Title: Sweet Sacrifice
Author: L.D. Rose
Genre: Fantasyy/ Paranormal
Blurb: Former navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.
As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.
The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?
Excerpt: Bash’s gaze caught on a couple on the dance floor, the sight of her sinking into him like hooks and bringing him to a standstill.
With her dark curls springing over her shoulders, she spun across the hardwood, her pale gray dress flowing around her. Much like in his recent vision of her, she tipped her head back and laughed, beautiful, stunning, her smile as bright as the yellow calla lilies tucked in her hair. She swayed with a man in dress whites, a Marine, another fucking soldier she didn’t belong with. And as the rain of realization became a downpour of comprehension, he remembered the engagement, where Claude proposed to Lucille—at their wedding—right before Bash left for another tour of Afghanistan.
“Bash?” Gabriel stepped in front of him, blocking his view, pale eyes narrowed.
Bash’s hand slammed into Gabriel’s chest, pushing him away as he lurched forward. Gabriel reacted faster, though, snatching his arm and wrenching him back at least four feet. Bash lunged again and the Arc’s hand fisted in his white button-down shirt.
“Don’t,” Gabriel growled, all humor draining from his angular face and setting his expression in stone. “Do not.”
Bash’s heart punched at the angel’s fist, every fiber of his being burning with the urge to run to her, to wrap his arms around her and feel her body against his one more time. Envy, rage, longing, and sadness blasted through him in a toxic tornado of emotion ready to whip this place into oblivion.
He nearly ground his molars into pulp. “Let. Me. Go.”
“You are dead, Sebastian. You’re no longer part of this world. All you’ll do is bring her pain, bring yourself pain. Don’t do this.” Twin streams of air whistled from the Arc’s nostrils as he shook his head. “I should’ve never brought you here.”
Bring him pain? More pain than he’d already endured? No.
Review by Amber: I am going to give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is another wonderful book in the Soulmate Tree series, where the tree actually takes more of an active role in the plot.
WE get to meet Sebastian, who was recently raised up from Purgatory and is having a hard time adapting to becoming and Arc Angel. He is paired with the Arc Angel Gabriel, while he is in training. He feels like a failure when he is hunting for daemons, since the particular demon he is hunting keeps eluding him.
The author does a great job of showing his frustration, his feeling of worthlessness, and his awe and confusion he feels around Michael. Things get worse for him when he is forced to go to a wedding with Gabriel to get his mind off his recent failure and sees his wife.
There is no way he can stay away from her, and violates one of the biggest rules of angels, don’t reconnect with your past. His wife Irene has been suffering ever since her husband was killed in the war. When she sees Sebastian at the hotel she is staying at, where he caught her after she threw herself of the balcony of the hotel, she believes she is having a psychotic break. The love between these two people is strong enough to conquer even death.
Sebastian finds that he cannot just leave her after one night, although that does put her at risk from the demons and other nasties that he is fighting. This is brought to reality when the demon that he was hunting takes on her shape and he finds himself unable to kill it.
When he is going to be honored by becoming a full Arc Angel, he is thrown into turmoil. He will have no freedom and will constantly be fighting. When he is caught with his wife, he is brought before the angels for judgement. Irene does not expect him back, and the soulmate tree appears bidding her to climb. She tries to throw herself into the river from the branches but finds herself back in bed. When her husband appears and both are drowning, the tree offers a root to help them up.
One of my favorite moments is when he kneels in front of her at the ocean and tells her that he would love over everything. If he had a choice he would stay with her forever.
What I found a little difficult is the fact she believed it was her husband almost right away. But other than that, it was a great read with deep emotions flowing through it. Friendships, romance, confusion, and duty before love.
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Author Bio and Links: L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.
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