Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Claimed by Power by Zoey Ellis

Title: Claimed by Power
Author: Zoey Ellis
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Series: Empire of Angels Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisNot all angels are angelic…

Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core?

Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A powerful warrior angel meets a fiery woman and the results are explosive!

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Thea is barely holding it together. Her apartment is shabby, the work she's doing isn't exactly inspiring, and her best friend is the only real family she has left. But Thea does have a secret. She has the power to reach into people's minds and help to alter their emotions. It's not a cure-all to her problems, but it's something. That is, until she begins to see supernatural beings that no one else does...

Cam isn't happy to be tasked with training a half-angel who is just coming into her powers. He's even more irritated with the woman flat out refuses to listen to him. His new charge is feisty, independent,
and constantly rubs him the wrong way. It isn't just his patience that's wearing thin. His desire for her is becoming stronger than he could have ever predicted.

Eventually, Thea warms up to her training and Cam warms up to her. Their fighting together helps to strengthen their bond and their attraction to each other becomes undeniable. Yet, while this new and more sensual relationship is fulfilling in many ways, it comes with problems and leaves them both with questions about their future together. Oh, and there are also some demons to vanquish along the way. Lots of demons.

This book was a fun ride with ups and downs, hot and cold, light and heavy, a roller coaster of emotion. The start was a little shaky for me while I tried to get a feel for the characters but soon I was soaring through the digital pages and itching for our couple to finally come together. And when they did? Hello, fireworks.

This was a novella but I didn't feel as if it needed to be longer, as I sometimes do when reading shorter books. There was enough time for me to grow to care for our couple and plenty of character development happening. The angel and demon battles were sprinkled throughout the story with just the right amount of gore.

But the plot wasn't all fast-paced action, all the time. There was actually more down-time than anything. But in those quiet moments was when Cam and Thea's relationship really began to take form. Their not-always-so-subtle glances and the sensual tension that continued to pile up between them made for a really steamy read. The love scenes were incredibly hot and satisfying. For everyone. *wink*

In closing...
The ending left me smiling, but there is a hint of trouble on the way for our happy couple in the next book. For this installment, five demon-slaying suns!

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