Sunday, November 20, 2011

Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh

Title:  Archangel's Kiss
Author: Nalini Singh
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #2
Main Characters: Raphael & Elena
Release Date: February 2010
ISBN: 978-04252333368
Publisher: Berkley
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

My Review:
This book has a very different feel from the first book. Elena has just come out of a year-long coma during her transformation into an angel that was a result of Raphael's love. Unlike the first book, the result of this transformation appears to give some solidity to Elena and Raphael's relationship. There is no doubt that the transformation came from love so they know that they have that going for them...their feelings are true. Now they just have to figure out the details of being able to live with each other...trusting their strengths and accepting their weaknesses, which is not easy for either of these VERY strong people who are used to relying only upon themselves.

The threat in this book is two-fold. Lijuan, one of the other archangels of the Cadre, appears to be sinking further into insanity and playing with the creation of a zombie army. Archangels are a blood-thirsty, power-hungry bunch and they see Elena as a perfect target for their aggression. Several of them are trying to kill her as a blow against Raphael, knowing as a newly-made immortal, she is easily killed. She is also the only known Made angel, so the one to kill her would have quite a bit of infamy as a result.

Raphael & Elena are learning how to trust each other and each other's limits and I loved that part of the book where you are getting to watch their relationship grow. The one part that I didn't really like was how much of the story seemed to linger on Elena's childhood scars. I completely understand that it's a lingering hurt and it is used against her over and over in this book, but to me, the flashbacks took up a bit too much of the story.

I loved that we got to meet more of Raphael's Seven which make up his security guard. These seven men are so different from each other and we are getting to see more and more glimpses of each of their stories. I cannot wait to get to know them all better. They all seem to have a secret hurt that they have overcome or are dealing with. You can tell that each of them are going to have very powerful stories. I continue to love Illium best especially his special friendship with Elena.

This was a wonderful book with an amazing climax. i am really enjoying this series. It continues to be extremely entertaining and creative. Onward to book #3 in the series.

1 comment:

Julie said...

You are right. A totally different feel to this book - but good nonetheless. 3 I am VERY curious to see what you think of.