Book Review: Veiled Memories

Heaven’s greatest warrior angel has fallen leaving his bonded-brother, Ilan, frustrated and confused. After finding a child Chayan placed in his care a new home, Ilan falls into a period of rebellion until his Master, Adiel, assigns him a guardian assignment to restore Lily and Bryan Erickson’s broken marriage. Having a pure heart, Lily is able to see him while other humans can’t. Vulnerable and intrigued, Ilan falls in love with his charge. He finds Lily’s wayward husband in a vacation house with another woman, and rising to the challenge, manages to show Bryan what he lost, but now Lily won’t talk to him. When she calls Ilan, late one night, his heart screams warning, but unable to resist her he answers the call. She awaits him in a candlelit room where Ilan watches afraid and unseen. If he accepts her invitation, he’ll be fallen in the morning. Unable to walk away, Ilan decides to make her his own until Eytan, the guardian of Lily’s unborn daughter, appears with the only argument that will stop him. A warrior is never sent on a guardian assignment. Something terrible lies ahead and Lily and Bryan must be together to stop it. Ilan doesn’t understand why he can’t see her future, but refuses to leave Lily’s safety to another. He veils her memories and works in earnest to re-forge the bond with the husband that didn’t want her. Bryan returns home, and the child is born while Ilan and Eytan watch and wait for an unknown battle to draw near.

Once again, I took on a book with no idea what I was getting into.  The description did state it was a paranormal romance, so I thought I had some idea.  This was nothing like what I expected.   This book goes onto my shelves with a smile, since the plot does not revolve around the romantic element.  Well, not that much around the romantic element.

Well paced, it definitely keeps you on your toes wondering what’s coming next.  A few times things felt just a touch rushed, but this is perfectly forgivable, as the scenes this happened in were scenes of chaos and destruction.  If things aren’t a bit rushed under those circumstances, I’m not sure when they would be.

The world building was minimal, as most of the story occurs right here at home.  Most of the scenes that draw from current reality had enough information to let you know it wasn’t in your own home town, yet left enough unsaid you could envision them occuring just about anywhere in the environment.  Such as the war-torn village, or the big cities.  The one time when a specific city was mentioned, there wasn’t enough detail for me to say “yes, this is it” or “this varies wildly from the actual city”.  Others who may have been there will probably have some more to say on that bit.

The character development was wonderful.  Complex, and fully developed characters definitely set the stage for this story.  There is a lot of introspection with the main characters, as they live through both the hum-drum of their regular lives and the unexpected upheavals of death and broken rules.  For some, the consequences are more dire, for others there is reward at the end.

While this book is part of a series, the story contained within its covers comes to a well rounded conclusion, and does not leave you hanging over the cliff waiting on the next one to arrive.  The only difficulty I had with the book wasn’t with the story, but with the formatting.  I was given a PDF file, and those don’t reflow so well for screen size, so there were places with large gaps in the text, or chapter titles on the wrong page.  Not something that jarred me out of the story, though.  Overall, a nice 4 out of 5 stars.  Once it hits the shelves, I may take a second look at the formatting issues, and if they are corrected in the reader apps, will be giving back the last star.  Well done!

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