Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Review: HALO | Fallen Angel Series by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

HALOMassive world tours. Over a hundred million albums sold. Groupies galore. 
Every day is a party for Viper and the guys of TBD, the biggest rock band in the world. But it all comes to a screeching halt when the lead singer walks out of the studio one day and never comes back. 

Ear-blistering vocals. Butchered lyrics. Fame chasers. 
After months of lackluster auditions, Viper, the lead guitarist and resident bad boy of the group, is ready to find solace in the bottom of a bottle. Time’s running out and the pressure’s on to find a new singer, but it isn’t until an angel walks through the door that the band’s prayers are answered. 

Charismatic. Talented. Magic behind the mic. Halo is everything they’ve been looking for. 
With a voice to match his stunning good looks, it isn’t long before Viper’s taking notice. But there are several reasons this is a bad idea: 

1. Interpersonal relationships in the band are discouraged
 
2. Viper has already broken rule #1—big mistake
 
3. Halo is straight
 

Too bad Viper’s body isn’t listening to his head—at least not the one on his shoulders. But you can’t fake chemistry, not onstage and certainly not off it, and Viper and Halo? They have it in spades. 

As both men try to resist the fire blazing between them, and the band is forced to reinvent themselves, it’ll be a complicated rise back to the top. But from the ashes of what was, something beautiful is born. Something better. And when the world finally sees Halo stretch his wings, they’ll discover what it’s like to fall for an angel.

5 stars

Romance | MM Romance | Music | Contemporary | Adult Fiction

Wow. That is all I can say right now. Mind fucking blown. Yeah, that works.

Seriously, everyone knows my obsession with Ella Frank’s Temptation Series? If you don’t, you know now. I never deny it. Tate and Logan’s romance is by far one of my absolute favorite couplings. I will even admit that I enjoyed a lot of the Confession’s series, but nothing has compared to Temptation. It is my top reread, probably rereading that damn series at least once a month because why? I crave that romance. The all-consuming, powerful, fierce passion between two humans that makes me absolutely melt from my soul. So yeah, I have been pinning for that Ella Frank magic again and by golly, leave it to her co-writing with Brooke Blaine to take my breath away. I found that craving again, here with Viper and Halo. This romance was beyond beguiling, riveting and just downright heartwarming.

The characters tugging at my heart is an understatement. I absolutely adored Halo. I felt he had this timid, sweet innocence about himself that really helped blend with this younger image of character being thrown into the mix of a rock star. Especially the intimating Viper breathing down his neck – almost literally. Oh my lanta, speaking of Viper, ugh, I just cannot – he was dripping of sex appeal. The pages melted with his character’s charismatic, broody personality. He was dark, mysterious, with this hint of broken man that as a reader, you couldn’t help but be drawn to him. 

The angel had ignited a fire I was finding really difficult to extinguish, and even though my brain knew he was straight, my cock didn’t much care.

And if I didn’t mention it enough, I am consumed with the ‘cat and mouse’ chemistry. This is something that I have come to really expect from Frank’s writing style. She writes this dynamic so well. For me, it makes the romance really flare – the passion, the hidden glances, the determined avoidance. It is climatic. Viper and Halo truly excel in this capacity. Halo being this straight male, not truly understanding his growing attraction towards the hot piece of man meat that is Viper. While Viper, knowing he shouldn’t be swaying the innocent angel, can’t help but help curb that attraction to cross lines. I cannot describe how much more I just enjoy everything about this chemistry character dynamic. I gush over the internal conflict on both sides, the push and pulls of feelings verses attractions. 

Lets not forget once the line is officially crossed, whew, the passion Viper and Halo do share lights the pages up in flames. Ultimately they gravitate toward one another. It is almost possessive, perhaps addictive connection. Neither can see, nor admit the developing feelings, but still work towards exploring their physical attractions – just hot. Sure, they see the psychical feelings, but the emotional ones hover. I will also admit that in the midst of their back and forth, I liked how Halo really depended on the acceptance of Viper. It was constant, even before he admitted the attraction, he had to have this seal of approval from Viper from the start. This really aided in their chemistry I think from the start. In some ways, it kind of made the transition from adored idol to friend towards sexual partner a little more believable.  

Something that I also really love about these series is their supporting characters. I flipping adored the band mates of TBD. The witty banter between the group, Jagger, Slade, Killian is beyond priceless. There is such a huge hint of camaraderie, regardless of the joking bickering, it feels so much like a bromance. One that just makes me chuckle and swoon at every corner. I especially love the constant teasing on Slade. Poor kid. But more importantly, I just love the connection between Killian and Viper. There is a huge pivotal friendship there that I just cannot wait to devolve more.

Overall, if you cannot tell, I enjoyed HALO immensely. I thoroughly enjoyed everything from the band’s friendship and bickering, to the chemistry of Viper and Halo. Everything about this romance had me swooning to the ceiling while reading it. I loved the music storyline. I loved the romantic dynamic between a straight and gay individual, the raw connection was overpowering for me. It was this perfect blend of entertainment that left me wanting, no needing more of this series. Once I got started I couldn’t put it down.

 

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