Title: Amii’s Angel
Author: Natalie-Nicole Bates
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Books To Go Now
My Rating: 4 stars
For years, Amii Sloan has held a burning grudge against Ryan Maine for his cutting cross examination during her sister’s murder trial. Now, a chance encounter brings Ryan back into her life, along with a very interesting proposition—to work as his personal assistant in the idyllic town of Unity.
Down on her luck, and supporting a mother with early onset dementia, Amii doesn’t have much of a choice but to accept the job Ryan offers. But can she overlook the past, to possibly open the door to a brighter future?
As she spends time with the handsome, successful lawyer, she realizes that maybe first impressions can be wrong, and that just maybe she and Ryan could share a whole lot more than she ever imagined.
Read on for my thoughts on Amii’s Angel. No true spoilers, promise.
This book blog features novels (or novellas) that have heroes and heroines that are slightly older than “most” novels. So this review of Amii’s Angel will have a slightly different stant than the original one does.
Ryan is described as a 40-something man who has changed vastly from his younger self. Amii is in her early to mid-30’s. She is a successful writer, but is waiting for that next inspiration to take her back to the success she once had.
It has been nineteen years since these two faced off in a courtroom. Ryan was defending the man who tried to kidnap Amii and her sister, the man who brutally murdered her sister. She was a young teenager at the time, and it was easy for him to get her flustered on the stand. In the end, the murderer went free – free to murder again.
There is a real reason that Ryan has become a changed man, who now writes crime fiction and consults – but no longer steps foot in a courtroom. That reason is revealed very early in this novel, and also makes perfect sense in seeing Amii change her opinion of him.
At first, Ryan is “safe” and Amii will accept his job offer, for now. She can always leave at a moment’s notice. Slowly, we and Amii, see the man emerge, the man that Ryan is now.
These are two adults, who have had their past lives, share a devastating point in their shared past – and will move on with logic, emotion and eventually love into their future. There are a couple rough patches, but they talk it out and resolve it.
This was a short, but powerful novel. If you are looking for mature couples falling in love that are no longer in the first blush of their youth — pick this one up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It is a touching and enjoyable love story.
*I received an e-ARC of Amii’s Angel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
You can find the original review HERE.