Shrewd Angel
Pax Polo is the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.Correction: Was the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.Now he sports a black eye and his bros have kicked him out of their band—three weeks before Christmas. It’s an unfamiliar kick to his over-inflated ego, but . . . whatever. No problem.Thanks to some stellar eavesdropping, an unexpected angel ornament, and a bribe to open for his favorite band ever, Pax will weasel his way back into his mates’ good graces.All he has to do is friend Clifford, the neighborhood man-shrew, for the summer. Distract him a bit so Clifford’s younger sister can sneak around. It sounds like a piece of beginners Beethoven. Jolly good fun. Easy.Because, Pax totally knows how to friend people. He has heaps of friends. This shrew’s no match for his shrewd ways. Or is he?

Shrewd Angel Details

TitleShrewd Angel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 2nd, 2018
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary

Shrewd Angel Review

  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    It was a wicked cool idea that this Christmas ornament was a lucky charm . Or more than that. A guardian angel. (...) I'm swooning big time here.Get ready for the cuteness people...Take one Angel tree topper,a whole lot of meddling,some truly engaging characters and you get an utterly charming story that you won't want to miss.Pax Polo,guitarist for Serenity Free,is slinky,sexy,charismatic and he's going to need his meddling skills to be on top form to get himself out of his current situation It was a wicked cool idea that this Christmas ornament was a lucky charm . Or more than that. A guardian angel. (...) I'm swooning big time here.Get ready for the cuteness people...Take one Angel tree topper,a whole lot of meddling,some truly engaging characters and you get an utterly charming story that you won't want to miss.Pax Polo,guitarist for Serenity Free,is slinky,sexy,charismatic and he's going to need his meddling skills to be on top form to get himself out of his current situation.Kicked out of his band a few weeks before Christmas,ever the optimist,he can manoeuvre things to his advantage,right?What he hadn't bargained on was Clifford......a bit grumpy,just a bit serious but Pax can charm to birds from the trees ......but who's playing who??Clifford's younger sister has two suitors....Luca and Henry.All Pax has to do is distract Clifford and let the battle commence,he's routing for Luca who he's staying with but Henry has connections that would get him back into favour with his band. A modern take on The Taming of the Shrew As usual with this Author the banter is delicious.Pax sets about his mission with great enthusiasm.There's a ton of hilarious exchanges between the characters and heart warming moments....and the Angel is always present seeming to sprinkle magic all around...Will Pax achieve his goal or find that he was looking for something completely different all along?And the Epilogue was just perfection...Highly recommended.Review copy.
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  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    I kind of have mixed feelings about this latest Anyta Sunday read.I loved the snark, banter, and games between Pax and Cliff, which flowed naturally on the page and felt extremely believable.Pax was a bit of a mess and Cliff was entirely too put together for his own good, so seeing Pax try to unravel his perfectly-ordered life was so much fun to read.However, for this to have been an M/M romance, the first half of the book didn't truly feel either gay-related *or* that a romance was inevitable - I kind of have mixed feelings about this latest Anyta Sunday read.I loved the snark, banter, and games between Pax and Cliff, which flowed naturally on the page and felt extremely believable.Pax was a bit of a mess and Cliff was entirely too put together for his own good, so seeing Pax try to unravel his perfectly-ordered life was so much fun to read.However, for this to have been an M/M romance, the first half of the book didn't truly feel either gay-related *or* that a romance was inevitable -- except possibly for Cliff's 17 y.o. sister, Bianca.Yes guys, this one had a frustratingly slooooooooow burn, which, for me at least, made the story feel very, very long, as I read and read and read, then looked at the page count and my eyes bugged out a bit.At 52% in, when the cat was let out of the Big Gay Bag, that's when the actual romantic feelings began to flow, and the pacing of the story finally took off.While the snark and banter were completely on-point, some of the jokes were, well, the only way I can really describe them would be to say that they spiked pretty high on the old corn-o-meter.I adored the friendship between Pax and Luca, and their plotting to get Luca and Bianca together. And the parts with Pax hiding in Cliff's tree and constantly stealing into Cliff's bedroom via the trellis, damn if that didn't make me laugh again and again.The steam was done very well, as there was just enough, but the bedroom wallpaper was never in danger of being singed to a crisp and bursting into flames.Most of the angst here was from Pax deciding what he should do with his life in regards to rejoining the assholes in his band vs. doing what would make him truly happy.But I was thrilled to see that, when Cliff finally was told exactly why Pax had originally befriended him, we didn't get a trite, expected Huge Break Up scene, as Cliff was sad, but not truly angry.So while there were a few things that I might've changed about this story, I'd still recommend it and rate it at around 3.5 stars.-----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    A The Taming of the Shrew retelling I was a beta reader for this book, and I think Anyta Sunday did an awesome job with it. I hope you all enjoy <3
  • Anyta Sunday
    January 1, 1970
    A charmingly vain rogue plays games with the overbearing older brother next door. Who ends up winning surprises, well, one of them. This New Zealand set (read: summer) Christmas MM romance is loosely based on Shakespeare's comedy: The Taming of The Shrew. And a sort of homage to the awesome, 90s rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. So many people to thank for the creation of this romance. Cheerleaders, beta-readers, editors, proofreaders. Vir, Sunne, Heather K, Silvia, Vicki, Heather at HJs Edit A charmingly vain rogue plays games with the overbearing older brother next door. Who ends up winning surprises, well, one of them. This New Zealand set (read: summer) Christmas MM romance is loosely based on Shakespeare's comedy: The Taming of The Shrew. And a sort of homage to the awesome, 90s rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. So many people to thank for the creation of this romance. Cheerleaders, beta-readers, editors, proofreaders. Vir, Sunne, Heather K, Silvia, Vicki, Heather at HJs Editing, Wolfgang Eulenberg, Becky, and Olivia. Thank you all so much for guiding me in the creation of this novel. <3 You guys bring the magic.And a special thanks to Eli Easton who is an incredible author (who I was SO privileged to meet in Amsterdam this year), and who thought of asking me to join this group of amazing authors to write a story in The Christmas Angel series alongside Jordan L. Hawk, Kim Fielding, N.R. Walker, R.J. Scott and L.A. Witt. I'm super honored and I have really loved the process. <3And thank you readers for reading! <3 <3 <3Shrewd Angel is up for pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/Shrewd-Angel-C...Warning: Pax Polo likes his face. A lot. It's a flaw. And it remains one.
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  • Virginia Books
    January 1, 1970
    Based on Shakespeare’s Taming the Shrew and kinda 10 things I hate about you style, this is a Christmas story that shows us how important friendship is and how it fills your life. How you can find love when you’re not looking for it, when you don’t know even what love is.The story is cute, funny and sexy in its slow burn. The banter, as Anyta’s trade mark, is so good, and it says, no, scratch that, it shows what its needed to be shown, even with the short length. Pax Polo is not what he looks li Based on Shakespeare’s Taming the Shrew and kinda 10 things I hate about you style, this is a Christmas story that shows us how important friendship is and how it fills your life. How you can find love when you’re not looking for it, when you don’t know even what love is.The story is cute, funny and sexy in its slow burn. The banter, as Anyta’s trade mark, is so good, and it says, no, scratch that, it shows what its needed to be shown, even with the short length. Pax Polo is not what he looks like, he’s not what he tries to look like and I liked him from page one because I knew he wasn’t that pretty boy with the huge ego and nothing more to offer. My favorite character was Cliff tho. The grumpy neighbor, the hot smart guy with a sad past. I loved him. I understood him and he made me laugh.Great story, with great characters and a meaningful angel. That’s what this is. And the epilogue is sweet and romantic and summarizes the essence of this little Christmas tale. Go and read it! 👉🏻
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    The superb sloooooow burn talents of Anyta Sunday, a retelling of one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies, throw away lines referencing one of my favourite musicals (Taming of the Shrew and Kiss Me Kate respectively) and our interfering Christmas Angel conspire to produce a genius festive romance.Cliff and Pax are fabulous, there's a whole host of wondrous secondary characters, the New Zealand setting is subtle and the nods to the both the original source material and to the amazing MGM musical The superb sloooooow burn talents of Anyta Sunday, a retelling of one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies, throw away lines referencing one of my favourite musicals (Taming of the Shrew and Kiss Me Kate respectively) and our interfering Christmas Angel conspire to produce a genius festive romance.Cliff and Pax are fabulous, there's a whole host of wondrous secondary characters, the New Zealand setting is subtle and the nods to the both the original source material and to the amazing MGM musical, made this one of my favourites in this completely brilliant series.#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    *4,5 stars* It was a wicked cool idea that this Christmas ornament was a lucky charm. Or more than that. A guardian angel. I can only whole-heartedly agree!I was even more delighted at the thought that Anyta Sunday modelled this book on the 'Taming of the Shrew' which is my favourite Shakespeare play of all times!And let me tell you: this lady did a crack(l)ing job here! Not only do we get a plethora of hilarious banter and a cute, lighthearted romance, but we are witness to some of the best ver *4,5 stars* It was a wicked cool idea that this Christmas ornament was a lucky charm. Or more than that. A guardian angel. I can only whole-heartedly agree!I was even more delighted at the thought that Anyta Sunday modelled this book on the 'Taming of the Shrew' which is my favourite Shakespeare play of all times!And let me tell you: this lady did a crack(l)ing job here! Not only do we get a plethora of hilarious banter and a cute, lighthearted romance, but we are witness to some of the best verbal sparring I've come across. The sparks are flying wildly in all directions every time when Pax and Cliff are anywhere near each other! (And that is not only down to their very different natures: Cliff - dedicated, (too) hard working and Pax - a joker and schemer who's 'passionately dedicated to getting what he wants') Cliff: "This is not a stage. None of your fans are here drooling over your ridiculously angelic face, and even if the you were, you can be sure they wouldn't see a star, but a ... starfish. Red all over and wet with sweat."(Pax) "Now I not only wonder if you know what a friend is, I wonder if you know what a neighbour is." Cliff leaned toward him and spoke in hushed tones. "It's someone who stays on their side of the fence."Cliff to Pax: "Next time I make muffins, I'm adding whole wheat flour." Pax was puzzled.... "Perhaps it'll add the necessary amount of moral fibre that is currently missing."The thing is: Cliff is overprotective of his sister Bianca (she's 17) and won't let her go out with guys at all. But Luca, Pax's new roommate, and Henry, the next door neighbour, both have a serious crush on her. So Pax takes it upon himself to distract Cliff so the guys get a chance to see her, and a little bribe from Henry promising Pax the gig of his dreams if he succeeds motivates him even further ...But does he succeed with his 'subversive' methods? Or has he found an even match in Cliff? Let me tell you that there is some incredibly clever writing going on here!Most importantly, next to all the fire, the 'insults', the 'digging at each other for the fun of it' between these two, there is also tenderness and gentleness and vulnerability. Just the one thing ... (view spoiler)[ I could not work out why Pax would have done what he did - sorry don't want to spoil too much here - to Blake. Surely, after spending time with the band and that guy for months, he would have figured out his asshole attitude? (hide spoiler)] Not that it really mattered!So while Miss Sunday does a stellar job at paying homage to a great play, she entertains and delights and finds some very satisfying solutions for her characters. A really lovely Christmas story!I was delighted to find out at the end that quite a few other authors have picked up the 'magic angel' theme to create 'The Christmas Angel Series'. I certainly can't wait to read more!Arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    *beta read an unedited version* This book is a M/M romance set in New Zealand featuring music, found families and enemies to lovers. It's not too heavy on the Xmas element which is something I appreciated a lot since I'm not big on Xmas. If you're into the genre and are looking forward to some slightly xmasy romances I can definitely recommend it!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Shrewd Angel is such a cute read full with shenanigans from guitarist Pax Polo trying to tame the neighborhood shrew, Cliff. Pax had moved into a new neighborhood after gotten kicked out of his band and feeling all sorry for himself. But he had a new task in hand, distract the shrew and help his new friends, Luca and Henry to date Cliff's sister and Pax might just get his wish granted.To be honest, I don't know why is Luca and Henry is all over Bianca, but Pax shamelessly flirtatious technique a Shrewd Angel is such a cute read full with shenanigans from guitarist Pax Polo trying to tame the neighborhood shrew, Cliff. Pax had moved into a new neighborhood after gotten kicked out of his band and feeling all sorry for himself. But he had a new task in hand, distract the shrew and help his new friends, Luca and Henry to date Cliff's sister and Pax might just get his wish granted.To be honest, I don't know why is Luca and Henry is all over Bianca, but Pax shamelessly flirtatious technique and crazy shenanigans to distract Cliff was funny as hell. Cliff is all preppy and uptight and is interesting to see how he see how Pax wore him down and learn to enjoy Christmas again. Add on with Anyta's trademark snark and banter, this is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and left you swoon over.
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  • Bookreader87(Amanda)
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm...not my favorite by this author. It may just be me but I didn't particularly like Pax or the story.
  • Lelyana
    January 1, 1970
    “Just because I’m gay and you’re gay, doesn’t mean we should be gay together.” Pax rested his head back against Cliff’s shoulder. “No, but I’m a dick, and you’re a dick, and we both like dick, so . . .” So...it's kinda hard to write this. I love Anyta's books, almost all of them. Sorry that this one didn't really work for me. I like slow burn, enemy to lovers, friends to lovers and I love Anyta's books :(I really wanted to love this book, but I can't. All my friends loved it, and I was trying “Just because I’m gay and you’re gay, doesn’t mean we should be gay together.” Pax rested his head back against Cliff’s shoulder. “No, but I’m a dick, and you’re a dick, and we both like dick, so . . .” So...it's kinda hard to write this. I love Anyta's books, almost all of them. Sorry that this one didn't really work for me. I like slow burn, enemy to lovers, friends to lovers and I love Anyta's books :(I really wanted to love this book, but I can't. All my friends loved it, and I was trying to find out where did I go wrong with this.I liked Pax, I like Cliff, but...I liked the story premise, but...I wanted to praise this book, but...I wanted to enjoy this book, but...I felt bored, and tired, and cannot wait to finished this book so I can start the new one.I love the series, this was an okay, fun, adorable story, but not my favorite of Anyta and the series over all.I'm sure this time, it's not the book, it's me. Because all my friends loved it, and I didn't :(
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up because this is Anyta Sunday. Duh… I love her for her uncomplicated, drama-free slow-burn romances with two adorable (and surprisingly mature) idiots, and she delivers exactly that. I just loved this <3
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The Taming of the Shrew is my least favourite Shakespearean play. But Anyta Sunday is my one of my favourite m/m authors and I thought if there's anyone who can make me like a retelling of this abhorrent play, it's Anyta Sunday. And guess what?She did.Shrewd Angel is an adorable romp of a novel that I read in one sitting. It features Sunday's iconic loveable and oblivious characters, hot and swoon-worthy banter, and charming and engaging storyline.Pax is handsome and charismatic, and he knows it The Taming of the Shrew is my least favourite Shakespearean play. But Anyta Sunday is my one of my favourite m/m authors and I thought if there's anyone who can make me like a retelling of this abhorrent play, it's Anyta Sunday. And guess what?She did.Shrewd Angel is an adorable romp of a novel that I read in one sitting. It features Sunday's iconic loveable and oblivious characters, hot and swoon-worthy banter, and charming and engaging storyline.Pax is handsome and charismatic, and he knows it. He uses his good looks and charm to get what he wants, but the only thing on his mind for the summer is getting back into the good graces of his bandmates that kicked him out, after he and their drummer get into a physical fight. And the quickest way to do that is by befriending his new neighbour, Cliff. Cliff's younger sister, Bianca, has two suitors, one of whom, Henry, is related to the manager of Lone Whistle and the Deserted, Pax's favourite band, who are looking for an opening act to their concert. All Pax has to do keep Cliff occupied while Henry, and his new roommate Luca, vie for Bianca's attention -- and Pax can get his band the gig of a lifetime and win his way back into their hearts. But Pax wasn't counting on falling for Cliff, even if the other man is a bit rude and super over-protective of his sister. Cliff has a reputation in their town as the 'shrew', because he's uptight and assertive (despite the fact that this is more a description of a woman, which Cliff points out). But this is a facade that Cliff puts out into the world, hiding a despondent heart that is too frightened to love again.Pax and Cliff's banter is off the charts. At first, Cliff is very reluctant to befriend Pax, but before long, Pax has dug his way under Cliff's skin and into his heart. Their friendship is fun and flirty and quite funny, but once something more starts to develop between them, it's heady and hot and romantic. Shrewd Angel is a lovely Christmas book, perfect for reading at this time of the year. I'm not usually the type that reads holiday books -- Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. -- but I'll definitely be making the exception for any other holiday novel Anyta Sunday writes.
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  • Relly
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favourite2.5 starsI think I’m going to be on my own on this one as I’m thinking this is going to be one of those It’s me not you situationsEveryone I can see enjoyed this one and I just didn’t.It’s well written but I didn’t really like either character and I had to push myself to finish it.The side characters were good, but being in Pax’s head was hardThe banter didn’t work for me and to be honest I just didn’t feel the connection between the two guys
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  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this installment of the Christmas Angel books but I didn't buy into Pax or Cliff as a couple. Not until the very end. But more, I felt left out as I read the story. I may be the only adult in the US who has not read The Taming of the Shrew so I was lost among the references and innuendo related to the story. I also don't want TV (because books!) and don't listen to much music (because audiobooks!) so references to songs and groups and other contemporary issues lost me. I never did quit I enjoyed this installment of the Christmas Angel books but I didn't buy into Pax or Cliff as a couple. Not until the very end. But more, I felt left out as I read the story. I may be the only adult in the US who has not read The Taming of the Shrew so I was lost among the references and innuendo related to the story. I also don't want TV (because books!) and don't listen to much music (because audiobooks!) so references to songs and groups and other contemporary issues lost me. I never did quite get the very end either. Sounded like Cliff's sister picked one of the guys but the other was with a guy? Maybe? Lost again. So though I enjoyed the writing and the slow build of the romance, it was over my head.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Full Disclosure: I'm the author of another book in this series. But each book is a standalone, written independently by the author, so I can have some objectivity.I loved this slow-burn story with music, snarky dialogue, and fun supporting characters. I was rooting for Pax and Cliff, and I bet you will be too. And although there's a lot of humor in this story, there's also depth of feeling as both guys deal with their issues.
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  • Serena Yates
    January 1, 1970
    The sixth book in this amazing seven-book series around a wooden Christmas Angel sculpted in 1750, is set in 1999, and the angel has made its way from London via the United States to New Zealand. It has had quite some stories to tell, all of them very emotional, but this one has a much lighter tone. For one thing, a time has come where two men falling in love is no longer illegal or even a problem for a majority of the population. For another, it is about two men, Pax and Clifford, who don’t rea The sixth book in this amazing seven-book series around a wooden Christmas Angel sculpted in 1750, is set in 1999, and the angel has made its way from London via the United States to New Zealand. It has had quite some stories to tell, all of them very emotional, but this one has a much lighter tone. For one thing, a time has come where two men falling in love is no longer illegal or even a problem for a majority of the population. For another, it is about two men, Pax and Clifford, who don’t really like each other all that much when they first meet. They aren’t really enemies, but they believe they don’t have much in common. Pax tells the story, and he is hilarious! Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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  • Vallie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @18%Ugh this is so frustrating but I just can’t with this book. I love Anyta Sunday and Christmas stories even more, not to mention the enemies-to-lovers trope. But I’ve been picking and putting this book down for 2 weeks now and I just find it incredibly dull. The banter isn’t to my liking and the whole plot seems a bit ridiculous to me. I realise it’s a modern retelling of the Taming of the Shrew and maybe I should stick with it longer but I have no patience for it this holiday season. Pe DNF @18%Ugh this is so frustrating but I just can’t with this book. I love Anyta Sunday and Christmas stories even more, not to mention the enemies-to-lovers trope. But I’ve been picking and putting this book down for 2 weeks now and I just find it incredibly dull. The banter isn’t to my liking and the whole plot seems a bit ridiculous to me. I realise it’s a modern retelling of the Taming of the Shrew and maybe I should stick with it longer but I have no patience for it this holiday season. People have loved this from what I see on GR so it’s definitely a matter of personal preference here.On to other things.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    We fast forward another 25 years and we are in NZ at the turn of the 21st century.Outcast from his band, Pax sets his sights on his neighbors and helps his flatmate to get with the neighbors sister.Yes, this book had some funny moments but as I had not read Taming of the Shrew some of it was lost to me.The angel makes several appearances but doesn't seem to be as intregral to the romance as she was at the start.I liked the book, but its not my favorite of the series.3.5 roinded to 4
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    This is classic Anyta Sunday all wrapped up in a late-90s, New Zealand Christmas package. Slow-burn goodness, witty snark, oblivious MCs, amazing secondary characters, healing and comfort. Everything I expect when I open up a book by this author, who never leaves me disappointed.Pax is our POV character. He's on the outs with his band, trying to stay on his feet while he figures out a way to get back in their good graces. He figures distracting himself by helping his new roomie get the girl coul This is classic Anyta Sunday all wrapped up in a late-90s, New Zealand Christmas package. Slow-burn goodness, witty snark, oblivious MCs, amazing secondary characters, healing and comfort. Everything I expect when I open up a book by this author, who never leaves me disappointed.Pax is our POV character. He's on the outs with his band, trying to stay on his feet while he figures out a way to get back in their good graces. He figures distracting himself by helping his new roomie get the girl couldn't hurt, especially when it could eventually lead to getting his band the gig of their dreams. But he doesn't bargain for that distraction being so... distracting. Cue witty banter and adorableness and amazing slow-build sweetness as Pax gets to know Cliff and finds out who his real friends really are.The first half or so of this story actually kind of dragged for me. I think that might have been the portion of the book when the references to Taming of the Shrew were out in full force, when the author might've been building up the storyline in an intentional way that I couldn't appreciate. But about halfway through, I was entranced and couldn't put the book down. I've never read Taming of the Shrew so I can't talk much about the similarities between this and Shakespeare's story, aside from Pax lovingly referring to Cliff as the Shrew from time to time. But from what I've seen in other reviews, if you're a fan of the play, you won't be disappointed here.Between the slow-burn romance, lovable characters, misadventures, late-90s nostalgia and all the feels this book pulled out of me, it's one I highly recommend. It's the second book in the Christmas Angel series that I read (I skipped a few for now!) and this series is one that can be picked up and read in any order at any time. It was really nice going from the first book in the series (set in 1750) to this one, and seeing the angel still bringing people together. It adds a touch of magic to the story that I always appreciate in a Christmas romance.An advance copy of this book was received for review on OMGReads.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to new releases from Ms. Sunday and couldn’t contain a small whoop of joy when I saw her along the list of marvelous authors participating in this collection. Her addition is slightly different but no less enjoyable in my opinion. She excels at slow-burn and Pax and Cliff dawdle their way together magnificently. Their relationship starts out a bit rocky. In the beginning, things focus on the mysteries of both men’s lives. We…well, we get to know Pax and Cliff before they be I always look forward to new releases from Ms. Sunday and couldn’t contain a small whoop of joy when I saw her along the list of marvelous authors participating in this collection. Her addition is slightly different but no less enjoyable in my opinion. She excels at slow-burn and Pax and Cliff dawdle their way together magnificently. Their relationship starts out a bit rocky. In the beginning, things focus on the mysteries of both men’s lives. We…well, we get to know Pax and Cliff before they become a couple. Piece by piece and layer by layer, their secrets are revealed. Once their core is visible, they crash together in the most beautiful manner. But this is not the “first kiss or maybe more by 32%” formula. Nope. They build and grow and let each other in before any funny business begins. Well…I take that back. Of course, Anyta brings her funny game on strong early. Pax is hilarious and despite his cocky ‘tude, he’s easy to fall for. Cliff is a bit more…resilient. For all that they bicker and banter, a lovely angelic interference helps bind them together. All in all, I thought it was brilliantly executed.What's to like: Sunday specializes in fierce sexual tension with pleasing fade to black love scenes. If you’re new to her particular flavor, prepare for spice with a tender bite. They are adorable rather than sexy. They are sweet instead of sinful. They are precious and perfect for one another. And I was captivated from the start. I enjoyed the music, I loved their runs but most of all, I relished in their connection. Bianca and Henry round out the delightful main cast. The New Zealand setting was an extra bonus. Lots to like my friends.What's to love: I would have to say Pax and Cliff are quite simply the stars of the show. I enjoyed Cliff’s sister and Pax’s roommate but the heart of this story lies with our musician and his shrew. Pax is in the midst of a life crisis. His band (his life) kicked him out. Temporarily. An altercation forced drastic measures from his bandmates and he’s on a probation of sorts. Desperate to do ANYthing to slip back into their good favor, he’s searching for his golden ticket. When he finds a place to live and by default a chance at booking a gig for the band far out of their reach, he is certain he can turn his luck around. But then…there’s an obstacle. The shrew. How can he win back his band with the handsome astute neighbor blocking his every move? Simple. Win over the shrew. Ha! Easier said than done. Lucky for Cliff, Pax is tenacious. He won’t give up. And I loved bouncing along his bull-headed ride.Beware of:Long and slow. There is a plot pot that is brewing to the top and the romantic ingredients simmer for a great deal of the story. You may not sweat but I bet you will chuckle and smile.This book is for: If you’ve started this series (yay you!) I highly suggest you give this one a go too…it’s mellow but marvelous. Of course, all Sunday fans have read this beauty by now.Book UNfunk
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  • Becca Waldrop
    January 1, 1970
    What a story. An over inflated ego of a rock star going against a Shrewd mind of the neighborhood shrew. Each in their own way playing a game, but not knowing how to act when it becomes more than a game.I don't know who I wanted to shake more. Pax or Cliff. Both so hard headed and stubborn. But when it comes down to it, some of their behavior comes from what they've been through. The walls always staying up, the uncomfortable laughter to shake things off….yeah. it's hard to let someone in with t What a story. An over inflated ego of a rock star going against a Shrewd mind of the neighborhood shrew. Each in their own way playing a game, but not knowing how to act when it becomes more than a game.I don't know who I wanted to shake more. Pax or Cliff. Both so hard headed and stubborn. But when it comes down to it, some of their behavior comes from what they've been through. The walls always staying up, the uncomfortable laughter to shake things off….yeah. it's hard to let someone in with their different situations. Especially when both sides also know something is up. Pax is more or less being forced to help in a situation so he can get back into good graces with his band. Cliff knows something is up to keep him distracted from his sister. But as these two get to know each other, the truth is coming out little by little and things are changing. Pax realizes things about his band that have changed things for him. Cliff is starting to realize it's ok to have fun again. But any big change is scary. It kills me too, because both of these boys underneath all the bluster, flirting and everything else, they are just so full of heart and hopeful, but so scared. This story is so sweet. It's funny, tearful, sometimes sad, but hopeful and under the watch of an ornamental Angel that seems to help bring love. It's a good story. One to curl in front of the fireplace and engross yourself in.http://lovebytesreviews.com
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsLoosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Shrewd Angel is a wild romp complete with witty dialogue, fantastic humor, and fast moving action. One cannot help but fall in love with Pax regardless of the fact that his scheming and manipulative ways are never going to work out. He is a lost soul—not happy in the band and yet not confident enough in his own talent to really make a name for himself in the music world. Cliff is simply a hurting man who has be A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsLoosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Shrewd Angel is a wild romp complete with witty dialogue, fantastic humor, and fast moving action. One cannot help but fall in love with Pax regardless of the fact that his scheming and manipulative ways are never going to work out. He is a lost soul—not happy in the band and yet not confident enough in his own talent to really make a name for himself in the music world. Cliff is simply a hurting man who has been thrown into the deep end and is trying to do what is best for his little sister, but comes off as dictatorial and heavy-handed most of the time. His surly, outspoken way of dissecting every situation is occasionally a bit much to take. I had to remind myself that somewhere beneath his mean-hearted exchanges with just about everyone there was a kind soul that was really just struggling to survive the emotional devastation of losing the parents that were such a major force in his life.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.
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  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    December is when I glut myself on fluffy little Christmas romances. This book had a Christmas story, but it was actually not little at all and had a lot more than just fluff - this is the only one of the Christmas Angel series that I've read so far (I've read two others) that feels like a full novel. In MM romance, unlike hetero romance (where a rock star hero is almost always an ass), I've discovered that I actually like rock star MCs - especially when they're snarky and kind of bad boys. This December is when I glut myself on fluffy little Christmas romances. This book had a Christmas story, but it was actually not little at all and had a lot more than just fluff - this is the only one of the Christmas Angel series that I've read so far (I've read two others) that feels like a full novel. In MM romance, unlike hetero romance (where a rock star hero is almost always an ass), I've discovered that I actually like rock star MCs - especially when they're snarky and kind of bad boys. This story was very satisfying on that level, the banter was fun, and both MCs were actually pretty adorable and had emotional depth, and so did their sidekicks.
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    Took me a helluva long time to get into this one, even allowing for Anyta's trademark slow burn. The romance was lovely though, and yes, Pax got on my nerves sometimes but he and Cliff [😕] made a sweet couple. Glad Pax told his former band mates, bunch of losers that they were, where to go. Also happy that (view spoiler)[Bianca chose Luca.... (hide spoiler)]
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  • herdys
    January 1, 1970
    I'm becoming such a fan of Anyta's opposite attract stories. It's not enemies becomes lovers but something similar that I love so much! Her books keep getting better and better 😍
  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    My first Anyta Sunday book! I really liked it. Lot's of great banter, laughs, sarcasm and chemistry between Pax and Cliff.Another good Christmas Angel story.
  • Isa Tis
    January 1, 1970
    4.25*Chaque nouvelle publication d’Anyta Sunday provoque en moi une réaction proche de l’hystérie tant j’aime me blottir dans ses histoires. C’est donc avec un plaisir énorme que j’ai attaqué le roman Shrewd Angel , 6e opus de la série The Christmas Angel, dont chacun des tomes peut se lire en standalone.Cette fois, le lecteur débarque en Nouvelle-Zélande pour découvrir une histoire inspirée de La mégère apprivoisée de William Shakespeare, oui rien que ça…Et autant que vous soyez avertis, Anyta 4.25*Chaque nouvelle publication d’Anyta Sunday provoque en moi une réaction proche de l’hystérie tant j’aime me blottir dans ses histoires. C’est donc avec un plaisir énorme que j’ai attaqué le roman Shrewd Angel , 6e opus de la série The Christmas Angel, dont chacun des tomes peut se lire en standalone.Cette fois, le lecteur débarque en Nouvelle-Zélande pour découvrir une histoire inspirée de La mégère apprivoisée de William Shakespeare, oui rien que ça…Et autant que vous soyez avertis, Anyta Sunday a fait un boulot incroyable !J’ai retrouvé cette patte de l’auteur que j’apprécie tellement, reconnaissable par un slooooow-burn qui prend tout son temps et qui titille le lecteur (mais c’est si bon d’être un peu impatient !) ; des dialogues piquants, drôles avec des joutes verbales qui font à chaque fois leur petit effet ; des scènes cocasses ; un personnage fantasque à souhait et un couple de héros adorables…Noël approche et Pax Polo vient de se faire virer de son groupe de musique, Serenity Free, dur dur… mais Pax garde le moral et sait qu’il trouvera un moyen de retrouver sa place auprès de ses potes. En attendant, le voilà qui s’installe en colocation dans un petit quartier tranquille (enfin…pas tant que ça). Il découvre rapidement que son colocataire, Luca, en pince pour sa voisine Bianca. Mais il est impossible d’approcher la demoiselle tant son frère, Clifford, est surprotecteur et sort les crocs dès qu’un garçon approche. Mais il en faut plus pour effrayer Pax, il réussira sans le moindre doute à distraire et à dompter la « mégère » teigneuse qu’est Clifford, d’autant plus qu’un autre prétendant issu du voisinage, Henry, pourrait l’aider à récupérer sa place de guitariste, voilà de quoi redoubler d’efforts. Ahlala mais quel joyeux bordel ce roman … Du coup, je ne sais pas par où commencer moi-même ! Pax est irrésistible, c’est un homme sûr de lui qui aime fanfaronner et dont l’ego démesuré ne semble pas avoir de limites cache en réalité une vulnérabilité touchante. J’ai adoré Pax, une vraie boule d’énergie sacrément épuisante parfois, et ce n’est pas Clifford qui va me contredire. Clifford , aaah mon Clifford si irascible, si sérieux, si foutrement craquant en grand frère attentionné mais un peu (beaucoup) étouffant m’a complètement fait craquer. Côtoyer Pax va lui faire un bien fou et j'ai tellement aimé le voir sourire, cela m'a fait chaud au coeur.J’ai beaucoup aimé voir ces deux hommes si différents partager de sacrés (et hilarants) moments ensemble, devenir de façon improbable amis, puis développer des sentiments plus tendres. Ils ne pensaient même pas à l’amour, bien loin de leurs préoccupations, ne l’avaient même jamais connu, et pourtant peu à peu ils vont tomber dans la marmite, un petit ange de bois y veillera ! L’ambiance de Noël est bien présente et la musique est aussi omniprésente, ce qui ajoute une note festive à l’ensemble.Que dire de la fin ? Perfectissama !Une merveilleuse histoire de Noël, un peu barrée et extravagante, qui m’a donné des étoiles plein les yeux et de nombreux rires, un parfait moment de réconfort qui m’a vraiment fait du bien (et j’en avais besoin)…
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  • Jenny Wood
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect cover! Hey, hot guy!Mmmmkay, so, first thing’s first… I know nothing of this Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew. I wish I did because then I might not have been so annoyed with Pax in the beginning. He was conceited and entitled and once his band had given him the boot, he was all about scheming to get himself back in, even though he kind of deserved the swift kick out . So, maybe he didn’t do what they thought he did, he didn’t do anything to disabuse them of the idea that he did. Just a Perfect cover! Hey, hot guy!Mmmmkay, so, first thing’s first… I know nothing of this Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew. I wish I did because then I might not have been so annoyed with Pax in the beginning. He was conceited and entitled and once his band had given him the boot, he was all about scheming to get himself back in, even though he kind of deserved the swift kick out . So, maybe he didn’t do what they thought he did, he didn’t do anything to disabuse them of the idea that he did. Just a snarky, smug, smile… I’d have knocked him in the mouth too! However, my heart did break for him when I learned the real reason. What terrible people they all were. So, since the band decided they’d figure out what to do with him after Christmas, he moved in with a nice Italian boy looking for a roommate. Luca was cute, and half in love with the girl next door. The problem with that was, she had a “shrew” brother who wouldn’t let her so much as look at a boy, and the neighbor on the other side had a crush on her too. Bonus for Pax… the neighbor on the other side, who seemed like almost a big of douche as Pax, had Rockstar family who Pax could sure use in getting his band back. All he had to do was keep the neighbor shrew busy so the girl next door could take her pick of which boy she liked and maybe spend time with them. Very cute idea…. Very 10-things-I-hate-about-you, 90’s era, teenage movie. Pax and the Shrew, his name is Cliff… their banter was cute, in a Cliff hates any and everything other than studying law-enforcement books and making sure his sister has zero fun in her life, and Pax takes nothing serious ever and thinks he can charm the pants off anyone he so much as blinks at. I was glad to see Cliff give him a little run for his money. It put him in place a bit. However, the more we get to know them both, the deeper we get into who they both are and why they are the way they are. It was a hard go… They’re both so incredibly stubborn and watching them together, the push and pull was so worth everything. I loved Lucca, Binaca and I even learned to love Henry. What I didn’t love and wish I could’ve had more karmic justice, was Pax’s band. I wish they would’ve gotten more of a middle finger and the angel to do her juju and ruin all of them for the way they treated Pax, especially Blake. I was glad that Pax finally came to his senses, but I wish he’d have gotten back at them more… I’m super petty that way. I’d blame it on my age, but I can’t. In saying all of that…. The bickering, the back and forth, the hurt feelings and stubbornness was so worth it in the end. I absolutely adored this story… I’m not usually one for billionaires, or rock stars, or huge CEO’s who have more money in sense…. So I was reluctant when I started this one. I just can’t help it, I like my boys, blue-collar every day folks….I shouldn’t have been though, because I’ve read several by this author and adored every single one of them…. This one was no different. 5 very easy stars from me!! What a perfect ending! <3
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    It was such a fun book to read. It had some bittersweet moments but there wasn’t really angst on it. It was very entertaining but, even though there were some Christmas scenes, I missed the spirit of the season. The plot was fun but it was a little too predictable. I didn’t really mind, because the charm of the book is in the characters. The fun interactions between Pax and Cliff made me smile all the time. Both were beautiful characters. I loved Cliff because of how easy it was, for him, to see It was such a fun book to read. It had some bittersweet moments but there wasn’t really angst on it. It was very entertaining but, even though there were some Christmas scenes, I missed the spirit of the season. The plot was fun but it was a little too predictable. I didn’t really mind, because the charm of the book is in the characters. The fun interactions between Pax and Cliff made me smile all the time. Both were beautiful characters. I loved Cliff because of how easy it was, for him, to see through Pax’s intentions. I also like how hard it was for him to let himself feel. I loved him but it was a little hard to get in touch with his feelings. Pax was a fun character. I love how vain he was but also to see the self-doubt there was behind that hard cover. He was charming and sometimes so annoying. I loved the way their relationship developed. It was perfect. The moments shared by them as a couple were the ones that I enjoyed the most.Another thing I liked a about the book were the secondary character. I particularly liked Bianca. I wish I would see a little bit more of her and Cliff interacting but I get it was part of the plot for things to be that way. The part friendship play in the story was great. In general it was a fantastic book. It was a very entertaining slow burn love story. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes M/M romance.* I recieved an ARC in exchange of an honest review
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