Sep 10, 2013
Title: No One’s Angel
Author: Kelly Walker
Publisher: Kelly Walker
Publication Date: September 6, 2013
CONTENT WARNING: Due to adult sexual situations and language, this novel may not be appropriate for readers under 18.
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 about a girl learning to fight back and a boy learning how to let go. (HEA ending and cliffhanger free.)
No One’s Angel was exactly what I want in a romance. It was cute, and while not light-hearted the conflict was still something that was easily over-comeable. I really liked that Kelly Walker incorporated gaming into the novel. It’s unusual and not something that’s typically found in romance novels.
I’m not sure that I actually liked Tess, but I felt that she was very sympathetic. She was young and naive, and she made stupid mistakes. Everyone does, and it shouldn’t have cost her freedom and her sanity. I did think it was a little unrealistic to run to someone that you’d only met online, and to immediately dress in their clothes without an invitation. Tess definitely needed someone to help her though, and so I’m glad she had Arion to depend on. I understood Tess’s emotional problems stemmed from her relationship with Nick, but I did think she ran hot and cold with Arion. That was annoying for me, and I can only imagine how it was for him.
Arion was an interesting character because I liked him, but he also had some MAJOR emotional issues. His were harder to believe because they came from such a young age. I feel like he should’ve dealt with his issues before the age of 23. I really liked that he was protective though especially given what Tess had been through. I also liked that he wanted to give Tess her space, but also be near enough if she needed him. I thought that was really him growing and maturing.
I really liked this book, it sucked me in from the minute I started reading it. It also stuck with me after I finished it, I thought about the weird situation Tess was in, and how much it sucked. To be honest in romance, I don’t necessarily have to have every little bit make sense, but those were the few things that really stood out to me as being a little unrealistic.
Overall, I really enjoyed No One’s Angel it was a good mix of conflict and romance. I genuinely cared about the characters and wanted them to beat Nick at his own game. I liked that in the end Tess realized there were people outside of Arion who wanted to see her happy. I would give this book 3.5 out 5 stars because I did like the gamer premie and I thought it was creative. I would definitely read other books by Kelly Walker, and I’m looking forward to her next romance novel!
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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