- Title: Archangel’s Kiss
- Author: Nalini Singh
- Series: Guild Hunter #2
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: I had fun reading this book! For me, this series is a character driven. The action sequences during the main event are lackluster, and the need to tie up the “mystery” at the end makes me roll my eyes. However, I really enjoy the world building and the people who make up the story. This book is much more cohesive and has fewer plot holes than Angel’s Blood.
I’m a sucker for the love that Elena and Raphael are learning to accept and explore. I’m all about kickass heroines and dark brooding heroes. Singh has done a great job in portraying the characteristic & cultural differences between Angels, humans and vampires. Yet, despite the differences there are aspects like the love of children that transcends race.
Having a clearer idea of what happened to Elena in her past makes me happy. It also adds several potential layers to the story that are shimmering in gleeful anticipation in the depths of my imagination. I’m not a huge fan of the dual story arcs. The book would have been stronger if the plot line about the Reborn was primary and the rivalry arc being secondary. In both novels, my curiosity is engaged by tidbits of information that is dropped in passing. Like Jason being a great singer, Aodhan not liking any touch, the fact that Michaela had lost a child and how evolving can be both terrifying and beautiful.
I’m going to go and read the next book now. 😉