Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Dinner is overcooked. The guests haven’t arrived. And Luke is sitting alone at his dining table on New Year’s Eve. He was hoping to romance Nathan, one of the people he invited for this intimate evening meal.
As midnight draws closer, it seems an angel, who has magically appeared in Luke’s apartment, is the only person to drink champagne and watch the fireworks with.
But this angel has other ideas. He’s about to grant Luke the New Year’s Eve party he thought he wanted.
It is highly possible that I will be in the minority about this holiday short but it wasn’t what I was expecting. At first, I felt bad for Luke, who is sitting at his table with chicken drying out in the oven and no one present at his party. He has invited his crush, Nate, Nate’s best friend, Lucy, and the annoying guy who has a crush on him, Tim. As he is sitting wallowing about how now he can’t make his move on Nate, his guardian angel, Guy, shows up, complete with wings on his back. I did laugh at Luke’s reaction.
“You passed out. Your face landed squarely on your plate.”
I do have to mention editing – that sentence in the book reads “…you’re plate…”
So what his angel does is bring him the party he wanted, with Nate and Lucy and Tim. The thing is, I felt really bad for Tim because I thought Luke was pretty awful to him. “Luke, I’m going home. I’m making you uncomfortable at your own party, and that’s the last thing I want to do.” Then I felt like the whole thing was a lecture. The definition of infatuation, what constitutes stalking and some oddly phrased dialogue. “I was on my way to another party, but something made me drop in. It was like a mystical force drove me here.” It just didn’t fit with the way Tim spoke previously. And I just kept feeling bad for Tim. “A better body, but not the one I craved.” It’s fantasy yes, but it’s convoluted about Luke’s feelings. I just didn’t get any feel of a connection. It’s a beginning, maybe, so hopeful.
The cover design is the standard NineStar Press is using for their holiday collection. It is pretty but not specific to this story.
Published December 10th 2018 by NineStar Press
Original Title Midnight Angel
Edition Language English