No Wings Attached by Stella Deleuze is available as an e-book for $3.49 on Amazon ASIN: B00548LIKY or Barnes and Noble BN ID: 2940033043972. Also available on Smashwords for $3.49 in various e-reader formats.
No Wings Attached, by Stella Deleuze is a fun and romantic romp! First off, I need to mention that Ms. Deleuze hails from ‘accross the pond’ (The U.K. for all you non-Brit saavy folks). That being said, she writes in an easy to read format that is not inundated with too much Brit-ease, so the book will be easily enjoyed by both Brits and Yanks alike.
The story follows Tom, a wish-consultant, or angel, as he embarks on his next case, thirty two year old Celia. Celia is unhappy in many aspects of her life. She hates her regular job, just got let go from her part-time job, and her love life is in the toilet. Tom’s job, as her wish-consultant, is to help her wishes come true. This is not usually that difficult for wish-consultants, as they have all sorts of powers such as mind-reading and transporting from place to place. However, poor Tom royally messed up his last assignment and has been stripped of all his powers. He has to use old-school techniques to get to know Celia and what her most precious wishes and dreams include. Things move along smooth, with one or two hiccups. First, Celia thinks he’s playing her. She’s been hurt in the past by men, and she quite simply doesn’t have the self-esteem to think Tom might actually be interested in her for herself. Tom, on the other hand, is not allowed to fall in love with a human; it’s against the rules. The problem is, he finds himself falling for her regardless of what may happen to him. The story of forbidden love continues on with more bumps and bruised hearts. I’m not giving spoilers, but trust me, Deleuze does a fabulous job of creating chemistry and tension between the two.
I’m a sucker for anything on the paranormal side, and the inclusion of angels and dark forces did a great job strengthening the typical tragic love story. Deleuze creates characters with heart and that we can all connect with in some way. Celia comes from a troubled youth and really has a hard time trusting people, especially men. Tom on the other hand, has no desire to become involved, at first anyway. He wants to get in and get the job done. I love the way he is humanized when he discovers he is falling for Celia. There are twists and turns, some I expected and some that came as nice surprises. The only drawback I had with the book was the romantic tension between Tom and Celia went on way too long with no action. It seemed that they were almost helpless against the temptation of one another, but then it continued and continued with only some minor hand holding and cheek kissing. I would have liked to see it get a bit more tumultuous. However, I am a fan of cliff-hangers in a book series, so I was on board with how it ended.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Deleuze – and especially eager to find out what happens with the continuation of Tom and Celia in Candlelight Sinner.