Review: Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

October 28, 2016 Review 0

Review: Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Title: Archangel's Heart
Author: Nalini Singh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Magical Christmas Cat, An Enchanted Season, Wild Embrace, Archangel's Viper
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Published by Berkley
Source: Publisher
Published: November 1, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
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You know when you walk into a movie 40 minutes after it started, and you really enjoyed it, but it eats at you what did you miss? That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. *Sigh* I keep jumping into series by Nalini Singh because what I have read of hers is outstanding, BUT, no matter how great they are, I’m still finding myself lost. That is how I am feeling with Archangel’s Heart.

 

Let me begin by saying I enjoyed this book. Mostly. Elena and Raphael are awesome. I loved the dynamics between them. Then there is the whole angel concept that I haven’t encountered before. Angels having territories, having consorts, baby angels – really the whole angel aspect was new and refreshing to me. Oh my gosh, I fell in love with the characters, especially the other angels in the Cadre, I need more of them! Throw in the Luminata, the missing Archangel, Elena on a mission to find out more about her mother’s side of the family, and everything in between, and you have one book that I lost sleep over because I couldn’t put it down.

 

Now for the mostly which I have already mentioned before. I’m jumping in at book #9 in the Guild Hunter series which means I have no background knowledge to go on. Sometimes an author will give a bit of a background history at the beginning so newbies to the series like me idea of what to expect. Sadly, that is not the case. I was able to keep up for the most part but peeking at other reviews, on past and present books in the series, I see I missed out on quite a bit. My advice to any reader looking to read Archangel’s Heart really should start the series from the beginning.

 

 

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Author InfoGuild Hunter

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

Excerpt

Raphael’s response was silent, his wing brushing hers as he . . .

“Raphael!” The damn archangel had dusted her.

Glittering, sparkly stuff stuck to her, delicious beyond compare when she parted her mouth and it licked onto her tongue. Her thighs clenched. “This is not funny!” She glared at him even as arousal flooded her system, but he was laughing too hard to care.

Her heart, it just stopped.

Even now, the Archangel of New York rarely laughed and never like this. Until she could see the youth he must’ve once been, with eyes of a wild, astonishing blue that asked a woman to laugh with him. She’d never before seen him as truly young. How could she? He had so much power that it pulsed in his every touch, burned in his skin.

Hauling him close to her with her hands fisted in the cream linen of his shirt, she took a kiss, took him. He sank into her, his wings sweeping up to wrap around her until all she could sense was Raphael, all she could taste was him. And angel dust. The special blend he’d created just for her.

He pushed one hand into her hair, fisting it as he wrapped his other arm around her waist and backed her up against a wall. Something fell with a dull thud. Maybe the vivid painting of wildflowers that had just been put up, all the art having been taken down during the repainting.

Elena loved that simple piece Honor had found in a thrift shop, but right now, it could’ve been a priceless artwork by the Hummingbird and she wouldn’t have cared. She was far too happy to be pressed up against the hard warmth of her archangel tip to toe after spending the previous night on watch. No time for shenanigans with Dmitri away and Illium off-shift, Aodhan assigned to patrol the sea border, and Raphael dealing with the overall security situation.

She’d flown a proper defense grid, both to stay in practice and because none of them could afford to be blasé with the Cascade an unpredictable foe that could unleash itself at any moment, smashing the world back into chaos and, possibly, war.

Today, however, the others were on‑shift and she could kiss her lover. He burned hot, Raphael, but he was a crashing sea in her mind, a tumultuous, passionate storm that swept her up and thundered through her veins.

We can talk to Dmitri later, she sent to Raphael, sliding her hands up the ridges and valleys of his chest. Let’s go upstairs to our suite.

“A‑hem.”

She tried to ignore that pointed cough that held a biting amusement.

Raphael’s lips smiled against hers. I think my second has other ideas.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin
Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.

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