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Read this book last night and all I can say is, WOW!!

It was an extremely complex story, so if you’re after a light read, you’ll be bitterly disappointed.

I’ve read Shelby’s other books, my favourite being A Fine Work Of Art, which was just a tremendous example of great writing, but Seraphim was just in a class of its own.

Once again I can’t bring myself to do a typical KarenS stylie lazy blurb, so putting my serious head on, here goes.

Gia Rossi’s life changes one afternoon when she is kidnapped by men who seem to materialise out of nowhere. Frightened and confused, she is afraid that her husband’s shady business dealings have come home to roost, with her being used as bait.

Gia fears for her life, but the people who have kidnapped her, do not mean her any harm, on the contrary, they have been assigned to protect her, but Gia doesn’t believe them, and fights them tooth and nail, fearing that she will soon be killed.

The men who have kidnapped Gia, are celestial beings known as Seraphims. They are guardians who have travelled through time and space, and their main responsibilities lie in protecting humans from the evil elements that have entered earth. You and I would know them as Guardian Angels.

Gia, frightened and angry, demands an explanation for her kidnapping, which she is given by Joachim (our lovely hero), who is the mission leader of the seraphic group who have kidnapped her.

Joachim tells Gia that her husband is actually dead, and that a malevolent entity has overtaken his body. This evil entity is a Nephilim, who are the dark angels who leapt with Lucifer in the Great Rebellion. They have the ability and a driving desire to attain human bodies and walk amongst men. The one who took Vincent Rossi’s body is called Therides. He sits at the left hand of Lucifer, more powerful than any other evil spirit. Therides had planned to kill Gia as soon as she had outlived her usefulness.

Joachim also tells her that she is the key to ridding the world of this foul creature, it is her destiny to lead the Seraphims to victory over the Nephilims who have inhabited earth. Gia is told that she has in her possession, a Medallion, that only the true daughter of Longinus (Roman Centurion who drove a spear into Christ’s side at the Crucifixion) can wear.

When Joachim gives Gia this information, she is obviously sceptical, and at first refuses to listen, until she is presented with evidence proving the truth about her husband.

From the moment they meet Gia and Joachim have the most amazing chemistry.
Joachim’s body is one that he has inhabited for this particular mission, and fights against the temptations of the flesh that humans experience, especially when it comes to Gia. These feelings are totally alien to him, and he is confused as to what is happening to his body

With this book, Shelby Reed has created a wonderful love story, and without littering the book with inappropriate sex scenes, managed to convey the depth of feeling and the struggles that these two people go through.

Readers will love Joachim, because he is the embodiment of all that is good. His heart is pure (and for all intents and purposes he is a virgin), and he truly only lives to protect those that need him. He falls in love with Gia, but he knows that this is a union that cannot be, so he fights the feelings he has for her.
Joachim feels that his feelings for Gia will ultimately make him weak, and as the great Mission Leader, this is something that he cannot afford to happen.

Gia knows that she and Joachim will be parted forever after this mission is over, and she wants the opportunity to love him at least once, but is afraid that his guilt over their shared feelings will prevent him from being with her.

I loved this story because Ms Reed managed to balance out the sometimes perilous task of trying to achieve good characterisation as well as having a strong plot.

The lead characters were particularly cohesive, and their interaction with each other left me sighing with satisfaction. This book had very few sexual scenes in it, but I have to say, the chemistry was so amazing that it wasn’t necessary for them to be hitting the sack every two minutes. I enjoyed the anticipation of waiting for them to consummate their passion for one another.

Shelby Reed can do emotion in a way that very few erotic romance authors are able to. At one point, I even found myself reading this book with my head tilted to one side, my lips turned downwards and tears trying to sneak out of those pesky ducts.

I love stories that stimulate the brain as well as provoking sensory reactions, and this book was able to do both…in spades.

Once again, Shelby Reed, has delivered a fantastic story, and I can only urge those of you who love a good romance, to go and purchase this e-book, post- haste.

Shelby, you did a wonderful job, well done, and I can’t wait for Seraphim to come out in print.


  • byrdloves2read
    July 6
    3:51 pm

    You give a rave review to a book available at Ellora’s Cave and now we can’t access the site. Too many hits can crash a web site (I understand). WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? Just kidding. But who knows?


  • Mel
    July 6
    5:35 pm

    I love the sound of this book, will go and buy, thanks Karen.


  • Indida
    July 6
    5:41 pm

    I have been teetering on whether to get this book or not since it came out. I read A Fine Work Of Art as a tester and I loved it.

    I think I will pick up the Fifth Favor as well as Seraphim.


  • Anne
    July 6
    6:01 pm

    Midnight Rose is another WONDERFUL book by Shelby Reed. I love her work!! I bought Seraphim the other day and now I’m bound and determined to make time this weekend to read it! I’m glad you enjoyed it Karen! Shelby always delivers a beautifully-written story. I’m never disappointed with her books.


  • Sheryl
    July 6
    6:14 pm

    Indida, The Fifth Favour was an incredible book, I haven’t read A Fine Work of Art or Seraphim yet, but I will have to. It sounds like Shelby Reed doesn’t know how to write a bad book.

    Great review Karen!


  • Scott
    July 6
    6:45 pm

    Other then Eve’s books, I don’t read romance. But this one actually sounds interesting. But it helps that there is more back story then just a romance.


  • Anonymous
    July 6
    9:52 pm

    Ooohhh, I like the sound of this book!



  • Shelby Reed
    July 6
    10:12 pm

    Karen sent me a link to this blog entry, and I just want to thank all of you for your lovely comments and enthusiasm. Certainly a writer writes because she must, because she’s driven, but when that drive falters, when the muse crashes and burns, it’s feedback like yours that keeps the pen scratching along the paper.

    Thank you again. I’m so uplifted to know that my stories have reached wonderful people like you.

    Shelby Reed


  • Michelle
    July 7
    12:16 am

    Sounds like a great read! I’ll have to give that one a try. 🙂


  • Nicole
    July 7
    1:25 am

    Interesting. I might have to give it a try sometime. After being burned by my last “angel” book read, Dante’s Relic, I kinda didn’t even look at this one.


  • Karen Scott
    July 7
    8:17 am

    Lynda, I can honestly say that EC’s problems had nothing to do with me, lol

    Mel, it was a treat!

    Indida, the Fifth Favour was my first Shelby Reed book, loved it, loved it, loved it!!!

    Anne, Midnight Rose was beautifully written, I get kinda fed up with vamp books, but I really enjoyed this one

    Hi Sheryl, yes it was!

    Scott, it was one of those books that even men would appreciate reading (g)

    Patricia, I don’t rave about many books, as some of you will know, but I personally felt this was a wonderful read, but like I said, if you don’t do complex, don’t buy, because this book does really make you think.

    Shelby, you were born to do this, thank YOU for writing such a great story.

    Hi Michelle, the book was fab, If you like older woman, younger guy stories, try A Fine Work of Art too. It really was fantastic.

    Nicole, Dante’s Relic, was a book that I REALLY wanted to like cuz Melanie Blazer seems like a great person, but I stopped reading before I even got halfway through. For me personally it was a snoozefest.

    Seraphim was just totally different, it was a much darker, much more emotional book, one that I was able to connect with, and to be honest, the whole ‘angel’ thing didn’t get in the way of a good story.


  • Nicole
    July 8
    1:52 am

    Yeah, Mel’s a great person from what I’ve seen. Just didn’t care for the book at all. I kinda feel bad when that happens.


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