Mini Book Reviews: The Fallen Warriors Series by Rosalie Lario

I have read quite a few novella’s lately.  Not sure why I started, but I have noticed that many authors have them and one night I wanted a good, fast read.  So, I turned to Rosalie Lario.  I adore her Demons of the Infernum series and wanted to give her angels a try.  I have since devoured both of them and thought I would review them at the same time.  So here they are, back to back.  Enjoy.  🙂

Title:  For Love of an Angel

Author:  Rosalie Lario

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance Novella

Release Date:  May 8th, 2011

In a world where angels rule over humans, twelve outcasts dare to defy expectation, warring with their angel brethren to prevent the extinction of humankind.

They are The Fallen…

Michael is one of twelve angels who have been outcast due to their determination to protect humans. In order to preserve his immortality and strength, he must find a mate with angel blood. Eva Smyth has never believed the propaganda spouted by the Consortium-the elite system of guards put into place once angels took over reign of Earth-but she never expected to learn the angels plan to eradicate all of humankind, or that she herself is part angel. Joining Michael means living a life on the run, at war against the angels and hunted by the Consortium. Eva must decide whether to risk it all…for love of an angel.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  I am used to reading about Rosalie’s demon half-brothers, so when I downloaded this book I knew I was going to have to shift gears a little bit.  The paranormal creatures would be different, but this is also a novella and not a full length novel so I needed to adjust there as well.  I am always hesitant about novellas, since they are so much shorter, but I have come to love Rosalie’s work, so I kept an open mind going into this book.

I am really glad I did give this series a shot now, because I loved this story!  There is a threat looming in the distance in this world, but there is not really a major battle or anything like that through the course of the plot.  I did not miss that aspect of the book at all though.  Rosalie really took the time to let Michael and Eva’s bond grow and I appreciated that.  Sometimes with novellas, the characters just rush into the romance without taking time to breathe and that often bothers me.  Not in this story, they do have an instant connection, but time is taken to explore their bond and this helped me connect with each of them.

I also like the idea of the Fallen helping humans fight against the other angels.  In this world, the angels control life on earth and we are basically their slaves.  The worst part is, most humans don’t even seem to care or notice that they are prisoners in their own world.  Angels feel that they are superior to humans and because of this we should fall at their feet and do their bidding.  Luckily, the Fallen do not feel this way and this is why the other angels have cast them out.  A war is looming and battles have already been fought, but the human race is just starting to catch on and will hopefully triumph.

We do get to see some of the other Fallen, but because this is a novella we do not get to know them very well.  I know there are more books to come in this series and I am really excited to explore them.  Rosalie manages to pack a lot into such a short story and I loved every second of it.  I am looking forward to learning more about these angels in the future.

Title:  Angel’s Desire

Author:  Rosalie Lario

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance Novella

Release Date:  September 30th, 2011

In a world where angels rule over humans, twelve outcasts dare to defy expectation, warring with their angel brethren to prevent the extinction of humankind.

They are The Fallen.

Fallen angel Ethan has been outcast due to his love of humankind. In order to preserve his immortality, he must find a mate with angel blood…but the one woman he desires blames him for her father’s death. As a teenager, Tayla had a fierce crush on Ethan, her angel father’s best friend. She was humiliated when he rejected her, claiming she was too young for him. Her love turned to hate when he failed to save her father from being killed by the other angels.

Battle looms on the horizon, and Ethan can no longer afford to waste time. He must claim Tayla as his…but convincing her she’s his mate won’t be so easy.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  Since I read both of these back to back, I had the previous novella’s plot fresh in my mind.  However, if you are reading these out of order or it has been a while since you read the first one you don’t need to worry.  Rosalie does an excellent job of filling the reader in on what has already transpired and how they mythology in this world works, so you need not worry.

So in this novella, the main couple already know each other.  Actually, Tayla has known and had a crush on Ethan since she was six.  She told him as much once, when she was sixteen, but she was harshly refused by Ethan and has been devastated by the rejection ever since.  Her father was also killed in the same fire that almost claimed Ethan’s life and Tayla blames Ethan for his death.  Ethan on the other hand, has always known Tayla was meant for him, but she was so young when she first revealed her feelings to him and he felt wrong about acting on those feelings.  There is another reason that you are going to have to read more to learn about that kept him from being with her which shocked myself and Tayla.  Ethan has lived with the guilt of not being able to save her father and his feelings for her that he thought were inappropriate for a long time.  But now, he is done denying how he feels and is ready to convince Tayla that they belong together.  Theirs is not going to be an easy courtship, but that only made the story that much more interesting.

One of the elements I have really enjoyed about these stories is that I always want more.  You can tell that Rosalie could easily take the material she gives the reader and turn it into a full length novel.  There are so many side plots and conflicts that could take more time, but we only get to break the surface of them because of the length of the book.  I guess this is an up and a down because I want to learn more, but sometimes it is nice just to get the backbone of the story and not worry with all the distracting details.  We get to focus on Tayla and Ethan as they learn that they have always needed each other and watching them grow to love one other was very sweet.

There was a little more action in this one than in the previous novella, but it is clear that Rosalie is still building up to the big showdown.  I am sure we are going to see a couple more angels mated before that happens.  Actually, one was hinted at already and I am hoping that will be the next novella because it sounds very interesting.

Overall, I am still enjoying this series and look forward to the next one.  They are fun, fast, hot reads that I am sure any lover of paranormal romance would enjoy.

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