Title: The Halo Effect (The Cupid Chronicles #2)
Author: Shauna Allen
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: May 29, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars
About the Book
He’s gotta earn his wings…again.Love Detail’s favorite angel has his sights set on his next target: the stoic and mysterious Noble Blackfeather. And it just may prove to be his toughest case yet. Noble’s reclusive ways keep his angel at wing’s distance, and love even further. But he’s not playing a part – he’s truly masking a painful secret and a profoundly wounded
Love Detail’s favorite angel has his sights set on his next target: the stoic and mysterious Noble Blackfeather. And it just may prove to be his toughest case yet. Noble’s reclusive ways keep his angel at wing’s distance, and love even further. But he’s not playing a part – he’s truly masking a painful secret and a profoundly wounded
A cupid’s worst nightmare.
Noble’s been paired with Braelyn Campbell, the cute single mother next door. She’s adorable, friendly, fun…everything Noble needs. This should be a Love Squad slam dunk. Except she’s making a fresh start in Texas to protect her son from a volatile ex, and she’s not about to risk her heart or her son on another man. Even if he’s sexy as sin and always coming to her rescue.
Thank God for possibilities.
But, reluctantly, they are drawn together – thanks to their cupid’s dogged efforts and a whole lotta chemistry. Can the girl next door learn to trust again and help heal Noble’s wounded heart? Together, can they save the lost, hurting boy she’s raising? Can the angels help it happen before it’s too late?
Thank God for love.
Seven Sentences from The Halo Effect
“She nodded again as she took a step in his direction. And though the darkness hid her eyes, he could feel the dare in them taunting him. He didn’t know how to process a woman like her. She studied his face as the rain continued to shower down on them and a peal of lightning lit up the sky with an almost instantaneous crack of thunder. But she didn’t flinch. No words, no touches, nothing. She waited.”
“But here, he realized, everyone had created a family of sorts. A family of lost souls.”
Truly a joy to read, The Halo Effect broke my heart and put the pieces together again. When Braelyn and Noble meet, it doesn’t seem likely that they will save one another, as well as Braelyn’s son Tristan, from their broken pasts. But with a little intervention from a couple of angels, plenty of natural chemistry, and a bit of faith, this couple just may have a chance at a trust, family, love, and freedom from their pasts.
Smooth writing, clever, natural dialogue, wonderfully layered and relatable characters, burning sexual chemistry, the exact right amount of darkness and angst balanced with humor, and a truly wonderful story all come together in this book. I was so excited when I found out about a second book in The Cupid Chronicles and even more eager to read it when I found out Noble was getting his own book. He was so enigmatic in the first book, I couldn’t wait to find out more about him. His character exceeds my expectations: a sexy loner with a good, if damaged heart. He’s perfectly complimented by the sassy and sexy Braelyn, the protective single mother of Tristan. In a effort to protect their hearts, Noble and Braelyn follow an atypical path for a romance, forming a tentative friendship before a romantic relationship, in spite of their obvious sexual chemistry. Though the path was bumpy, watching the relationship grow among Braelyn, Tristan, and Noble warmed my heart, made me cry, made me laugh, and gave me hope.
This story has the perfect balance of darkness and the light at the end of the tunnel. Even with the “paranormal aspects”, it remains very real and accessible. With emotional, well-paced and exceptional storytelling, a fantastic cast of characters, (both human and angel) and a beautifully satisfying ending, this is a fantastic book that a broad range of romance readers will enjoy.
“She took him in, from his rain-soaked ponytail, to eyes black as the starless night sky, then deeper to the man she knew was underneath. The man who could make her laugh with his dry-as-toast humor. The man full of such quiet spirituality. His sense of honor. His everything. He’d quickly become way too much to her.”
*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.