GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: No One’s Angel by Kelly Walker
No One's Angel
Published on September 17th 2013 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
No One's Angel is a New Adult(NA) Contemporary Romance and is recommended for mature audiences only due to language and sexual content.
I went into this book expecting it to be about gaming, but it really wasn’t. Angel and Arion are online gamers in a massively multiplayer online game similar to World of Warcraft. But aside from some chatting and the online tags they called each other (Angel’s real name is Tess and Arion’s real name is Axel), there was not any game plAy at all. I think it would’ve been cool to meet them in their game as sort of a prologue, but it certainly didn’t detract from the story.
Angel is On the run from an abusive boyfriend who was also a little mixed up in some other things. She’s got no money and nowhere to go, so she takes a chance and shows up unannounced at her former online friend’s house. (That’s Arion/Axel).
When Angel and Arion started playing together online they would flirt and it seemed like they might have a chance at a real relationship, but the distance between them seemed insurmountable to Angel, so she found a real guy (Nick) and he was possessive and made her end all her online relationships. So when Angel shows up at Arion’s door, they sorta know each other very well, but they have spoken in a year.
One thing I noticed was that the relationship progressed very fast from Arion’s POV, but there’s a reason for this that you’ll need to find out for yourself when you read it. Angel is very reluctant to allow Arion to insert himself in her life, she’s really just looking for a safe place to stay for a short time.
But, as it turns out, Arion is super rich and has a body to die for because after Angel disappeared, he worked through his feelings about her absence by working out. So Angel sorta finds the treasure boss’ stash when she happens to “accidentally” move in with Arion 😉 . He sweeps her off her feet with lots of clothes and a fancy charity gala. She cooks for him and even though she feels guilty for letting him buy her things, she enjoys it. They settle into an easy friendship, not quite as tight as they were before Angel disappeared, but getting there.
The sex was pretty hot. Arion was moving very fast and Angel wasn’t ready because of the way she was hurt in the past, so they had to work through that. But hey, when you get a little game play god gift handed in your lap, how long can you realistically say no? I think Arion was maybe a little too good to be true and it sucks to say it, but he didn’t have enough secrets and demons for me.
That’s so wrong! But I like the dark guys and Arion was a good guy. He had his shortcomings, but he was mostly sweet and sexy and perfect. He did come on very strong at first, much stronger than Angel was comfortable with, but he backed off and let her have her space. Even moving her out to his parent’s farm so she could help out and earn some money.
Of course, when there’s an abusive ex boyfriend in the picture, the girl is never safe. And Nick is one persistent guy – especially since Angel had dirt on him. So things get twisty near the end (as they should!) and both characters need to rise to the occasion in order to put the past behind them. No One’s Angel was a fun weekend read and I recommend it for anyone looking for an alternative NA setting. No college, no virgins… 😉 And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough college and enough virgins to last me a few years.
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