Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Angel by Eli Easton Blog Tour

When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should.

Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an aethereal ideal.

This book is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolutely adored Eli Easton’s Christmas Angel. As the first book in a multi-author series, it serves as the basis for the series as it is in this installment that the angel comes to be. The story opens with a heartbreaking scene as a young sculptor contemplates a loveless life as the object of his affections has been forced by duty to marry another. Fortunately, the fates step in and remind Alec of his love for his art, telling him that his work is far from done and reassuring him that love was in his future as long as he allowed for it.

Fast forward two years and the fates step in again to bring John into Alec’s life. While performing his duties as a Bow Street Runner, John rescues a handmade angel tree topper from the Thames. Taken with its beauty and baffled as to why something so exquisite ended up in the Thames, John proceeds to track down the angels’ maker. Upon meeting Alec, John finds himself taken with the young sculptor in a way that surprises him as Alec is not his usual type. John tries to dismiss his attraction but when the angel finds its way back to him again, John’s curious mind sets him on a course of discovery that leads him to confirm his suspicions (or hopes) that Alec may share his predilections. And thus begins John’s courtship of the young sculptor, a courtship Alec misses at first because he’s resigned himself to a life of celibacy and could not imagine a man such as John would be interested in him in that way.

I think it is the gentle and unassuming manner with which John courts Alec that endeared the story to me. During a time when sodomy was a hanging offense, gay men had to be exceedingly careful in their pursuits of others and I loved that John eased Alec into a friendship of sorts first, insuring the man was comfortable with him before John let his interest be known. And then to give Alec time to contemplate what John had offered instead of running roughshod over Alec’s feelings showed a sensitivity and genuineness in his interest that was more effective than any words could have been. But what I truly loved was the discovery that Alec made during the Christmas Eve dinner at John’s boarding house and how he felt an overwhelming sense of acceptance in discovering a place he fit, not just at John’s side but with the other residents as well. For me, the dinner scene was a testament to Easton’s talent because John’s feelings of apprehension when he saw the moment Alec had deduced the secrets of the household and Alec’s own myriad of feelings during the scene just flowed off the page, causing me to experience them right along with him. The added opportunity for John to be Alec’s white knight was an exciting touch that made for the perfect swoon-worthy moment that is practically mandatory in historical romances and paved the way to the happily ever after ending that left a smile on my face. Even if you don’t typically read historical romances, I would strongly recommend Christmas Angel to anyone interested in The Christmas Angel series so that you can see how her journey began.

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particularly admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include Blame it on the Mistletoe, Unwrapping Hank and Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles. Her Howl at the Moon series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse

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