Dark Knight In Disguise I: Earthbound Angels Book 1 [NOOK Book]


From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Witching Call, Hostile Hearts, Earthbound Angels, The January Morrison Files Psychic Series, Ralph's Gift, Children of Time, Chains of Darkness, Tropical Storms and Friend Zone...

He seeks his fate in the form of those he used to hate…
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Dark Knight In Disguise I: Earthbound Angels Book 1

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From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Witching Call, Hostile Hearts, Earthbound Angels, The January Morrison Files Psychic Series, Ralph's Gift, Children of Time, Chains of Darkness, Tropical Storms and Friend Zone...

He seeks his fate in the form of those he used to hate…

Erick Angell is an angel who protested too many times about the weakness of his human brothers; as a result, he is thrown out of heaven and into the world of those who always will to disobey.
He feels cursed, even as he is one among angels who wear the living flesh but is unable to shake their nature as angels, defenders of the light in an otherwise dark world.

Hollianne Talbot sits outside her evicted apartment in tears. Following a heated argument with her landlord, she seems to be at the end of the line. But sitting inside the cafe across the street is Erick Angell, who is watching the entire scene unfold.

As guardian angel-in-disguise, Erick saves Hollianne. He gave her the chance to start anew. But the feelings she invokes in him aren't entirely angel-like.

For the first time in his life as a man, he feels stirrings of sexual awareness. He feels emotions. He is protective of her, wants to take care of her...

And it isn't like anything he felt with the people he encountered in his other life as a dark knight, the life he tries to keep hidden away.

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READER ADVISORY: This story contains contents that some reader may find objectionable, including sex and erotic themes.



Settling back on the sofa, he picked up his cell phone and typed in Hollianne Talbot's name. Then listened to the ringing on the other end.
“Hello,” a sultry-sounding voice answered. It was not the kind of voice he would have expected her to have; contrary to the picture of dejection she had presented, it held a sense of possibility held in check, of unconscious but undeniable sensuality.

He closed his eyes. The better to savor the voice, he thought, but opened his eyes again at the absurdity of that idea.

He was an angel, not a wolf in a stupid fairy tale, regardless of how he was unable to quite shake off the image of a predator stalking prey. No, he thought. I refuse to think of myself in those terms, even if I’m being metaphorical.

“Yes, hello. May I speak with Hollianne Talbot, please?” he said rather gruffly.

"You are," the husky voice replied.

He felt his heart thumping in that strange way again; he could not decide whether it was painful or pleasurable. Her voice was enough to send a human male's thoughts into completely inappropriate areas.
I'm already there, he reminded himself, feeling utterly human at the moment.

“How may I help you?” asked Hollianne, obviously curious that he was quiet.

Oh, if you only knew, Erick thought.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016058832
  • Publisher: Publications Circulations LLC
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Series: Earthbound Angels Book 1, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 252 KB

Meet the Author

The moment Sandra Ross held her first romance novel when she was ten, she knew she was going to write romance. At thirty now, a prolific reader and a freelance writer, she's since then expanded her preferences from just romance to romance with a dash of now trending sub-genres—paranormal , fantasy, sci-fi even, and erotica. She loves challenging herself and would write on a dare. On a normal day, she would be found in her herb garden collecting spices for her kitchen or ingredients for her potions; in her huge eclectic Provencal kitchen with the big modern oven cooking pots and pans of food for her family of one husband and three kids (an ardent daughter and two boisterous sons) that'll probably last for weeks; in her library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an e-reader in her hands as she reads the latest short story erotic hit; or scribbling pages upon pages of different erotic lifestyles, searching for the one that feels like it was inspired by just the right mix of passion, story line, and sex. Aside from these activities, the rest of the time she'd be found in front of her laptop typing the latest Sandra Ross concoction for her readers.
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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    Sent from heaven Literally fallen from heaven, Erick Angell is

    Sent from heaven

    Literally fallen from heaven, Erick Angell is sent to earth as punishment because of his failure to empathize
    with and understand humanity.  He is extremely hard on the human race and is thus sent to go and live with
    them.  Just to be clear, Erick is an angel – well, a dark one in a way because of his lack of understanding.  
    When he was cast out of heaven he was at least provided with plenty of money and he invested in many
    businesses.  Whilst he has the ability to help humans but over the years he has kept himself isolated and
    only had the minimum contact possible with business associates as he finds that he simply cannot relate to
    any humans.

    This all changes when he meets Holianne Talbot as suddenly he finds himself fascinated and unwillingly
    drawn to help her in any way possible.  He ends up hiring her to help her out of a particularly bad spot of
    financial trouble but he soon realizes that there is a lot more to the initial attraction and they have instant
    chemistry together.  Erick of course doesn’t understand the way he feels and Sandra Ross does a superb
    job of describing his character and confusion and progression of the dark angel’s understanding and
    exploration of humanity.  Erick is the angel and Holianne feels that he is her guardian angel but ironically
    she is the human angel who is sent to him to help him understand all his unanswered questions.

    This story is well written and Ross takes care to slowly unfurl the characters at a comfortable pace and the
    style is very relaxing and well-written.  The development of their relationship is fresh and interesting from a
    different angle, the view of an angel’s but don’t worry – there is plenty of chemistry to keep things exciting!  
    Holianne is not normally a love-at-first-sight kind of girl and she usually finds that her attraction for somebody
    develops over time but when she meets Erick she is instantly mesmerized and is surprised at herself.

    Ross has a well-thought out plot and it is very refreshing to read as the plot unfurls and to be kept entertained
    mentally.  This isn’t just a love story, it is a story about humanity and understanding human life from a
    completely new and different perspective.  I also appreciate the build up because I find that romance
    stories can sometimes just be about sex and don’t always have a well-developed plot, more akin to a
     ‘wham, bam and thank you ma’am’ kind of feel for me and I usually find myself wanting for more and
     not feeling fully satisfied.  However, the plot in this instance is well written and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    not an original story and very short. I read the prequel right b

    not an original story and very short. I read the prequel right before this one (is wasn't very good either but I had hoped this one would redeem it) and once I reached the part just a few pages in
    where this story didn't even match the info given in the prequel I stopped reading. if an author can't keep her story straight with these two very short books, I knew it wasn't going to get any better. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    At first when I saw this book, I thought of "City of Angels

    At first when I saw this book, I thought of "City of Angels" with Meg Ryan and Nicholas cage. I almost passed on it because I really didn't want to fall in love with the characters only to watch them die in the end. I was glad though that I followed my gut instead and gave the book my full attention.  

    I found this supernatural love story to be promising but the characters need more meat. The story is about an earthbound angel named Erick who is just starting to get used to his human form then he begins to experience the stirrings of human emotions for the first time the moment he meets the down trodden Holliane Talbot. It's starts of right in the thick of Holliane's despair and Erick so happens to be sitting across the street witnessing her humiliating row with her landlord. Instantly he become intrigued by this poor woman's plight. Then the story takes off and he injects himself into her world to get to know her better and finds that he is falling in love with her the more he gets the know her. Holliane on the other hand is almost instantly taken with him.

    The story has a very nice flow and the romance more of a journey into self discovery as Erick tries to cope with his human emotions. Holliane has a very tragic background which puts her in a very vulnerable position. Because of this when Erick sweeps in to pull her out of the rut she was in her gratitude turns into something much more profound. It made me question the sincerity of her love for him. If she hadn't been in the position she was in - would she have fallen for him the way she did? I had trouble understanding why Erick was on earth in human form in the first place. Where was his background? Was he kicked out of heaven or sent on a mission? I needed these answers to make the story more believable.

    He was truly her Angel in Disguise but there wasn't anything truly unique about him other than the fact that he was an actual Angel that seemed to be without purpose until he met her. I thought the title should have been "White Knight in Disguise" because there wasn't anything dark or sinister about Erick to begin with. I wanted more. I wanted to get to know more about Holliane's and Erick's background to understand their mindset. If I understood how Hollaine's mind worked for example then I would have been satisfied with her reaction towards him when he saved her. I did not get to connect with Holliane the way I would have liked. I'll give it to Sandra the story was gripping but there were many gaps that needed to be filled.

    I would attribute this story and the way it unfolded to watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon. It truly is the unfolding of a romance, how two hearts are drawn to each other and the wonders they experience along the way. For Erick it's an awakening and for Hollaine it's discovering the truth about the man that holds her heart captive. It's a touching story that makes you wonder whether or not there is an angel out there cloaked by human flesh waiting to swoop into your life. I for one would welcome the opportunity to welcome that sort of supernatural love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Who are these people

    Are they her friends?
    For is she writing her own reviews?
    Saying that they can't wait for her next book.
    Is this free so that she can sell the next one???

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    This is a very interesting read. The story starts with Holliann

    This is a very interesting read.

    The story starts with Hollianne Talbot having a heated discussion with her landlord who was threatening to throw her away to the street due for not paying her rent.  This discussion caught the attention of the mysterious Erik Angell.  In the course of the story, it is clear that there is an attraction between the two.  For Erik it was when he saw her dejectedly standing outside her home after her landlord threatened to throw her out.  For Hollianne, it was when she first saw him when he came to his penthouse for a job interview.  

    By the next narratives in the story, my interest was picked.  There were words like ‘he didn’t see something like this in humans everyday.’  Since prior to reading the story, I know that what I’m going to read is a paranormal romance.  But I was asking myself, why would he term humans as ‘humans’?  What specie would he be?  How different would he be from humans?  As I read on, I learned why he did so and who he really is and that made the story all the more interesting.  The writer applied little hints and clues regarding the story’s twist and potential conflict.

    I say potential because the story is just a first of what seemed to be a continuing story.  But if the writer’s intention is to get the reader’s attention, I think Sandra Ross successfully achieved this.  I am hooked and I will definitely look out for the continuation of the book.

    The premise as I said is an interesting read.  Sandra Ross’s writing style in this story is quite effective in a way that she can get the readers’ attention even from the first page.  She was able to create characters that do not live in the pages of her book but instead, make them live in the readers’ minds like as if they are real human beings.  Hollianne is in a tight fit and she got my sympathy.  Erik Angell sought her out to help her and he got my admiration.  This does not include Erik’s charming, mystery sex appeal even though he has an attitude that is explained later on.  

    I also like that this time, description of characters comes from the point of view of the opposite character – the description of Hollianne comes from Erik’s point of view and Erik’s physical picture comes from Hollianne’s point of view.  I think this is more effective as I can feel the attraction between the two just by describing each other alone.

    My only worry for this is that will the writer be able to sustain my interest?  Will it be able to deliver in the succeeding books the promise that I see in it in this book?  I also wish, Ms. Ross uses dialogues that are more natural although there are only just a few parts in here that seemed not natural to me.  Most parts are okay, though.
    Regardless, this book is certainly something to look out for.  This already has my attention and I am looking forward to the next books that contains the continuation of Hollianne and Erik’s story.

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    Posted March 29, 2013

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