No Angel by Mallory Kane, takes us to New Orleans, Louisiana where we meet FBI Agent, Danny, and the only survivor of the serial killer he’s trying to apprehend, Allie.
NO ANGEL by Mallory Kane
Publication Date: March 12, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Story Rating: 4/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5
I received a free copy of this book from the author/ publishor via NetGalley prior to release in exchange for an honest review.
Alexandra Tyler is on the run. She married her college sweetheart, but soon discovered a dark side to him that she’d never seen before. Hoping to find refuge and start a new life, she moves to New Orleans. But bad luck follows and she finds herself barely escaping an abduction. Before she knows it, she’s entangled in the search for a serial killer.
FBI Special Agent Danny DeLuca is on the trail of an infamous serial killer. There have been nine victims in nine months, one during each New Moon. But the tenth victim, Alexandra Tyler, escapes, giving Danny the first break he’s had in the case. His job is to protect her and catch the killer, but as danger closes in, Danny must guard his heart in order to keep her safe.
While the killer continues to commit the almost perfect crime, Danny and Allie are forced to work together, while also resisting the other’s charms. If they give in to their escalating attraction, it could be the death of both of them.
First things first, would you look at the cover. Those abs! What I wouldn’t give to be able to … keep my t-shirts that bright and white.
Now, here’s fair warning to anyone who’s scared of serial killers to begin with. Reading a book about a girl being targeted by a serial killer at night while you’re home alone isn’t the best idea. I learnt this lesson the hard way. Anyway, the book was super engaging.
It is the third book in the Louisiana Lawmen series. It’s also the first book I read both in the series and by Ms. Kane. Although I hadn’t read the first two books, I didn’t feel I missed out on anything. I could pick the book right up and read without wondering who characters where or what happened previously.
Allie and Danny were both sweet, and relatable characters. They were well developed considering the length of the book and everything else going on. I appreciated quiet strength and resilience shown in Allie. After leaving her abusive husband she takes steps to protect herself, to make sure she can fight back if she ever needs to. There are few things I like more in my books than a strong female. I can also relate to Danny and his desire to escape his past and the fear that no matter what he’s doomed to repeat it.
The first half of the book is wonderful, it’s engaging and action packed. I fell in love right along with Danny and Allie. The author took me along on the roller coaster of Allie learning to trust again and Danny deciding to take a chance on her. From sweet gestures to meaningful words and interactions this book made me smile.
Then we come to the sex. It’s sweet, innocent, almost virginally so. I reminisced of days gone by and giggled as I read how they got naked then dove under the covers. Until Allie described it as the best sex she’s ever had. Then, I was sad for poor Allie because it sounded unremarkable and everyone deserves amazing sex.
I thought about it more than I should have and I think I figured it out. Allie thought the sex was the best ever because of the emotional connection – not because the mechanics were all that impressive, but because she loved him and he made her feel safe and protected.
There were certain liberties taken which made it hard to take the book seriously at some points. Danny travels across the country to access computer records and finds what he needs using Ctrl+F or the search text function. It’s almost like the internet didn’t exist. Later, he forgets he has a gun strapped to his ankle. He forgets this as he approaches the suspect, when the suspect shoots at him, and again when the suspect is pursuing him and Allie. How do you forget something like that? I understand the need to further the story line but I found myself questioning his competency more than anything.
The ending left me satisified and with a smile on my face. Allie and Danny were such a cute couple. I couldn’t help but hope they found away around their issues and wound up together.
Overall, No Angel, was a sweet story that pulled me in and kept me interested right until the end. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys TV shows like Criminal Minds.