Dark Angel

Author TJ Bennett delivers a lavish, riveting read of Gothic-imagination with her novel Dark Angel!

I was absolutely blown away by the writing style of Ms. Bennett! The plot of Dark Angel was what drew me to selecting the novel as part as my review, but it was in fact the writing that kept me reading for hours upon my kindle.

Should you be a fan of the classic Beauty and the Beast I think you will enjoy this novel. The effects of the classic romance has a familiar affect to Dark Angel. This was not the reason as to why I chose the novel to review, but I will be the first to admit I adore the fairytale classics. Rather it was Ms. Bennett's ability to create new tale of beastly romance that caught my attention. Dark Angel is a beautiful, magic novel of a love affair.

When I first meant Catherine, the heroine I meant her when she was looking into the eyes of death. On a lifeboat following a disaster Catherine witnessed a glimpse of an island. An island that legend says only the dead or those about to die can see. After the lifeboat is destroyed Catherine awakens from her blackout and finds herself isolated on the island, Ynys Nos. As a former nurse in the Crimean War Catherine knows a thing or two about survival until she rescued by Gerard, the island's master.

Gerard is unlike any male that Catherine has ever meant before. Dark and mysterious Gerard takes Catherine back to his house where he nurses her wounds. An instant attraction is revealed between both Gerard and Catherine and sparks an intense battle between the two.

I liked the fact that Gerard is alpha, but at the same time the mystery behind the man balances out and makes Gerard appeasing to readers. Both he and Catherine are relatable and I loved how Gothic the romance was allowed to play out in the novel. The romance is very much a flame that burns throughout the novel and despite the secrets that seek to divide Gerard and Catherine love always finds a find to extinguish such a ruthless flame that is the past.

I highly suggest giving Dark Angel and the other novels of TJ Bennett a chance. Her writing is pristine, inviting and a welcoming remake on otherwise classic reads.


Book Blurb for Dark Angel

When young widow Catherine Briton is washed ashore, the sole survivor of a violent shipwreck, all she wants is to go home to London. But injured as she is, she can’t escape when a shadowy stranger rescues her and takes her to his castle—where she’s healed with suspicious, almost magical speed.

The more time Catherine spends in the castle, the more her curiosity rises where her fiercely handsome new "master," Gerard, is concerned. As she begins to investigate, though, her discoveries only bring more questions. It seems Gerard isn't the only one on the island keeping secrets…

The small town is full of strange mysteries and townspeople who know more than they should about her. And when a hulking beast that stalks the nearby hills and valleys catches up to her, Catherine must figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 4.50