Title: Natural Born Angel
Author: Scott Speer
Series: Immortal City
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: April 2013
Pages: 384

From the Publisher: Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She’s trying to juggle her ordinary life—high school, family, friends—with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed’s girlfriend.

And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She’s been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever—and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war. . .

**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley
but that did not influence the review**

I was pretty excited to start this book since I loved the first one, Immortal City. I’ll admit it, it didn’t hurt that I pictured Jacks as Alexander Skarsgård so I was totally in love.

The Story: Natural Born Angel picks up about 10 months after the first book left off. Maddy was about to go off to college, but an event changes those plans. She knows in her heart she has to accept the angels’ offer to try and become a Guardian. If she can become a Guardian she will have a chance to make a real change in how things work. At the same time Jacks is still nursing his wounds, both physically and emotionally. He also takes a back seat as Maddy becomes more famous than him. I was surprised at how his pride affected him so much.

At the same time there are many other things going on, and we learn more from Sylvester, the detective, as he tries to uncover who is making attacks. Those parts were a bit slow for me but I knew they were an important part of the story.

Hero and Heroine:
Maddy appeared to be selfless in this book, but somehow she just came across as so self absorbed in this installment. I don’t know why Jacks still cared for her. I was hoping that she would have a break through and realize the path she was going down, but that never happened.

Jacks: While I couldn’t get enough of this sexy beast with eyes only for Maddy in the first book, he totally went on a downward spiral in this story. I just wanted him to “man up” because his sissy-ness was not attractive. However, everyone is allowed to have bad days, and I kept turning the pages hoping he would have a fresh burst of confidence.

The Romance: The chemistry was zilch in this book. Then the introduction of a love triangle….blah. I just thought it went from meh to ugh.

Twists and Turns: I was also hopeful for more twists and turns, but the story here also seemed one dimensional. No complicated plot and honestly I found it tough to read through the detective sections.

Final Thoughts: So, why with my tough criticism is this still 3 stars? Well, the first novel started out so well and I had truly loved the idea of it all. I’m hoping this is just the second book fail and the third installment can pull it out again. AND Jacks is also another reason to love this series. He is sexy and his pride was wounded, but I have a feeling his comeback will be bigger and better than before. He was the best guardian angel out there for a reason, he just needs to get his mojo back. Maddy too needs to take a step back and remember what is important to her. I really do think it’s in her.

Rec it? Would I rec it? Yes, but I certainly wasn’t falling over myself like I was in the first book. Hopefully it will get tied up in the 3rd book and make this one worthwhile.

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