Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
I have had Archangel’s Blade on my shelf for months. And I put off reading it purposefully. It wasn’t my typical series anxiety where I’m all “oh, please don’t screw this up” but hesitation. I wasn’t head-over-heels for the last Guild Hunter novel. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the same fiery writing from Nalini Singh’s earlier books. I just wasn’t game for a ho-hum read.
But now I feel like an idiot, because Archangel’s Blade was engaging and heartbreaking and sweet and feisty and, yes, sexy.
Instead of focusing on Raphael and Elena like the previous novels, Archangel’s Blade focuses on Dmitri, the vampire who leads Raphael’s Seven. Dmitri is ruthless and demanding when it comes to his job of policing the vampires and guarding Raphael’s turf. He’s also a bit of a playboy. He has no interest in love. He had it while alive with a wife and children. Nothing will tarnish that memory for him.
And then there’s Honor. She’s a different person after being kidnapped and tortured by rogue vampires. Still, she works as a Hunter. When she’s paired with Dmitri on a brutal murder case, it’s terrifying. She had lusted after him before, but now the idea of being in a room with any vampire scares her.
The dance these two do in avoiding their feelings is intense. Honor brings out feelings Dmitri didn’t know he was still capable of experiencing, and she can’t understand why she feels safe around him. There’s a nice destiny twist in the HEA for these two, and watching them come to accept it is a delight. You’ll fall in love with Dmitri alongside Honor. In addition to the romance, Honor’s character growth is well done and the mystery elements are twisty enough to keep things from ever being obvious.
As a bonus, because this is the first story focusing on Dmitri solo it can be read as a stand alone.
Sexual content: Sex scenes