Angels' Blood

Angels' Blood[PDF] ✍ Angels' Blood By Nalini Singh – USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust where angels hold sway over vampiresVampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best—but she doesn’t know i USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust where angels hold sway over vampiresVampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best—but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention only one thing is clear—failure is not an optioneven if the task is impossibleBecause this time it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track It’s an archangel gone badThe job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no otherand pull her to the razor’s edge of passion Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may For when archangels play mortals break. A number of child angels gather around their mother up in heaven somewhere each taking a seat on a fluffy cloud of perfection to eagerly await the forbidden story How Mum and Dad MetMother the eldest almost a teenager chirps Tell us pleaseA chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells Yes motherTell usPlease tell usThe mother laughs her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit uietlyVery well then children she replies serenely gazing at each of her children in adoration Your father was an angel and I was a Guild Hunter which means that I hunted vampires for Angels He had a very special job for me Now back in these days your father was a very scary man He almost killed me several times Elena chuckled at the joyous memories He was a cold blooded ruthless monster yet there was a strange inexplicable attraction to him that I fought against At firstThe teenage daughter sueals involuntarily and interrupts her mother How romantic I'm going to find a man who wants to kill me Then I'm going to marry himElena looks concerned Erm Well says her next eldest daughter I'm going to find a man that ACTUALLY tries to kill me and then he's going to fall in love with me and then we'll get marriedElena shakes her head in confusion Wait Hmph scoffs the youngest daughter not to be outdone Well I'm going to find a man that wants to kill me and then tries to kill me and then changes his mind BUT while I'm with him I'm going to get so badly injured that he has to sacrifice who I am in order to save me so that we can still be together in some form or another she bursts out almost turning red from the exertionHow romantic the other two croon before all three turn and begin to compete over who can come up with the most romantic scenarioFinally the youngest and Elena’s only boy chirps in “Well when I meet a girl I’m going to keep reminding her how much better than her I am and then hit on her relentlessly even if she shows not sign of wanting me at all”His older sisters stop “You are such a sweetheart” They swoon“Every girl’s going to want you” another says with dreamy eyes “Stop” Elena says finally managing to settle the children down “Son You can’t act like that When you find someone you love you need to treat them with respect and be in partnership with them Sure you can be attracted to them and make advances ““I'm going to find a man that can't keep his hands off me no matter how many times I tell him to leave me alone the first daughter says interrupting her mother again as her face glowed in eagerly awaited anticipationWell I'm going to find a man that can't keep his hands off me even if I SHOOT HIMWell I'm going to find a man that can’t keep his hands off me even if it could mean his own death“Yeah?” the little boy says his voice rising above the rest with his enthusiasm “Well when I meet the girl of my dreams and her association with me eventually gets her grievously injured I’ll choose to die with her rather than continue my lonely and forever altered existence” Elena sits and stares at her suabbling daughters in shock and confusion until she eventually breaks in Girls Girls You need to find someone safe Someone you can love who loves you without threatening or manipulating you Can't you see? These fantasies aren't healthy girlsWhy not? the eldest daughter asks in shockYeah mother? Why can't we? the middle child addsIt worked for you didn't it? her youngest asks“Don’t you see?” Elena begs “It simply isn’t realistic or healthy to fantasize about these things And son your life doesn’t stop with the death of a woman She wouldn’t want you to give up and dramatically sacrifice everything just because she died”Her son scratches his head “Why not?”Then Arnold Schwarzeneggar rushes in and starts break dancing while telling everyone to Run Run to the chopperBefore dashing out after her sisters brother and Arnold Schwarzeneggar the youngest daughter stops and reassures her mother It's okay Mum Really We're bound to have a dues ex machina ending where everything works out perfectly Just like youTHE END You know how if you eat too many sweets you eventually throw up? Well I think that's where I'm at with the paranormal romance genre It just isn't for me any Angels' Blood is listed as an urban fantasy with romance well I'm here to tell you that if this is urban fantasy I'm Donald Trump needlessly living out my writing fantasies by having a GR account as a girl named Lora It is ridiculous to call Angels' Blood an urban fantasy It has all of the classic PR traits an oversexed dangerously attractive hero whose past issues account for his boorish attitude and make him oh so mysteriously erotic; a cookie cutter heroine with nothing interesting about her except that every male within a ten mile radius wants to bonk her; a romance between said hero and heroine that wouldn't even exist if they both weren't so horny; a paranormal story that is seriously overshadowed by myriad scenes of near sex encounters sexual innuendos and double entendres and the aforesaid are all just the prelude to The Real ThingAny chance that Singh might have had at writing a good entertaining well thought out UF series went right out the window when she chose to go the paranormal romance route; at least IMHO I was naïvely hoping that this series would be reminiscent of the Fever series a flawed heroine with a lot to learn but eual amounts of potential; a hero? that is mysterious and yes rude but that has good reason for the way he is albeit unknown to the reader as of yet; and most of all a world that is intriguing and maybe dare I hope? semioriginal IMO you get none of that with Singh's Angels' BloodIn Singh's Guild Hunter series the entire world's population is not only aware of angels they are also ruled by them Angels are Top Dog All government officials be they mayors or presidents ambassadors or prime minesters are just for show apparantlyThis idea actually sounded appealing to me except it is all abandoned for countless scenes of sexual tension and talk of how panties melting Raphael is It also bothered me that it is set in our current world; for some reason I've never been able to like something where the author has created a completely different existence for people in the present I don't know what you would call this besides an alternate universe but it seriously irritates meAlso there is no explanation for where the angels come from their origins who made them only that they are all powerful and have been in existence for eons And if you extracted all of the passages dedicated to fawning over Raphael's menacing gaze and the sentences about how lethally attractive Yes He's so attractive you'll DIE if you look at him too long Help me I'm dying and swooning at the same time It's a horrible juxtaposition he is you'd literally end up with half of Angels' Blood There is that much page time spent on how he looks and the affect he has on ElenaThe thing is I sincerely tried; I tried to ignore the endless sexual interludes and references to Raphael's scorching masculinity in order to attempt to find an actual plot somewhere in the mess; I tried to give Angels' Blood the benefit of the doubt because I figure that the urban fantasy genre will only become sex oriented as people women continue to purchase this type of literatureBut in the end I have to be honest and say that I'm looking for an actual story with some depth and world building and character development as apposed to just a shtload of halfway sex scenes that lead up to The Real ThingAnd whenever the story does finally start to gain some focus it's basically just a lot of macabre scenes with people strung up with their entrails taken out It was like I kept getting slapped in the face with sex sex sex and then gore gore gore And there's even a reference to necrophiliaBottom line Angels' Blood just wasn't for me Reread 2122020 Just want to make a side note I listened to this book on audio the first time and I didn't really connect to the book It was good but not great I read it with my own eyes this time round and it was much better I am changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars4 Making you Human Stars I knew after reading Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series that I would want to read from that author so when I seen she had a angel series I started buying books Here I am book one and I am really glad I started this series I will say it took a bit for me to warm up to Raphael but by the end of the book he owned my heart Elena was awesome and kicked some serious ass I loved her from the start She was smart sweet and bad ass all in one Elena was very relatable and lovable She was brave and she did well even when she didn't get a choice in her own life Raphael was much harder to connect to for most of the book He was so closed off and cold I understand he was powerful old Archangel and so he lost almost all his humanity but it was hard at times to see what Elena liked in Raphael other than his looks This was a really slow burn as far as the relationship between Elena and Raphael go They didn't get together until almost the end but the sexual tension was thick from the start I love that even though they didn't care for each other in the beginning they both were fascinated with the other You could feel the pull between them even when Raphael was at his coldest By the end of the book Raphael was really starting to change and I loved the new side to him The second half of the book was a lot better for me I thought that at some point Elena would become vampire but I was really surprised at were Nalini Singh took Elena I really can't wait to see what happens next I've been a fan of Nalini Singh for several years now I started reading her with the Silhouette Desires she published and I liked the way she wrote intense love stories with magnetic heroes and heroines I liked I waffled for a year or so before deciding to try her book Slave to Sensation I was just getting into paranormal and I wasn't sure about the sci fi elements Finally I read it and I was hooked from that point on When I heard that Nalini Singh was venturing into urban fantasy of course I was going to buy Angels' Blood She's autobuy for me and urban fantasy is one of my absolute favorite genres It also helps that I have this unhealthy love for angels I'll read most books with an angel theme Let me tell you I was so impressed with this bookNalini Singh took the theme of angels and made it her own She captured the essential elements of angelhood except for the messengers of God part and gave it some dark and sinister aspects In Singh's world Angels are very carnal sexual beings who involve themselves with the human world exploit the fact that humans are drawn to adore them and sometimes worship them and have put themselves at the top of the hierarchy Basically angels run things They even Make vampires to be their servants Of course absolute power has a way of corrupting In this case there is an archangel the most powerful type of angel who has gone beserk and is on a killing spree A scary thought there an absolutely beautiful pretty much invincible being on a killing spree Who's going to stop him? Raphael the Archangel of New York has appointed himself to do that But he needs the help of the best Hunter vampires in New York Elena And he decides that he wants to have than a business relationship with this powerful warrior woman that's his type you seeRaphael was some kind of character He defines the 'gamma' hero Not gamma as in the mix of alpha and beta Gamma in the sense of mad bad and dangerous to know Raphael is utterly ruthless He knows just how powerful he is and he's not afraid to use that power to achieve his goals He is not controlled by human morals He follows a higher law the laws set by himself and the Cadre the group of ten archangels who pretty much rule the world This guy was one of those heroes that sends a chill down your spine but also has you gaga over him because he was so gorgeous and just had that masculine appeal that turns your bones into water He thought about killing Elena several times because human life has no value for beings that are essentially immortal I was like Okay? I admit I like that darkedgy hero but I could see how that would be chilling for some readers But somehow Elena found the small aspect of this scary dude that could love He was drawn to her for the essence of who she was the fierce hunter the vulnerable woman beneath the tough facade She made him humanlike just by reaching that core of him that yearned to be truly loved and to love someone Even than a millenia of having whatever lovers he wanted didn't leave this archangel satisfied But Elena had to power to give him what he yearned forElena was a very likeable character She was tough a survivor but also very humane She had a great sense of humor and didn't let anyone push her around She takes her job very seriously and is determined to find this archangel who is leaving a grisly pile of bodies in his wake She has no idea how to react to Raphael He's gorgeous because all angels are But he is so than any others to her She's attracted to his strength and the unearthly beauty and functionality of his wings and the intrinsic deadly appeal of him with his volcanic sex appeal At the same time she's not signing up to be anyone's toy seeing the way angels manipulate vampires and people like puppets She's got to get this job done and somehow try to keep Raphael from killing her or seducing her into his bed until he gets bored and casts her asideMs Singh managed to capture the razor edge of the attraction the unfolding relationship between Elena and Raphael and pair it to a very dark very noir murder mystery I was actually surprised at how grisly the murders are in this book It was well done and Ms Singh didn't flinch away from those aspects so I couldn't either Uram the angel that went blood thirsty was one scary despicable creature all the so for his unearthly angelic beautyI thought this story had such an appeal I could see very vividly the physical loveliness and allure of the angels and the vampires and how they could turn deadly in a split second Ms Singh captured the appeal of these beings so very well along with the inherent menace and danger they represented to humans and hunters In my estimation this story represented the underlying theme of how society is set up to favor the powerful and endowed whether it's with money sex appeal or beauty And the rest of us have to struggle to keep our heads above water if we lack any of the above But we don't give up We keep fighting Elena represents the everyday person who is fighting that battle against the system and the 'big fishes' I admired Elena for having the guts to immerse herself in this world knowing that her hunter born strength only gave her a slight edge over the average human Because this is the start of an urban fantasy series Ms Singh is somewhat stingy with some details She tantalized me with the romance elements giving me enough to be somewhat satiated but knowing there was to be told about Raphael and Elena's relationship I wanted to know and see of this world she created and all the fascinating characters she has introduced I am already invested in this series because I crave of this world of alluring and lethal creatures This was a book that grabbed me and did not let go Amaaaaaaaaazing I've been getting a lot of recommendation reuests for solid PNR or UF series' something that will hold a readers attention while they wait for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book The truth is there's nothing that compares to the BDB and looking for something the same as will only lead to disappointment So don't bother Instead look for something just as compelling exciting sexy and gripping even though the world is entirely different When people ask my opinion Angels' Blood the first book in the Guild Hunter series comes to mind again and againMy Review I don’t even know where to begin when raving about this book Do I tell you about Raphael the Archangel in charge of New York City and how amazing and sexy he is and how much I love love love it when an author can change a character from someone I really don’t like into someone I adore someone whose transformation from complete jerk to hero is totally believable and someone I cheer for someone my heart aches for and someone I want to see find his happily ever afterAnd there’s always Elena Deveraux the Guild’s best vampire hunter I could talk about how refreshing it is to see a heroine who is truly that a female hero She’s strong and amazing and clever and all the things you’d expect a vampire hunter to be Plus she’s feisty and sassy and feminine and well you get the pictureMaybe I should rave about the uniue incredible world this author has managed to create in a genre so saturated with books that coming up with anything different is nothing short of miraculous I could tell you about angels and how when I think of them especially archangels I imagine winged beings seated on heavenly thrones on high halos shining brightly and harp music being played in the background Well let me tell you these angels and archangels are nothing of that sort In fact I find them to be on the devilish side of the spectrum which really blew me away From the foods they eat to the places they live and the people they take to bed they are very decadent beings who enjoy pleasure in whatever form they can find it Theirs is a dark world one of greed lust and power plays Real life politicians have nothing on the backstabbing maneuverings of these angelsAnd what a supporting cast of secondary characters I’d love to see any one of them have their own books even Michaela who I’d love to see slowly and painfully killed in hers So which of these things do I talk about when telling you how much I love this book? I don’t know but I will say this – if you don’t already own this book buy it now If you own it and haven’t yet read it read it now I’m certain you won’t be disappointed ”I was born to be what I am” A hunter A tracker A loner” Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter and has been reuested to work a job for the Archangel of New York Raphael This story has an eual amount of action attraction between Elena and Raphael great cast of supporting characters and a lot of excitement “The man wants you – but I’m not sure if he wants to fuck you or kill you” The attraction and chemistry between Raphael and Elena was steamy as they work towards catching a rogue Archangel and save innocent human lives ”If I fail if I fail the vampires go completely free and New York drowns in the blood of innocents” Overall the story was well written with just the right amount of information about the cast of characters their powers and the plot I totally appreciated that because I wasn’t lost in the story at all and loved all the characters presented I’m excited to see what comes next for Elena as things ended on a life changing note for Elena and RaphaelThank you Anjee for gifting me this story 5 Deserves All 1000 Re reads I'm Gonna Do StarsSo after I read this book for the millionth time I decided that it deserves a reviewLet me begin by saying THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST EVER This book and generally this series is a 105 stars It isn't just one of my favorites It is one of MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE fantasy romance seriesThis book is the start of an epic love between the Guild Hunter Elena and the Archangel of New York Raphael Elena is hired by Raphael to find another archangel who has gone rogue and started killing humans without causeNS has created a world where angels and humans live together but it is obvious that angels hold all the powerAngels are the creators of vampires Every year a percentage of the humans applying gets immortality and a thirst for blood and in exhange they offer 100 years of service to the angels Guild Hunters are like police for vamps When vamps break their contracts a guild hunter is sent out to catch or kill them Raphael is an archangel one of the 10 in existence a powerful being with little regard for humans NS has created the most sexy hero out there in my opinion Raphael isn't the typical Alpha male He is undeniably an alpha but NS has emphasized the fact that Raphael isn't human He doesn't think or act like a human being He is at the top of the food chain and he knows it Arrogant powerful cruel at times inhuman always and hot as hell Raphael has one weakness and her name is ElenaElena is a Guild Hunter She is one of the few of them who are born with the ability to detect vampires by smell She has suffered an awful childhood but she is a survivor Now all her abilities will be tested since she has to work with a being completely out of her league Elena is stubborn strong smart courageous she goes against a man she knows can kill her and never feel a minute of remorse and yet she doesn't back down She has a mind of her own and doesn't let Raphael's domineering tendencies dictate her lifeNalini Singh develops her universe in such a masterful way that you never get overwhelmed When dealing with UF or Fantasy booksespecially the first in a series you usually get a dump of information that cause you a headache In this book I didn't for a minute feel a TMI attackThis book is the beginning of an addiction Everything from the setting to the story to the heroes to the secondary characters is uniue and beautifully done I recommend it without a moment hesitation “I can smell blood Elena” Dmitri drawled walking back into the room “Are you trying to flirt?” “How long have you been with Raphael?”“You ask a lot of uestions for a dead woman”“What can I say? I prefer to die well informed”“I don’t want to lose my memories Don’t make me forget I would rather die as Elena than live as a shadow” “He was trying to make me his bed buddy I declined He gave chaseHow exactly did you 'decline' his offer?By slitting his throat 4 Stars I didn't realize this series was Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance I'm not a huge fan of the Urban Fantasy genre the focus centers on the plot than the romance but I very much enjoyed reading this story Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors and she has the ability to captivate and enthrall me no matter the genre I won't lie though; I prefer her Psy Changeling series to this one That said Angels' Blood is one fantastic read Nalini SinghThis bookRaphaelAmazing series but after reading the other books this one still remains my favorite Just brilliant 3Some of my favorite uotes 3 She looked into that perfect face and knew she’d never met a deadly being in her life If she displeased him Raphael would kill her as easily as she might swat a fly “And if I fail?”“Don’t fail Elena” His eyes were mild but his smile it spoke of things better not said aloud “You intrigue me—I’d hate to have to punish you” The bald way he pointed out his power and her lack of it made her fingers itch for a blade“You shouldn’t look at me in that fashion Elena”“Why?” she asked prodded by some heretofore unknown suicidal streak “Scared?”He leaned a fraction closer “My lovers have always been warrior women Strength intrigues me” “I’ve seen enough Let’s go” She struggled in his holdHe tightened it his wings coming around to cut off her view of the room his chest hot and hard at her back “Are you sure?” His lips whispered over skin so sensitized she had to fight the urge to shiver “I have not taken a human lover for eons But you taste intriguing” The bastard kissed her She was so mad she bit him hard enough to draw blood Raphael pulled back lip already beginning to swell “We are no longer even Elena You’re now in debt”“You can deduct it from my slow and painful death” She dropped her leg from his waist “It’s time to talk murder” I’m crazy about you Archangel You scare the shit out of me at times but I want to dance with you anyway So let me tell you what I've noticed and what's really getting on my nerves You won't believe it but the idiot that I am I did not write any reviews before 2015 ish Can you believe it And everytime I now want to go check out to see how I found the book when I first read it I of course can't do that Seriously I'm so mad at myself right now UghBut anyway now that I got that of my chest lets get to the actual reviewIt's no secret that Nalini Singh is one of my all time favourite authors I love her stories and the way she writes them They are super addictive and I simply cannot stop reading them Seriously my obsession with them even progressed so far that I'm now collecting all her books in hardcover although I already have all the same books in paperback Crazy I know But I'm always saying to myself what if they rip or get wet or something else horrible happens to them I need back up So yeahIt's therefore no wonder that I love this story Simply amazing This author has such incredible imagination also a smart and compelling way to bring the story to life for the reader I always get lost in the characters and the new world I love all the details that make me believe in everything that I'm reading Not many authors have that talent but Nalini sure does and that's why I'm such a huge fan of hers Each character is super uniue and gives the story a small piece of the bigger picture The main characters Elena and Raphael are of course my favourites in this whole series They are a power couple and although I always want to see of them of their feelings for each other I know that that's exactly what makes them so compelling and addictive to read about I love that we get to know each character Like Bluebell or Sara or any other importand character They are simply a joy to read about Besides that we also get just the right amount of action violence and uestions answered The author always keeps us up on our toes To all PNR fans read this series You so won't regret it

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 339 pages
  • Angels' Blood
  • Nalini Singh
  • English
  • 09 October 2016
  • 9780425226926