Author: Nalini Singh
Title: Angel’s Blood
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Berkeley 2009
Source: Purchased on kindle
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best—but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option…even if the task is impossible.
Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other…and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break…
My Thoughts (spoiler alert)
This was my first Nalini Singh book, and I can officially say I am now a huge fan. In fact, I’ve already gone out and purchased the first two books in her Psy-Changeling series.
In this world, angels make vampires, and Elena is a vampire hunter for the guild – tracking and returning those vamps who run away from their owners. She has a special ability to sense vampires, and it’s this very skill that draws her attention to Archangel Raphael to find a rogue Archangel from Europe who just happens to be in New York. What really makes this story sizzle, is the combination of Elena’s fiery and tough personality pinned against Raphael’s dark and domineering attitude that he never accepts no. And his eyes are set on Elena for more than just the case.
The plot is action-packed and never lets up, especially when the flirting and romance between Elena and Raphael kick into high gear. You won’t be disappointed. What I loved was that the angels were not saints and have dark sides.
Numerous characters add depth to the story, and I’m guessing they will play a bigger role in future books, but this novel is solely about Elena’s and Raphael’s bond, hence setting up the plot for the series. The only part I questioned was what Elena turns into at the end. Won’t give it away, but it just seemed a bit too convenient for me.
Verdict: A captivating, quick read that ignites the pages each time Elena enters a room. While there are some questions left unanswered, the rest of the series is bound to answer them.