Friday, December 30, 2016

Release Day Review: More Things in Heaven and Earth by Paul Comeau #Review #Giveaway

Author: Paul Comeau
Book: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 30, 2016
Length: 295 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


When young Danny Crawford’s father and a priest conspire to subject him to conversion therapy, Danny only sees one way out. But little does Danny know he’ll soon have a sentinel watching from the darkness, a guardian angel in the most unlikely form imaginable.

Damien, a vampire, is inexplicably moved by Danny’s plight. He takes it upon himself to make sure Danny’s father and the priest can never hurt him again, giving Danny a chance at a normal life. As Danny grows up, Damien struggles to keep the boy—and later the young man—from harm. He does not dare go any further, no matter how much he wants to. To do so would ruin everything he’s tried to do for Danny. He doesn’t realize that as Danny embarks on a successful modeling career and begins dating, Danny feels empty, longing for something—or someone—just beyond his reach: a shadow, a presence he despairingly believes forever lost to him.

When brutality and violence threaten Danny again, Damien must make a decision—risk revealing himself to Danny, or leave Danny to his fate.

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More Things in Heaven and Earth by Paul Comeau is a debut book from this author. When reading a new author I tend to be more open-minded when reviewing. Breaking into the publishing world is hard. You have your own style and you're trying to get people to love it. Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't.

I will say there were some issues with this book. Some that I'm shocked the author's editor (s) didn't catch. Not grammar! One huge issue this book had was head hopping. Almost to an uncontrollable level. It forced me to have to reread paragraphs over again. It's meant to be in one person's POV (Damien's) but the author slips many times into another character's head. It was extremely frustrating and because of it I had a very hard time getting into this book.

Now it's not all bad. The premise of this book is wonderful. It's what initially drew me to this story to begin with. A vampire and a guardian angel!? You don't get more opposite than that! The dark versus light aspect is intriguing. Danny and Damien, the MC's, are amazing characters and watching them fall in love is beautiful. However, naming two MC's so similarly is also a huge issue. I often confused the two when they were together. Both beginning with D and Danny and Damien are way too close to being the same name.

I felt this book as a whole held great potential. Parts of it that needed fixing should have been addressed in editing and BETA reading. If this is re-polished it can be a great book.


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