The Christmas Angel Series Review Round-up

Christmas AngelChristmas Angel by Eli Easton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eli Easton kicks off this loosely interlinked series of festive romances with a truly beautiful historical set in the Georgian period of English history.

Giving the backstory to the Christmas Angel, her romance between a sculptor and a Bow Street Runner is chock full of lovely historical accuracy and all the feels as two men whose very proclivities could have seen them to the noose, fall in love.

I adored Alec but John Trent is a fabulous character, solid and strong, truthful and determined to be the one his artist can rely on.

It’s steamy but period appropriate and I loved the whole imagination behind the Angel’s creation. Mrs Simpson’s household of ‘deviants’ was an utter delight.

I can’t wait to follow the Angel on her travels through time in this wonderful series from some of my favourite authors.

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Summerfield's Angel (The Christmas Angel, #2)Summerfield’s Angel by Kim Fielding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This fabulous late 19th century New York set romance wonderfully follows up Eli Easton’s opener in this series of seven intertwined festive stories.

Xeno and Alby were a joy, I loved the depiction of 1800s New York and the Bowery, department stores and the YMCA which provided honest succour for the working man with no place of his own.

The Christmas Angel worked her magic here in a way which I felt was time period believable and I loved the Epilogue 🙂

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The Magician's AngelThe Magician’s Angel by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A murder mystery just after the turn of the 20th century brings the Christmas Angel to a small town in the middle of nowhere America and to a theatre struggling to survive.

This one wasn’t as sweet as the previous two have been, murder does put a damper on thriving relationship development, but it still had some lovely moments.

Edward was a lovely character, staid and practical and very much out of love with the family theatre. Christopher was a rogue of the best kind, the ones who are hoping to steal away someone’s love and make a family.

I guessed the whodunit pretty much from the off but it didn’t matter, the plot worked well and was cleverly revealed.

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Christmas HomecomingChristmas Homecoming by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every time I read a historical romance set in a period of war I want to just wrap my arms around the men who served but couldn’t be open about their sexuality.

How many of them lost a loved one they couldn’t openly mourn, like both Jack and Roger do here, and how many went to their deaths knowing their loved ones would suffer in silence.

Lori embeds this romance not only with that sense of loss, but also acknowledges those sacrifices with the characters of Floyd and Oskar, off page but important in the journey these men take back to each other.

This ends at the start of the 1950s and there was still a way to go, but the Epilogue felt completely believable to me – a happy Jack and Roger living their best lives under the radar as two war-damaged bachelors.

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A Soldier's WishA Soldier’s Wish by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Told in three distinct parts, N.R. Walker’s entry in the Christmas Angels series brings the story firmly into the remembered memories of Woodstock, the Vietnam War and a time before the rights of gay men were recognised the same as everyone else.

We’re in the heart of the New Age movement at the music festival which saw more than 400,000 people come together to celebrate peace.

Here is where Gary, a hippie on his way to the festival, first encounters soldier Richard. This section of the book is full of the heady joys of new love.

The central section is letters between the young men, a chilling insight into the horrors faced in the jungles of the Far East and the growing changes happening in the USA in and around San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

And then we get the rest of this powerfully emotional story, which I won’t spoil, other than to say it has all the things I expect from this author. There are strong female characters, there is some pain, there are all the feels and, finally just when you think she’s been forgotten, there is our Christmas Angel.

I loved everything about this romance, Gary and Richard’s youthful ideals, their fears of separation, their joys at reunion.

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Shrewd AngelShrewd Angel by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The superb sloooooow burn talents of Anyta Sunday, a retelling of one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies, throw away lines referencing one of my favourite musicals (Taming of the Shrew and Kiss Me Kate respectively) and our interfering Christmas Angel conspire to produce a genius festive romance.

Cliff and Pax are fabulous, there’s a whole host of wondrous secondary characters, the New Zealand setting is subtle and the nods to both the original source material and to the amazing MGM musical, made this one of my favourites in this completely brilliant series.

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Christmas Prince (The Christmas Angel #7)Christmas Prince by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is there anyone who hasn’t, at one time in their lives, wished to be in an old-fashioned fairy tale romance with a handsome Prince or Princess sweeping them off their feet?

If only for a little while until the reality kicks in that they’re not perfect and it takes just as much work to keep Prince Charming happy as it does Joe Bloggs that is.

In the final berry to this absolutely wonderful series, RJ Scott gives us a handsome Prince, a curator of European history, a tiny Principality on the French/Italian border, a family secret outed and a Christmas Angel who really does get herself involved in the meddling.

I wanted to read about Rafael and Marc forever 🙂


#ARCs kindly received from all the authors involved in this series in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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