Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review & Blitz: Sweet Sacrifice by L.D. Rose

Title: Sweet Sacrifice
Author: L.D. Rose
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Soul Mate Tree (Book Nine)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisFormer 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?

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.


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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What a great story about second chances!

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This is now the third book I've read of this series and I must say that every one has impressed me so far. Each book is written by a different author but all with the same soul mate theme. This one was a paranormal romance whereas the others were contemporary or historical so there is certainly a variety of sub-genres available.

In this story, we have Irene, a widow who is having a hard time moving on after the death of her husband. She has a lot of regrets about the condition of their marriage just before he died and her best friend's upcoming wedding is just another painful reminder of the marriage she lost and the man who is gone. That is, until a little girl puts a spark of hope back into her life.

Bash might have sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers but it's the loss of his wife that hurts the most. And it's even worse knowing she still exists on the same planet he now roams while hunting demons. So when he spots her again, it goes against everything in his angelic being to stay away from her. Even if it costs him his immortal future, he will do anything to have just one more moment with the woman he loves.

This was a nice read. I have a love/hate relationship with angel and demon themed stories. If there is too much background given on the angels and their duties, I tend to lose interest. I'm just not into reading religious books and some of them get way too into that element of of the story. I'm happy to say that this one doesn't do that. There is mention of archangels and some backstory but it isn't loaded down with it. There was a good balance.

The plot moves steadily along and I was happy to see the romance didn't take long to come into play. Since our couple know each other and had a prior relationship, there is an emotional bond already existing. I love reading second chance stories because we get to skip straight to the good parts.

And boy does this romance have some good parts. *wink* There is a good amount of naughty time happening. I think our couple's first reunion was by far my favorite scene of the whole book. It literally gave me chills. I could easily see this turned into a movie and that scene would be a powerful one.

In closing... 
I am definitely open to reading more books in this series. I've yet to be disappointed. 4.5 suns!

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