When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe, controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later, the intense fire of their attraction still rages, but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful angel.
Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another, but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again.
Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be?
Somebody’s Angel is the continuation of the Rescue Me Saga and gives fans of the series the opportunity to keep up with the lives of Adam & Karla, Damian & Savannah, and Angelina & Marc. Masters is one of the few authors I read whose books have overlapping timelines that aren’t a regurgitation of previous scenes and this installment is no different. Despite their seemingly happy ending in Nobody’s Angel, the author returns the focus to Marc and Angelina’s relationship and we learn that while things may look great from the outside, Marc’s inability to open up and trust Angelina has worn on her over time and she’s no longer sure that they have a future together.
Where Nobody’s Angel focused on Angelina and how Marc helped her to overcome her painful introduction to BDSM, to be comfortable within her own skin, and to embrace her sexuality, Somebody’s Angel focuses on Marc as he must come to terms with his past or lose Angelina forever. Marc’s journey is a harrowing one as he learns truths about his parentage, his brother’s relationship with Melissa, and how he was used by the women who introduced him to BDSM and how it affected the way he saw himself as a dom. While some of what he must deal with is readily accessible by his memories – even if he doesn’t want to face them – it is the memories that are deeply buried that push Marc to take drastic measures to uncover them.
This is not the first time that I have read Somebody’s Angel and I cannot believe that I forgot just how intense the interrogation scene was, and not just for Marc. Adam’s commitment to help Marc discover his deeply buried secrets illustrated just how much the man cares for his “family” as Adam himself experienced a resurfacing of painful memories as he took Marc through days of interrogation. As disturbing as it was to watch Marc come apart at the seams, it was necessary for him to do so if he wanted to get his future back. But Masters takes Marc’s recovery one step further by sending him and Angelina off to Italy where Marc gets the chance to face his past literally. While this was not the story I had wanted when the book was originally released (I was hoping for Luke and Cassie’s tale at the time), I devoured it the first time I read it and even though I took my time reading it this time around, it was still just as emotional of a read. I am looking forward to continuing the series (as I haven’t read any of the books after this one, even though I own them) and finding out how Marc, Angelina, and the rest of the crew have fared.