I've finally found the time to read--well, at least a little bit--between writing and editing and childbots and the neverending succession of birthday parties and holidays this time of year. I had been wanting to check out J.S. Wayne's work, because of the great reviews he's received and because of those awesome book covers! I mean, who could resist....
I started with Wayne's story "Angels Would Fall":
Moradiel collects souls for the angel of death and has been charged to collect Ariel's soul one fateful night. The angel finds himself mysteriously attracted to Ariel, and saves her from impending death. Their relationship blossoms from there. It's hard often times to find a quick read that's got all the bells and whistles: believable characters with believable emotions and motivation, a well-built world and, let's not forget, hot romance. Angels Would Fall accomplishes all of this and more! Wayne is a great writer who creates a lush, sensual world from word one. This is definitely an author to follow.
Then I read "Angels of the Morning" and was just as pleasantly rewarded as I was with "Angels Would Fall". This is a brief look into the lives of Aurora and Benoth, heavenly spouses separated when Benoth was cast downward after choosing the wrong side in a heavenly battle. The two have finally found time to meet secretly, much to Aurora's joy. I loved this story because it was filled with all sorts of references to the greater world Wayne has built with this series, and the couple's reunion sex is smokin' hot! I want more!