A Lesser Evil; by E.M. Lynley

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Are you a fan of angel stories? How about demon stories. How about stories with a twist? If so, then I think you need to read ” by EM Lynley. I’ve been promising to read it for at least a month and with a host of deadlines, I just haven’t had the chance. Today I did.

First, the blurb: Blinded in a hate attack, painter Rowan McCall sells his soul to a demon to restore his sight, and his guardian angel’s arrival may do more harm than good.

Rowan McCall is about to start a new phase in his painting career with a one-man show at a prestigious San Francisco art gallery. His moment of triumph is snatched away and Rowan’s life changes forever. Left alone and suicidal, Rowan is determined to do anything to get his life back on track. He strikes a deal with an angel who’s all too willing to help him. Then Rowan discovers Tur’el is anything but an angel—he’s a demon. But he’s just desperate enough to go ahead with the bargain.

Zethan, Rowan’s guardian angel, arrives too late. In order to save Rowan’s soul, Zethan makes a deal of his own with Tur’el. With his sight restored and possessed by Tur’el, Rowan searches for Zethan on Earth.

Rowan is obsessed with capturing Zethan’s angelic beauty on canvas. When he meets a mortal who embodies the same beauty, Tur’el and Rowan are overjoyed. But finding Zethan again may prove deadly for all of them.

Wow! This story is a total departure from EM’s “norm.” Not only in subject matter, but in tone and technique as well. It is also a perfect example of a writer needing to know the rules before they break them. I know EM knows the writing rules from such wonderful stories as “Rarer than Rubies” and “Gingerbread Palace.” Now, with “A Lesser Evil,” I can see she can get away with breaking them.

The story is told in three distinct acts.

Act 1—The introduction of the mortal Rowan, a remarkable artist who has hit the art scene by painting gay versions of such classic paintings as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Fra Lippi’s The Annunciation. Then there is the horrible hate crime and Rowan trying to deal with the aftermath. Imagine, an artist, blinded!

Act 2—Is the introduction of her “paranormal” characters, an angle and a fallen angel turned demon. The story takes sudden shift here and it seems that in many ways, Rowan is all but forgotten. EM has created a whole new way of looking at the angle/demon mythology. Then, just as things really heat up….

Act 3—We are back with Rowan again and the consequences of Act 2–and wow are there some consequences–and some sexual heat that is off the chart.

And just as I thought we were about to get a very UNhappy ending…well, that would be telling wouldn’t it?

If you liked movies liked the movie “City of Angels,” you will love this book—especially because there is a much more satisfactory ending. Go! Buy the book!

Buy it direct from the publisher, Total Bound, Right Here: https://www.totallybound.com/a-lesser-evil
Of from Amazon, Right Here: http://www.amazon.com/A-Lesser-Evil-EM-Lynley-ebook/dp/B00D47QWVC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399685259&sr=8-1&keywords=em+lynley+lesser+evil

And Peace my Friends! May you meet angel (and demons) as sexy as these!
BG

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