Book #2 of the Guild Hunter Series
by Nalini Singh
Published: Berkley Sensation – February 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 323 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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—even 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…
The more I read about Elena and Raphael, the more I like them as characters and as a couple. Elena is a strong woman, but she still has to deal with the traumatic experience she went through as a child. And now, as her world is completely changed, she has to fight for her right to live.
Raphael is so arrogant and demanding that you almost want to hate him, but his feelings of superiority make sense based on who he is. He is an archangel, he can’t help but feel greater than humans, vampires, and angels. He’s the kind of character that has to grow on you. But his feelings for Elena are one hundred percent real.
I am really starting to love Illuim. His continuous flirting with Elena and ignoring Raphael’s obvious anger over it is great. He takes chances and doesn’t care what people think.
Elena’s training with the vampire Demetri is even better. He knows Elena is a weakness for Raphael, so he is constantly giving Elena a hard time. But Elena knows how to push right back. Their back and forth banter is hilarious.
The plot and the introduction of knew characters was expertly written. I really can’t wait for more of Raphael’s Seven. I just know their stories and backgrounds will be just as interesting as Elena and Raphael’s.
Elena’s history is finally revealed and it helps explain why she can be so emotionally fragile and mentally and physically strong at the same time.
I felt the ending was somewhat anticlimactic. I will leave it at that since I don’t want to spoil the ending.
The action really didn’t come in until farther in the book. Though I love how Singh built up the romance in Archangel’s Kiss, I still wish there was a little more action from the beginning.
Oh yes, there is sex. This is definitely a romance, so expect sex and all its glory.
I really do like this series. It has a unique concept and the characters provide constant entertainment. Singh’s angel mythology is getting more fascinating by the book. The villains are scary, the action is well written, and the romance is complicated, which only makes it more realistic.