My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
"Oh, I assure you, il diavolo long ago reserved a special place for me, bella, for sins far worse than that one."
Nobody's Angel is the second installment in the Rescue Me series. By all intents and purposes, this is Marc's book. For me, however, Marc and his story was a bit overshadowed by both a new and an existing character. Not to say the book didnt focus on him enough, because it did. I think the introduction of Luke, as well as the set up for Adam's book, book 3, was more intriguing than Marc's story, his journey.
I really liked the initial development of this story. Marc was working his shift as a DM (Dungeon Monitor) one night at the BDSM club that he co-owns with fellow Vets Adam and Damian, when he came upon a disturbing scene. Angelina and boyfriend Alan were first timers at the club and Angelina was new to the lifestyle in general. The scene has taken an abusive turn and while Marc is able to put an end to it, that damage has still been done. Angelina is broken, Marc being her masked angel that saves her. It was a beautiful, touching moment, while maintaining a very erotic edge.
Luke Denton is a Texan, played highschool football near El Paso and like most Texas boys, his drive to attend the University of Texas was to play Longhorn football. Luke ended up majoring in Studio Art. With his disheveled chestnut hair and smokey blue/gray eyes, he's a perfect addition to this series. He's not just Marc's SAR partner, he also builds custom "equipment" for the club and Marc's personal residence.
As fate would have it, Marc and Luke find themselves in a bar in Angelina's hometown, just outside of Denver. While Angelina doesnt recognize Marc as her masked angel, he recognizes her and the emotions she stirred in him during their brief, yet powerful time together. Luke is moved by her as well. The young widowers wife appeared to him in a recent dream telling him "It's time" and that she was sending him an angel, that needs him. Marc is torn between what he wants, what he feels he deserves, and his friend Luke who may find a new life line in this woman.
I have to say, the development in this storyline, between Marc, Angelina and Luke became a little too far fetched for me. I still enjoyed the story, and the heat level was off the charts. I'll never play a game of pool or even glance at a couch with the same frame of mind ever again. I really wanted to give 4 stars but I found myself skimming and almost stauling out completely during a particular bedroom scene. I understand the intent to introduce the reader to the lifestyle at the same pace as Angelina but overall, it just went on for too long. Once I got past that scene, it was full speed ahead.
I love how the connections are starting to surface here. How the characters are or will be linked. The ending of this book was fantastic. As I said earlier, Luke and Adam were my standouts in this installment and their developments near the end makes me even more excited to see where this series goes.