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Tad bounces around in time and watches mankind grow and change. He loves humanity and helping when he can. However, his job isn’t conducive to helping people - he’s an Angel of Death.

Doug is a fun-loving drama queen. He’s an amazing drag queen and hairstylist with big dreams, but despite his witty exterior, he has a dark history and is prone to self-destruction.

When Tad pushes the boundaries of his duties too far, his wings are stripped away from him, and he is sent to New York City to live as a human. Lost and alone he ends up meeting Doug, and they start a friendship that shapes them both and may last a lifetime. But nothing is simple when you’re dealing with a former Angel of Death and a Drag Queen. Could these two cause the fabric of our world to collapse or will they manage to keep the future as it should?

©2019 M.D. Neu (P)2021 M.D. Neu

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GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it. This book was full of drama and romance! The narration was great. The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading more books by this author! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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3.75, pretty good

I thought that this was really quite sweet. I love platonic love stories. Not that no characters find romance or not even that the characters don't have sex. But the primary love of the story isn't a romantic love and I adored that. Given this fact, I think some people might quibble with it being called a romance. But I think it fits the genre, even if on the edge. Love is certainly the point.

Set in 2002, amidst the global unrest post September 11, the book has an emotionally charged setting. And Neu uses it to it's fullest giving us characters who call New York home. I thought Doug is a lovely character, if a little emotionally messy for much of the book. Tad is more complicated, for obvious reasons, but I liked him too (though not all the time(s)). And there are a host of fun side characters, though you don't get to know them too well.

The writing is quite readable and it's well narrated. It did feel a little slow at times. But not enough to drag too badly. All in all, a strong showing, even if it probably won't top my favorites list.

Note: I received a free Audible code for this book. I chose to listen and review it.

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Excellent Uplifting Story

This is the story of one of the Angels of Death (Tad) who was punished for wrong doing by having his wings taken and left on Earth. Here on Earth he is rescued off living on the streets by a Wounderfully generous gay man (Doug)who helps him.
This is their story of the time and Adventures they have and of Doug finding his true love & husband (Roberto). A Very touching story that give a different view of the world. The Narrator did a Wonderful job with the characters voices and the storyline!!

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Stellar performance by Steve Connor

For audiobooks, the narrator is as important as the well crafted story he/she reads. Steve is fantastic and the recording is done professionally. I’ve heard great story narrated by good reader but the recording left much to be desired with lots of strange feedback echoes and some other noises that make the listening a not so pleasant listening. Steve Connor, professional recording & well crafted story by MD Neu make “TAD” a really great experience for audiobook. Definitely a 5 stars and a recommend to anyone who loves a good yarn. Okay, I’ve not got into the story but why should I when I don’t believe in spoilers. Ha ha. I think it’s Enough to say that “TAD” is a down to earth story of human kindness in a simple drag queen and his community with lots of humour.

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an new take on angels

I haven’t read or listened to anything by this author before, but one of my fellow reviewers reviewed the ebook and loved it. I didn’t read her review because I wanted to go into this story without anything to influence my thoughts. I’m going to start with the narration because the narrator was new to me as well. I thought Steve Connor did a good job narrating this story. I didn’t feel a lot of personal connection to the story through his performance, but I thought his voice was pleasant and I would listen to him again.

I just have to put it out there that I don’t consider this story a romance at all. Not in the way that I would define a romance, anyway. But it is a story about love. TAD is an angel of death (there are many) whose love for humanity has him saving lives he isn’t supposed to. And while it seems like the little alterations he makes in mass casualty events to lessen the death total won’t make that much of a difference, he is stripped of his wings and made to live on Earth as punishment.

One of the events is 9/11 and it’s near ground zero that TAD meets Doug who gives him his acronym. Doug is a full of life drag queen with some self-esteem issues and a bad influence for a boyfriend. Meeting TAD makes Doug want to help him and so begins a long friendship. At first TAD isn’t wired for anything sexual, so their love is purely platonic. With out giving anything away, events occur that result in TAD becoming fully human, and he does engage in healthy sexual relationships with women and men. He doesn’t seem interested in anything permanent with anyone except the deep friendship he maintains with Doug.

The story is told over a long period of time with large gaps between sections. I understand why this is convenient because certain moments in the 20 year long story are more important than others. The characters grow and change so much but most of it occurs off-page. During the entirety TAD and Doug, of course, remain friends and Doug falls in love with a man we never learn that much about, but he is happy. And from time to time angels make brief appearances to see if TAD is ready to go back to his angelic life. I think this story speaks a lot about the importance of platonic love because TAD is never willing to leave Doug even though they are not in love with each other. Their kind of love is just as important to the duo though.

The story started with a lesson for TAD to realize how his interference does affect the world despite his best intentions. The lesson is kind of a long game and brings about the near collapse of the world like the blurb mentions. I thought the scare and what it takes to stop it made for an interesting story. There is a little twist in regards to TAD’s origins that I enjoyed. I felt that the story ended in a satisfying way, but again not really a romance so no HEA. The story does make you think, though, and I would recommend it as long as you aren’t expecting a romance.

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Loved the Story

I enjoyed listening to this story very much. This book is unique, refreshing and very different from the usual romance stories I read. I Loved the concept of how every action, every step we take can impact future of the world and author's delivery, how he made me experience every twist of Fate along with the characters. Narrator has a pleasant voice and did a good job with the story. It is probably just me, but it took me a little bit of time to start enjoying the narrator's style and therefore I liked narration of the second part of this story a lot more than the beginning. This was new to me author and I am looking forward to more of his books.

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An engaging tale told oh so well!

Tad is an Angel of Death. He is supposed to help people cross over. He’s not supposed to change their outcomes. Tad’s also a bit of a soft touch. When a mistake of epic proportions causes Tad to be de-winged and tossed out on his less than angelic backside, it falls to Doug, a fun loving drama queen, and part time drag queen, to pick him up, dust him off and save him from himself. But, of course, all is not as it seems in this divinely delightful, and somewhat dark tale of divine intervention. Tad’s boo-boo was a doozie, and apparently the course of world events has been a wee bit altered, well more than a wee bit. More like Houston, we have a problem! Cue the popcorn, pour the drinks, grab the headphones and enjoy this well written, magnificently narrated gem! This story was so well done! I don’t want to give too much detail for fear of dropping spoilers. I went from laughing, to having a look that my husband termed looking like I had seen a ghost, to shock, to uncontrolled sobbing. This story affected me deeply, and it will stay with me a long time. It will also be listened to again. Five stars are not nearly enough. It is deserving of so much more.

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  • LGB
  • 06-15-21

An enjoyable story with an unusual premise

I enjoyed listening to this entertaining supernatural story. It made me laugh and it eventually made me cry. It is a love story, but not a romance as such because the two main characters, T.A.D. and Doug, remain friends throughout rather than becoming lovers (although not for want of trying at times on both sides). Doug does find love and happiness, but the main focus of the story is between T.A.D and Doug. They are both big-hearted characters. T.A.D. is a fallen angel and Doug is an OTT hairdresser and drag queen and much of the story is about their interaction and events that affect them. The story eventually sweeps through many decades and the ending hurtles towards us. It is a tearjerker and not what I was expecting.

The narrator was new to me and I thought his narration was very well done. He matched the different voices to the various personalities in the story and made them come to life.

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  • kim c s
  • 05-21-21

loved this story!

this was one of those books that will stay with me, marvellous characters!
loved the ending.
the narrator was excellent.
certainly makes you think!

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 05-20-21

Interesting Premise

This is a tough one to review. While I liked the story and the premise, the friendship and the way the author portrait humanity (from the eyes of the Angel of Death: TAD) is amazing and inspirational, the amount of telling this book has is enormous. We jump from places to places, time to time and never get a sense of how TAD and Dough friendship progressed. Everything is told us, rarely shown. I got frustrated half away through. The narrator did a good job, but I didn't quite like how over top his performance of Doug was.