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 

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