Series: Guild Hunter
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Also in this series: Archangel's Viper, Archangel's Prophecy
Also by this author: Angels' Blood, Silver Silence, Archangel's Viper, Slave to Sensation, Visions of Heat, Caressed By Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Blaze of Memory, Bonds of Justice, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Ocean Light, Archangel's Prophecy
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 Guild Hunter series keeps getting better! I loved Archangel’s Kiss! You get more Elena and Raphael, more angel politics, and new dangers. This is the type of story that weaves a million intricate threads together to create this stunning story.
Elena wakes from her coma and has to learn to be an angel. She has to learn how to fight again, except now with her wings. She also has to learn about angels in general: politics, biology, etc. This allows us as the reader to get a deeper insight into this complex species. I loved experiencing Elena’s new reality because it helped me understand Raphael. Reading about Elena’s struggles and new skills supports my understand of some of the decisions Raphael makes. Peering into the further development of their relationship was satisfying as well. Raphael is very swoon worthy!
The reader gets a great deal more information on Elena’s childhood as well via her nightmares. Add this to the growing tension with the upcoming party at Lejuan’s and you have a lot of tension. While I thought the ending was a bit predictable, my enjoyment wasn’t dampened at all. I might have known what was going to occur, but I didn’t know how it would be resolved, so the story was still engaging.
Justine Eyre, the narrator, is one of the best I have ever heard! Her accents are spot on and add to the listeners enjoyment. She has become my favorite narrator and I want to listen to everything she reads! In this book alone she does a Chinese accent, a Scottish accent, a British accent, and then the standard American accent. All of these flow seamlessly throughout her narration and it is aural bliss!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: paranormal, angels
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »There are some things left open, but the major conflict has been resolved « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Again, there is a lot left unsettled, but it ends on a happy tone between Raphael and Elena « Hide Spoiler
The Providence series by Jamie Maguire, The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, The Mageri series by Dannika Dark…then you will probably like Archangel’s Kiss!