The Gifted One by Jacob Z. Flores

The Gifted One by Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

As his birthday approaches, Matthew Westlake fears more than just growing a year older. He fears never seeing another year at all. Each birthday brings a close call with death, leaving holes in his memory, recurring nightmares, and one more glimpse of his guardian angel. This birthday Matt must stand against ancient evils that have hounded him since birth, because he is a Gifted One—a seventh son of a seventh son.

Within Matt rests the unlocked potential of a force for good, but it also makes him a target. Being the Gifted One and dodging demonic attacks aren’t Matt’s only problems, though. He’s fallen in love with his protector, the Archangel Gabriel, and Heaven will condemn that love to save Matt’s soul. But Heaven doesn’t count on Gabriel loving Matt in return, defying divine law and placing them in danger from demons and angels alike.

The flesh is one temptation mankind has long attempted to battle, so how will Gabriel, one of God’s elite, cope when he finds himself tempted by the one he has been chosen to protect?

The ultimate battle of good versus evil has been going on even before mankind walked the earth according to many religions. One of the entities that has always been in the middle of this battle is Gabriel. Gabriel’s presence in this story is what first intrigued me. There is just something interesting about the angels and how they live their lives as well as deal with cardinal needs and wants us humans are faced with on a regular basis. I have to say that Gabriel did not disappoint, he provided me everything I had expected and more. I love the internal as well as external battle he has to deal with when he finds himself attracted to Matt. Another aspect of Gabriel’s involvement I found entertaining was how he leads not only himself, but other angels to question themselves and their beliefs. This forced me to consider some of the demons Gabriel face and ask myself was it so wrong for him to lust or love another.

While Matt’s life was a serious of misfortunate events, I feel like there was nothing about him that made him unique or stand out of a crowd, other than his involvement with the epic heavenly battle. I would have liked something that made him stand out that was not directly related to him being the gifted one. At times I found his friends more entertaining than him.

I expected the plotline in this story to be entertaining and I was not disappointed. Anytime a story has Angels and Demons I anticipate some large conflicts and battles, but this story pushed that a bit further. Gabriel even has conflicts with his fellow Angels as well as God’s wishes or what Gabriel thinks God expects from him. This really created a dynamic plotline that keep me wanting more. With the cold months coming, this story would be perfect for curling up with a warm blanket somewhere quiet and losing yourself for a while.

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