Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
Sky Heavensent, an angel of death, is charged with the collection of souls of the recently departed. Known to his peers and immediate supervisor, the archangel Gabriel, as the liability, Sky puts his heart and soul into everything he does.
When he meets Caleb Pierce, Sky is immediately smitten. The problem is Caleb is the soul he came to earth to harvest, and saving him means breaking one of the most sacred angelic directives.
Already in too deep, Sky pushes aside the consequences and follows his heart. Danger and mayhem follow, but he will do everything in his power to protect his lavender-eyed man.
Lavender Fields by Natalina Reis is one of those stories readers are going to be effusive in their praise after reading it or like me, sit back, reflecting on the jarring issues that left the story a bit well, earthbound.
It does have some promising characters that pulled me initially into the story. Sky Heavensent is a angel of death, but every bit of a uncoordinated, klutzy mess. He means well but somehow he ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and causes Heaven and his superiors no end of trouble. He wanted to be a Guardian Angel but his actions forced him into the position of Angel of Death, a nice touch.
When he goes to collect his next soul, of course, Sky does the opposite of his chosen duty and all sorts of unfortunate things start to happen.
There is a great promise here. Reis has something endearing characters with Sky, Caleb and his sister. She almost makes the instant love thing work here with the angels can fall in love with a glance explanation. The follow up storyline with the charm of the human characters and their interaction with Sky was thoroughly enjoyable. Even that bit with Gabriel, Sky’s frustrated and irritated superior.
However, there is another entire side plot that for me took away from the sweetness and lovely details the author had been laying out. In this section, it’s as though Natalina Reis wasn’t sure how to handle parts of her story. We have a villain that’s weak for all the intended repercussions. Certainly Heaven is more on top of things than this? Huge holes abound here. Plus instead of a resolution or explanations that would give the reader some form of satisfaction at the end about what happens to certain characters, we are given a “they were dealt with”. Not once but two or three times. That’s well, insert your adjective. How do you not tell us what happened to the villains here? What were their punishments? Nope, nada. Only the charm of the characters saved this story from falling farther under a 3 star rating because there more even more narrative holes with that ending as well.
If you are a true lover of angels and romance, then I expect you will need to add this one to your collection. The same goes if you are a fan of Natalina Reis. Lavender Fields is a sweet romance if you can overlook some issues with the story and the writing and unfortunately for me, towards the end I just couldn’t.
Cover art is your typical angel sort of thing, doesn’t really stand out in the angel field.
Sales Links: Amazon
ebook, 204 pages
Published July 15th 2017 by Hot Tree Publishing