Book Reviews

HALO (Fallen Angel 1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 22-March-2019

Book Blurb

Massive 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.

Book Review

“The light grows dim and my breath escapes, Now the journey begins. To release my soul into your hands...One last breath to say yes or no, I must make a choice. The hands of fate are around my neck, ready to steal my voice….Fallen Angel...Falling down... Just let me Drown....” ~ Angel (Written by: Ismael Angel Ledmesda, Noel Pagan)
Halo, of ‘Halo’ by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine, knows he is talented, but auditioning for lead singer of TBD is an outrageous undertaking. Halo is nervous but determined to do his best to impress the band. Halo’s performance is awesome, but it is difficult to tell how the audition goes, especially as far as Viper, the bad boy of the band, who seems to have no reaction at all.

Viper takes one look at the new kid and, before Halo even starts to sing, knows he is in trouble. He even warns Killian, another bandmate and lifelong friend, that Halo being in the band is going to make things difficult for him. Viper is a hot-blooded gay man and the young, angel-faced man before him is almost too much for him to handle. Viper wants Halo like he has never wanted anyone before. The fact that Halo is straight doesn’t even give him pause. The band has a no fraternizing rule but, as far as rules go, Viper lives to break them. There is no way he is going to be able to resist seducing Halo and showing him all the joys of gay sex.

Halo, nicknamed “Angel” by Viper, is thrilled when the band decides to bring him into the fold. It is unfortunate that their fans aren’t as accepting. At their first concert, with Halo as their front man, they are booed off the stage. Everyone is humiliated by the unfamiliar circumstances, especially Halo, who is convinced they will ask him to leave and his life as a rock star will be over almost before he starts. To Halo’s surprise, the band rallies around him. They convince him that the fans probably would not have accepted anyone new. They put their heads together and decide to bury TBD and form an entirely new band named Fallen Angel.

Halo is completely floored that the band wants to keep him. When they discover how incredibly talented he is, that he can not only sing but play all of their instruments, they want him as part of the band even more. So does Viper, who persists in trying to seduce him in and out of public. Halo is totally confused. Viper is generating feelings in him that he has never felt for another man. He knows what Viper is like and knows that he should stay far away from him, but when Viper kisses him, he is turned on instead of repulsed. If this continues, “Angel” knows that he may soon be a “fallen angel”.

I love stories about rockers and, forgive the pun, this story really “rocks”! I must admit that the gorgeous young man on the cover is what initially pulled me in; he definitely looks like an angel. There is little wonder why Viper wanted him so much and why Halo could not help being caught in his sensual web. The sexual tension between them is palpable, so strong that it took my breath away. I was torn between wanting to rescue Halo and begging Viper to, at least, be gentle when he eventually took him. Having read so many MM romances, I’ve become more discerning when it comes to sex scenes, but the ones in this story definitely kept my attention. Thanks so much, Ella and Brooke. I can hardly wait to read Viper’s story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 262 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-February-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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