Review: No One’s Angel by Kelly Walker – New Adult + Gaming.. quite unique

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Synopsis:

CONTENT WARNING: Due to adult sexual situations and language, this novel may not be appropriate for readers under 18.
If you are looking for an intense, passionate love so wrong it is right, a story about losing your way but clawing desperately at any chance to find your way back, about hanging on to your last shred of sanity and trusting someone enough to let go of your fears, look no further. No One’s Angel’s angel is a New Adult (NA) Contemporary Romance about a girl learning to fight back and a boy learning to let go. 

Tess used to spend more hours than she’d care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels, and she traded her virtual heaven for a real-life hell. Now she’s on the run from a past she won’t talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she’s never actually met.

When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can’t help knowing the one-night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered.

But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they’ll first have to deal with the past that hasn’t forgotten her any more than she’s forgotten it–and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.

Excerpt:

Arion reaches for my hand but catches only air. I freeze. And then I
shiver. Without the warmth of the blankets, I remember I’m not
wearing anything but his shirt, and given the look he’s giving me
now, I’m not the only one who’s noticed. That expression I can
read just fine.

“You aren’t going anywhere, Angel.”

I suck in a sharp breath, hearing his words in someone else’s
voice.

But I did. I’m here. I left.

My eyes dart around the room like a moth fluttering against a light.
My pile of clothes, which should have been by the door, is missing.
“Did you take my clothes?” The tightening in my chest makes my
words breathless. I try to tell myself not to panic, but that’s
like telling a dog not to wag its tail. Acknowledging it only makes
it worse. I gulp for more air as my head starts to spin.

“Would only seem fair. After all, you took mine.” His tone is
tense, but beneath it I can hear his familiar teasing. I try to tell
myself I don’t have to be afraid. This is Arion. The one person I
trust. I know him.

But I don’t, and to tell myself otherwise is a lie.

If he wants his freaking shirt he can have it. I’ve got to get out
of here. My fingers begin undoing the buttons without me really
thinking about it, and then I’m shrugging my shoulders free.

His eyes go from warm pools of interest to sexy oceans of desire in
the time it takes me to remember I don’t even have a bra on.

I manage to catch the shirt just before it falls away from my hips,
and I quickly wrap it around me, covering myself. I tilt my chin
toward him defiantly, daring him to say or do anything even as I want
to beg him to let me go. At the same time I want to beg him to pull
me close. My emotion is a giant see-saw, and I’m tottering on the
edge with him in the middle. If he takes one step toward me, it will
tip the balance.

Review:

Grade: A- (4 Stars)

Disclaimer, I’m not a romance person, you may not believe it from the amount of romance books I end up reading, but if I had my way, I wouldn’t read some of them, and I do avoid a lot of them. I look for substance in a book.  I am a plot over smut kinda girl, and with romance novels it’s quite hard to find books that fill that requirement.

This book was wonderful.  I was browsing, and I saw this book, and I noticed it was a NA romance, but I read the description, and said, what the heck! I love gaming! I thought a novel exploring the previously untapped angel of virtual romances, which are quite common in today’s digital age was outstanding, so I grabbed this book on that alone. Full well knowing I was jumping back into the romance pool.

As a NA, this is great. Those of you who love the romance, you’ll love this. Gaming isn’t the focal point of this novel, so rest assured, those of you who don’t understand gaming, it won’t hinder the story for you in any way. Angel (Tess) and Arion (Axel)  met online, through my MMORPG online game. They chatted, hung out, and generally fell in love online. They spend a lot of time together, but suddently she disappears.

Years later, she turns up at Axel’s house, running away from her life.

This story is beautiful, well written, and heart wrenching. The character of Angel is so flawed and broken. She’s had a lot of bad in her life, and she hasn’t recovered yet. All Axel wants is to help her, love her, and keep her with him. This is a novel about fighting, fighting your own demons, fighting for the one you love.

Overall, I enjoyed this storyline. It’s not overly sex driven, though the sex is present but the storyline wasn’t bad either, so for those of you romance lovers, come on over and grab a copy of this book! You’ll love it! For the non romance, this one is iffy, I enjoyed it, but it might be a bit too much for some!

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About The Author:

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Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.

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