I couldn’t wait to read this final instalment in Marcia’s Emissary novellas, and it didn’t disappoint.
You can read my reviews of the earlier instalments here:
And so we reach part 3: Love Hurts…The Emissary 3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As founder members of the Archangel Azreal’s Emissary programme, Jake and Dodger have a job to do, steering errant humans away from making poor decisions, and potentially giving them a fresh chance at a good life. There’s just one hiccup on the horizon – Dodger died (and was resurrected as an Emissary) before he’d had the chance to fall in love. After negotiation with Azrael, he now has the chance to do so, but on no account is he permitted to tell the object of his adoration, Juliette, what he is, or what he does at work. Can a relationship survive such a level of secrecy?
Juliette is a wonderfully strong character, and while it seems a little odd that she can take Dodger’s admitted inability to share his work life with her, Meara somehow gets around that using the strength of the two young people’s love. This is a love story, wound around by the gentle paranormal shenanigans that occur wherever the Emissaries go. Adjacent to the core thread, we are treated to a greater understanding of Azrael’s position amongst his fellow angels, and how he is unimpressed by the positions his Emissaries put him in, rather too often this time around, as a result of the grand experiment in love. This is, of course, accomplished by the author with her signature humour, and her compassion for the human condition.
The conclusion, much though I would like it to be otherwise, is the most logical way for the story to be wrapped up, both for this chapter, and for the conclusion of this 3-part story. And while Meara states she has no plans to revisit these characters, one can always hope she will change her mind.
View all my reviews