Saturday, December 06, 2008

Review: Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone
Publish Year: 1996
Number of Pages: 373
Sensuality Rating: Hot
Part of a Challenge: 2008 Winter Reading Challenge (#4 Read a Book that has an Arrange Marriage or Marriage of Convenience)


Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don’t happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little featherhead with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down travelling circus and sets out to tame her his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who’s nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying across a safety net… risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.


Aren't all romances clich├ęs? That's true for Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Kiss an Angel. But in its own way, the novel is a gem because of its underlying unique perspective.

In truth, I’ve put off reading this book for quite a long time. Although I love the marriage of convenience type of plot, I didn’t have an idea of how a sweet society girl will fair with a tough and intimidating Russian brooding guy and how these characters will play out with a marriage of convenience plot. And a story set in a circus? This, to some, might not be a promising plot.

But if anyone can make this unlikely scenario work, it's Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Let me begin by saying that after reading the first few pages of the book, I already had a feeling that Kiss an Angel will be a definite keeper. But then again, I’ve always enjoyed reading a story of impossible love, of two people who are totally wrong for each other ending up totally who the other one needed, and in this book, this scenario was very well done.

Alex and Daisy are both wonderful characters. In the beginning, some might hate Alex because of his rough and intimidating attitude towards Daisy. But given the circumstances behind their marriage, you can’t really blame him for acting that way. Daisy also doesn’t hold a strong opinion of her husband and considers Alex to be an overbearing monster.

But then as the story unfold, you’ll witness how Daisy will worm her way inside Alex’s gruff exterior and how she will transform and overcome her own weaknesses. It’s fun watching Daisy learn to cope with her new setting and yes, she will capture your heart. The strength of her character was very endearing and I admire her because of her capacity to love and forgive her husband. And it's just as fun watching Alex learn to laugh. The novel doesn’t only tell a love story but it’s also a wonderful story of personal growth, filled with humor, emotion, and some pretty sexy love scenes.

As a reader, I enjoyed the journey that Alex Markov and Daisy Devreaux went through in their quest to find themselves and the true meaning of love. I've wept and enjoyed touching moments in other books, but this was written in a way that somehow felt like I was directly involved in the story. It is funny and sad, hopeful and heartbreaking, all at the same time. One page you'll be laughing out loud, and then the next page you're heart will wrench, and the next page you'll be crying real tears.

I recommend this book not only to fellow romance lovers but also for those who suffered trauma in their life. It may have been written simply, but this book does have so many brilliant insights that made it a powerful, touching and healing novel.

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