Review: Viper by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank (Fallen Angel #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors.
“See, this is what I mean. I don't understand why you pretend to be such a hard-ass. Why you don't date. There are millions of guys who'd die to be sitting where I'm sitting tonight if they had the chance.”
I glanced at Halo's striking profile, and when the wind ruffled the hair around his face, I said, “I don't want a million guys. I want the one who's already here.”
I seriously liked Halo, but I'm seriously in love with Viper, the second novel in the Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank-penned Fallen Angel rock romance series. A lot about the book was what I expected it to be--witty and on-point plus sexy and steamy--but there was so much about it as well that took me off-guard in the best of ways. There was a whole lot more romance here, albeit Viper's brand of romance, and there was also more angst and the story going in a direction I didn't see coming. And while I may have crushed on Viper and Halo in the series starter, consider me absofuckinglutely addicted to this hot as hell twosome now. I'm talking third-degree-inducing molten, sizzling heat, people. Take note, though: the Fallen Angel books MUST be read in order of release, and by "release" I mean "publication", you dirty-minded reader you. They're all interconnected and are about one particular couple.
And here's where my second note comes in: I may inadvertently mention something in this review of mine that could be considered spoiler in nature with regards to the first book. So, consider yourselves warned. Now, onward we go... Book two finds Viper and Halo continuing to pursue their lustful pursuits while also busily working on Fallen Angel's first album alongside their band mates, Killian, Jagger, and Slade, in Miami, Florida. Everyone in the band's grown closer, particularly Viper and Halo. But what is it, exactly, that these two men share? Does it end when they return to New York or could it be the beginning of something more lasting? Maybe something like love? But will Viper end up sabotaging what he could have with Halo and how will everything affect the rest of the band?
I squeed quite a few times while reading this book, and of course, it made me smile. But here's the thing: this book also made me teary-eyed at certain points. There's an intensity to Viper and Halo's relationship--and yes, no matter how much Viper may have tried to pretend it wasn't true, these two were in a relationship--that ensured I was going to end up being even more emotionally invested in their story. I also appreciated seeing these two in such close quarters with the three other guys, because it gives a better idea of how their dynamic as a band works. I enjoyed seeing how much Viper and Halo developed as characters and how far their relationship quietly evolves. They may have seemed like opposites in the beginning--I adore how the book covers show how Halo is light and Viper is dark--but the more you get to know them, the more you see them creating their own vibe as a couple. I loved everything about Viper, but that ending? One of my top three swoon-worthy moments EVER. Five-plus stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Fallen Angel series:
Halo (book one) - five stars - My Review
Viper (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 25 March 2019
Date Read: 18 March 2019
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