She Writes Press / April 22, 2014 (U.S.) / $18.95 print, $4.95 digital
Between a hostile work environment and an impossible romantic situation with her longtime friend and first love, Dr. Kai Solomon, anxiety-ridden New York investment banker Cara Collins has little to smile about on her 27th birthday. But before the day ends, she learns she has inherited $50 million—a windfall that she must keep secret if she wishes to keep the lives of those close to her safe.
As Cara unravels the truth surrounding her inheritance, she makes a startling discovery: angels walk among the living, and they're getting ready to engage in a battle that will determine the future of the human race. In the midst of these revelations, she meets mysterious and sophisticated Simon Young, who offers her the promise of romance for the first time since Kai.
When Kai and his daughter are kidnapped by dark forces, Cara must choose: accept her place in a 2,000-year-old prophecy foretold in the Trinity Stones as the First of the Twelve who will lead the final battle between good and evil . . . or risk losing everything she holds dear. In doing so, she realizes that not only her heart but also her destiny is entwined with the two men in her life.
Angels! Vampires, succubi, demon kings, and other bad boys of the supernatural realm get a lot of press, but where’s the love for our winged protectors from on high? Oh, we have J.R. Ward’s irreverent Fallen Angels, who somehow manage to find themselves in a lot of decidedly wicked situations, as well as Sharon Shinn’s more PG-rated Angels of Samaria. I’m sure there are others I have missed. But for whatever reason – I suspect that many authors prefer to steer clear of the explicit religiosity implied in the term – angels have tended to get somewhat short shrift in romantic fiction.
Now, however, fans of things angelic will sing a hearty “Gloria!” to learn that Trinity Stones, the first installment in L.G. O’Connor’s Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, has arrived. O’Connor has created a complex and fascinating world full of passion, intrigue, and bravery in the eternal battle between good and evil. Fans of the “angel” subgenre will want to check it out.
As the story begins, Cara Collins is a bit of a sad sack: hopelessly hung up on her married ex-boyfriend, stuck working for a cocky idiot, and – despite the efforts of her breezy fashionista friend Sienna – quite lonely. But on her 27th birthday, she receives a letter from her deceased grandmother informing her that she has a Gift…oh, and also she has inherited $50 million dollars. And a fabulous penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park. And a farmhouse retreat in the country. And other assets that would make any ordinary person faint with joy to receive. All this is hers…as long as she chooses to embrace her gift.
It falls to her new mentor, the ethereal Constantina, to explain the nature of that gift to her. Cara, whose destiny has been foretold in the mysterious Trinity Stones, is a Healer, and along with her Guardian, Chamuel, and her Messenger, Michael, is part of a Trinity – three beings who will work in concert to facilitate an event that will tip the balance between Good and Evil. Cara and Michael are human, while Chamuel is an angel – one of the Nephilim, or angels who walk among humanity to protect us.
Meanwhile, the demon Achanalech is lurking about with his demonic consort, Emanalech, stirring up trouble. Cara needs to embrace her true calling, acquire the knowledge to go with it, and figure out how to stop Achanalech – and she’ll need to do it pretty quickly, too, without breathing a word to her family or friends – even Simon, the devastatingly handsome amateur chef who promises to bring romance back to her life. Simon, however, is more – way more – than he seems. And unfortunately, under the rules that Cara herself has accepted, the man she wants may be the one man she just can’t have.
In this novel, O’Connor unveils an inventive, complicated mythos. It took me a while to be able to keep track of who was a Nephil and who was a Guardian and who was a Messenger and how they all fit into the larger picture, but eventually it all hung together well enough. As for the romance…once Cara and her man finally find a way to be together, Cara finds the experience – if you’ll pardon the pun – heavenly:
An amused smile touched his lips. “Are you sure you are ready for the big reveal? I warn you, Nephilim tend to be a little bigger than your average human male.”
Cara’s breath caught. She’d already figured that part out, having touched him a couple times, but that didn’t stop her from being intrigued – and a little apprehensive.
“Don’t worry.” He caressed her shoulder. “We’re well trained from adolescence. Sensual Pleasures is required coursework for all Nephilim before they enter the Guardianship, with advanced electives offered afterward.”
Proficient, magnificently endowed, and just a little bit cheeky: O’Connor’s winged wonders will surprise and delight. And because this is the first book in a planned series, readers can look forward to revisiting this world often in the coming months. Would a “Hallelujah!” be appropriate here?
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Kate Nagy blogs at KateHoldsCourt.wordpress.com.