couple, she never dreamed she’d see a return on her fit. Literally. But now she’s looking at two adorable orphans, who come with a lot of baggage: there’s a battle brewing over who “inherits” them and their huge fortune, plus an unwanted (and alarmingly attractive) guardian, whom she’s sure has been hired by the duelling family members to keep an eye on her more than the children.
Chance Godricson is keeping an eye on Queisha. In fact, he’s her guardian angel. Ever since he gave his life to save hers, Chance has felt an undeniable connection to Queisha. And now that he’s back on Earth, in her house, surrounded by two scene-stealing moppets and a woman he finds irresistible, Chance is about to discover that helping Queisha and still staying angelic is not going to be easy…
I had honestly expected the second book in this series to be about Jayden and Vivica. After all, he’s the second dragon brother to rock up in Naked Dragon. Instead, it is about a character that I didn’t even know was likely to show up. And I wasn’t in the slightest bit disappointed. After all, Queisha and Chance turn out to be a lovely couple and you just can’t but fall for them. Over and over and over again.
There is nothing like a flawed heroine to make you fall in love. And, normally, these flaws seem to come in the shape of some tragic past that makes the characters prickly and somewhat difficult. Untrusting. Something like that. Queisha has had a tragic past, and there’s a fair bit of mystery that gets unravelled throughout this story. But what I really loved is that her flaw is so unlike that of any other character so far – she’s an agoraphobe. Dealing with a mental illness amongst the rest of the storyline was a brilliant way to create a new character. I feel like I need more stories with mental health being the flaw, rather than trust or some form of more aggressive response.
Amongst a fallen angel and an agoraphobe with some skeletons in the closet, Blair managed to throw in two gorgeous little girls. The fact that one carries the same name as me of course just made them all the more loveable. Amongst some more serious, seductive moments throughout this story, there are these gorgeous sparks of humour and fun that the twins bring to life. It also makes a fun, ready-made family story that doesn’t have all the messiness of pregnancy, hormones and new borns…
Bedeviled Angel is a sweet and easy read. It’s one that has this constant threat of destruction to the happiness of everyone hanging over their heads. A threat implicit in the removal of the twins to a new guardian, the loss of Chance when he gets his wings back… everything in this story, every happiness is under threat. Which, of course just makes you rip through it all the quicker. Just so you can be sure that there is actually a happily ever after at the end…