Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter.
The best of the best, she is the woman Masters go to in
order to find and capture their wayward vampire minions.
After a routine arrest and containment, Elena is notified
that her presence is required the next day for another
assignment. Upon finding out who has requested her, Elena’s
heart beats a little bit faster and her instincts cringe.
She has been called to Raphael, the archangel in charge of
New York and a winged celestial being feared by many, Elena
included. Failure to show up is not an option and so Elena
travels to Archangel Tower to meet with the powerful but
beautiful archangel, Raphael.
Raphael’s assignment for Elena is
simple but almost impossible – she is to hunt and kill not a
rogue vampire gone awry but a rogue archangel. Raphael is
used to being obeyed immediately and when Elena tests him,
more than once, he finds himself almost amused. His
amusement doesn’t stop him from making sure that she knows
exactly what will happen should she fail. The more Raphael
is around Elena, the more he feels human and this concerns
him. He seeks to find the answers to his dilemma while
still craving Elena’s human touch which is forbidden and
deemed wrong on many levels.
Raphael and Elena’s relationship is the
stuff with which ‘difficult relationships’ are based on.
Raphael is immortal and an archangel. That means he is one
of the Cadre of Ten, a celestial being with enough power to
change history if he feels the need. He was not human but
Elena made him feel some aspects of humanity. Raphael
didn’t understand why but refused to allow anyone else to
touch her. She was his and his she remained. Their
feelings for each other run hot and cold and more than once
I winced at Elena’s goading of her angel.
There is so much I want to say about Angel’s Blood
but won’t. To do so would spoil the entire novel and I
refuse to do that. Just know that Nalini Singh has penned
an addictive first installment that will leave you so
focused on Raphael and Elena’s story that you will be unable
to put Angel’s Blood down. I was completely
mesmerized by the world, the characters, and ultimately the
love. Urban fantasy doesn’t get any better than this and I
loudly and joyfully recommend Nalini Singh’s Angel’s
Blood. Angelic, addictive, and awe-inspiring,
Angel’s Blood is not to be missed.