Author: Jeff Erno
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Romance
Rescued Angel: Neither time nor distance can sever a soul connection.
With his trial behind him and his freedom looming, Trey Palmer must press on without Jeremy. In his new home at the hospital, Trey finds friendship and acceptance from a vulnerable patient. The blossoming relationship threatens to eclipse Trey’s love and commitment to Jeremy, who remains in prison. Jeremy seeks refuge in the protective arms of another man who’s hardly a replacement for his Trey. Do Trey and Jeremy truly share a soul connection strong enough to withstand the challenges time and distance have placed between them?
Forgiven Angel: Jeremy and Trey have made difficult choices in their lives, and both harbor regrets. Sometimes choices made in order to survive come back later to haunt and torment. Will Trey ever be able to forgive Jeremy for the things he’s done in prison? Will Jeremy even be able to forgive himself? And will Trey be able to cope with yet another devastating loss, one he well could have prevented?
Rescued Angel and Forgiven Angel were another couple interesting chapters in the romance of Jeremy and Trey, even though in both of these books the men aren’t together.
Trey is free, or will be soon, after a stint in the hospital. Jeremy is still behind bars and must deal with a variety of shit thrown at him. With the men in different parts of the country and with little contact with each other at times it felt like there wasn’t much going on. I’m invested in the relationship because of the previous books and not having them together made the books drag a bit.
In prison Jeremy is in a relationship with Wes, and we’re even told he loved Wes. However, it doesn’t long and things have changed and Wes is made to be more of a jerk than he had been portrayed before. There are several characterizations that seem to change over the course of the books, almost as if the author changed his mind about them as time went on.
A lot happens to Trey during his hospital stay but for the most part we’re told what happens instead of shown. There’s several passages like this one:
Inside the mental hospital, Trey had made significant progress. His one-on-one counseling sessions with his therapist empowered him to deal with the root causes of his internal anguish.
Trey’s time in the hospital mostly like filler including his friendship with another patient.
Trey and Jeremy’s relationship isn’t the only one shown. We also have the one between Corey Levins, a correctional officer, and inmate named Bobby. Of course this type of relationship is strictly forbidden regardless of consent. That plus the fact that Levins is pretty much the only decent CO portrayed made me not buy this relationship, even when Levins says he loves Bobby. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be rooting for this couple or not.
Another problem with the book is a crooked CO by the name of Slater. He’s been around from the very first book and has caused all sorts of trouble. My issue is that he’s managed to do so much that it isn’t realistic. He’s a bit on the over-the-top side.
You might be wondering I’m still giving this 3.5 stars with all my critical comments. The fact is, despite the issues I’ve mentioned, I’m still connected to these characters and want to see what happens. The fact that I want to keep reading even though I have complaints is the mark of a good story. Yeah, there are improvements that could’ve been made writing and editing wise but these are still decent enjoyable reads.
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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