5 out of 5 Robots!
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh was everything I expected it would be- once again proving how brilliant this writer is. I loved loved Elena's debut novel, Angels Blood- I went into this with my expectations high. It didn't disappoint. It is heart-stirring, dangerous and intensely romantic. Heeelllllooo, Raphael and Thank You, Nalini Singh- Our beloved archangel took my breath away at least once every five pages.
Elena has finally waken from her year-long coma to find that she is no longer a mere mortal. To her surprise she is now an immortal, an angel. One of the weakest angels, but hey- at least she gets to keep her hunter-born skills and sleep with one of the most erotic, powerful archangels EVER. And now, in gaining his one true love, her archangel Raphael has showed his weakness- Elena. They are all gunning for her, but she's not just Raphael's plaything, she's hunter-born... an immortal with the heart of a mortal.
Loads of action in this book- Danger is always cooking. Knives always being thrown (literally.) Lijuan is building an army of the reborn, someone is pitting all the archangels against each other, stealing the innocent angel children. An angel crazed enough to believe they can best Elena and the Cadre is terrorizing the Refuge. As frightening as it is to be one of the weakest angels in the Refuge- Elena won't let this trump her efforts to learn how to fly and fight. But she only has a short time if she needs to fly before Lijuans ball... can she do it? Will her efforts be futile against the surprises Lijuan has waiting for her?
This novel holds a pleasant amount of emotional action too. Raphael and Elena have grown to fully trust and love each other, to know each other. Raphael's dialogue made my heart skip a beat. He is so beautiful in everything that he says to his lover. He even begins to realize that for their love to blossom, he must open up. It is fun getting to know him with Elena. There is a monumental amount of character development from her and their relationship. It is delightful that the author chose a realistic path in that Elena must to learn to fly, to train with her new wings. So adorable that she is so weak and for the first time in her life she needs to rely on someone other than herself.
I will now say that I am also perfectly enthralled with Raphael's Seven. They're the seven he trusts with his life, who live to make sure he's always safe. Illium, or Bluebell, the blue winged angel.... oh I can't even put into words how captivating he is. The way Nalini Singh describes just his eyelashes?! To die for. This author puts you right there in the Guild Hunter world. I mean really, how does she make secondary characters so damn intriguing?!
If you love angels, paranormal romance and the like - read this book. I highly recommend it. I was completely absorbed. After reading the last page I was like what? that's it? I want more. I don't know if I am going to be able to wait until next year for another Bluebell fix.
Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425233367
- ISBN-13: 978-0425233368