This was a hard book to review. I've read other books from this author(s) and I've loved them so I expected to feel the same way about this one. To be fair, there is soooooo much about this book to love. The heroine was kick-arse awesome! She really was. And I felt so bad for everything she'd been through but the woman was still fighting for a good life and not letting others push her around. Loved that about her. I also loved the other women that were in her club. Everyone has their own stories that I'm waiting (im)patiently for and can't wait to read them. Her best friend from back in the day, Quick, was heaps of fun and you could feel the strong bond between them was still there. It didn't come off as fake or something just slotted into the story that made little sense; it was a true genuine sense of family between the two of them which I find authors find it hard to pull off. Not in this case.
But there were two things - or rather people - who let this down for me. First off, her father. It doesn't matter how 'sorry' he is, I just can't see there being anything more than a civil relationship between the two so it didn't make sense that by the end, all was forgiven. He says sorry, and she pulls him up on his past behaviour but it doesn't last very long and I'd think that it would be a long, slow process.
The other thing was the hero. I originally wrote a bit of a rant about how Sweet (the hero) is in this book and I couldn't put my finger on why it was that I didn't like him all that much...and it wasn't until I re-read 'The Other Princess' that I discovered why. Sweet was missing that key component that made me love Dec in TOP. Loyalty. I never really felt that from Sweet toward Jamie. Sure, he wanted her, but I never got the feeling that it was anything more than that. Because regardless of all the sweet things he was saying (hence the name, I suppose), his actions proved otherwise. Even right up until the end. I also wasn't a fan of who the last bit of drama played out. While the heroine was incredibly mature about it and seemed to just accept and get over it so quickly, I have no doubt that outsiders would look at her with nothing but pity. I know I do and it's not something I want to feel at the end of a book.
Still, this was a good story and I'm very much looking forward to the other characters' books too.
Angel Girl is a book that takes you by surprise and grips your soul because of the gut wrenching life topics it eloquently deals with. Jamie, aka Angel Girl is a woman who overcomes everything life throws at her with integrity and strength. And honestly I loved reading how efficient Angil Girl and her MC member ran the businesses of the club. My 4 stars was the doubt that set in from reading about the 'miscommunications' surrounding the actions of her grieving father 'Ghost' and the prospect - 'Sweet' ( Jamie's 16 year old self, ultimate crush/soulmate) but their actions are laughable in how they dealt with life. In the end the consequences of those actions are explained in the Bonus Chapters really well but it doesn't absolve either men for their incredible stupidity. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous.
Loved reading this MC romance. Loved the twist with the girls having their own MC it was awesome. And the slow burn to hot and heavy romance with angel girl and sweet was so worth it. Definitely reading the next book in this series.