Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Story: 4 of 24
Romance Featured: Angels
Opening Line: “Happy birthday to me.”
Dutch is a doctor working the night shift on her 30th birthday at a New York psychiatric facility when the police bring in an unidentified half-naked man for evaluation. From the first moment she is strangely attracted to the man and recognizes a symbol carved into his flesh – just like the one on her mother’s body at her death when Dutch was a young girl.
Dutch and the man are attacked by a demon and the man transforms into an angel-like being. Together they defeat the powerful creature. Dutch learns about her heritage, she is half angel, the man Shant is of a race that protects them. Her birthday represented her coming of age and brought her to the attention of the demons and Protectors alike. Dutch and Shant share an incredible night of passion and then he disappears from her life having explained that Protectors are not allowed to love their angels. Dutch is assigned a new Protector.
Months pass and Dutch cannot be dissuaded from pursuing her love for Shant seeking him out, and ultimately allowing him to make the choice of giving up his world for hers. The choice is inevitable.
This is a nicely told tale with several wonderfully descriptive scenes, in particular the one in which Shant flys Dutch home after the attack. John Doe is the most sentimental and unabashed romance in the collection so far.
Mini Profile of Anna Windsor
Author of the Dark Crescent Sisterhood series.
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