Friday 4 June 2010

Review: To stand with Angels - Caitlynn C Gabriel

To Stand With Angels by Caitlynn C Gabriel

Genre: Paranormal western
Pages: 348
Published: May 2010 Eternal Press (PB and

For seven years she's fought her demons, but now a stranger has arrived and the real battle is about to begin... In the wild Wyoming Territory, controlled by an evil cattle baron and his outlaw's guns, one woman is hiding from her horrific crime and one man is seeking revenge. But when a deadly stranger comes to town, Evil takes on a terrifying new face. Now hiding is no longer an option and a revolver cannot kill the supernatural presence that is waiting in the dark city to claim the souls of those foolish enough to stand against it. 

What is this, I reading an e-book, yes crazy right, but I do make exceptions. This time because of the way the author asked me, I liked kind of humour she had in the way of asking, and because she was so nice at a review that was good, but not you know, loving it. This books deserves a good try I thought, and went in, with the horrible job, reading at a PC. *shakes fist against the sky, get an e-reader to my country.. stat, why do we suddenly live at the backwater of civilization.*

Ok after my sometimes going on about things not really about the review thing I will now move on. Oh first I must mention something, I have been watching this Hallmark or whatever Western series movies, and the are sweet, fluffy and the music hits major drama mode when a baby chick is in trouble. You get the general idea. Anyway, Western, so was totally in mood and it helped me see things (and yes I might have pictured the guy as one of the hunks from that said series.)

Rian is living god knows where (Wyoming) and she never sees a living soul. She used to have her brother Jackson with her but he was killed so now it is only her and her nephew Kendall. She is scared, and she is hiding from the terrible thing she has done in the past. She is plagued by horrible nightmares. Then one day a man shows up, but he is wounded and she helps him. But he is hunted and heaven is soon falling down upon her. Especially since there are evil around that will not be stopped.

It has been ages, I mean ages since I read anything set in the 19th century, and I do like cowboys. All that shooting, brothels, saloons, and a certain chivalry. 

Here we have your typical western, a badly wounded man, bad men after him, and a damsel in distress. She patches him up and soon realises, that oh yes he sure is hunky after all. They might just need each other but both are hurting badly. There is shootings, and there is saving.

But the book does not end there, nope, there are demons loose, bad demons bent on corrupting men. Bradyn is not a nice man, no he has done his fair share of mistakes, and the devil wouldn't mind getting his hand on his soul. Around the middle the book changes from it's Western face and takes on this paranormal face and it looks bad for all. There is one scary demon around, and soon there will be more, and angels.

I liked that it was set in the wild wild west, it was pretty cool to find a demon there, and it fits very well with the era. But the way she ended it, I mean it was happy and all but it had this ominous feel to it. There are more stories to tell.

Blodeuedd's Cover Thoughts: I can't dis it cos I like green.
Reason for reading: Author sent me an e-book
Final thoughts: If you like your western with a slice of paranormal then this one might be for you.....3


  1. Hey Blodeuedd! You know I have this book to read next. Nice review. I can not wait to open the pages and begin a new adventure!

    Ms. Caitlynn is a great woman! Yeah, it will be interesting at her place Monday, lol... **eeekkk** A hussy out and about... OH gosh!

    I hope you have a great weekend honey!!!

  2. A paranormal western, now that's one I've never heard of before! Maybe I've been living under a rock? ;)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  3. *tries to recover from you having read an ebook*

  4. Hi Cecile
    I hope you'll enjoy it, and had such help from that series I had been watching, there is just something about a cowboy ;)

    I will be there for sure, I can't wait to see her grill you lol.

    Must say it was a new one to me too, perhaps we shared that rock.

    Take it easy, sit down a breathe, deep breaths. I know, the shock is intense.

  5. I didn't like the end. Loved the beginning..cute romance!

  6. Hmm, a paranormal western. I've only read a few westerns (maybe 2) but this kind of intrigues me :) Nice review!

  7. Between you and Cecile I'm really going yeehaw, I'm going to buy myself a copy! :) I've actually received promo material of a post-apocalyptic western urban fantasy. WTH is that? Cowboys going wild in the city? I'm intriguid to say the least LOL

  8. Wow, B! You did it! You read an ebook! I'm shocked. :)
    This paranormal wild west story doesn't sound too bad actually. I'm intrigued!

  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my novel and review it, Linda! You're kind praise has me on cloud nine!

    I'll get you a copy of the next novel, "At the Devil's Right Hand" in paperback so you don't have to read it at your computer!

    C~ Can't wait to have you over to my blog!

    For anyone interested, we are hosting a wrieter/reader meet and Cecile has agreed to be my guest of honor. You won't want to miss it! Free gifts and plenty of fun, so come on by the 7th of June!



  10. I dont think i've heard of a paranormal wester before. Sounds interesting!
    lol...I like those Hallmark movies too!

  11. Cowboys are not really my thing, but I don't think I've ever read a paranormal Westerns. I don't e-books, though. Can't stand reading on my PC. I've already told my hubby he's getting me an e-reader for Christmas.

  12. I've never tried a western with paranormal in it...sounds interesting for sure! How did you enjoy the experience of reading on the computer??? I don't think I'd like it.

  13. mandi
    The end, hm, how come? Too...nice? I did expect her to be dead, well that wouldn't have made much sense though ;O)

    Western is sadly a genre that I have not read much from, but perhaps in the future.

    Post-apocalyptic western urban fantasy??
    Ok that just awesome!! haha, first I love future crappy world, western, nice, and UF too..ok that sounds like such a weird but awesome mix

  14. Janna
    I know right, it is hard to understand, but sometimes I make exceptions, often for nice authors :)

    Lol, they are so, well fluffy and sweet, and I laughed when the drama music started for nothing. But they aer still cute to watch, for c movies ;)

  15. Carol
    it is out in PB too, but yes not a big e-book fan, teh PC is blah! I so need an e-reader and no to be find here! I mean we have nokia, couldn't they just fix me an e-reader ;)

    Not liking it. First you should be really comfortable, hard to accomplish and then staring at that scene. So it took a few days. But worth it.

  16. Hi CJ
    Awww, yay :) Even if I read on my crappy (just kiddin my compy is awesome) PC.

    Lol, thanks. I just had to mention it cos well I have let it be know about my e-book habits ;)

    Will stop by to see Cecile for sure

  17. I've never heard of a paranormal western yet so that's a good idea right there. This one sounds pretty good.

    I hope they get eReaders to you soon. It is hard to read on a computer.

  18. Darlene
    It sure is, bad for the eyes and back too. But hey one day, one day.

    I do like originality, that is always great

  19. I will most definately be reading this one - the cover was the lure for me.

    I am reading alot of western recently..


  20. EH
    Oh yes I know ;) You made me wanna pick up a cowboy book

  21. Well, I'm not really into Westerns, but if I syumble across this one in my travels, I'll give it a try.

    That was very sweet of you to accomodate the author. That's your good deed for the week!

  22. Jenny
    Good karma for me then :)
    I always enjoyed watching western shows as a kid, so reading about it, I feel just at home



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