Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ by Nalini Singh
Archangel's Kissby Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on February 2nd 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world...
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.
They've barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.
First Time Read: October 2014
Second Time Listened: April 2017
Third Time Listened: October 2019
I love this series from Nalini Singh. I’m kicking myself in the butt for not reading this series sooner because I’m a huge fan of Angels/Archangels in the UF/PNR genre.
Now I’m on a mission to read the rest of the series before the next book comes out. I will need days of being closed off from civilization, so I can manage reading them. If only I could make myself a clone for a few days, so my clone to get the housework done, get the oldest daughter and youngest daughter off to school. *sigh if only that were possible I could get through books faster*
Forewarning – If you haven’t read the first book, skip reading this review. I highly recommend reading this series in order; otherwise, you will miss out on what is going on. I’ll try not to spoil anything because I’m one of those that hates spoilers, but it’s kind of hard to not gush over this book/series.
In Archangel’s Kiss, Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to have become an angel with wings. She’s not fully immortal, though, which makes Raphael (the Archangel that helped change her) worry about her. Elena now has to adjust from being human to learn how to fly. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks. She also has to change to having Raphael boss her around, and she’s not someone who takes to authority very well. (Can’t say I blame her because Raphael is a very controlling alpha male but sexy too!!!) Now that Elena is an angel, Raphael is more intrigued by his Guild Hunter. He wants to help her adjust to her new life, but he has a hard time adjusting to what happened in Angel’s Blood with him going into the Quiet slightly.
In the second novel to the Guild Hunter series, Elena and Raphael have been invited to Lijuan’s ball. Raphael is a little weary on accepting the invitation, though. Lijuan is one of the oldest Archangel’s, and she’s showing signs of having an extreme power that awakens the dead. Lijuan is intrigued by Elena as well and has several surprises in store for Elena.
From the beginning to the end of this book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat because Elena does not only have to deal with Lijuan but several other nuisances. Poor Elena can’t catch a break, and Nalini is going to put Elena and Raphael through several tests with each other. She also tests Elena a lot with her strength. Let’s say I was always worried about Elena’s safety, but I knew my girl could get through it all. The person who ticked me off the most was another Archangel who keeps giving Elena a hard time. Get a life, Archangel!
I could go on and on about how much I loved this story, but I’m going to move along and finish reading the next book in the series. I’m having a hard time leaving Elena and Raphael for too long. I need to know what happens next to these two characters.
Nalini makes her Guild Hunter series very addicting and hard to put down. I give this book five full moons and highly recommend this series to UF/PNR readers out there.