The Gifted One
Title : The Gifted One
Author : Jacob Flores
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal, BDSMkink
Length : 350 pages (e-book)
Published : April 5, 2013
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 blurb on this book sounded so good, I had to read it. The cover was stunning and the concept was intriguing. We have God, his angels and the archangel Gabriel as a guardian angel to The Gifted One in one m/m, paranormal romance. Sold! I was eager to dig in for a great read and I was not disappointed.
Tragedy stalks Matthew Westlake relentlessly, especially on his birthday. He lost his family and he continues to have near-death experiences every year on this day. Matt is the seventh son of a seventh son who is known to Heaven as a Gifted One and although Matt is unaware of it, he has a larger destiny to fulfill. He is a skilled nurse who was born with a “knowing” that is particularly helpful in diagnosing what ailments affect his patients. He is a man who is happy assisting others. Matt is also in search of true love so the timing is perfect as Gabriel appears to save Matt’s life on his birthday this year. Once he is safe, Matt can’t get the intense connection he feels for his unexpected savior out of his mind.
As evil and good forces circle around Matt, he begins to have terrifying nightmares. He also begins to remember more of the ongoing horrible events of his childhood. To cope with this, he turns to therapy and his self-protecting walls begin to crumble. Matt’s history is heart breaking, but I don’t want to get into it because it will definitely include spoilers. What I can write is that he has survived and thrived to help others. The why of it is at the heart of this good vs. evil parable and Matt is an integral element of the future of humanity.
Gabriel, who knows the cost of protecting Matt, is aware that evil is again threatening Matt and the Grand Design. He also knows his mission has become complicated and he is forced to re-examine everything he knows about his Devine purpose because he is blindsided by falling deeply in love with Matt.
As Matthew skirts his destiny, those who want evil to triumphant become more powerful and Matthew is in constant mortal danger as are his family and friends. To find safety and love, Matt must look back at his unhappy and frightening past. He knows he trusts Gabriel and believes he could be the “The One,” but there is so much that is unclear about the past and present. As they move to fight the forces of evil, both men must trust the other to embrace the future.
This book has literary elements as well as the expected aspects of romance, and although the language is sometimes overly descriptive, it worked for me in this context. The story is longer than many m/m books, but it was fast-paced and it had compelling secondary characters to drive all of the storylines. Not surprising, but what I loved most in this cataclysmic drama, is the tender, seemingly predetermined love story between Matt and Gabriel. It is filled with grand twists, and turns as well as paranormal events. There is an important human love interest in Matt’s life and although he is a very nice guy, I rooted for Matt and Gabriel all the way. This is a wonderfully romantic story. It is a compelling, enjoyable read and the main characters are intriguing. This story is abundant with passion, compassion and lots of surprises and the author does a wonderful job of blending so many story threads as the story progresses.
If I could have had anything different, it would have been a more fleshed out ending. After the epic battle, I had no idea what Gabriel was doing as he whispered to Matt. I don’t understand what happened. Perhaps we aren’t meant to and we were given an epilogue to kind of explain.
We also don’t know too much about Matt as this book ends, so I’m thinking it may need a sequel, since we still have no idea what The Gifted One means to the Grand Design or the human race and I really want to know. One thing I absolutely do know is I am glad to have discovered the work of author Jacob Z. Flores
Rated 4.5 stars by the Carli