Because of the special blog hopping go-round thingy, and my turn on Friday, I'm posting my angel report on Thursday instead. Come back tomorrow to check on my special project. And hey, my Monday post was posted on Sunday, so why not the Friday post on Thursday? I like to stick with a theme.
The Angel Blues by Cornelia Grey (23 pages)
Redemption by Clare London (22 pages)
Herbal Tea by H.J. Brues
Three stories each with a distinctly different theme this week.
The Angel Blues - Morgan is a stressed out cop who one night after a rough day suddenly finds a young man sitting on his window sill listening to blues with him. He's freaked out and paranoid but when Spencer keeps showing up in unexpected places and kind of disappearing he figures he's going nuts and doesn't believe Spencer's tales of being an angel but he keeps talking to him anyway. During a bust gone bad, Spencer breaks the rules and saves Morgan getting trouble, Morgan then realizes how hooked he is on Spencer. This was a great story with lots of slightly sarcastic exchanges between Spencer and Morgan, their banter was very appealing and you can see the positive effect Spencer has on Morgan and their connection beyond the physical. I quite enjoyed this one.
Redemption - Ziba works ... somewhere people go after they die. He's called a sponsor, he takes the newly dead and helps them work off their sins and earn redemption. He's looking for new recruits and finds Abdiel who has been cast there with no possibility of redepemption. He takes him on anyway, even though there is no way out. They get closer and share their stories of how they both became outcasts. It was quite a different story and is a bit complicated to describe, especially at the end, but still, really well written and a nice change from an angel interacting with a human as it's all set in the ... otherworld? I don't know the word. Pergatory? Non-religious person here, that's my excuse.
Herbal Tea - Douglas works for ... the FBI? Men in Black? Something like that, and he's sent to a herbalist shop to recruit the herbalist for ... something. So they get to talking and the herb guy is flirting his head off and makes a special tea for Douglas who's a curmudgeon but completely fascinated by the younger man. They basically chat about this and that and Gordon helps defend Justin's friend against an abusive ex and then he prepares to leave (after some smexin). (I'm still waiting to find the angel connection, the FBI connection, the recruitment connection.) On the street he sees Justin attacked by gay bashers and it seems Douglas is really an angel and he's not supposed to help but he tries to save him (he knew he was going to die) and then the psycho ex shows up with a gun and shoots them and then they are angels? And Justin was an angel? And now their partners (in a work way anyway), maybe? Waaaahhh. I was totally confused. It was all a bit hippy dippy for me but I enjoyed the part until he left the store, then I was totally lost. Oh well. I'm sure that kind of vague ending works for people and maybe I'm just slow.
So three quite different stories this time around from the usual human/angel pairing. Only 3 more to go and this spreading it out works. Gives me a break and the themes seem fresher a few days later.