No One's Angel
by: Kelly Walker
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ 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.
This was s a cute story. It wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before so that was a bit disappointing. I was more entertained during the first half than the second which seemed like it dragged. Plus the whiney-ness of both Angel and Arion started to annoy me.
It had many elements I usually eat up like a bowl of candy: a damaged female on the run, deranged psycho on the loose, man willing to lay his life on the line for the girl he loves and a cute romance. I wasn’t ‘wowed’ though. Even with the dual POV’s it took me a few days to read this rather than my normal one or two. I’ll give credit where credit is due though. I thought the plot was original enough, in that the characters meet online and their romance first blossoms there.
Meeting online adds an extra element to this that I enjoyed because thought the characters are close and ‘in love’ they don’t really know each other, at least personally, let alone what the other looks like. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t read more books involving this concept considering how widespread things like online dating are.
Angel AKA Tess runs away from Tucson to Arion AKA Axel’s home in Philly. After getting to know each other playing a sim like game, Angel disappears. For one year Arion goes on a bender, thinking the only girl whom he could or would ever have feelings for has abandoned him. He drinks, parties and sleeps with faceless girls each night. Angel’s reemergence in his life brings forth his protective instincts and he is unwilling to let her go again. Slowly he learns that Angel is on the run. When she disappeared from the online world, she was immersed in a new relationship with the wrong guy. His affection soon turned to abuse and Angel learned some new and unsettling things about her partner, sending her into the welcoming arms of Axel. All this buildup leads to an obvious climax which again, was too predictable.
This was a cute romance, not at all overwhelming or out of this world. It was okay and would work when you’re looking for something light to read. I would certainly recommend this and considering the low affordable price, you can’t go wrong.