Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Publication Date: 10/2/2014
Series:  Guild Hunter #7
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.


As you might be able to tell from the little happy meme above, I have been waiting for this book. This book is Ash and Janvier’s story. While the other characters are showcased with a POV chapter here or there, it mainly, as it should, focus on Ash and Janvier’s love story.

Janvier is a little endeared to my heart because I LOVE Cajun culture. If you knew me in real life, most of you would know that I have a voodoo doll on my desk at work and mardi gras beads on the rearview mirror of my truck. Janvier is a bit of a dirty tease when it comes to Ash and his courting tactics are quite interesting. Ash has been contracted to take out Janvier by the Guild many times. He knew she was hot on his trail and since he is hot for her, he’d give her a run for her money. As soon as she’d catch up with the creole vampire, his contract would be lifted. You can only imagine how hilarious it would be to us as readers knowing that Janvier was playing with her.

I have always thought that there was more than meets then eye when it came to their love-hate relationship. You could feel the attraction within each page of their interactions, but I could never tell if either of them would take the plunge. Ash is cautious around him because of family trait that may cause her future to be different than she had hoped. This discovery about why she’s kept her distance from any kind of relationship with Janvier is a bit of a shocker when you find out in Archangel’s Shadows.

Without hinting too hard at the outcome of their relationship, I will say that as a reader you will be pleased with Singh’s plot line development.

Archangel’s is just as gritty as it is seductively sinfully. The ending I think will tie into the next book and it only leaves me wondering….

When does it come out??


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