John M W Smith
on July 13, 2015 :
This book belongs firmly in the female fantasy genre. Writing is an art form, just the same as painting, sculpture, moviemaking, interior design etc, but to qualify as an artform a certain minimum standard of competency to provide sufficient aesthetic appeal is required. This book is well above any minimum standard. In fact if we were talking about an artform at the top of the artistic scale in the female fantasy genre, we would be describing a book like Ominous Love.
The essential elements are all in place---a girl on her own, disillusioned with the available male company, with a normal desire for love and passion. Her parents away, alone in her house, by the sea. Scary storms which change into days of sunshine in an idyllic seaside setting. Ideal. Perfect. Lights. Camera. Action.................
Now, anyone can be technically competent when it comes to setting up a scene. It's what happens next that really matters. How the action unfolds. Feelings. Emotions. Desire. The inner cry of longing from a young girl's soul seeking joy and fulfilment. It's natural. It's what young girls were made for. It's their right to expect it---what they should indeed receive if not for the face of cold, hard reality that constantly gets in the way. A job. Making a living. Studies. Responsibilities. Demands. Duties----all the stony eyed killers of everything that makes young hearts flutter with the anticipation of ecstasy. So Ominous Love is escapism, and healthy escapism is what the best kind of fantasy is all about.
A Guardian Angel washed up on a beach, discovered by Eloise (Elle), the main character in the story. The doomed love between them, it cannot be consummated as that would render the Guardian Angel (called Nathaniel) human. A rogue angel (called Devlin) who is attractive to the fairer sex because he is emotional and unpredictable and carries the whiff of danger about himself. Devlin, however, is now human, very rich, and living in a castle surrounded by snowy peaked mountains. Why is the fairer sex attracted to guys who will be mean to them, let them down, do whatever they want and take whatever they want, and be completely selfish, daring and unscrupulous? Who knows? I don't. Maybe it is because such rogues are never boring. They are single-minded and determined, prepared to go to any lengths to get what they want.... Oh, I still don't know, I'm only guessing. All I can say is that you will find Devlin to be such a character. And you will find Nathaniel, his alter ego, a thoroughly decent guy, along with a full supporting cast of all Elle's friends. And you will be thoroughly to titillated, entertained, and enthralled by the feats of imagination performed by this author in bringing these characters to life for your enjoyment. By the way, a Guardian Angel's method of warning you of imminent danger is to zap you with an invisible bolt of electricity. And my Kindle slipped from my fingers as I collapsed with laughter when, in a moment of comic relief provided by the author to defuse the build-up of high tension, Tom grabs Devlin's shorts and pulls them over naked Nathaniel's head! Very expertly done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 24, 2014 :
This is the first book I have read by Patrica, and it won't be the last. I rate a book worthy of 5 stars if it can make me cry, make me laugh, and if I just can't put it down until I have read the whole thing from beginning to end. This book covers all those bases. It's a really powerful story that engages the mind, you don't only enjoy the story and it's romantic angle, but it gets you thinking about the endless possibilities with regards to good and evil. I thoroughly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 31, 2013 :
Always a sucker for Angle Stories
Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Ominous Love
Author: Patricia Pubble
Format: eBook – 129 pgs
Genre: YA Romance, Paranormal, Angels
Cover: 4 stars Loved the concept but looked a little choppy
I loved the storyline. Who doesn’t like angle’s stories fallen or otherwise? Besides the main plot of evil vs. good saving the heroine, there is another element that I have not read in a while and that is Love at First Sight. The method in which the author describes the emotions are so detailed that I a victim of such fate, appreciated tremendously reading and finally putting words to those feelings I’ve had for so long. As I read the emotions that the characters were going through I was thrown back to my early years and my experience with my love at first sight, whom turned out to be my soul mate. Ms. Pubble did a great job in describing the sensation of love at first sight.
I loved Elle’s feisty character and quick witty comebacks. Imagining Seal in all his glory wasn’t too bad either. There are a few dark scenes, that most people would rate this story for mature teens. I truly believe that this story should be read by all teens young and old. As a parent, I tried to prepare my children for life by opening their eyes to the good and the ugly of this world early in life. I allow them to read stories like Ominous Love so they can learn from what these characters go through and hope that they do not fall into the same darkness. As a deputy I see and hear all sorts of darkness and wished my children stayed innocent but it’s not smart nor is it safe for our children to be that sheltered. I think educating them is the best preventative we have. Patricia did a wonderful job describing the dark scenes that are happening to teens all over this world Bravo for incorporating this ugliness into your wonderful story.
I did not love the fact that Elle quit school to work, we don’t know the reactions to the parents because that was not included nor the reason for it. But I’m going to ignore it because it was remedied at the end. I wish the story was a little longer it was missing some of the history of the two angles and a little more info on Elle’s school decision and her parents involvement.
I have never read the children’s books the author has published, but she nailed this wonderful Love at First Sight Soul Mate story “Ominous Love”. I can’t wait for the second one it’s looking to be like a home run.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Dec. 7, 2012 :
This is a love story that takes a paranormal twist when Eloise falls hard for a mysterious stranger she nicknames "Seal". The twists and turns left me glued to the pages. One thing I really loved was how fiesty the main character was. She wasn't boring and I loved what the author did with her personality. Her thoughts and remarks are funny. This was a cute romance and I couldn't get enough out of it. There's a big surprise at the end too! Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)