- Format: Kindle Edition
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- Print Length: 288 pages
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- Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (27 May 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0086WG6N4
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Falcon's Angel (A Cardiff Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Recommended to t'irla ~The BookSlayer~ by: Gotta have Read2Review/Beta read group
Recommended for: Lovers of Romance with a historical element
Read in November, 2012
Something a bit different in a genre that can tend to formula. Get ready for a fast moving story that brings the past into the present in a very unique way.
Everyone wants Sacha Angelina Cardiff, classical violinist and daughter of a dynasty.
Falcon wants the Stradivarius in her possession, and goes undercover to track down a thief. However, he is not the only killer in search of the violin.
il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, wants revenge for a past only they can remember.
Angelina wants to go unrecognized when she leaves her family's Yorkshire estate to play in a symphony in Italy. But the Stradivarius, a gift from the Maestro, her deceased instructor, opens a door to hatred that is centuries old.
It isn't long before Angelina is the target of a mugging on the streets of Naples. She pulls an odd earring out of her attacker's ear as Falcon rescues her. The earring, a stylized dragon made of rubies, turns out to be a symbol for a mythical beast.
Falcon and Angelina are destined to relive the cycle of murder and mayhem if they don't solve the mystery of the rubies.
This is one special assignment that must be completed before il Dragone gets what they want.
I volunteered to read this book for a Kick's R2R/Beta reading group. This author was new to me and I went into it having no idea what I was getting into.....well it was a fast ride that started in the present and took us back 200 years and then ended up in the present. It showed us a love that was so strong and enduring it traveled threw time. This book is an example that love is so strong it can manifest itself on so many levels. Now I have read in other reviews that they feel this was a case of "insta-love" but I do have to dispute this...This love started both in the present and in the past (view spoiler). I am a huge fan of lasting love and a story that is written about it that isn't cheesy or too over the top and Danita Minnis certainly did this. Miss Minnis is a fairly new writer and there were a few things that could have made the story a bit easier to get into. The novel started off quickly and with little background so for the first several pages it was confusing and you couldn't get your bearings. Her transitions from present to past was again abrupt and I felt myself falling out of the story to figure out what is going on...Same thing happened when we transitioned back to the present from the past. Perhaps a beta read would have helped smooth this out. I enjoyed the characters of Angelina and Falcon a lot...perhaps Angelina was a tad too sweet but she was sheltered and pretty innocent until let loose in Italy. Falcon was everything you could want in an alpha assassin with a soft spot for his Angel.
I give this book a sold 3 star rating and know that we will be hearing from Danita Minnis in the future. I can't wait to see what else she writes. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review your book Danita. I would recommend this to those you like a love story/Romance which lasts throughout time.
By Danita Minnis
In a world that is forever in flux between the past and present a great love story abides between Falcon and Sasha or Angelina, his Angel. She goes by several names as he does. They are in Yorkshire, England and Italy most of the time but there is a lot of travel between times and places. Although their names change between time periods from the 1780's till the present, it is not difficult to find them. They are always together.
Falcon is an aristocrat that has turned into an assassin to accomplish his quest to annihilate an extreme evil. This evil is il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, he remembers from his dreams. He has been on the trail of a stolen Stradivarius for ten years. His boss is certain that a certain young lady that plays this instrument is the thief. Falcon is not so sure and decides he has to get up close and personal to find out why this beautiful young lady would be a thief.
Angel was born in the aristocracy too but prefers her violin music to anything until Falcon enters into her life. Her dreams torment her of a terrifying fire where she is consumed to claustrophobic dreams of being literally enclosed. Her fears seem about to envelope her into insanity until Falcon. He seems so familiar to her and they can't seem to leave each other alone. Her only passion was her violin music but now it has a different flavor when he plays piano with her violin. The passion between them turns into a raging inferno and consumes them until they find themselves in a lot of trouble from outside sources.
The main antagonist is a cult that worships a dragon. The story weaves them through a labyrinth with a dragon on their trail ready to eat them with his fiery head. Other dangers await with the cult members trying to murder them.
Without warning you are on beautiful estates that have withstood the sands of time. The beautiful descriptions of these estates keep you intrigued. Their memories and trials take them on a cross-country hunt for these people evil people.
Next we are back into danger again. The dragon's blood gives the cult extraordinary powers. They can disappear and appear as shadows on the walls. Falcon and Angel battle these powers of evil over several centuries. Their determination and love keeps the story going, so from cover to cover you can't wait to find out what happens next. It has a passion and mystery that ignites your blood.
I was moved by the personalities of the characters from the heroine finding her own strength and power to the hero that only grows more powerful in his time. The characters are myriad and complex in their intensities. The poetic descriptions were beautiful and moved the story along gracefully. The music in the story only strengthened the characters personalities and added color and depth. They form a basic tale of love conquering time and place. I was very moved by the lover's story.
I love the Paranormal and Regency England so I was in heaven with this beautiful tale. I hope to find more of this author's books on the shelves soon. I give this book a rating of five stars out of five. It was an enjoyable read. Linda Hays-Gibbs, Reviewer
I really loved this book. It was so far out of my usual reading area in every way, if I hadn't caught a teaser when Danita was on a blog tour, I don't know if I ever would have had the interest in reading it (or met her!). But Danita was kind enough to give me a copy and I'm so glad I got to read it.
This is the kind of book that's like chicken soup or a bowl of your favorite ice cream Maybe something you thought you grew out of a long time ago, but... then the story draws you in, and it's so comfortable and wonderful that a night curled up with it can cure even the most stressful day. FALCON'S ANGEL is old-fashioned in the best kind of way: the story, the characters, the conflicts. Yet while they're elements we've all seen before and might not seek out nearly enough anymore -- you're really missing out if we don't try out a big helping of FALCON'S ANGEL.
I can't explain exactly what took me away in this story. It's not paranormal in the usual sense, though it has a thread of occult mystery, the steam level is fairly tame compared to my usual preferred height, the heroine isn't as kick ass as I prefer. And yet, somehow... I was just charmed throughout. Angelina was sweet and naive, but not TSTL or annoying most of the time. I felt for her as she learned difficult lessons about life and the world. Falcon might have been too good to be true... and yet I just enjoyed his uber-macho male company. I think I just have to credit Ms. Minnis' simple, poetic writing style in transporting me through a story that might have lost me very early on. As we learn more about the characters pasts, we understand a lot more about who they are now.
The setting of the story certainly doesn't push you away. Europe comes to life in Ms. Minnis' world, and all the romance it entails. The twists as the story progresses only pull you in deeper, and the mysteries of the old world setting certainly don't hurt.
I think my only complaints might be that Angelina's and some of the other characterizations were a little uneven. One minute Angelina seems to be developing into a strong young woman, the next she reverts to what seems like a very young teenager. I think that might just be something Ms. Minnis will learn to balance out in the future -- it's really just a matter of practice, and it's not uncommon to find this kind of flaw in a first novel. The same is true of some of the pacing problems... there are some slow spots in the story, and areas where it feels like major backstory is missing both for characters and the current situation. Most of it is filled in eventually, but the reader can feel a little lost at times in the beginning. The historical section can get very complicated and twisted if you don't pay close attention to how things develop -- but I'm not even sure that's a negative, as opposed to just my being lazy!
This may all sound like damning with faint praise, but I really did like this book a lot. I looked forward to getting into bed at night with it and seeing how it would unfold next, what would happen with our heroine and hero in the end. I certainly look forward to seeing what happens next in the Cardiff Novels, and where Ms. Minnis takes her career!
This book is about Angel and Falcon, and their fight against Il Dragone. It starts out with Angel having a violin that Falcon thinks she stole. They fall in love, and then she finds out he is/was investigating her and runs right to the enemy. He hits his head and then remembers his past life with her. He then rescues her from Il Dragone and she runs away from him back to England, where her parents (also have connected past lives that they remember). Mostly the rest of the book is him helping her remember her past life with him.
For the most part I really liked this book. There were a few times that I got confused and had to go back, I also would have preferred more information on certain things. Like what exactly is Angel's power? And what exactly is il Dragone? How do the remember there past lives, when the others don't? I also would have liked the herione to be a little more active, it seems like she just stepped back and let Falcon do it all. ALso I do not believe that she would have been quite so caliver about almost dying.
All that said, again I liked the book. It was a nice story, and if it is going to be a series a good start.
The only issue I had with the book was that I had to re-read a couple paragraphs in the beginning so that I could follow along, especially the opening scene introducing us to Falcon/Armand.
However once I got about 50 pages into the book, I couldn't stop reading. That being said is why I have decided to give it 4 stars. The author held my attention with a lot of action and challenges that the main characters had to work through. I enjoyed the romance between Angel and Armand and overall I liked it.