Friday, November 18, 2022

The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of Imperfect Angel by Christi Barth, Served with Greek-Style Orzo Salad

Happy Aloha Friday! I am happy to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for a new paranormal romance, Imperfect Angel by Christi Barth. Accompanying my review is a link to a recipe for Greek-Style Orzo Salad inspired by the reading. 

Publisher's Blurb:

Three days ago, all Maisy Norgate had was a stack of bills, about a gazillion jobs, and her sunny-as-hell outlook. Now, thanks to an uncle she never knew about, she’s inherited an ornate skeleton key with absolutely no idea what it’s for–or why she has it. Which is exactly when a ridiculously handsome guy claiming to be an angel shows up at her door and all hell breaks loose…

Nephilim Rhys Boyce cannot believe that Maisy is the new Keeper of the Key. Why would anyone bequeath this warm, bubbly redhead the key to Hell? And to make matters worse, she’s given the key to the first person who asked for it. A demon. Yep, Maisy is determined to make his job–not to mention some seriously inconvenient temptation–as hard as possible.

First a half angel with a very human chip on his shoulder must find a way to convince Maisy that angels and demons do exist. Then Rhys will have to break the really bad news…that she might have accidentally ended the world.

My Review:

If you looked up peppy and optimistic in the dictionary, you would likely find Maisy Norgate's picture there. In spite of the fact she lost her parents at a young age and is currently doing multiple odd jobs when she really wants to be an artist doesn't get her down. When she gets an inheritance from an uncle she ever knew she had and it turns out to be an old ornate key, she promptly gives it away as she has no use for it and that's a mistake. Her uncle was the last "Keeper of the Key" and now that responsibility of keeping the gates of Hell locked and the demons inside has fallen to her. Rhys Boyce is Nephilim, a half human, half angel warrior and a grumpy, pessimistic one at that.  He and his friends and partners Gideon and Zavier are freelance warriors and tasked with protecting Maisy during her transition to Keeper with some pretty serious consequences if they can't get the key back and get her transitioned in two weeks. 

I was looking for something light and fun and Imperfect Angel was that--a paranormal romance with some snark thrown in was a great escape from some other reads I had going. It has some spice and steam, angels and demons and some definite steam and spice. Maisy and Rhys are a likable pair, complete opposites in personality and lots of snarky banter. Gideon and Zavier and Maisy's best friend and roommate Liss are entertaining too. There are no big surprises here but it is an engaging, endearing and quick read. This is my first book from the author and I hope that she returns with another story set in this world. 


Author Notes: USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world. 

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There was some food inspiration in the book. Maisy works a coffee shop and decorates the cupcakes, cookies and other pastries and there are beers and cocktails. Phish Food ice cream is Rhys's favorite and Maisy cooks him a dinner of Greek turkey meatballs with lemon orzo and tzatziki.  Since I love Greek food, I am linking up this Greek-Style Orzo Salad, adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. You can find the link to the recipe here.

Note: A review copy of "Imperfect Angel" was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  

You can see the stops for the rest of this TLC Book Tour and learn what other reviewers thought about the book below.


Wednesday, November 2nd: Romantic Reads and Such
Wednesday, November 2nd@books.with.courtney
Wednesday, November 2nd: @booksandcoffeemx
Thursday, November 3rd: From the TBR Pile
Friday, November 4th: temmathomas
Monday, November 7th: @readaholicdeb
Tuesday, November 8th: @transportedlfl
Wednesday, November 9th: @nerdy_book_lover_1987
Wednesday, November 9thStranded in Chaos
Saturday, November 12th: @thealissadecimalsystem
Monday, November 14th: @randi_reads 
Tuesday, November 15th: @beastreader and Cheryl’s Book Nook 
Wednesday, November 16th: @shopcoffeekids
Wednesday, November 16th@books_n_yogapants
Thursday, November 17th: @biblio.jojo
Thursday, November 17th: @books_wine_and_sunshine
Friday, November 18th: @whatkarinareads
Friday, November 18th: Kahakai Kitchen


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