Dirty Angel by Barabara Elsborg ~ Book Review by Caroline

Art portrait of beautiful man with body of athleteTitle: Dirty Angel

Author: Barabara Elsborg

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Jo Raven

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/29/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance


Dying Sucks

Particularly when you discover there really is a hell. Aden thinks there’s no way he can avoid going down, but when an angel and demon can’t agree over his fate, Aden is given one more month to gain redemption. He doubts he can find a way to become a better man in so short a time. But it’s worth a try, right?

Living sucks

Particularly when you can’t shake free of an obsessive ex. Brody might be managing to hold down his job as a vet, but his personal life is a mess. If he doesn’t pull himself together soon, he’s going to be sliding downhill too fast to stop.

One wet night, on a dark country lane, two worlds collide and destinies change forever.

My View:

When Aden’s life is abruptly ended and he stands in line for judgement day should he be on his way to heaven or hell?

This is the dilemma he finds himself in even if initially he doesn’t quite believe it.

Has Aden’s life been good or bad? In all honesty it’s been pretty bad but then another question has to be asked – was it entirely Aden’s fault? Really, what chance did he stand? It seems even the angels and the demons can’t agree on this as when judgement is passed Aden sprouts one white wing and one black. One good and one bad. He’s an anomaly so is sent back to earth for a month with seven chances to learn about love and to try and redeem himself.

Brody is a vet who has recently returned home, or rather run back to hide. He is trying to rebuild his life whilst licking his wounds. He has surrounded himself with family but keeps them firmly locked out of his life. Brody is broken and doesn’t look to be getting fixed anytime soon – until he hits Aden with his car, killing him, again, and using up one of his precious chances, and then suddenly, maybe Brody stands a chance.

Barbara Elsborg is not known for giving her readers fluffy stories and that is definitely true here. Both characters have to come to terms with abusive pasts both on and off page and it’s not an easy task for either of them. The attraction is almost instant between them but Brody is still getting over a relationship and Aden has never had a relationship in his life – his motto was always fuck ‘em and move on. Aden is a dead man walking – how is this supposed to work?

More than worrying about whether he will end up in heaven and hell Aden starts to realise more and more just how much he wants to live. Being welcomed into a family is a first, being loved is a first, being cared about is a first, mattering to somebody else is a first and he is suddenly blown away by what could have been. He becomes the man he could have been, should have been and a final selfless act leaves him back standing before Dante and Raphael.

But what will there decision be……..


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Dirty Angel by Barabara Elsborg ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. Barbara Elsborg’s books never disappoint, and I’m always glad to see when there’s a new one released. The characters are always fascinating and the stories often have surprising (and even shocking) twists. Looks like this is another in a long list of great books.

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