Friday, November 11, 2022

Book Review: Imperfect Angel

Can anyone believe it is almost Thanksgiving already?! I am not nearly ready, I literally finished putting Halloween up yesterday, and I only have 2 of my 4 main trees up. Don't come at me, I am a Christmas fan. 

Imperfect Angel - Christi Barth

Three days ago, all Maisy Norgate had was a stack of bills, about a gazillion jobs, and her sunny-as-hell outlook. Now, thanks to an uncle she never knew about, she’s inherited an ornate skeleton key with absolutely no idea what it’s for—or why she has it. Which is exactly when a ridiculously handsome guy claiming to be an angel shows up at her door and all hell breaks loose…

Nephilim Rhys Boyce cannot believe that Maisy is the new Keeper of the Key. Why would anyone bequeath this warm, bubbly redhead the key to Hell? And to make matters worse, she’s given the key to the first person who asked for it. A demon. Yep, Maisy is determined to make his job—not to mention some seriously inconvenient temptation—as hard as possible.

First a half angel with a very human chip on his shoulder must find a way to convince Maisy that angels and demons do exist. Then Rhys will have to break the really bad news…that she might have accidentally ended the world.

There are a bunch of things I automatically love about this book, it's a paranormal romance and it involves nephilim, and it's a romance. Have I mentioned that I love romance, and nephilim? I am on a paranormal kick anyways with all of the podcasts I've been listening to, but now I have this and I am set. 

We have a super ordinary, unusually (and obnoxiously) happy Maisy who, by all counts should be feeling rather down on life, isn't letting life get the best of her. Nope. All of a sudden she inherits things from an uncle she never knew she had (seriously, I would be lying if I said I'm hoping I have a relative I never knew I had leave me something awesome in their death because that seems to work out well for people). But when someone asks for a random ass key, in a stash of stuff you don't know anything about, you just hand it over, right? Sure. 

Except along comes Rhys, ridiculously handsome Rhys, who happens to be nephilim (which is half angel for the newbies in the back) , and he's annoyed. To say the least. Not just because this cluess, happy human is the one who was given the key, but because she has no idea the importance of it and she managed to hand it off to a demon... which is worst case scenario, to put it lightly. Now Rhys and Maisy have to work together to you know, save the world and all that, which is the best because their uncomfortable but undeniable attraction is at the forefront of everything. Him learning that feelings aren't the worst, and Maisy beginning to panic/worry actually made him worry more (and as a reader, I was really worried for her), and them exploring the opposite feelings than they were used to was interesting and fun. 

I thought this was fun and funny, a definite break in the romance I had been reading, and a great jump back into paranormal romance. I liked that he was impossibly grumpy, but clearly wanted her and gave her steamy kisses throughout. They were truly exact opposites coming together, enemies to lovers, if you will. I appreciate that the arguing and banter were the way they communicated love, it reminds me of my husband and I. I often say, "you're on my damn nerves" when really I mean "I completely love you even when you're on my damn nerves". I always know the difference and when he says similar things, I know its endearment in his own way and its one of my favorite things about him. 

Overall? I really liked this one. I'd give it a 4.5 star rounded to 5. The things I didn't like were really minor and I think were more of a me thing so they aren't worth mentioning, and not enough to really knock a star off. I really enjoyed this and I'd like to see more of these characters, or maybe more from this world, perhaps. I will definitely read more from Christi Barth though, so I've got that. 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for having me on this tour and sending me a copy for review! 

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