Title: The Watcher
Author: Lisa Voisin
Publication Date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour
Challenge: 2013 Debut Author Challenge
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is not a book for me. I did not connect with the characters and the love story left me feeling nothing. I know a book is not happening for me when I keep checking to see how many more pages I have to read before I am done. It may be the case of a book in the hands of the wrong reader but I found The Watcher to be overly long and lacking in action.
Mia and Michael were in love 9,000 years-ago. There are countless scenes in which Mia wants to take their relationship to a more physical place but Michael pulls back. The story behind why is explained in exhaustive detail over hundreds of pages. There is a lot of high school drama about the new guy in school who turns out to be a real bad boy. Then, there is a demon rape. A demon rape in which the victim blames themselves for the rape. It kind of made me uncomfortable reading about it.
Overall, The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is a paranormal-romance that is heavy on the romance. It is not a book that particularly resonated with me but if you are interested in Angels/Demons and lots of descriptions of making-out, you may enjoy The Watcher more than I did.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.