Wounded Wings by Shauna Allen with review
I have a light paranormal romance for you all today, Wounded Wings, by Shauna Allen. This novel just released this month and I must say I really enjoyed it. Check out all the details below, including an excerpt and my review.
by Shauna Allen
Judged harshest by his own heart after the greatest of sins, Elijah Smith imposes the most brutal of punishments upon himself. He is now a fallen angel, cast down by his own hand—lost, suffering, caught between two worlds, and searching for redemption.
Scarred emotionally and physically, Naomi Evans has always put her happiness aside to repay her debt to the one who saved her. Never quite fitting into her friendly little town after being abandoned as a child, she’s not sure love will ever find her aching heart.
New Destiny, Arizona will never be the same. Two strangers have rolled into town, shaking Heaven and Earth. One, a handsome loner is temporarily stranded and biding his time, quietly bestowing random acts of kindness on total strangers until he can be on his way. The second, an undercover Cupid named Michael, is determined to bring healing and true love.
His assignment? A fallen brother and his equally wounded soulmate.
Will Naomi be able to see past both their scars? Can Elijah ever forgive himself?
Is such redemption possible?
Book Trailer for Inked by an Angel, the first book in the series: http://youtu.be/EDdKGsa_kjA
Genre: Light Paranormal
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: December 18, 2013
ISBN: 13: 978-1-61935-349-7
Number of pages: 269
Word Count: 72K
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Eli gripped her chin and forced her to look up at him. “Are you sure about this?” he asked, indicating the space between them.
Was she sure about what?
Naomi stared into his deep, dark, endless eyes and tried to fathom what in the world he was talking about. But, for the life of her, she was lost. Her emotional radar felt skewed as her heart raced to the rhythm of her zipping nerves.
He stepped closer, his breath mingling with hers. Sweet. A hint of chocolate. She licked her dry lips and his eyes dipped to watch the motion of her tongue.
His hand, still on her chin, moved to cup her neck. She automatically gripped his waist.
Please, her mind screamed. Please kiss me without retreating and calling me a sin.
He seemed to read her thoughts.
He dipped his head and nuzzled the corner of her lips. She sucked in a breath and squeezed a fistful of his T-shirt.
He sucked on her full lower lip then trailed to the other side of her mouth. “. . . because I’m not . . .” he whispered against her cheek.
Her eyes fluttered open. “You’re not what?”
He rested his forehead against hers until they were nose to nose. “Sure.”
She flexed her fingers, gripping his shirt tighter. “About what, exactly?”
His eyes closed momentarily. “You.” He opened his eyes. “Me. Us.”
And women were supposed to be the ones who overthought everything. “Well, I’m not, either. But not everything is a sure bet. Why can’t we just enjoy each other right now? Leave what happens tomorrow for tomorrow.” She pecked a kiss to his frowning lips. “Don’t be so serious, Eli. I know nothing’s forever.”
If anything, his brows dipped further. “Really?”
She tugged his pelvis toward her until they were as close as they could be with clothes on. “Yes. Really. Now kiss me again.”
He studied her face for a few seconds as if trying to see if she was serious. She smiled and shoved back any doubt. He was a temporary treasure. Perfection for her to hold today. And she fully intended to do just that. The possible pain of losing him could wait. She’d be stronger tomorrow, after another taste of him. She sucked it up and tipped her face in silent invitation.
Finally, something clicked in his features and she felt the melting in his muscles as he relaxed into her arms. He hugged her tighter and pressed his lips to hers in a kiss that whipped through her system, as potent as any drug. As his tongue parted the seam of her lips, there was no mistaking the possession of his body around hers. Or the response of her heart.
This is a light and easy book to read. The romance is slow to develop, but I enjoyed the wide cast of characters and their involvement in the story. It wasn’t just about Eli and Naomi, but also about the townspeople around them. It helped show other facets to their character and develop them on other levels outside the romance. Expect some emotional and touching scenes that will grab at your heartstrings.
Both Eli and Naomi have some tough pasts, but they also come across as rather innocent. For Eli, this is because of his giving up his angel status just a few months before. He’s still finding his way living among humans and there are many experiences he’s yet to have. There are some comical moments, including his first kiss and his not knowing what to do about it. With Naomi, she had it rough growing up and has some insecurities to overcome. It takes the two of them helping each other to heal those wounds.
I’m normally one for the dark bad boy types, which Eli most definitely wasn’t, but this was a great book for taking a break from that. It had a wholesome and sweet feel to it. There are some paranormal elements, but they aren’t strong and mostly on the periphery. The one thing that had me stumped is Eli was supposed to be an expert at helping people find love, but he seemed rather clueless when it came to Naomi. How could he give such great advice to others, yet not understand his emotional and physical reactions to the woman he was attracted to? It was just a bit conflicting for me.
Despite that one hang-up, I really enjoyed the story. I’d definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy romances that aren’t rushed and build slowly as the hero and heroine get to know each other. It’s a great novel and I’m glad I had a chance to read it. Four whips for Wounded Wings!
Note- I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three fantastic (no, that’s not a typo!) teenagers—one she’s about to send off to the Air Force.
When she’s not writing, editing, or acting as a personal assistant to two NYT Bestselling authors, Shauna enjoys reading, movies with Gerard Butler, vacays to the beach, and hangin’ with the kiddos–even if they don’t like hangin’ with her!
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