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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Romantic Romp - with a Paranormal Twist!
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Wings Attached by Stella Deleuze
Poor Celia is down on her luck and nothing is going her way. Tom is also having a bit of his own bad luck and has been assigned to fulfill her wishes without any of his normal skills to assist him. This means he is basically human with a few angel connections and his devastating good looks. There is also a bad force that the Angel Management can sense but apparently...
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Wings Attached by Stella Deleuze,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)Poor Celia is down on her luck and nothing is going her way. Tom is also having a bit of his own bad luck and has been assigned to fulfill her wishes without any of his normal skills to assist him. This means he is basically human with a few angel connections and his devastating good looks. There is also a bad force that the Angel Management can sense but apparently cannot locate or pin down exactly what is going on. So here is the story, there is obviously something going on around Celia and an angel is sent to help her without any of his powers to assist? I found this concept hard to believe and I didn't buy it.
Tom has to rely on his charm alone to get to know Celia and her dreams for a happy life. In the process he falls in love with her and her with him, so now we have two star-crossed lovers floundering in a sea of bad forces. I think Management is playing games with these two souls and I think the twist in the plot at the end of the story proves this and leaves the story open for a sequel to follow.
This story is told through Tom and Celia with alternating viewpoints that are clearly marked at the heading of each chapter. Using this style of writing is a good way to understand what each character understands and feels, but the story can be repetitive. Somewhere along the way I became disconnected from the characters. I feel a good round of editing to remove much of the extraneous mundane details that are repeated from each point of view to focus on the actual story would do wonders for this book. There is an interesting story here, it just gets lost in all the words.
This book contains British spelling; however, it was not too difficult to follow the British slang. There were a number of proofing errors as well as copy editing issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** March 13, 2013
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Romantic Romp - with a Paranormal Twist!,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)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.
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. TracyRiva.com
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining gentle humerous romance,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)No Wings Attached Stella Deleuze
I was given this copy by author free for review, but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held, and whether paid for or free my views are not influenced by that. Integrity is important to me and gushing false reviews do neither author or reader any favours. As always my views are what I honestly feel about this book.
No Wings Attached is in the paranormal romance genre and is a book that's light-hearted and has gentle humour and yet left me feeling tearful in parts. Stella writing style reminds me of Sophie Kinsella who is one of my favourite authors for this type of easy reading gentle romance.
Celia is 32, struggling with life having split from boyfriend and doing two jobs to make ends meet, in fun she makes a list of what she'd like from life but even that changes as she can't seem to decide what she needs. Tom ( ah... Tom....) is a supernatural Wish- Consultant reporting to Those Above - angels and such. Tom has seen video of Celia and thinks she's just a moaner who doesn't really try hard at things. The clip he's seen was taken when she was really down and though he's predisposed to like her - and resentful of having to take the case because he's messed up last one - he gradually falls for her. He's hampered in his quest to help her though by having had his powers withdrawn by Those in Charge as he failed on his last case. Celia meantime has such low self esteem that she's always wondering what a charming good looking man like Tom wants with her. He gets more involved than he should and....well you have to read the rest! Suffice to say if you like to laugh and cry in the same book, if you like gentle, subtle romance where the characters don't maul each other and jump into bed on the first date you'll like this book.
Its a very easy to read, well written and edited and a good length - long enough to get immersed in the characters - I felt I was in the story with them. Its 501kb and just £2.37 on Amazon for kindle. Its a story you could happily read again as the characters from Celias' friends Emily and Anita to Toms' friend Jimmy - ex wish consultant now owning a restaurant, are as interesting as the main ones. The chapters alternate from telling the story from point of view of both Tom and Celia, and that allows us to not only see the surface of what is happening but also understand the characters motivations and thoughts. I enjoy books that are written like this as I like to understand the characters actions. Its suitable for adults and teens alike and for people who don't like paranormal books as its only a light implication here. There are no brooding vampires or scary werewolves just some references to Angels working for the Good side and baddies on the Dark side. It explains some of the storyline and characters reactions but in the main they act as normal humans do.
Book two telling more of Tom and Celia is Candlelight Sinner, available now and I'm looking forward to reading that.
Stars: 4 stars for this book - well written and edited, decent length, value for money, good engaging storyline and a great way to spend a few hours lost in another world.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)I dicovered this title through the 'customers who viewed this item, also viewed..' sector on a novel I was interested in, and I foolishly chose this one. The only reason I'm giving this novel two stars and not one is because I was drawn in by a comfortable writing style and interesting premise. This, however, was a lie. The storyline went downhill so fast that I was tearing my hair out and begging the characters to stop cooking and talking and just start doing something. *Anything*. But I was sorely disappointed when the main two characters did little more than um and ah about their feelings. Okay, that's fine. I can expect little else from a romance, after all. Too bad about the use of the words 'supernatural powers' in the description. Highly misleading, considering there is nothing super about a guy who grants the odd wish, but there you go.
I can overlook a terrible plot. This novel was crafted in an interesting way, following Celia and Tom as narrators by giving them both a voice every few pages or so. But wait, who am I reading about? Yes, it says the narrator at the start of their narration, but what if a reader leaves partway through a chapter? Are we to go back to the start? You'd think that the characters would be easy to tell apart. That their voices would be different. No chance. They might as well be the same person, which shows a serious lack of perspective from this author.
Moving on. I could write about every flaw of this novel, bit that would most probably take longer than the production of No Wings Attached. Instead, I'll move onto the most infuriating aspect; punctuation. There is a massive overuse of commas, and they were so extreme that I actually threw my kindle down in frustration multiple times, unable to read on. It made me read in a very disconnected way and, coupled with poor sentence structure, I was made to feel as though I was reading in an unfamiliar language. Words had been dumped out of order, commas littered each sentence, and typos would crop up unexpectedly.
Please heed my warning. My rating really is too kind, as I have never before read something as terrible as this. I feel cheated. The premise promised something that was never delivered. The only reason I kept turning pages was to ensure my money wasn't wasted, but I can say now that it was. More importantly, my time was wasted, and a small chunk of sanity was lost along the way.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick-Lit with a Twist!,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)The story is about a 32 year old woman called Celia and an angel wish consultant called Tom. Tom has lost his angel powers from failing his last case and has been promised that he will get his powers back if he manages to successfully make Celia happy. While he is on his mission to make her happy both Tom and Celia fall for each other. Despite knowing that he could never stay with her he can't walk away from her either.
This was a good book. It was a challenge reading it though because I am a big paranormal reader and tend to read chick lit books to break up the paranormals and have a change, so to have them both in one book was a bit strange and it sort of worked for me. It is written in first person but it switches point of view between Celia and Tom. This was a bit strange and took some getting used to at the start but once I did get used to it, it was kind of fun getting both peoples points of view on the same event in the story. Also where you got both peoples points of view I felt you got to know both characters equally well because you spent time in both of their heads if that makes sense!
I loved the characters in the book. They are likeable and easy to relate to and quite quickly I felt invested into their story. I didn't like Celia to begin with and couldn't work out why she warranted help. As the book went on she redeemed herself and proved herself a worthy heroine! I loved Tom and being an angel he was the perfect man.
There was one aspect of this book that left me wanting more and feeling a bit puzzled at the end. As a big paranormal reader I am used to lots of world building and explaining of how these powers came about etc. I felt that this part of the story could have been developed a bit more and a bit more depth added to the story line.
I really enjoyed this book and it made me read something out of the ordinary for me, combining 2 genres that I enjoy reading in to one book! I would recommend this book to anyone who reads chick-lit and doesn't mind a bit of paranormal in it or someone starting to read paranormal books.
I look forward to reading more by this author!
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cecelia Ahern fans will love this!,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)I was given the chance to read this prior to its release after responding to a post in the kindle forum. At the time I had flu and I'd said to the author that it'd be a while before I had chance to let her know what I'd thought because I wasn't up to reading. Well, as it happens I loved this book so much that I zipped through it, with all thoughts of ill health banished to the background which says it all really. I just couldn't stop reading it! The chapters were short and snappy, making you want to read 'just one more' chapter each time and the characters really drew you in. As it is essentially a chick lit novel with only slight paranormal overtones, it reminded me a lot of Cecelia Ahern's books, so I recommend it to all of her fans. A great summer read!
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem,
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This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)I had the opportunity of reading this book before it was published and I loved it, couldn't wait for the next chapter each time!
Stella is the sort of girl you can really relate to, at least I did. And Tom was portrayed perfectly. The story is a fabulous love story intermingled with bits of paranormal (but not so much to put off non-paranormal readers). There are twists of plot at every turn and the ending is very suprising.
Stella captures all the highs and lows of a relationship, and normal life, fantastically and would highly recommend you giving this a go.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new type of reading material for me. Thanks Stella!,
This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)Stella was kind enough to send me this book to review when I asked for reading material via an amazon posting. I got it last night and started it straight away, as I love any kind of book with a touch of paranormal, and ended up finishing it tonight when I got in from work. It was funny, sweet, modern and at times reminded me of the 'funny' Erin McCarthy books (but not the Fast series of books).
I did briefly think that 230 pages might tax me in what wasn't the most fast-paced novel (I tend to read lots of romantica, romantic susp, paranormals with vamps, werewolves, witches et al), but before I even took a break I was on page 120 and hadn't even noticed.
It's a feel-good tale, and though at the start I did wonder why the grumpy, not-very-nice Celia merited the help of wish-angels, the author did a good job of explaining what made her the way she was, and how Tom, the wish-angel, saw beneath her grumpy exterior to the person that he fell in love with.
I liked that they fell in love and got their HEA, but only after that love was tested on both sides, as it was then clear that it was the real thing for both of them. I did also like how there was slight ambiguity surrounding Celia's background, and especially her long-lost brother, as for a moment or so, I did think that the unthinkable had happened...but I won't say more as that would spoil the tale.
It flowed pretty well other than in a couple of instances when I found myself asking why certain parts were in the tale, as they just seemed to draw it out without adding too much to it. I think that the only thing that might have made it a 5* read for me is if the falling in love/love being tested/the existence/possibilty of it being real love of the HEA variety chapters of the book had been more angsty, more heartbreak-y, as I would have felt the emotions more, but still, I always love it when a guy admits his feelings before a girl, which was the case here. I could understand also why the bedroom scenes were non-descriptive and why they didn't come til the end of the tale, but a touch more depth and more of their aftermath conversations would have been great, IMHO.
Overall, I enjoyed this tale and would certainly read a similar novel from this author.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC - A Must Read Book,
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This review is from: No Wings Attached (Branded) (Kindle Edition)Couldn't put the book down. I started this book and honestly couldn't stop. I loved the plot, fell in love with the characters and can't wait for the next one. This is going in my favourites folder so I can read over and over again. If you want a book that catches you right from start to finish - this is the book for you.
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No Wings Attached (Branded) by Stella Deleuze