The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody by @MarciaMeara #UrbanFantasy

Author: Marcia Meara

Kindle Edition

Category: Urban Fantasy, Novella, Book Review

They’re back!

Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.

They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.

Jake and his protégé, Dodger are learning more about being Emissaries—and about each other.

Jake is saddened at Dodger’s confession that he has never felt loved and not only that, he’s also missed the chance of knowing what it’s like to fall in love. Dodger was a very troubled young man when Jake helped him and took him on. It ended in tears, literally on Jake’s part, but the Archangel Azrael granted Dodger’s wish and brought him back to partner Jake in their emissarial work. The two have formed a close bond and work well together.

Azrael seems to have mellowed slightly since we first met him, although he still has a pretty scary temper at times. He’s on a learning curve too, never having had such close communications with humans and so is unfamiliar with their emotional needs. He does his best to help when needed, even as it frustrates him on occasion.

Some days, they worked together as a team, the way they’d started out in Atlanta. Other days, they split up, each looking for souls in trouble of one sort or another, then meeting again for lunch. Another week went by with Dodger staying too busy to worry about his lost love life. But when the boy’s spirits began to droop, Jake suggested they continue on to the Keys, and Dodger perked right up.

Jake and Dodger find out just how hard a task master Azrael can be as they learn to harness and control their increasing power under the angel’s unrelenting tutoring.

The characters continue to develop and the bond, which becomes more like a father/son relationship, between Jake and Dodger strengthens. Dodger is learning to manage his feelings of insecurity now he knows how much Jake and Azrael care for him. This story is mostly about relationships although the two emissaries do get to use their persuasive influence even if it’s not all plain sailing. They have to get to grips with the knowledge they can’t save everyone and free will must never be jeopardized.

A well written, entertaining story with empathetic, well fleshed out characters.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, and lives in Sanford, just north of Orlando, with her husband of 30+ years, four large cats, and two small dachshunds. When not working on her books and blogs, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.

Her philosophy? It’s never too late to follow your dream. Just take that first step, and never look back. At age 74, when many people are slowing down, Marcia’s new career is just taking off. She plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, and would, in fact, consider that a pretty good way to go. 

Marcia’s social media links ~ The Write Stuff | Bookin’ It | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

17 thoughts on “The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody by @MarciaMeara #UrbanFantasy

    • Thanks, Rosie. I hope when you are able to get to it, you’ll enjoy To Love Somebody. These characters are just so much fun to write–except for when they are making me cry, of course. 🙂 I’m looking forward to writing the final novella in the trilogy right after I finish The Light (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4). Hope you’ll go along for the ride at some point. I know how huge your TBR pile must be!. 😯 🙂 ❤

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  1. Thank you so much, Cathy, for such a lovely review! This one was tricky for me, I admit, being the “middle child.” I had never before considered what the middle book of a triology needed to include, with its primary function being to bridge the gap between the opening and closing acts. I think I learned a lot from the experience, and if I ever do another trilogy, I should have a better handle on that middle child. 🙂 Still, I hope there were enough adventures and moments, both funny and teary-eyed, to entertain readers and pique their curiosity for the last novella in the series.

    Once I finish Book 4 in the Wake-Robin Ridge series, I’ll be back to my emissaries and their boss for that final book. It will be hard to say goodbye to Jake, Dodger, and Azrael, for sure, but watching each of them grow has been so much fun. Thanks again for this great review! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    How lovely to find this super review of The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody from Cathy at Between the Lines. Hope you’ll check it out and consider passing it along. Thanks, and thank you, Cathy, for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 ❤

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