Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Angel Bait (Angel Assassins, #1) by Tricia Skinner

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance (F+W Media)
Publication Date: February 18, 2013
ISBN 10: 1-4405-6515-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6515-1
eISBN 10: 1-4405-6516-3
eISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6516-8
Number of pages: 140
Word Count: 65,000
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Saved by the angel sent to kill them, four half-angel boys are trained and employed as Heaven’s assassins. Jarrid and his nephilim brothers are raised as members of The Eternal Order, and must enforce Heaven’s laws by hunting down those who defy the Directorate.

His only shot at freedom is Ascension, but his employers won’t permit the ancient ritual. Then Jarrid learns a Renegade angel is in Detroit. Such a high-level take­down is the answer to his prayers—all the leverage he needs to Ascend.

For freedom, Jarrid is willing to do anything to lure his elusive enemy out of hiding.

Even use an innocent woman as bait.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an angel outlaw wants her dead. She agrees to help Jarrid, the enigmatic nephilim with penetrating silver eyes and a worship-worthy body, but only because he accepts her terms. He’s her all-access pass into the city’s supernatural underworld where she hopes to locate her mother’s killer.

Blind­sided by Ionie's beauty and tenacity, Jarrid soon finds the eternity-old glacier around his heart thawing. With duty and desire at war within him, he’s forced to make a choice—either save Ionie from the trap he snared and stay chained to Heaven, or allow her to become collateral damage.

Tricia Skinner set the bar ridiculously high with her debut novel, Angel Bait . I even searched under the assumption that she was potentially a seasoned writer publishing under a pseudonym. Her writing style was remarkable. I felt engrossed throughout the entire story mostly due to her ability to generate a varying amount of clarity, pace, and flow – but mainly it was her extraordinary vivid descriptions. The author never broke stride in the story; the character and world development came naturally though dialogue. All of the characters were given equal treatment – with interesting quirks and great dialogue.

Only one suggestion – and you probably have already heard this but, WRITE FASTER

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author:

After spending several years as a newspaper reporter and corporate communications director, Tricia Skinner cast off traditional journalism for the freedom of novel writing. ANGEL BAIT is her urban fantasy romance debut. Her reading tastes are all over the place, but she’s mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

In those rare moments when she’s not writing, Tricia is a newbie “green” practitioner, a fitness procrastinator, and a technology geek. She is a mother and a wife. Her family includes two Great Danes.

Tricia stays active in various writing communities. She’s the Web Editor for Pony Express(ions), the online literary journal of the Masters of Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University; a volunteer with SMU’s The Writers Path; the Newsletter Editor and a Mud Puddle Critique Group moderator for the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America. . In December 2012 she received a master’s degree with a Creative Writing focus from SMU.

She welcomes correspondence from readers.

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Twitter: @KaziWren


  1. I left my original "thank you" on Goodreads, but seeing the actual coffee mugs? Yep, I have arrived! Ha! I'm energized by this review and will refer to it every time I want to sleep instead of write Book 2. ;)


  2. This looks really good and I love the cover!!