Thursday, March 21, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - "Kiss An Angel" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
Wedding Day

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who's nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net... risking it all in search of a love that will last forever

Who knew that a story involving a scowling Russian, a circus, a tiger, an elephant, and a well-intentioned, if a little hapless heroine would equal one of the best contemporary romances I've ever read? 

Why is it so good? 
1. The characters.  Daisy is guileless, genuine, sweet and full of heart.  It is a great pleasure to watch her grow and evolve, to discover her meddle, her watch her self-esteem grow with each obstacle she overcomes.  Sometimes it is just about getting the chance to prove yourself.  Lovely. closed, like a steel trap.  After growing up with abuse, Alex is a very closed fellow.  In his mind, emotions equal pain.  He is convinced that he does not have the capacity to love.  Slowly but surely, his hardened shell starts crack in the face of Daisy's gentle onslaught of love. I love that he learns to laugh - that despite what his brain keeps telling him, his heart surfaces.  

2. I love that this whole story takes part in a circus - so unexpected.  My first thought was how could this not be goofy?  Instead, it is quirky. The secondary characters are strong and complete the story and not just the humans - Tater, the baby elephant and Sinjun, the tiger - play an important part in elevating the emotional impact of the story.  
3.  This book is not overly complicated.  The story is simple and it keeps the emotional develop pure.  It is all about the relationship. 

I simply did not want this book to end.  Ms. Phillips, can I have some more,  please?    

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