73086Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Release Date: Feburary 1, 1996
Publisher: Avon
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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Wedding Day

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don’t happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who’s nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net… risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.– Goodreads

Review:

The last thing that Daisy wants to be part of is this fake marriage, she wants to be married for love and ultimately part of a family. Her parents were never really her family and now she’s married to Alex, a humorless man who has married Daisy as part of a rouse. Alex is in this as a favor to Daisy’s father and Daisy is doing it because it was this marriage or jail. Through miss-communication Daisy and Alex are constantly fighting and it’s adorable because they clearly start to develop feelings for each other.

The best part of Kiss An Angel is the fact it takes place outside of Daisy’s comfort zone, the majority of the book takes place at a circus. The both have presumptions about each other and refuse to believe anything but those said presumptions. It also doesn’t help that Alex’s childhood has made it hard for him to believe in love. Daisy is really nothing but love and sunshine. Well, in comparison to anyone Alex is sunshine and love. He is the product of his childhood and because of that Daisy often feels like she is talking to a brick wall.

What is amazing to me is how Phillips constantly writes fully fleshed characters, most of the characters of the zoo hated Daisy because she married Alex and Alex used to be the lonewolf of the circus. How did she tame Alex? Why does no one know nothing about her? Why does she refuse to work? Why did she steal that money from the circus? Of course what they don’t know is how so much of the situation is set up. No matter what question is asked, Daisy was set up. Not only was she set up, but Alex also defends her to the circus which continues to ostracizes her in the group. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with a baby elephant in the circus. This comes from the fact, in part she is not an animal person, but quickly Daisy feels a bond to this elephant because she understands what it’s like to be kept in a spot they never asked to be in. I know, it sounds corny and like a stretch, but it works. It works so well. And the background characters? Broke my heart. They were constantly well thought out and I had feelings for them. I rarely have feelings for the background characters, because that’s where they are: in the background. But these characters were so well thought-out and added so much to the story that I wouldn’t mind separate stories about them!

This story was however about Alex and Daisy. They also slowly fall in love with each other, the problem is Alex doesn’t believe in love, at all. His childhood was the worst, and he refuses to accept her love. So instead they banter, and it’s cute, adorable banter and if Phillips does one thing well, it’s banter. I believed in their romance so much that when their hearts broke, my heart broke. They just want the other to admit to loving the other, but when one doesn’t believe in love it’s very hard to believe anyone saying “I love you.”

So much happens in this story that it is more than just a “simple romance” novel, which is a pet peeve of mine. It has so many layers and emotions that I spent most of this novel with my heart in my throat because I was so full of feels. I cannot recommend this book more to any romance lover.