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Review : Halo by R.C. Stephens




***ARC PROVIDED BY AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***



R. C. Stephens latest book ‘Halo’ was a treat to read from beginning to end. I haven’t read any of her books before so this was a new author to me but I will definitely be looking out for more from her after this 4 star read.



Halo and Thomas meet when they are 15 and 17 years old. There is an instant and deep connection between them meaning first love might just actually be true love. Halo has to deal with some tragic circumstances and Thomas has to deal with his background and feelings of being unworthy and unlovable. It is in each other that they find strength and manage to carry on and bring love into each other’s lives.



“I will always love you. You are the light in my darkness.”



Halo and Thomas marry young and he pursues his dream of becoming a Navy Seal. You would think they are perfect until you find they aren’t and he leaves her. As the story is told in sequences of past and present you only get snippets at a time so you don’t the reasons why he left until a bit further in. Halo has to struggle with her life and move on as Thomas not only left her he also left the unborn child she has just told him about. When Halo becomes a mother she decides to carry no hate for Thomas and to move on with her life.



While in the hospital Halo meets a battle scarred veteran called Ryder. He has no one, no memory and no place to go apart from another hospital facility and as he and Halo have become friends she offers him the garage apartment to rent to which he gladly accepts.



Ryder is keen to help Halo in any way he can as it helps keep him occupied but also means he gets her company. Ryder and Halo become quite comfortable around each other and there is definitely an attraction but can they really have anything together as she is mourning the loss of a husband who left her behind and he is mourning a life that he cannot remember.



This story is told from different perspectives so you get an insight into everyone’s true feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the build of friendship and trust before things develop as Ryder wants to be the man that Halo needs and Halo wants to move on from feeling abandoned and alone to finding love again. However things don’t run smoothly and there are definitely some surprises that can rock everything for them.



This is a great romantic read that you will enjoy getting lost in.



Reviewed by Louise G.