Watcher (Star-Crossed Celestials Duet #1) by A.L. Morrow

Centuries old conflict cannot separate a meant to be love. Watcher is the first book in a new series with paranormal action where love and loyalty are put to the test.  

From the blurb:

Heaven on Earth? Not a chance with these angels around.

Jace has spent his entire life on the run from the Messengers, celestial beings from another realm who hunt his kind: Watchers, the fallen angels responsible for corrupting humanity … Then he meets Cyrus, the handsome Messenger with an easy smile who finally makes him want to stay in one place. The problem? Jace is the last descendant of the first disgraced Watcher, placing him just one rung below demons on the Messengers’ most-wanted list.

But Cyrus isn’t like other Messengers. He came to Sin City—the center of the angelic conflict—seeking peace, not more war. He doesn’t count on falling for the moody, dark-winged Watcher from the wrong side of town. Nor does he count on learning that his true enemy lurks closer than he ever imagined. As tensions rise between the celestial clans, will love or vengeance rule?

Romeo and Juliet gets a celestial spin (and a happier ending!) in this duology featuring forbidden love, a ride-or-die demon, a supernatural casino heist, bar brawls, and banter. Intended for readers ages 18+ and best enjoyed when read in the following order: Watcher (Book 1), Messenger (Book 2).

also published in the Dark Gods: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance Anthology 

SNik's Review:

Watcher is the first book in the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet. Paranormal. Insta-love. Dual POV. 

A supernatural world build based on the Romeo and Juliet romance tragedy, the conflict between two factions going on for centuries between the beings originally tasked with watching over humans and falling for them and their contemporaries that hold such interaction with disdain. 

Jace and Cyrus do not care that they are on opposite sides of hostilities because when they meet the attraction is instantaneous and hard to resist. Trying to overcome the history of prejudice is not easy and both Jace and Cyrus must juggle loyalty to friends and family over peace and possible new love. 

Even knowing the basis for the story, this book was entertaining with honest communication between Jace and Cyrus, as well as detailed background for their relationships with the secondary cast of characters which supported their actions during the fighting scenes. 

There is a very quick fall into a deep relationship, which although steamy, was also built with conversations and sharing between Jace and Cyrus. 

A surprising and entertaining read given its parallels to Romeo and Juliet, now patiently awaiting book 2.

Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Janet's Review:

Watcher is book one in the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet and gives off a Romeo and Juliet vibe. A.L. Morrow is a new to me author and I’ll definitely be looking for more by them. 

Jace and Cyrus are at opposite ends of a war. Cyrus is a Messenger with Jace being a Watcher. The problem is that Jace is descended from the first Watcher that fell from grace. 

Cyrus isn’t like the other Messengers, he likes peace, not war. 

This story was a fantastic read, the world building is phenomenal! The heat, steam and banter hooked me, sucked me into the story and didn’t let me go. 

The only thing I didn’t like but knew was coming, because of the story being a duet was that it ended on a cliffhanger. 

Overall, a phenomenal story!! Well written with fantastic pacing that sucked me in. Definitely a must read and I cannot wait for the next! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Lori C's Review:

Watcher is a MM Romeo and Juliet retelling. I love fairy tale reimaginings and retellings, so I was pretty sure I would enjoy Watcher. A. L. Morrow did not disappoint in her retelling of Romeo and Juliet in Watcher, Book One Star-Crossed Celestials. 

Jace, Watcher Jericho, is descended from the very first Watcher who fell and procreated with humans instead of just watching them. Cyrus is a Messenger straight from Themis and new to Las Vegas. When they meet, sparks fly and danger abounds. To be together is forbidden, but oh so sweet. When danger finds Jace, Cy steps in to save him. How long can Cyrus keep his Watcher safe? 

The dreaded cliff hangar!! Do you ever that sound in your head? The duh, duh, duuuhhhh….I heard it as I was finishing the last few lines of the book. We know what we know and I’m waiting for what I hope to be the conclusion in Messenger coming out January 2023. I still enjoyed the book and immediately signed up for the author newsletter, so I could receive the epilogue. We’ll have plenty of time to reread Watcher in between now and the new release. Happy reading until then! 😉

Rating: 4 Stars

Watcher is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription