Arwen is an individual figure skating coach who never thought she’d ever get to meet the lead singer of the band Soar. She’d been crushing on Gannon ever since Soar’s first CD came out. While attending the band’s concert in her hometown, Gannon’s and her gaze meet during a love song he sings, making Arwen think he’s only singing for her. Unexpectantly, the next day, an even more unbelievable situation occurs. Gannon appears at the skate club and asks her out on a date.
When his gaze met the woman’s in the crowd, Gannon became immediately taken with her. Something about her drew him like no other human woman had before. As an Alte, a winged being humans had mistaken for angels through chance encounters, he and his band mates are the last of their kind after an illness swept through their people. Surviving, they find themselves able to manipulate the elements, allowing them to hide what they truly are from the humans around them. Their bright silver eyes become natural, and even their wings are camouflaged, leaving a tattoo-like mark on their backs. Immortal as well, the remaining five have together lived for over a thousand years.
As Gannon grows closer to Arwen, he finds himself fighting to keep his true self hidden. Even more frightening, when they make love, he starts to absorb her life energy causing him to put some distance between them. But when another of their kind arrives on the scene, revealing what caused the demise of their people, Gannon is faced with letting Arwen die or risking the rest of humanity to save her.
I am a great fan of books with gorgeous hunks who are rock stars and this book tick the box as far as that is concerned. It also introduces the Alte—winged creatures who have lived among us—and this is why humans think there are angels. Winged creatures who could be angels, tick another box!
The guys of the band Soar are all that is left of the winged creatures known as the Alte. At one of their concerts Gannon, the lead singer senses Arwen and sings to her only and she senses him as well, but goes home alone to dream of Gannon. This is decidedly unusual for Gannon, any of the guys in fact, so he seeks out Arwen and finds her skating and proceeds to sit on the ice, much to her amusement and his disgust.
I gather that this is going to be the first in a series if the title is anything to go by, and I would certainly love to read more about the other members of Soar and learn more about the Alte. This is where the story left a bit to be desired. We learn that the guys in Soar are all that is left of the Alte and we know why—an illness swept through and killed all of their kind. The guys survived and in the process changed—they are able to hide their wings and in their place are tattoos of wings.
They have lived together for over a thousand years and are now famous rock stars who have been able to hide what and who they are from the rest of the world. This is all we know and it left a huge hole in the story. I wanted much more detail about the Alte, where they lived, how they had lived and what had happened to them, their history. I feel that there must have been more that we could have been told about the Alte and their way of life before the illness. Also, it appears as well that the guys themselves have very little knowledge about who or what they really are as there are things that happen and they are really lost and 'blind' and don't know what is happening—this in itself I found strange as well. I am sure that there would have been some sort of records or something that would have explained things to them, or that they would know, but unfortunately, they didn't and this affected the story.
None of them has ever felt the connection that Gannon felt for Arwen and this is where things get complicated. Can Gannon tell Arwen about the Alte—what they are? How will she take it or will he drive her away before then? Arwen and Gannon fall hard for each other and she quickly takes leave from her job to go on tour with the band and where things seem to fall apart. Gannon cannot control himself when he is around Arwen and he tends to withdraw and Arwen doesn't really understand why this is so.
I liked the characters of Arwen and Gannon and the glimpses of the other members of Soar, but they could all have been fleshed out a lot more and thus added an extra dimension and depth to the story. The malevolent Alte who appears was only around so briefly, that if you weren't careful you might have missed him and it felt like he was just introduced to help conclude the story of Arwen and Gannon.
I did enjoyed Angels of Rock-Icy Temptation, but it was too short, not detailed enough and lacked what I felt was important background information that would have made it a better tale all round. I will read the next installment if it comes my way, but I do hope that it reveals more than this story did.
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