No One's Angel
Published September 17th 2013
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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.
About the Author
Kelly Walker was born in Trappe, MD but she now calls Fredericksburg Virginia home. 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 home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.
Tess (aka. Angel) is running. From what, she won't tell, but she can't let him find her. So Angel goes to the only person she thinks she can be safe with - Arion. They've known each other for what feels like forever, but they've never actually met in person. A friendship started in the safety of an online computer breaks free of the pilex and into reality and emotions run high.
From the first page Walker throws you into the heart of the story and grabs you. If you plan to read No One's Angel I highly suggest that you put aside the whole day for reading, because once you start, you won't want to stop. The plot is well paced and Walker holds back just enough of Angel's secrets to leak every now and then well and makes you feel like you're on the same ride as Arion.
The characters were really easy to connect to. I found myself going through the same emotional rollercoaster with Angel as she tried to work out how to trust again and to atone for things that she had done that led her to her situation. And then you get the other perspective with parts written from Arion's POV which gives you insight into just how must he cares about Angel which inevitability leads you to yelling at Angel "Y U No Trust Him??!!" I think my favourite part about the character interaction between Angel and Arion is when they have there really sweet moments where they let the true extent of their feelings shine through.
In saying all this, there were a couple of things about the novel that didn't sit right with me. When Angel shows up on Arion's doorstep, he knows who she is even though they had never met in person and had no idea what she looks like... I may have possibly missed something as to how he know it was her, but that wasn't really clear to me. Other than that, I just feel that the the novel would've benefited from starting a little further back, possibly at where Tess starts her run rather than when she arrives at her destination. I think it would have added more of a context.
Walker creates a wonderful tale of love in the 21st century where it is possible to find your soulmate in the realms of an online fantasy role play game. A book that I would definitely recommend.
3 out of 5