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She's breaking the rules. Again.
An archivist in the heavenly library, Sara must follow protocol when it comes to curating the knowledge of the universe. But "liberating" an ancient text from the collection of a human—an Australian drug lord—could save a boy's life. Sara has no way of knowing that one of the man's other treasures is a sexy-as-sin djinni, bound by a wish to ...
She's breaking the rules. Again.
An archivist in the heavenly library, Sara must follow protocol when it comes to curating the knowledge of the universe. But "liberating" an ancient text from the collection of a human—an Australian drug lord—could save a boy's life. Sara has no way of knowing that one of the man's other treasures is a sexy-as-sin djinni, bound by a wish to guard the estate.
He's only following orders.
Filip is compelled to turn over intruders, even celestial ones, to his master. When he catches Sara in the library, he isn't above indulging in some sensual kisses with her, or using her to trick the mobster into wasting a wish. It's what he must do to preserve his facade of freedom and protect his heart.
But the kidnapping of the drug lord's daughter forces Sara and Filip to work together—bringing out the hero that lurks within the soul of the djinni, and the passion within the angel.
The clock ticked past midnight and Sara paced the marble floor of the heavenly library. She was a dark shadow among the gently glowing texts.
Urgency fought with common sense. She had a plan. Just because her heart beat hurry-hurry, hurry-hurry was no reason to lose her nerve and plunge headlong to Earth. She had to wait.
But all her angel instincts demanded action. Good had to triumph. Hope had to shine. She would risk her reputation and career to kick back the shadows and save an innocent life. Tonight, she would break into the human world.
She glanced around at her world, at the light texts, familiar and reassuring on their fine spider-web shelves. Recent advances in quantum laser scanning meant improved long-term storage of ancient texts.
As a senior archivist, it was her job to ensure the survival of knowledge from across the universe. However, the Archivist Guild had strict rules that no text could be acquired until the nanosecond when the author species would have lost it to fire, flood, earthquake or comet strike. In other words, the text could only come to heaven when it died.
Sara intended to stretch that rule. Again. If she was caught—
Anthea will cut the laser budget. The Guild President had made the threat after the bstemmi affair, and Anthea knew where to hurt. Quantum laser scanning was Sara's project. She felt immense satisfaction in its efficient storage, retrieval and display of knowledge.
To be useful, knowledge had to be accessible. Sara believed that passionately. She thought of herself as an knowledge explorer, an Indiana Jones of data archaeology bringing back treasures. Unfortunately, Guild rules frowned on adventurous archivists. They wanted steady, reliable angels with impeccably shiny halos. Angels who stayed safely in the heavenly library.
“Ivory tower dwellers. Angels divorced from their hearts. Cowards.”
Sara never wanted to look in the mirror and see someone who shut her eyes to suffering and buried herself in old texts. For all that she lived and worked in the heavenly library, she was part of the world.
“‘Every man's death diminishes me,'” she quoted Donne. “And a child's death diminishes me most of all.” She tilted her chin. No matter what punishment she faced, she couldn't turn aside now. Even if she lost the quantum laser project and ended up on recording duties.
She checked the clock on the far wall, seeing it through the shimmering distortion of the light texts. It showed the time anywhere in the universe. Currently it was set on Sydney time. She would have to reset it when she returned. Sydney time would be a dead giveaway if Michael came sniffing around. Although she didn't think he was suspicious—yet.
One o'clock was her witching hour. It was a heartbeat away. She'd dressed carefully for the occasion in a ribbed silk top above ink-dark tights. Her red hair was wound in a flat coil, pinned securely and covered by a black beret. On her feet she wore black sneakers for a fast, silent getaway.
Strictly speaking, the cat burglar suit wasn't necessary. As an angel she could materialise and dematerialise in a second. No human or human technology could hold her. But the dark clothes gave her confidence. If she was going to break the rules, she'd do it in style.
Posted February 8, 2011
Sara is the archivist in the Library of Heaven. When she discovers a rare and valuable book in the earthly library of an Australian drug lord, she knows she must liberate it to save a young boys life. She knows it is breaking the rules, but she looks to the greater good of saving the boy. What she doesn't know is that one of the other rare treasures held by the drug lord is Filip, a sexy and attractive djinni, sworn to protect all property of his master, no matter what.
When a fanatic kidnaps the kingpin's only daughter, Filip is torn between his attraction to Sara, and his duty to his master. As the story unfolds, the daughter learns what her father has done, and Filip and Sara join forces to rescue her, and save the man who kidnapped her from the wrath of her father. Can an angel and a djinn find common ground? Can Sara and Filip find a way to free him from Solomon's curse? Will there be a future for them, together?
Jenny Schwartz has written a delightful twist on the theme of 'good overcomes evil' with a combination of magic, charm and modern evils. The characters are well developed, and the locations are true to life in the descriptions.
Sara is bored. Yes she is an angel, but not conventional by any means. She takes risks, trying to help others. She is smart, and loyal, and determined to save Filip, even if it's only from himself. She is an innocent, but she knows she wants Filip. She is honest, and doesn't fool herself where he is concerned. I like her attitude, and her determination to save everyone.
Filip is a djinn, one of the children cursed by Solomon to serve mankind. He is pragmatic, and believes he will never find freedom. He is strong and protective, and determined to keep Sara free from Vince's clutches. He is handsome and sexy, and avoiding romantic entanglement with the angel. But there is a core of goodness in him, one that Sara can sense.
I enjoyed how Ms. Schwartz combined modern time and life, with the myth and magic of long ago. There are several surprises in this, where paths cross unexpectedly, and add to the overall feeling of closure and lead to a wonderful happy ever after for the angel and the djinn.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted November 21, 2010
When an enslaved djinni teams up with a rule-breaking angel, the resulting tale is a fast-paced adventure packed with romance.
Sara is an archivist working on a project that will allow manuscripts to be stored using light. She's also an angel. Sara's friend, Andrew, tells her about Tommy, an eight year old boy with a life-threatening bone infection. Sara takes it upon herself to research a possible cure, even if she has to break the rules to do it. Her quest leads her to the collection of a ruthless crime lord, Vince Ablett. Sara's already "borrowed" one of Vince's books and is positive that a second foray will be undetected and also let her find the information to save Tommy.
Everything goes according to plan until Sara is caught by a sexy djinni. Filip, forced by a curse to grant three wishes to whomever possesses his bottle-prison, is currently bound to Vince. The mobster's first wish is for Filip to guard his estate and that duty includes bringing him any interlopers. Even though Filip is instantly attracted to Sara, he still must obey orders. Jaded by his centuries of servitude, Filip decides to use Sara to trick Vince into squandering his second wish. Knowing how covetous Vince is, Filip is sure that he'll want to add Sara to his acquisitions. Since she can call on the other angels for aid and thus escape, Filip is pretty sure that he's got a fool-proof plan.
All of that changes when Vince receives a phone call from a madman. Vince's daughter, Jay, has been kidnapped, and unless Vince travels to Melbourne, her captor has promised to kill her. Vince immediately uses his second wish to have Filip rescue Jay. Instead of using the opportunity to escape, Sara decides to help Filip on his mission as she already has feelings for him.
Angel Thief is a fairly short book. It really makes the most of the pages it has, though. Sara and Filip are both fully-realized characters with believable motivations. Sara is sweet and giving and thinks of herself as pretty selfless. Filip, on the other hand, has had to fight tooth and nail for any semblance of freedom over the years. As they rush to save the life of a young girl, the two of them discover things about themselves and each other. Sara and Filip are a cute couple and complement each other well, each playing to the other's personality in a way that was believable. I will also say that Ms. Schwartz definitely knows how to write a sex scene. In my opinion, they were done just right: long enough to satisfy my wish to see them together, but not so long that they dominated the story.
The main problem that I had with the book was its length. Too much was trying to be accomplished in too little time. The romance between Sara and Filip was a bit rushed in some aspects - Sara is a virgin, and prim and proper, yet within hours of meeting Filip, she's throwing herself at him and the two are "in love". Really? It was a little hard to buy into. When Sara is caught, it is actually her second visit to the library of Ablett. I think that the story would have had a lot more depth had the author added a chapter and had the hero and heroine meet during Sara's first foray into rule-breaking. That would have given them both a little more time to think about each other and would have sold the relationship a bit better. I also would have liked to have seen Vince's character developed a little bit more. All in all, another thirty to fifty pages would have made for a more engaging t