Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review & Giveaway: SHREWD ANGEL by Anyta Sunday (The Christmas Angel Series)

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Length: 70,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Christmas Angel Series

Christmas Angel - Eli Easton - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Summerfield's Angel - Kim Fielding -  Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince - RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK


Pax Polo is the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.

Correction: Was the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.

Now he sports a black eye and his bros have kicked him out of their band—three weeks before Christmas. It’s an unfamiliar kick to his over-inflated ego, but . . . whatever.

No problem.

Thanks to some stellar eavesdropping, an unexpected angel ornament, and a bribe to open for his favorite band ever, Pax will weasel his way back into his mates’ good graces.

All he has to do is friend Clifford, the neighborhood man-shrew, for the summer. Distract him a bit so Clifford’s younger sister can sneak around.

It sounds like a piece of beginners Beethoven. Jolly good fun.


Because, Pax totally knows how to friend people. He has heaps of friends. This shrew’s no match for his shrewd ways. Or is he?

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.

Carra's Review

A little bit cute, a little bit silly, a little bit snarky…and a VERY heavy emphasis on slow burn.  That’s what you’re going to find as the angel moves closer to present day, here stopping in the 1990s to try and nudge Pax and Cliff together.  There’s also a very prominent theme of friendship in this story, which honestly was probably my favorite part.

I liked the characters of Pax and Cliff well enough; nothing in particular stood out about them, though I did admire Cliff’s dedication to his studies as well as taking care of his sister.  Pax gets pretty cutesy in this story, and it was funny how he kept scheming to work around Cliff so Luca and Henry would each have their chances with Cliff’s sister, Bianca.  But what I thought was even better was how Cliff saw through every single plan Pax cooked up…even though Pax had no clue.

So many friendships form in this story—every permutation between Pax, Cliff, Bianca, Luca, and Henry in twos, threes, and as a group overall.  I liked watching the group dynamics evolve, along with that between Pax and Cliff.  Pax helps Cliff lighten up while Cliff helps Pax become more serious.

Remember I said slow burn?  This story is that to the max, something that did make me a little impatient at times.  There’s more concentration on learning about each other and Pax’s scheming for much of the story, but even so it’s not to the detriment of the development of the relationship between Pax and Cliff.  If you’re looking for the juicy bits, you’ll have to wait quite a while to get to them.

Since my attention did want to wander thanks to the super slow burn, I’m placing Shrewd Angel at 3.5 stars.  This time around, the angel seemed to act more as a way for Pax to remain grounded and focused than as a good luck charm as we’ve seen in some of the previous books in the series.  Since I’m reading this series in chronological order, there’s one more to go!  Shrewd Angel is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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