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18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim.

David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul ...
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18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim.

David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul he’d seen in centuries and he couldn’t let her die, so the fallen angel used his abilities to heal her—only he took it too far and changed Tessa forever. Now, he has to figure out a way to explain what’s happening to Tessa and somehow protect both of them from the consequences.

His choice made them targets for the Hunters, who will use any means necessary to capture their prey. Only a desperate plan can help them escape, and sacrifices will be made. Time is ticking. Will they make it, or will they be lost to the echoes of fate?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014760782
  • Publisher: Sarah Ross
  • Publication date: 6/7/2012
  • Series: The Earth Angel Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 656,593
  • File size: 483 KB

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I started my obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. I would read any fiction book I could get my hands on. I knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding me from TV or music, my mom would take away my books as punishment (The Horror!). My love of all things paranormal was inspired by my good friend Laurie, who convinced me that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, I gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with my degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as I do for several years. I will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but I couldn't take the cold and moved my frozen tush to Florida where I now live with my family and two cats. You will find me now with my trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!

When I'm not writing or reading, I am probably partaking in my favorite vice: sunbathing. I know it's wrong, but I love the feeling on the hot sun on my skin and could lay in it for hours. I do live in Florida for a reason!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    I recently read Sarah M. Ross’ Echo of an Earth Angel, a b

    I recently read Sarah M. Ross’ Echo of an Earth Angel, a brilliantly written work about angels, love and self-sacrifice. The book is geared towards a young adult audience, and is romantic in nature, although there are strong currents of mystery and adventure underlining the book. The following is the synopsis, as given by the author:

    18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim.

    David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul he’d seen in centuries and he couldn’t let her die, so the fallen angel used his abilities to heal her—only he took it too far and changed Tessa forever. Now, he has to figure out a way to explain what’s happening to Tessa and somehow protect both of them from the consequences.

    His choice made them targets for the Hunters, who will use any means necessary to capture their prey. Only a desperate plan can help them escape, and sacrifices will be made. Time is ticking. Will they make it, or will they be lost to the echoes of fate?

    I will say up front that I enjoyed the book. It was the first one of its kind I have read, and approaching it with a few presuppositions as to how angels should think and act (you know, mono-tone speech and lots of, well, angelic singing), I was blown away by the behavior and mannerisms of the characters. Tessa, the female lead character, was a very real teenager who had suffered some major losses. Tessa acted realistically, from speech to mannerisms. She is a wonderful person, and an awesome character, with a spunk and will to fight that is most charming. Morgan, her friend, is equally well presented, though not a “cookie-cutter image” of Tessa. Morgan has her own attitudes, and provides some nice laughs. Now to the angels; they were certainly not what anyone would expect. David, her angel friend and healer, is deeply in love with Tessa, and acts very much like a…man, when it comes to his affection for her. Always gentlemanly, but very much attracted, he hides no thoughts from us regarding her. Nico is a bit of a “character;” He does not act anything like an angel should. I will say no more. The last is Andre, and like the others, Ross infuses him with energy and authenticity. Overall, the characters are very likable and tangible, despite the fact they are embroiled in a major plot.

    The plot of the story is basic, but there are major hints that something is moving in the shadows. Tessa’s life is turned upside down, and now she must learn to live with her new situation. The pacing is steady, and at times rapid, with the beginning gripping the reader and introducing them up front to Tessa and Morgan, not the mention a hint of mystery which draws the reader in. As the tale progresses, so does the mysterious element. There is suspense and action, and Ross seemingly moves from one to the other with ease, even introducing further elements of love and light-heartedness in the mix. I found no loop-holes in the plot, a structure which is wonderfully crafted by a master hand. Ross does an excellent job of not only holding our attention with the people and places of the story, but creating the scenes and shaping the plot to keep us reading and wanting more.

    Sarah M. Ross proves herself to be a master storyteller with this work. She eases us into the story at first, then takes us by the hand and moves us along, from accident scenes to well, won’t give it all away. The work never lags or feels tiresome, even though it has approximately 300 plus pages. Her imagination is rivaled only by her understanding of young adult culture, and the realism she feeds into the storyline is uncanny. There is no distance between the reader and the work; she creates a world that is very tangible, and although fictional in nature, she pushes the envelope as far as creative realism goes.

    I suppose I should include a few constructive thoughts here, although the book is very solid. I found the human nature of the angels to be explained well, and equally depicted well, but am still slightly at odds with some of their attitudes and depictions. I understand the story of the fallen angels, but I feel those presented here acted in too human of a manner. They are supposed to be more than human now. I have two degrees in religion, so you will have to forgive me. There is also a presentation of the omnipotence of God which might benefit from some critiquing. The basic theology, however is very strong and nicely elaborated upon. Other than these, there are no major complaints about the characters or the work as a whole. It was nicely written.

    As I said earlier, I had no experience with angel-themed books, but it only took me a moment to get into Echo of an Earth Angel. I found it to be such a pleasant read, one which I would think about all day long. I would certainly recommend this book, and I will definitely be purchasing the second title because I want to know what happens next!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    With it's interesting take on angels and charming love story, Ec

    With it's interesting take on angels and charming love story, Echo of an Earth Angel is a story that will appeal to angel fans.

    The characters in Echo were all fairly well-developed. Tessa, being the main character is the one we get to know best, and I did like her. She is a very sympathetic and kind girl, but also extremely resilient. Not many people who'd gone through what she had would be so concerned with the welfare of others. I learned a lot less about David, but enough to know that his kindness and strength was boundless. The amount of love and sacrifice David displayed gave me little choice but to care for him. Tessa's best friend Morgan was a riot. She is a girl who always has a funny remark to lighten the moment and lend brevity to even the most serious of situations. I can easily say she was my favorite character.

    I found Echo of an Earth Angel to have a clever take on the "angel" genre. With so many angel-centric stories out there, I'm always a bit hesitant to try a new one. But with Ross' version, having Healers, Hunters, and other variations, I didn't feel as if Echo was a story I had read before, which is very hard to do these days. I found the story to be a pleasant read, though not overly exciting.

    And even though I enjoyed the story and it's characters, I did find the mid-section of the plot to be slow-moving. There was a lot of explaining, planning, and angst. I understand that the characters needed this to help them move forward to the finale, but I found myself losing focus. The last portion of the story did speed up and I ended up being very invested in the outcome. The ending was a surprise that was open-ended, but didn't have an infuriating cliffhanger.

    Echo of an Earth Angel is a charming, sweet story of love and sacrifice, and offers a unique spin on angels. If that's your thing, I definitely recommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    I started reading this book last week. It took me a while to get

    I started reading this book last week. It took me a while to get through just because I had it in my head that this was actually the second book in the Patronus series. Whatever you do, don't think that. Yes both books are about angels of some form, but they are completely unrelated. Once I realized that this was a different series, the story flew. Obviously, from that statement, the story revolves around angels and not all of them are the good kind. As far as I can tell, there are no other types of supernaturals in this series, but this is just book one so don't hold me to that.

    The beginning of the story is rather tragic. Tessa is recovering from a year long coma after being shot in the head. She was destined to die that day, but David intervened fate. Unfortunately, Tessa's parents also died during this tragic event and now she is alone except for her best friend Morgan. Strange things keep happening to her causing her to question her sanity (aside from her actually having lots chunks of her memory). At this time, David makes his appearance and attempts to explain to Tessa that she is actually an earthbound angel. Unfortunately, his attempts at really explaining things go awry.

    You will be surprised with the turn of events. Morgan's life in more than in danger. Tessa questions whether she loves David or if he loves her. David, a rogue angel, is taken to God to atone for his sins since even angels have free will. Tessa makes a series of decisions that will change her life and afterlife forever. It's pretty amazing and Sarah M. Ross really has a knack for writing about angels.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    I received an ARC of Echo of an Earth Angel from the author and

    I received an ARC of Echo of an Earth Angel from the author and I must say, I'm glad to have read it. I am a paranormal fan, but have recently felt so inundated with the normal cast of characters that I've been a little burned out on it. However, Ross brings in a whole new sub-genre for readers, angels.

    The characters are fun and interesting and each has his/her own touch of intrigue. The story line is different and captivating.

    The writing had some errors (remember, I had an ARC so not the final version), but it wasn't terribly distracting. There were times that the writing felt "simplistic" - I'm not quite sure how else to word it. The author was writing from a teenage point of view so it may have been by design, but at times it just felt too forced and/or too cliche.

    All-in-all I say give this book a try. Readers will appreciate the different spin, enjoy the story, and like the characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Great book!

    Another well written book from Sarah M. Ross. Ms. Ross knows how to maker her characters come alive. I was happily surprised that this book takes place in her home town, with hometown tastes. Ms. Ross leaves me thirstier everytime for her next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

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    First I want to thank Sarah Ross for sending me an eARC of Echo

    First I want to thank Sarah Ross for sending me an eARC of Echo of an Earth Angel. I fell in love with her other book, Awaken, back in January. So to say I was excited to read another book for a different series is an understatement. I hope when you read her books you enjoy them as much as I have.

    Tessa has been home for a bit recovering from an awful tragedy; one where she lost both her parents. She was almost a casualty as well when she took a bullet to her head saving a young girl. With sections of her memory is gone she must learn to move on. But when something strange happens one night at dinner Tessa is forced to believe that angels really do exist…and this is only the beginning for her.

    David is a fallen angel that is out to do what he was made for: heal! He can no longer sit idly by watching some people heal while others suffer. So one night long ago he defied Heaven above and went rogue. But now that he has met Tessa and changed her…he wonders if he went too far. Will she run from him when she learns the truth or accept her fate?

    I enjoyed the relationship that started budding between Tessa and David, but wished they would have had more time together. It would have helped make the feelings Tessa was feeling a little more believable. To me that part felt a little rushed. But man do I adore David and I am hoping for a happy outcome for him and Tessa in the next book. But with that cliff hanger of an ending I better be crossing my fingers and toes! Cause it doesn’t look good.

    Echo of an Earth Angel was a wonderful read with lots of twists that kept me guessing up until the very end. I knew something didn’t sit well with me with a certain character and I was proved right. Now my interest is peaked for the second book. If you are a fan of angels and suspense this one is for you. So be sure to pick up Echo of an Earth Angel as soon as it’s out.
    (Which is now...since it just went live yesterday)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

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    I was a bit on the fence about this one. I liked Tessa and David

    I was a bit on the fence about this one. I liked Tessa and David as characters quite a bit. Tessa has compelling history. What we know of David is still quite mysterious, but he is intriguing and a sweet heart. I felt like this story shed a pretty unpleasant light on angels. Even the good ones are questionable. God was alluded too, but again it wasn't necessarily in a good way. On the other hand, this was a unique and suspenseful spin on the spiritual world.
    Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    This book was quite different from the normal YA PNR books I've

    This book was quite different from the normal YA PNR books I've read.

    Many of the angel based stories out there focus on the battle between heaven and hell, angels and demons, good versus evil, the fight to keep the apocalypse at bay, and although this story still had some of these elements, it was more about the betrayal and deception going on within the ranks of heaven itself. With the different type of angel factions, from Hunters to Incarnators, it was interesting and I wanted to know more.

    Another thing that stood out was that the female MC, although still very much human, was in fact not and this was due to her savior being a little overzealous in the healing department. And I liked that she in the end was the one who had to do the saving, rather than the other way round, even if things didn't pan out exactly as planned.

    Tessa, although not the strongest character I've met, showed great signs of becoming a powerful female MC. She was brave and didn't give up easily. I only wish I had connected with her more. I didn't really believe the love that blossomed between her and David. It all seemed to happen too fast and it fell flat. Perhaps if I had felt it more, if it had latched onto my emotions, I would have enjoyed this story more.

    This book had its interesting plot twists but it lacked the depth that usually wows me. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I'd love to see where Ross takes the story, because it has so much potential.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    *Spoiler Alert* I¿m not a big angel book lover fan, but this on

    *Spoiler Alert*

    I’m not a big angel book lover fan, but this one was done very well. It had some interesting history and layout of heaven that I found different from other Angel books. The existence of angels on earth living amongst us has always been questioned. Ms. Ross gives us an amazing take and theory on how the Angels do their jobs on earth and why.




    What I liked:
    -Great world building- I really got lost in the mythos and background of the dynamics of Heaven and Earth. 




    -The Characters- David- a rogue Angel who roams the earth healing humans, and Tessa- a human girl who lived after a horrific event takes her family’s lives. Both characters are really nice and seem to just want to help people in the world. Always helps if they fall for each other in a really good way, right?




    -The plot- David loves to use his powers of healing on unsuspecting humans, and in healing Tessa, he goes too far. Now, both are being hunted by the bounty hunters of heaven and some unsavory ‘angels’ up there, don’t have their best interest in mind.




    -The secondary characters: Nico- he was insane to the brain but stole every scene he was in with ease. Tessa’s BFF Morgan was hysterical and down to earth. They really added flavor to the story and I hope there will be more of both in book 2.




    What I didn’t like:
    -The ending, it was left wide open for the next book, which I just pray will get here soon. (please, please, please)




    -The way Tessa gets to heaven. Didn’t sound too pleasant and it made me cringe.




    -Nico’s complete and utter apathy- Like when he discards his supposed true love so easily, without a thought. Does the man have no heart? *Shudders*




    Pretty cool right? 




    I can’t wait for book 2, need to know what happens next in this battle of higher beings.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I do not like spoilers so I try to review without giving to much

    I do not like spoilers so I try to review without giving to much away.
    This book was wonderful to read, and I really liked the main characters in this book they were believable, and
     I loved following their story. This book is about a healing angel that goes a little to far when he is trying to help Tessa.
    It follows her after she finds out about what has happened to her. I love reading Sarah's books.
    I think she has a wonderful writing style it just pulls me in, and make me feel like I am there in the book witnessing first hand the events
     taking place. The only bad thing is when I get to the last page, and have to wait to read more when I just want to keep on reading.
    Thank you for the awesome book Sarah, and I can't wait to read more from you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Tessa and David

    The book was good. At first I thought it was a lot like another book I read, but there is a lot more references to actual Heaven. I love the story with Tessa and David and I loved that it went fast. There were a few errors in the book that I was surprised to see but all in all a decent book. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Another great book from a very talented author! Once I picked th

    Another great book from a very talented author! Once I picked this up, couldn't put it down. What I really enjoyed was the pride of her hometown shown countless times throughout the book.

    Echo of an Earth Angel introduces us to Tessa, an 18 year old girl who should have died a year prior in a shooting at a gas station, but instead, was saved by a rogue Healer angel, David. While healing her, David went a little too far and as a result, turns Tessa into a Healer Angel just like him. Tessa starts realizing something is seriously wrong with her when her hands start glowing, and David knows its time to tell her the truth. What follows is a series of events that should have never happened because Tessa should have died as well as events that maybe are just a result of pure Destiny. We'll just have to wait to find out when the next book in the trilogy is released this winter. Well done Sarah! Well done!

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross is the second novel in h

    Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross is the second novel in her series. a page turner and easy read. I can't wait to see what happens next. Ms. Ross leaves off like a soap opera. You can't help but care what happens to the characters. I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Tessa is the main character, and David heals her when she's shot to save her life. He heals her too quickly and too much, and she wakes up an angel, too. The book has a unique plot, I don't usually read this type of novel, but I also enjoyed Awaken, the first novel in the series. The book gains tension and leaves us hanging with a cliffhanger. Tessa is determined to get him back or die trying. David fell for her, and she's fallen for him so hard she risks her life, as she knows it, to save him, though he warned her to just be patient and wait for him, that he'd return one day. I'm looking forward to the third novel to see what happens to them next.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    I really, really wanted to like this book, but I just can't. It

    I really, really wanted to like this book, but I just can't. It is not for a lack of effort. I think the thing that really grinds my gears is the dialogue of the teens in this book. I am twenty years old, so it wasn't that long ago, that I was a teen, but no one I know or have ever met talks that the teens in the book.

    Quotes like, "...kicked him in the dingleberries so hard she knew he'd never have children -- or sing bass -- ever again." and "Listen, mister, I'm sorry, but I don't remember you" made me feel like the characters belonged apart of the movie, Pleasantville, rather than this day and age.

    However, Echo of an Earth Angel wasn't all bad, if you could over look that issue, the plot was rather unique and it's honestly the best thing about the novel. I read this novel, at the same time I as I was reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and I loved the fact how both were completely different from each other despite being about fallen angels. Echo of an Earth Angel is about Tessa dealing with the fact that she becomes an angel, after David, an angel saves her life, when she was supposed to have died.

    Although, the dialogue in the book made it hard for me to believe that Tessa was a teen, I really liked Tessa as a character. There were so many times and so many reasons when Tessa could've given up on life, but she didn't. I love this strong, feminine character. Tessa is also a role model.

    Echo of an Earth Angel is a decent read. I honestly loved Awaken by Sarah Ross more, and I am exciting to see what she writes next.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    I was given an ARC of Echo of An Earth Angel by the author, Sara

    I was given an ARC of Echo of An Earth Angel by the author, Sarah Ross, in exchange for an honest review.
    Tessa barely survived a horrifying shooting which claimed the lives of her mother and father. After 9 long months in the hospital and a miraculous she finally gets to go home. Only her recovery is more miraculous than she would have ever imagined. Soon she meets David, a rogue angel, who reveals to her the truth behind her recovery and her new found abilities which make her a target for Hunters.
    I love the theme behind this story. A young woman has a near death experience and is saved by an angel only to become an angel herself.
    Tessa is spunky and bright, and confused about why she can suddenly heal people with the touch of her hands. You watch her come into her powers and fall in love, when she thought love was dead.
    David is a sweet, well meaning angel who took things too far. He falls hard for Tessa and believes she has the brightest soul he has ever seen. He doesn't mean to change her into an angel, but he accidentally take his healing too far and transfers the powers he has to her.
    I like the attraction between the two main characters. It is insta-love, but it's hard to deny that such love does exist. It's hard to deny that love can transcend knowing someone for a long time.
    The supporting cast of characters is only ok, in my opinion. Those you thought were good, turn out bad. Those who are bad are really bad, and sort of crazy at the same time. Those who are good are really good, and you see the depth of their caring.
    Things that I had issues with in this book were the use of British colloquialisms for characters who live and were born in America and the fact that there is very limited narrative. The paragraphs are quite long, even when there is dialogue between characters. And I found that there was a lot of repetition. I understood the need for the characters to reflect upon what was happening, but the relationships started to become unbelievable because you rarely saw the characters interacting with each other. Instead, the interactions were described in long narratives that could have been broken up with more action.
    All in all the story was interesting and I can see where the characters have room for growth. The end was very abrupt, but you can see how a sequel will definitely help the reader to work out the holes that were left by the sudden ending.
    I give this book 3/5 stars.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    I received this ARC ebook from the author Sarah M. Ross herself

    I received this ARC ebook from the author Sarah M. Ross herself for my honest review and I have to say that I really liked it. I like how different the story was to a lot of Angel books out there and often times found myself laughing out loud. I enjoyed Sarah's quick wit and writing style. What didn't convince me at first was how quick the two main characters fell in love, but halfway through the book, their love grew on me and I began to understood the self-sacrifice and choices they made. But what most surprised me was how riveted I was for the last 25% of the book. I mean I could not stop reading it till I found out what happened and I was totally taken aback by the turn of events and the ending...WoW! It keeps you wanting for book 2! What a cliffhanger! Total shocker!

    Ok, maybe I should let you all know a little about the story. Echo of an Earth Angel is about Tessa. For the past year she had been in a coma. One tragic night, Tessa was shot in the head trying to save a young girl from the line of fire that in turn killed her parents. That bullet should of killed her, but little did she know that for the last year while she lay in the hospital bed trying to heal, a mysterious guy named David saved her. But he more than saved her. In fact, he healed her to the point of turning her into an Immortal. You see, David is an Angel. A fallen angel who has gone rogue from Heaven and had taken it upon himself to heal and help those who suffer. Well, you would think that this wouldn't make him fallen, but you see there is a balance to things and he couldn't stand back while some people lived while so many had to suffer and die. He went against the rules and broke ranks to walk the Earth and assist those who needed his help. So, because of his love and need for life, David chose to heal Tessa, and in turn he fell in love with her. However, every action, has a reaction, even if all intentions are good and filled with love. And because of certain choices he made, there was a bounty put out on his head.

    David would do his work while constantly staring behind his back, waiting for the moment when Heaven would haul him back and punish him for his crimes. Enter Nico. This is an Angel who walks a fine line between good and evil. He is the bounty hunter scouting David and eagerly wanting to stake his claim on him and get his reward. But there is more to Nico then what we presume him to be. When Nico finally tracks David down, he notices Morgan. Morgan is Tessa's best friend. And the only one, besides David, who has been there by Tessa's bedside waiting for her to wake up. Nico does the unthinkable and kidnaps Morgan, believing her to be he's dead wife reincarnated. Morgan has no clue about who David is or what Tessa has become, and just thinking that Nico is some sort of psychopath, is forced into the situation. Well, you can only imagine the drama that unfolds from them on. Tessa and David go on a chase to track Morgan down and thinks go from bad to worse. Worse being Tessa and David having to heal Morgan from the brink of death caused by Nico's inhuman actions. In turn, David sacrifices himself so Morgan can live and Tessa is devastated. Her whole purpose after this is to try and get David back. And she would stop at nothing and no one till she frees him of his sacrifice.

    Oh man, so much goes down and I really don't want to reveal too much, as it is too hard to explain without telling the whole story. But, I think you will all get a better understanding of this when you pick the book up yourself and give it a go. It may start off a little slow but by the end you are gripping for more. It's why I gave it 4 stars.

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