Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Inked by an Angel by Shauna Allen

Inked by an Angel (The Cupid Chronicles, #1)Inked by an Angel by Shauna Allen
Release Date: January 30, 2013
Format: ebook, 286 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Series: The Cupid Chronicles #1
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

Description from Goodreads:
Jed Gentry is doing just fine, thank you very much, running his tattoo studio in Austin, Texas. So what if people think he’s a bit on the surly side? He’s been burned by his ex who sticks around to torture him and he lives with a family heartache that he’d rather not talk about. But he’s got a thriving business, his dream car, and good friends. Not much to complicate things. At least, not until she walked in…

Kyle O’Neill has had it with being the sheltered daddy’s girl at the family accounting firm and is ready to spread her wings and fly on her own for the first time. Unfortunately, it seems she’s about to fall flat on her face when her first and only client is – gulp -- a tattoo artist! Her country club upbringing certainly hasn’t prepared her for this place or the sizzling attraction her traitorous body feels for the grumpy owner.

But there is a Divine conspiracy at work here pushing these two together. And they are hell bent on bucking the Heavenly plan all the way. Luckily, their angel is a true believer and pulls every trick he knows from under his halo to make this a match made in Heaven.
Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

GUYS. This is one of those books that made me almost giddy. I was in a good mood for the two days (I slept a lot, otherwise I would have finished sooner) I was reading this. Ohh, man, this one made me happy.

But HOLD UP. Let's back up a bit. Inked by an Angel. Interesting title, right? What does ink have to do with angels? Whaaaat?!?! I was intrigued by this, too. Thus, I read the book. Well. Thus, I got the book on my Kindle to review. Then, one day I just COULD NOT decide what to read next and was flipping through the books on my Kindle and sccidentally clicked on this one. It was already on the first page (because that's what I do when I download books--open them to the first page, then let them sit until I'm ready for them), and I caught a glance at that first page and--I kid you not--I was hooked from there. I started ACTUALLY reading the book, and, like, two days later, I finished the book and happy-danced around my brother's living room.

Yeah. This was one of THOSE. One of those books that I was the boring chick sitting on my brother's couch while everyone else was...I don't even know. Watching some funny movie? I think that's it. Or maybe they were talking about something. I can't remember. All I know is that I poored my time into this one and was very greatly rewarded.

Character Rundown:
Kyle: Kyle is a girl and I think her name is kickass. I also think it is seriously cool that she's something of a "nerd" with such a kickass name. Unexpected things make me happy. Or at least, unexpected things like that. I love being surprised in a good way by characters, and Kyle did that. She had a backbone that most female characters with her personality traits would be lacking. Her strength was fantastic to watch--and then watch GROW, if you can believe it. Kyle was just plain awesome.

Jed: Awww, my boy. He was a surprising character, too. Where Kyle showed strength that got me, it was Jed's moments of vulnerability that got me here. Don't get me wrong, Jed didn't have a lot of sobbing, weak moments. But he had a few moments where he didn't do what I expected and he was sweeter, or maybe it was only his THOUGHTS that were sweeter, when we were in his POV, and that gets me.

Plot. I truly enjoyed Shauna Allen's depiction of angels and their duties. I think it was cool that there were particular ones to be "cupids". I also enjoyed seeing how the angels' missions intertwined as the story progressed. That definitely through in some factors that caught me off guard in the very best way.

Romance. With two kickass (in spirit, not LITERAL ass-kicking) characters like Jed and Kyle, how could the romance not be just PERFECT? Because, let me tell you, it is. I did not like how slow it prgressed, though. I mean, it was THERE throughout the whole book, but it took forever to move from step to step. Once they reached sweetness, though, I was smiling through and through.

The ending. I'm not going to say I was surprised. I was actually surprised. Not by Jed and Kyle, but by Michael and what is going to be next for him. I'm also supremely excited to see that played out in the sequel!

Overall, Shauna Allen has written a marvelous story that had me hooked from the first page and left me excited for more by the end. I will most definitely be pickin gup the sequel, and I suggest you pick up this book--if you haven't already--and catch up!



  1. Thanks so much for having me, Jessica, and for the fantastico review! What an honor . . . and I can't wait to see what you have to say when I bring you even more sexy bad boys and angels! ;)


  2. Interesting plot! I can feel the excitement in your review. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing your review!

  3. Huh, this sounds interesting! Adding this to my ever-growing TBR list!


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