Review: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh

Title: Archangel's Kiss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter, #2
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Pages: 323

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…

I really wanted to like this book and going into it I thought I would. I didnt hate the book, but it was so hard to get through. The first book, Angel's Blood was so much better and I just expected the sequel to be better because in most series that's the case but this book was such a huge disappointment.

ARCHANGEL'S KISS picks up about a years after the events in Angel's Blood. After the huge, epic battle with Uram, Elena and Rapheal both came so close to dying. But Elena has been in a coma and she wakes up as a immortal. Rapheal wouldn't let her die, EVER! But instead as a vampire she wakes up as an angel. Not only is she an angel, she is the first angel ever to be made.

Fact: Angels are usually born. It is very rare for one to be made. She is Rapheal's weakness at this moment and she is recovering, so a big weakness and a target so Elena needs to heal quickly and get her strength back. Rapheal's seven do not approve of Elena due to the fact that she is a huge weakness to Rapheal.

"They didn't understand that she held his heart, held it so utterly that there was nothing he wouldn't do, no line he wouldn;t cross to keep her safe"

I may have not liked ARCHANGEL'S KISS that much because of the healing process with Elena and that is what she spent almost the whole book doing. I think a main reason I really liked the first book was because I found Elena always out battling and doing what she does, hunt. And also the sexual tension with Rapheal and I liked we still got that in this book. I found that I was forcing myself just to finish the book and parts were just so boring. I think the next book, Archangel's Consort will either make it or break it for me.

Now that Elena is mostly healed and will be back as herself I think that the next book will be better for me. And looking at the description of Archangel's Consort I feel like I will definitely like what will be in store for Rapheal and Elena and hope to discover how strong they are together. My advice is if you liked Angel's Blood yes, push through this one. Most people find that book 1 is their favorite but still liked the second book. Looking forward to Archangel's Consort coming January 2011.

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