24 March 2015

Angel (Manhattan Ten #4) by Lola Dodge

 Simply unforgettable…and wildly dangerous.

Angelina Márquez’s perfect memory recall makes her ideally suited to manage the Manhattan Ten superhero crew, a task that sometimes borders on insanity. Still, the price of being everything to everyone is high.

A recruiting trip to UCLA does nothing to cure her chronic insomnia. Intel indicates someone in the L.A. Pack may be harboring anti-super sentiment. On top of that, she’s sent to retrieve a straight-out-of-the-jungle panther shifter being detained at LAX.

Tequani was looking forward to visiting his hero brother, but when civilization unexpectedly brings out his claws, he’s court-ordered to stick with Angel while his paws are on U.S. soil. He’s fully prepared to be bored out of his skull—except Angel’s talents and beauty fill the vacant places in his soul.

Angel can’t seem to stop Quan from burning himself into her mind, right down to the exact dimensions of his abdominals. But when they fall into a trap, survival means pooling every one of their talents. A move that could balance their souls…or throw their hearts into dangerous chaos.

Warning: Feeding panther-shifters results in territorial behavior and steamy displays of affection. Be on the lookout for claw marks, love bites and heavy petting.
I haven’t read the previous four books in the Manhattan Ten series (Yes, this is #4 and there are four previous books), but the blurb about this one intrigued me. Quite honestly, I liked the book at the beginning but it didn’t take long before Angel and Quan got on my nerves. I had to force myself to finish the book.

Flashbacks are great for information or for emphasis, but when there are tons of them and they won’t quit, it jars me out of the story. And in this book, sometimes that would happen several times a page. And on almost every page there was some sort of flashback. Now, I understand that in this case, that probably could not be changed – after all, it’s part of who Angel is. However, between the constant flashbacks – because she has perfect recall and keeps recalling things – and the fact the past to present to past tenses within the flashbacks quickly became too much, it felt like dragging myself through sludge to finish the book.

Her characterization is good. Angel and Quan made themselves known as to who they were very quickly. The world of super heroes and shifters was confusing, but I think if I’d started with book one that it might make more sense. However, I do have a hard time with heroines who think they can do everything – and Angel truly seems to think she can. It is unfortunately, common in today’s lit and is not my cup of tea.

The secondary characters all seemed to have their own agendas and to be honest, there was too much going on for such a short book. 


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