“My name is Eros, and this is my holiday.” – Felicitas Ivey
Author: Felicitas Ivey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 40 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: With the increasing commercialization of Valentine’s Day in the 1950s, the Pagan deities of Love, led by Eros, gather to make sure everything runs smoothly. Shy, quiet angel Shateiel offers help, and Eros is quite taken with the cute angel, though he keeps his lust to himself. When the higher-level angels discover Shateiel’s little rebellious streak and how he’s been spending his time, they intervene to keep him from falling from grace. Now, Eros may wish he’d admitted his feeling before it was too late.
Review: Felicitas Ivey was another new-to-me author I was happy to discover in the 2013 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar holiday collection, and was glad to see she had a story in the Valentine’s anthology as well, largely because she appears to be a big mythology/fantasy buff, and she speaks to my inner geek.
In Trouble With Angels relies heavily on just about every known mythology, from Norse to Greco-Roman to Judeo-Christian—and everything in between—and does so in the sweet and entertaining little story of an Eros unlike any I’ve ever read before. He may be the Greek god of Love, but he’s no soft hearted romantic, this one. Unless, that is, he’s musing on the angel Shateiel, who’s elected himself Heaven’s representative of Valentine’s Day, a job the other heavenly hosts have neglected, leaving the burden of the consumer driven holiday to the rest of the gods and goddesses. The ancient Eros loves the shy Shateiel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll ever have him. In this world, where aeons of living can make a god a bit cynical, love can be a rather complicate thing.
The author ties the legendary characters into the story of a battle over Shateiel when Heaven comes to claim him, but a little divine intervention proves to be just what this charming tale needed to complete the romance and leave me wanting more.
Whether writing a solstice tale or waxing romantic about Cupid’s big day, Felicitas Ivey remakes the holidays into something new and a little different.