Angel is given the task of protecting her charge, trainee detective, Joshua Walsh. There's no denying the attraction between Angel and Joshua, only Michael has pretty strict rules: no drinking, no drugs, and certainly no relationships with humans. Thankfully, she's got other things to deal with, like trying to convince Joshua New Orleans has a serial killer who is preying on other angel potentials like herself.
Angel must quickly learn that when keeping someone safe, doing the right thing is not always the easiest, especially when you've got an archangel looking over your shoulder.
So there is Angel on a girl’s night out and what do you know someone mortally stabs her! She doesn't see her attacker but she does see and hear the beautiful man who comes to her rescue. Offered the choice of eternal happiness or eternal life Angel chooses life, but waking up dead is not what she expected!
Angel is an angel in training and in order to earn her wings she has to help save Joshua; but how on earth can she do that? Then there's the whole issue of being pure, no drugs, no smoking, no sex, and no alcohol. Okay, I won't lie and Angel has no trouble with the first two but the last two on that list are kind of problematic because there's so much eye candy everywhere! From the gorgeous archangel Michael to the almost too perfect messenger angels and don’t get me started on Angel's feelings for her hot charge, Joshua! So the question is just how can Angel help Joshua?
I liked Angel particularly as she gives as good as she gets and her interactions with strict and somewhat stiff Michael had me laughing. She's written as quite normal really, not exactly perfect but not a bad girl either. She clearly loves life and embraces challenges but I did wonder why it took her so long to start questioning her own demise. No spoilers here but it's perhaps not as straightforward as it first appears but clearly part of a much wider story arc.
So I've already briefly mentioned Michael but there are one or two other characters that stand out. Cupid (yes, that one) is fun and so far a good friend to Angel and then of course there's the Cherubim, Veronica, with her emo ways and a huge chip on her shoulder. Last but not least I have to mention Joshua, he's young, he has a sad history but I can't help wondering just why he is exactly where he is. There's a brief mention of how he came to be doing the job he is and I'm imagining all sorts of evil doings but to say more would ruin the fun. I feel a little like those two children following a trail of breadcrumbs!
Angel in Training is ideal for those seeking a story that doesn't rely on endless sex scenes to titillate the reader. Perfect for fans of young adult stories and whilst it's about angels, I didn't feel bogged down by too much religious detail which I know puts some readers off. Book two, Angel Eclipsed, is already available so I'm off to pick that up and see just what Angel gets up to next!
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.