Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.
Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven Harry to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.
In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?
Familiar Angel by Amy Lane might be one of those “its not you, it’s me” things. I’m in totally unfamiliar territory here (no pun intended) because I’ve never felt less connected to a story than I did here with that of Harry and his angel Suriel. It’s been bothering me to no end to get to the heart of why because first it’s Amy Lane (insert surprise face emoji). That’s never happened before. I felt such a detachment towards a story that had so many elements that should have had my had my emotions all caught up, zip tied and locked in.
There was child trafficking, child prostitution and abuse, magic, demons (yes, I absolutely find them far more interesting than angels) and the potential for love forever lost. All great! I did zero in on the angel aspect as part of my issue with the storyline. Angels are not high on my list when looking at plotlines, not until they fall, and then they have to do some scrambling to draw my attention. Usually I just avoid the heck out of them. But Amy Lane? I don’t avoid her… ever! So into Familiar Angel I dove. I dunno. I think the angels won here.
I found Suriel whinny and his explanation as to why he couldn’t be with Harry full of holes. I liked Harry but honestly wished he could have moved past his initial “angel worship” because their interactions and dynamics got old and repetitive. Harry’s two other ‘brothers’ and their chosen mates I found far more fascinating than the main couple here.
I liked the family that the author created to surround Harry, Edward, and Francis. That goes for the evil that’s chasing the boys and the way in which he gets dealt with. Francis and Edward especially seem to have so much depth and promise, that I can’t wait to read their stories. At least I think that’s where Amy Lane is heading here. Francis deserves to have his HEA so I hope the author gives him one.
Other readers will pick this story up and love the romance between Harry and Suriel. They might find it sweet and magical and, just what they are looking for. But for me…I’ll look backwards to those stories I loved and forwards to the new Amy Lane
Cover art by Reese Dante. Something about that cover is off just like the story. The cat should be more alleycat, leaner, harder like Harry. Again, it’s me, not you. *Shakes head*