Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: March 3, 2009
Reviewed By: Amber R.
Up until this point I haven't read any books with angels as the main paranormal character that I've really loved. However this book has definitely changed my mind. While we have vampires in this book too, they're not really in charge like the usually are. There's actually a hierarchy with archangels on top, vampires, and humans on bottom. So not only did Singh make me love angels, she also created this brand new world in the PNR/UF genre.
Elena is a guild hunter. She works for The Guild hunting rogue or dangerous vampires based off orders given by the angels who created them. She's also a born hunter which means something but it's pretty unclear at this point what that is. Elena is a layered, intricate character and I really love that about her. She has a past and not a pretty one. Her mother and two of her sisters somehow ended up dead. She's estranged from the remaining part of her family. But she's found family within The Guild. Elena has special traits that make her fantastic at her job, she's snarky, she's had to be hard, and she's just trying to live her life.
Raphael is an archangel who needs Elena's particular talent. And while Elena is hesitant to work for him, you can't really tell an archangel no. But she'll definitely not sit back and let Raphael rule over her the way he wants to. He's arrogant, lethal, and unbearably gorgeous. There is a heated attraction between the two but Elena is determined to not let that effect her. Besides she needs to be focused because the job she's working is undoubtedly the most dangerous job she's ever done.
Of course Elena can't resist Raphael for too long. But she does a pretty good job. I really loved the banter back and forth between them. I just don't like my couples without some sarcasm. And then the ending to this book was completely unexpected. It's already left me anticipating the next book in this series. I don't know why it took me this long to pick this up, no I do.. it was the angels. I don't know why I was so against it. But I'm way into it now and I can't wait to see what happens next.