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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  634 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Contemporary Romance
Coming November 2016

I fell in love with Thomas Wells and knew he was my forever.
I was sixteen when I gave him my heart.
Our love was the kind to last a lifetime.

But Thomas was broken.
The first day we met he told me he was going to become a Navy SEAL.
At nineteen he enlisted.
At twenty he married me.
At twenty five he left me pregnant and didn't turn
Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 2016
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Halo by RC Stephens
3.5 stars!!!

“How can she really fall for someone she doesn’t truly know? How can I even like myself when I don’t know who I am.”

Halo was not what I was expecting, this was my first read by this author and I was attracted to the cover and the synopsis in the first instance. It is hard to say what I thought it was going to be, but this wasn’t it, if that makes sense, but it is unexpected in a good way.

Halo and Thomas were childhood sweethearts. They met in their teens and th
Sep 26, 2016 Becca rated it it was amazing
I was so intrigued with this book and couldn't put it down once I started.

Halo and Thomas meet when she was 15 and he was 17. From the start, he was the bad boy who only had eyes for the shy and innocent Halo. When Halo's parents get killed in a car accident, Thomas steps up to take care of Halo and becomes her everything. But she knew from the start that Thomas was ready to leave... he was enlisting to become a Navy Seal. It was always a part of the plan and she was ok with that.

The years of d
Oct 06, 2016 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, must-read
What can I say about this EPIC book from RC Stephens? Well, to start off...I absolutely LOVED it!! The story of Halo and Thomas's romance was gripping, intensely emotional and soul-searingly unforgettable!

Halo meets Thomas, the love of her life at 16, but she knew from the beginning that his dream was to become a Navy Seal. Years later, they are married and Thomas has been to war, seen and done many things that mess him up much so that when Halo tells him she's going to have his bab
Oct 29, 2016 AJ rated it really liked it
“I will always love you. You are the light in my darkness”

4 stars

I was intrigued by the blurb of this book when I first read it, the beginning hooked me in, and I was completely caught up in the heart-felt journey of these characters.

Halo and Thomas were teenage sweethearts. Her home life was loving and supportive, whereas his was violent and desperate, yet they connected instantly and fell in soul-deep love, determined to be together forever. They survived disapproving parents, loss and devas
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 03, 2016 Red Cheeks Reads rated it it was amazing
I’m going to start this spoiler-free review by saying that I really don’t want to give away anything about this story at all, so there will be no quotes, no teasers, no discussions of the plot or the characters in this review. My instincts just told me that it would be best to experience Halo organically, so I was careful to avoid anything with spoilers. I’m glad I did, and I believe it’s how I think everyone should approach this particular story.

Halo story hooked me from the very beginning. Thi
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Oct 04, 2016 Dawn Nicole Costiera rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!
RC Stephens is on a roll with another great book... Halo is the second book I've read of hers. The first was Dick and I loved it as well. What I have learned about RC in these two books is that she writes unexpected love stories with very atypical storylines. All of her characters feel pure, loveable and definitely relatable. Halo, Thomas and Ryder's story is both heartbreaking and wondrous! Halo is about a once in a life time love, that was found twice. It will make you believe in th
Oct 10, 2016 Carla rated it it was amazing
Carla's Five Star Review

Wow! This book is simply phenomenal and a much needed breath of fresh air!

Thomas Wells' life has been anything but easy. His mother walked out when he was just a toddler and left him with his abusive, alcoholic father. With every slap and every curse, Thomas became more determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. What he didn't plan for was to meet the love of his life, Halo, at just 17. She was his light in the darkness. Fast forward a few years, the two are
A different take on of second chance love.

I haven't read S. C. Stephens since the Thoughtless trilogy. It was good to re-connect with this author.

Dec 12, 2016 Karin rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the writing in this book. You can feel the emotion come out from each page, I was hooked from the first page.

Halo and Thomas met a swim meet when she was 15 & he was 17 and, practically became inseparable. He was from the wrong part of town with a chip on his shoulder due to a terrible childhood who wants to prove he is something and dreams of becoming a Navy Seal. Halo is the sweet & shy girl who always saw how special Thomas was regardless of his need to prove his w
Karen Hrdlicka
Dec 09, 2015 Karen Hrdlicka rated it it was amazing
Halo by RC Stephens reinforces the power of love in the reader's mind. I was intrigued when I read the blurb and could not wait to read Halo. I think I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for a "bad boy" with a terrible home life, since they mirror my husband's upbringing. Thomas' mother left when he was young and his father treated him cruelly. If not for a gentle neighbor, his future could have been nonexistent. His dream was to become a Navy SEAL, however when he met Halo this dream was d ...more
Jessica Alcazar
My first experience with R.C. Stephens and just ... WOW. I can't really tell you what specific characteristic of this book/story stood out and wow'd me because it all was captivating and intriguing. This is not just a romantic journey story. It's a story of growth and family and friendship, first love, soulmates, second chances and redemption and life ... and every one of those aspects is what drew me in and kept me going, reading this in one sitting.

As you know from the blurb there is a huge re
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 04, 2016 Jennifer Pierson rated it it was amazing
Halo Pearson fell in love with Thomas Well, knowing he was her forever. At sixteen, she gave him her heart, and they were married young. Thomas becomes a Navy SEAL, and after his first tour, he comes home broken, while refusing to let anyone in. After she tells him that she's pregnant, he leaves her, and goes back to the war with no goodbye. Then divorce papers show up, and Halo's heart is broken, but having her baby keeps her from really breaking down. The night she goes into labor, she takes a ...more
Dec 29, 2016 Kristy rated it did not like it
Could there possibly be a dumber premise for a novel than Halo by R.C. Stephens? I think not. I was going to toss it on the DNF pile but decided I had to finish it because I couldn’t imagine that the ‘big reveal’ could possibly be what I thought; no that would be way too stupid, right? No author in their right mind would come up with as far-fetched a story as this one and expect readers to actually buy into it. I’m not going to rehash the whole monotonous plot because many other reviewers have a
Nov 11, 2016 DG rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Such a great journey....4.5 stars! I usually don't care for flashback to past books but you just have to have them to understand and build the bond. Halo is such a strong heroine...who loves her husband unconditionally. LOVE, Loved it!!!
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
4.5 Stars

I can't say too much about this story because I could so easily give too much away, but here goes.  Halo Pearson is alone to give birth to her child.  Her ex-husband, Thomas, left her when he found out she was pregnant and signed up for another tour in Afghanistan to get away from his responsibility.  After the birth of her son, she meets Ryder in the hospital.  Ryder is a soldier, who was almost killed in Afghanistan four months previous  and is in the hospital recovering from surgery.
Angela DeMarco
Oct 18, 2016 Angela DeMarco rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

"I will always come back to you, Halo, even in the dark I will find you. You are my Halo."

Halo is the second book I have read by RC Stephens, Dick being the first I loved both of them.
This is the story of Halo and Thomas, two people from complete opposite sides of the tracks, who meet at a young age, and fell in love. Their love is like no another, a love that is pure and unbreakable. A true testament of what a soul mate is. Halo is emotional, gripping, romantic, and truly a beautifu
Nov 02, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
R. C. Stephens
4.5 stars

What a book .... Meeting the love of her life at sweet sixteen Halo vowed to support Thomas in all his dreams. As big as they were being a Navy Seal she knew came with hard times. Sticking by the man she has loved she knows the way has changed him. Thinking a child is going to help him heal she instead gets a reaction that no woman wants to hear.

Thomas has had a gray life. His mother left leaving him with a father that was abusive and drank too much. Turning those emo
Wendy Livingstone
Nov 01, 2016 Wendy Livingstone rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read any of this authors work, and my word, it will not be the last. Halo and Thomas met and fell in love as teenagers, and they always knew that they were soul mates, and their love would last forever. Thomas had an awful childhood, and his dream was to become a navy seal. After each deployment he changed as things he has seen and done haunted him. When Halo tells him she is pregnant he runs, and sends divorce papers. While in hospital Halo meets Ryder who is an ex ...more
Sep 20, 2016 EscapeNBooks rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars

Halo by Author R. C. Stephens is a new, standalone, contemporary romance novel. It is a second chance at love story.

"You're my Halo, my ray of light. I will always find my way back to you."

When Halo first laid eyes on Thomas, a spark was generated. That spark grew into so much more, leading to love and marriage. Thomas knew Halo was the one for him, and he wasn't letting her go. Though young, they had a love that was everlasting, or so it seemed.

"I will always love you. You are the li
Krissy loves to read
Nov 11, 2016 Krissy loves to read rated it it was amazing
This Diva and Bookhoarder's heart sucked this one right up! A beautiful story that every reader should embark on. R.C Stephens took me on one unforgettable journey with love, strength and forgiveness. Let me tell you a little about this story , then you can go on and experience it for yourself.
Two lovers..young at heart..fall head over heels. Of course where there is love there is commitment and sacrafice. A duty that has to be served out. One that will put these characters to the test. Halo, Th
Oct 20, 2016 Josephine rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf - 54%
Le Ann Foster
Oct 19, 2016 Le Ann Foster rated it it was amazing
☆☆Reviewed for Hooked On Books ☆ ☆

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

From the start to the finish I don't think I had a dry eye. This book hold so many emotions from joy to down right heartbreak. These 3 characters have such soul kind love that it's scary. The storyline will keep you wanting more. I highly recommend reading this book. Not only do you get a strong female character but you get two Alpha Navy Seal men!

Halo and Thomas love story starts when she was 16 and by 25 Thomas has broken her heart
Debbie DiFiore
Nov 12, 2016 Debbie DiFiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice

I knew the twist the moment I read the first chapter and for the first time I am not going to spoil anything. I did have a hard time getting into it though. It just felt slow. And I have to admit I don't really like the NA genre. This one was tamer than most but I don't like graphic sex and some of the crude language used. And I am older so maybe I just don't relate as well to them. I want more subtle romance I guess. But regardless this was a very good story. I loved the main character
★¸. • * ° *  Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie*°°*•.¸. ♥★
Thomas Wells
Ryder St John
Halo Pearson

Damn this couldnotputdownincasesomethinghappened book!!

I read this in an afternoon, and loved it!
This has all the feels, it's happy, romantic, sad, shocking, and everything in between, but above all the reader feels every emotion. You will need tissues for this one.

If you have read anything by Mia Sheridan, then this is a must read for you, it's very emotional, just like Ms Sheridan writes, and it will pull right on your heartstrings.
An amazingly beautiful re
Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
The blurb of this book intrigued me, and although pretty predictable, this book is all about second chances. In love, in life... this is really a beautiful story!

Angsty, heartbreaking and hopeful this is the love story between Halo and Thomas. Since a young age, they connected immediately. Thomas had a dream, to become a Navy SEAL and will do everything to make that dream come true. Halo is a very understanding woman and accept Thomas decisions, supporting him with everything she can.
After some
Dec 07, 2016 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Just finished and cried like a baby .
Halo that girl is amazing , the life she had and stuff thrown her way .
Strong is an understatement.
But life throws things at us and things we can't understand .
But mr St. John and halo
Are perfect .
The story will make you need to keep reading and not stop , cry shout and cry more then a perfect ending ..
The war is a sad thing and the things the army , seal many see will stay with them forever.
This book brought things home.
Well written
Dec 25, 2016 Sandy rated it liked it
3.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: November 2016

I fell in love with Thomas Wells and knew he was my forever.
I was sixteen when I gave him my heart.
Our love was the kind to last a lifetime.

But Thomas was broken.
The first day we met he told me he was going to become a Navy SEAL.
At nineteen he enlisted.
At twenty he married me.
At twenty five he left me pregnant and didn't turn back.
I knew he was suffering….
I also knew I couldn't save him.
He left me broken.
I was scared and alone.
Until I
Lauren - SERIESous Books
--Read my full review of the book at! Spoiler Free!

**I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

While this novel hinted at a love triangle, it was the "secret so explosive that it could shatter both our worlds" that had me picking up this book.

I wanted a big twist and that's what I got! I definitely didn't see that reveal coming!

I'll start by saying that this is an adult contemporary n
HALO by R.C. Stephens was intense. From the moment the reader meets Thomas Wells, and Halo Pearson there is so much that happens between these two within the short time frame of them meeting, Thomas swearing to become a SEAL, and Halo losing her parents. It's heart wrenching. And honestly, makes the reader take a step back, and look at life a little bit different. The story focuses on Halo and Thomas. The sacrifices they make for one another, and the ultimate sacrifice that makes them realize wh ...more
Veracious Reads
In the recent years, there have come countless romance novels each year, that have delivered some of the most memorable book-boyfriends, but have miserably failed to portray women in the light of strength, making them easy-to-forget. I remember all my book-boyfriend names, but rarely remember the female leads, who were simply used as fillers.

The same happened with Halo. The book revolved majorly around Thomas, his upbringing, the war and the to-and-fro of past and present. As the author devoted
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As far back as R.C. Stephens can remember she was a sucker for a good romance. Of course there had to be a prince charming even if he ultimately was a dark knight and there had to be a happy ending.
She watched the movie Dirty Dancing way too many times growing up and Jean Claude Van Damme movies too. Go figure!
After years of saying she would write a book one day, she finally put pen to paper and
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