Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships.
Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanityand in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer's hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguardthe very woman who has haunted Gideon's dreams for a year.
As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon's heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in
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If Sara didn't know better, she'd swear she was having a heart attack.
Swallowing the last of the piece of chocolate she'd been nursing along, she glanced at the GPS to make sure she was on the right track. With less than two miles to go through the sun-baked, oak-shrouded hills outside of Dallas, the readout told her she would reach the Mandeville estate in five minutes.
Oh, man. Five minutes?
Her palms became slick against the steering wheel of the armor-plated, custom-made luxury sedan, the standard ride for Lynchpin Security International's executive agents. Perspiration prickled along her brow despite the whisper of the car's air conditioning. Her lungs malfunctioned until they were incapable of pulling in an adequate supply of oxygen, and her pulse went from normal to hot-box of crazy in less than a second.
Damn. Maybe she really was having a heart attack.
Before Sara could decide whether or not she should hit the abort button on her mission and check into the nearest clinic, the no-nonsense blip of her ringtone sounded, loud enough to make her jump. Cursing her uncharacteristic edginess, she thumbed the appropriate button embedded in the steering wheel to activate the hands-free system.
"Go for Sara."
"I was hoping to catch you before you made it to Noah's," came the voice of her father and current head of Lynchpin Security International, S. William Savitch. "How close are you?"
Too close for any amount of comfort. "I'm almost there. For the record, I'm still hazy as to why I'm the one meeting with Noah Mandeville. He's always been your client, not mine. I barely know the man."
"LSI doesn't individualize its clientele. When one of us is on the job to protect and defend, we're all on the job to protect and defend."
Sara knew that, in the same way she knew the sky was up and water was wet. It didn't make her any happier. "Usually I have background information regarding security problems when I meet with a client, but Macbeth swore on his bag of CheeZee Puffs that there was none to give. He only said Noah wanted to meet with me, face to face. Has he given you any hint as to what's going on?"
"No, though that's not surprising. Noah's always had a flair for the dramatic."
"A flair for the dramatic is the one thing a bodyguard doesn't need." Out of sorts and wishing she could give into the childish desire to tell her father she didn't want to be a part of Lynchpin anymore, she glanced again at the GPS.
She sucked in a breath and held it before she could hyperventilate. "Maybe he's planning another trip down to Mexico, and he'd like to make it out without being kidnapped this time around."
"Noah swore he'd never again cross the border after that fiasco. Since he's kept that promise for fifteen long years, I don't see him getting itchy feet to do it now."
"Someplace else, then?"
"Could be, but again that would surprise me. Even if he wasn't getting on in years, he's only six months out from major heart surgery. I wouldn't expect for him to suddenly get the yen for a young man's adventure."
"Then I'm at a loss what this meeting could be about." Visions that had nothing to do with personal security bubbled to the surface, visions that had haunted her for a year and had her heart trying to pound a hole through her chest. Perhaps this visit with Noah Mandeville wasn't related to personal security at all. Maybe it had to do with his son.
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When the only man you have given yourself to returns after one war and a self-imposed exile to question your ability as a bodyguard for his father, shouldn’t you be angry? Shouldn’t you have gotten over him and moved on? Sara is no delicate flower, she is a powerful being born and raised to be a warrior with special abilities and being a protector is more than just a job to her, it is a way of life, she is the Savage Angel. Someone is trying to kill Gideon’s father, a powerful and wealthy man, weakened by ill health, but still able to choose only the best of the best to be his guards and he chose Sara and her father’s security company. Will Gideon accept her expertise and abilities or will he brutalize her emotionally, causing her to doubt herself as both a woman and a warrior? Is there something in Gideon’s recent past that has changed this once amazing man into the bitter and pained soul he has become? Is this why he lashes out at those he feels the most for? How does Sara keep him safe without allowing him to see who and what she really is? Is it possible that they need to find neutral territory to keep everyone safe? Is there such a thing with these two? Leave it to Stacy Gail to create a very strong heroine and a hard-headed male who have enough chemistry to create explosive tension and heat as they dance around the obvious issues that stand between them. From page one on, there is no putting this one down as layer upon layer of mystery, danger and hidden passions are uncovered with flaming heat of more than one kind.
I quite enjoyed this book, mainly because it’s pretty sexy, it has a kick-ass chick (literally, she kicks some serious ass), a hot, smart, alpha male, a serial killer, and the legend of the Nephilim -- the result of unions between the Seraphim (warrior angels, or “The Burning Ones”) and humans. Sara and Gideon hooked up a year before at his going-away party, right before he left for Afghanistan. Coming back a year later, scarred mentally and emotionally, he doesn’t believe that Sara is up for the task of keeping his father safe, yet he never stopped thinking about her. She’s what kept him sane. Sara has never been good at personal relationships, and while she can kick some serious ass (previously mentioned), she is horrible at figuring men out. Especially the guy who left for Afghanistan without ever writing back to her... and she thought their one hook-up meant something. She also has to deal with the fact that her entire race is supposedly despised by God; they are seen as “intolerable abominations”. So, when Gideon’s father contracts Sara and her family’s security company to protect him, obviously sparks are going to fly (semi-literally). I have to be honest, I liked the first book in this series better. Nobody’s Angel was a bit more adventurous, had a bit more substance -- yes, in this you get the detached warrior woman and the tortured-soul guy, but... it lacks a certain spark. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly fine book, but it seems to be more... for lack of a better word, forced. Like she had a great idea for a book, it turned out really well and someone said “hey, turn it into a series” and she went blank. I want to read more of this series, if only to see what other angels she can get in here. I guess I was just more captivated by the first book -- that was more of one that I couldn’t put down. Fun bits of this book: due to the fact that she’s a Seraphim descendant, if she gets pissed off, Sara burns/melts things. Her body temperature is normally high and, at one point, she melts glass as she tries to stay calm. I can only imagine what will happen if she ever gives birth and becomes the stereotypical woman yelling at her husband. That would be funny. Also, I enjoy the way that the serial killer delivers messages -- I won’t ruin it, but it’s an interesting twist, given the Christianity-based nature of this series. So this book gets a 3 out of 5 flowers from me -- I liked it. It was ok. If you need something to read, pick it up. It’s not a bad book, just not phenomenal.
A great follow up in the series! Security specialist Sara Savitch, a warrior by birthright, has led her life protecting those who can't protect themselves. A novice in the relationship department, her "nuclear-hot" encounter with Gideon Mandeville, has never left her mind in the past year. She dreams of his touch and is disappointed that he hasn't kept in touch with her during his deployment in Afghanistan. Her latest job is to serve as bodyguard to his father, a family friend, and she's vowed to herself that she will stay away from Gideon and let go of her fantasies about him. Gideon, suffering from PTSD after his tour away, makes the status of their relationship clear from the start, which just helps her resolve to move on. Although he acknowledges to himself that it was thoughts of Sara that kept him sane during his time away, he believes she is too good for him and makes it clear that he doesn't want anything to do with her. Believing that it's all for the better, Sara slides into her role as a bodyguard even if thoughts of Gideon still haunt her. Savage Angel is the second book in Earth Angels series. Stacy Gail does a great job of bringing to the page the relationship, conflict and romance that surround Sara and Gideon's story. She provides the reader a great heroine in Sara. A tough as nails warrior with a vulnerable inner core, Sara is the perfect match to Gideon's alpha male hero. Their interactions were engaging, touching and explosive. I could truly feel what each character was going through. Their doubts, hesitation, lust and emotions were clearly expressed and easily palpable. I appreciated the fact that this was not an 'insta-love' scenario and that each took their time to question and ponder what they were feeling. It made their getting together much more believable to me. The author did a great job of setting up the plot keeping me guessing all throughout the book about who was behind the murders. I also enjoyed the details provided about the Nephilim and how the paranormal aspects of the story were brought to the surface. The events and the pace of the story as well as the resolution to the plot were well executed, capturing my attention and even surprising me in the process. Of course their sexual chemistry was amazing. Each and every time they came together you could feel the passion they felt towards each other, but I especially enjoyed their honest and tender moments together. With tempers flaring and heated looks along with the dialogue exchanged, their connection grew, which only helped me connect to them both and cheer them on. This is my favorite book in the series thus far since it has all the elements necessary to make it a great read for me - interesting characters, range in emotions and off the charts hot chemistry! I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series.
The only man Sara Savitch has ever been with, Gideon Mandeville, has been in her thoughts for years. She has sat by his father’s side during heart surgery recovery. She’s written him and left him messages while he was serving in the military but Gideon has been despondent ever since their encounter. Now Gideon’s father’s life is being threatened by a serial killer. Gideon's father wants to hire Sara and her families security firm as protection. Gideon has returned from his military service a jaded and mentally wounded man and wants nothing to do with Sara, especially not having her guard his father. The last thing Sara wants to do is face the only man she’s given her heart to. For her family and her responsibility as a Nephilim, Sara faces her heart-wrenching task head on. Gideon is bitter and cruel but under it all Sara knows he’s hurting. Will she capture the serial killer before Gideon looses everything he holds dear? Will she survive the heart break of Gideon’s rejection? What will Gideon do if her secret is revealed? You will have to read Savage Angel and find out. This is the second book in the Earth Angels series. The Nephilim aspect is very fascinating, a being hunted by both heaven and hell with their goal…to protect mankind from evil. Savage Angel is a kick butt paranormal action adventure with a side order of smoldering chemistry and steamy encounters. This ARC copy of Savage Angel was given to me by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 4, 2013.