Saturday, April 2, 2016


Four Winds Series
Anne Conley

The Four Winds is a series of stories by Anne Conley of God’s archangels: Uriel---the archangel of destiny, Rafael—the archangel of healing, Gabriel—the messenger, and Michael—the angel of war. Watch as each one defeats the devil, known as Damien, who thinks he’s entitled to their brides. See their struggle as they experience humanity for the first time in the name of love. Warning: contains elements of Christianity, coupled with some sex scenes, and what people may consider heretical viewpoints. 



Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.6/10

As a series, this was a home run for me. Despite minor errors here and there, I stayed thoroughly invested in each book, and if you're picking this up as Falling for Eternity (the set), then it'll be an easy sell to keep going. Not only that, you'll be thrilled you have the next book available already. So, as a set, this is easily an 'I loved it' type of series. Intriguing concept, great characters, engaging execution, and enough creativity that the stories don't feel stale at all, despite the same basic premise in each. I've written separate reviews for the individual stories to explain my reactions to each set of characters. Overall, a job well-done, and I highly recommend this set.

If you are paying attention, you will heed the author's warnings with this series. Do not assume that, because it's about angels, it will be clean fiction. It's not. I'm happy with that, but some people won't be. Should you choose to read this series, and ignore the warning, then you have no right to complain that the story is something other than what you'd hoped it would be. Angels, graphic sex, and some fascinating conceptions of Christianity (and God). I definitely enjoyed it. I will be including this disclaimer in each of my individual reviews when they appear on Amazon and Goodreads. At the blog, it will only be noted in the set review.

Falling for Heaven

Uriel is one of God's Four Winds, the Archangel of Destiny. He has helped thousands of people throughout the ages find their destiny according to His will. This time however, what he doesn't realize, is that it's his own destiny he's supposed to fulfill.

Heather is an exotic dancer, who's stage name is Heaven. It's not that that's what she's always wanted to do, it's just that it helps her pay the bills, and she's got a lot of bills, with taking care of her mother and her sister. When the mysterious Uriel comes into the club, she can tell he's different, just how different will rock her world...

REVIEW - Falling for Heaven


Amazon/Goodreads rating: 3/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 6.8/10

This was the weakest book in the series for me. Though I enjoyed it by the end, it started a bit slow. At first, I wasn't sure why, but once I'd finished the other books, I realized that it was a combination of a couple things. The first is that this story sets up the premise for the series. Because the reader discovers everything as the main characters do, it moves at a pace which can be frustrating. Perhaps there are ways to improve the pacing, but at this point, I'd say that things are what they are. Any reader just needs to understand from the outset that the other four stories progress at a better rate. The second reason is that, and I'm being honest here, I think I wasn't a huge fan of Heather/Heaven. Or maybe it was Uri. Or possibly both of them. I didn't dislike them, and I'm sure there are readers who absolutely adore them, connected with their story, etc. I just wasn't that reader. However, I'll say again, even if you felt as I did, keep reading! This might not be the best of the series, but it's still a good book, and it's worth the time here so that you can jump into the other books after this. I didn't REALLY like it, nor did I love it. I liked it, hence the rating.

Falling for Grace

 Rafael is one of God’s Four Winds, the Archangel of Healing. He has answered the countless prayers for healing of loved ones, wondering what it was about the emotion that made humans willing to sacrifice so much. 

Grace is a lifeguard who has been on Rafe’s radar since she lost a little boy three years ago. What she doesn’t realize is the green haze that comes over her during a rescue is actually a divine presence who’s about to give up his celestial body to become a very real entity in her life. 

While Grace is trying to overcome her own demon, Rafe is discovering his own sexuality, but there’s a darker presence making himself known. The Deceiver wants what Rafe is getting, and he’ll do whatever it takes to have her.

REVIEW - Falling for Grace


Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.7/10

In contrast to book 1, book 2 had me on the edge of my seat for much of the story. As I noted in my review for book 1, I think my issue there was about the setup process, and that just wasn't an issue here. I loved Rafe and Grace, their chemistry, their story. The plot moved for me, the characters were engaging, and I was heavily rooting for them the whole way through. Once I was done, I couldn't wait for book 3. Minor errors didn't detract much here, and the sexy factor was boosted a notch. An excellent read, and I think, with this story, the author really hit her stride for the series.

Falling for Hope

Hope is an eccentric librarian who lives with her five cats and loves to spend her time fantasizing about living in a world of shape-shifters, vampires, and fairies. Although the existence of a paranormal world is far from Hope's reality, she can't help but sense there's something different about the mysterious man lurking in her library. 

Gabriel is God's Strength, the Messenger, who's been tasked with delivering the Word for millennia. His most recent assignment will be his last, to fall in love and become human. But he can't quite figure out what he's done to displease the Boss. Gabriel's latest assignment might be the hardest, but this gorgeous rubenesque quirk of a woman definitely has him intrigued.

REVIEW - Falling for Hope


Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.7/10

Yet another excellent entry in this series. I adored Gabe and his dorkiness. Hope's immediate recognition of his 'otherness' was a nice twist on the formula, and it altered the trajectory of the entire plot when there was no point at which Hope wasn't on board. Loved these two dynamic characters, so very different from any of the others in the series. I flew through this book, too, because the pacing tugged me along at a fast clip. With the escalation of Damien (aka, The Devil)'s machinations, the stakes changed. Lots of twists and turns, leaving you at the edge of your seat. Basically, for me, it felt as if that was the name of the real game once we left Uri and Heather, and each book after the first really steps it up a notch from the last one. Book 3 is no different. Definitely a recommended read, and this is further proof that a reader needs to devour the whole series, even if they are someone who didn't jump on board the train eagerly at book 1.

Falling for Faith 


In this, the fourth book in the Four Winds Series, the story is more intense, Damien is more intense, the sex is more intense. The entire series thus far has escalated into this, the archangel of war's story. 

Michael, the archangel of war, is pissed. Humanity has taken every last vestige of any feelings he might have had and colored them in with cynicism. He’s ready to be done. So when The Boss gives him the deal, he’s eager for his mortality, at any cost, regardless of who he has to ‘fall in love’ with to get it. Blessed death. That’s what he’s looking forward to. When he finds out what Faith does for a living, he’s pissed off all over again. 

Faith is a cat burglar, but when she inadvertently makes a deal with Damien, Michael steps in to protect what is rightfully his. She’s not over her own tragic past, and this hulking bundle of hotness can’t change that. But when he insists on protecting her, claiming her, and dominating her, she is powerless to deny her own emotions. 

For mature audiences. Contains swear words, sex, elements of BDSM, and possibly heretical viewpoints. 

REVIEW - Falling for Faith


Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.8/10

There was something about Michael that pushed so many buttons. True alpha, as you'd expect the Angel of War to be, Michael also exhibited a sweet side (but maybe only for Faith; she's his, after all). Once again, the author twists the narrative a bit and creates an entirely different tale from the others. If you had hoped for the stakes to rise, for the heat to singe, for the excitement to build, you will not be disappointed. And if you're like me, by the end of this book, you will be itching for book 5. Thankfully, I jumped into the fray after book 5 was complete. All in all, this might have been my favorite up to this point in the series. Errors be damned, these two were smokin', and the story was a page-turner.

Falling for Cyn

Damien is bad—the original Evil. Satan from Hell on Earth has been his identity since forever. The Devil. Beelzebub. Minister of Evil. Prince of Darkness. Lucifer. Old Scratch. 

He’s never been given a choice in this prison of fate, but it’s his turn now. 

Hell is about to meet his match. When Damien gets a woman, the only underworld he’s ever known changes. She’s chosen for him, but she’s enough… 

Cynthia doesn’t believe in Hell; she believes in kindness and science, and the greater good. She’s perfect, and pure and… 


But she’s his. 

And he’ll move Heaven and Hell to keep her. 

This is Anne Conley's final installment in the Four Winds series.

REVIEW - Falling for Cyn


Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.9/10

I wish I could give this a true 10, but as with the other books, some of the errors were too obvious to ignore. However, in all other aspects, I think this story capped the series just right, and that makes it a winner for me. When we approached the end of book 4, my mind kept thinking, "Give Damien his story." How lucky that my wish was granted before I started this series, because I didn't have to wait to read his tale. And what a yarn is spun! If ever there was a tale of the bad boy reformed, this is it. How can you get any worse than THE Bad Boy? One thing that made me smile in every story was that each angel had to fight for his woman, somehow. Every one of them had a major obstacle to overcome, be it internal or external. We get some of both here. Damien is, after all, the Deceiver, so he'd be warring with himself as to whether or not he should give in to his natural instincts. With numerous twists and turns in this tale, the reader is always on their toes. That makes for an exciting read. It would be fun to continue with the 'other' angels, but if this is the very last book in the series, I won't complain too loudly; finishing with Damien was fitting. What an epic story it was! I think the best part was that the entire rest of the series was flipped on its head this time around. It's absolutely worth the read of the whole set just to feel prepared to read this book.

About the Author

Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She's been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing three romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God's four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in 

love and becoming human. In Pierce Securities, she gives us Ryan, Evan, Miriam, Zack, Quinten, and Simon. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.

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