ARCHANGEL'S KISS by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter #2
Penguin: Berkley Sensation
released February 2, 2010
Rating: Really liked it!
SPOILER ALERT FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES!
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.
Archangel’s Kiss was a beautiful crafted, captivating story. I loved reading about Elena discovering her new angel side and felt like I was right there with her as she took her first flight. Elena was once again thrown into a world not of her own choosing, but she did not complain. Stoic as ever, she simply accepted her lot and moved on to more important things, such as training so as not to appear weak in front of Lijuan or any of the other number of angels after her head. Rafael is just as sexy as he was in the first book, maybe even more so now because his love for Elena is so obvious through his over-protective streak and desires to care for her at every turn. The characters in the Guild Hunter world seem as though they could quite feasibly walk off the page and into the real world. Singh walks the line between providing enough information to keep the them interesting and holding enough back that the reader can’t help but beg for more. I can only hope that some these characters are featured in Singh’s upcoming novella (details unavailable as of today). However, I was disappointed that Sara and the other Guild Hunters from Angel’s Blood did not feature heavily into this story. It makes sense that Elena would recover in the angelic stronghold, but it would have been nice to at least have Sara involved. My only other problem with this book is that the “epic battle” at the end was over far too quickly. These are the only reasons that this book did not quite make it to a full five star rating. Otherwise, it was an excellent read.