Archangel's Kiss

Archangel's Kiss

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…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,...

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Archangel's Kiss Reviews

  • Catherine

    Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.

    In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being

    Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.

    In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being the weakest. I liked that though she tried to stand on her own she didn't fall into stupidity and refuse to listen to Raphael about her limitations as a new angel.

    I loved watching Elena's interactions with the Seven and all the new angels she encounters in the refuge. I'm very interested in seeing more developments with the members of the Seven. I also liked how the author avoided making Michaela into a cardboard cutout villain. She's not wholly bad although she's not wholly good. She has vulnerabilities and weaknesses that throw her into an area of gray that Elena wishes she didn't have to see. It's much easier to hate someone when you don't feel bad for them.

    The author did a good job of showing Elena emotionally vulnerable but still strong. It was her choice to allow herself to lean on Raphael and he recognizes and treasures it. I loved how he's learning that though he is powerful he can't force Elena to open to him. Trust is a fragile thing and he realizes that he has to toe the line or he'll break her. I liked watching him try to reconcile his own personality with the care the new relationship needs.

    Speaking of breaking Elena, this book did a really good job with sexual tension. Because Elena is still so weak from the transition Raphael won't make love to her because he's afraid he'll break her. The tension was great and the payoff worth it. I also really loved the vulnerability we saw when Raphael couldn't leave Elena in silence. After her year in a coma and his inability to reach her mind he has some definite anxiety there. It was sweet to see.

    I can't wait to see what will come with the next book. I'm so glad I found this series

  • Maya

    I still love this book and the whole series. I don't know how Nalini Singh does it but she always sucks me into this amazing world, where angels fight for a life of (mostly) peace and amazing adventures. I love Raphael and Elena, they are one of my all time fav characters and couples. They simply know how to capture my attention with how the balance out their relationship and how they work together as a team. Also the secondary characters are to die for. Especially Bluebell, Sarah and even

    I still love this book and the whole series. I don't know how Nalini Singh does it but she always sucks me into this amazing world, where angels fight for a life of (mostly) peace and amazing adventures. I love Raphael and Elena, they are one of my all time fav characters and couples. They simply know how to capture my attention with how the balance out their relationship and how they work together as a team. Also the secondary characters are to die for. Especially Bluebell, Sarah and even Dimitri. I'm such a huge fan of this author and the worlds she creates. This sequel picks up right where the first book ended. The plot and twists are perfect, the action, romance, depth and so much more, just awesome!

    I didn't want to read this second story because I simply don't have enough time for other books that I need to read, but dang, it's just really such a good story that I cannot stop reading it. And you know how it is, you say that you will then finish this second book but the reality is that I'm already reading the third book and it's driving me insane, I'm so weak when it comes to this series. *sigh*

    But that only means it's awesome! And every PNR fan should read it!

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
  • Jilly

    I guess I'm a sucker for amusing banter. Especially when I love both characters and the world that these books are set in.

    I guess I'm a sucker for amusing banter. Especially when I love both characters and the world that these books are set in.

    If this book doesn't make you want wings and to fly, you must have some serious phobia going on because the descriptions of flying, and how Elena feels about it, are just captivating. Every angel's wings are described beautifully and in detail. There are so many scenes involving their flight and they are just gorgeously written. I have total wing-envy at this point.

    Basically, I found myself smiling as I read most of this book. The relationship between Raphael and Elena was really endearing. He is not human, and doesn't "human" very well, but he fell for one and is learning how to make her happy. But, I like that even though he is adjusting to her, he is not changing so much that he becomes weak. I hate when you have a great alpha male character who suddenly becomes a big ol' wuss when he meets the "right girl".

    Yeah, good luck with that one, Raphael! It will be a pretty cold day in hell when she calls you that.

    But, the real problem is that Elena is the first angel that has been made by another angel through this connection. This makes her the new and interesting thing in town. All of the other angels want to check her out and see what she's like. And, since they have little humanity in them, they are curious as to how easy it would be to kill this new angel. Just like a bunch of cats who found a new mouse to play with, the angels are eyeing her like a feather on a stick.

    The biggest cat is one of the oldest archangels who is so old and powerful, she is raising a zombie army just for the hell of it. She finds Elena so "interesting" that she decides to throw her a welcome party - and to test how strong she is while she's at it. So, Elena needs to get up to speed quickly so that she doesn't get killed, and she isn't a huge liability to Raphael. (Plus, picking a gown. What does one wear to a zombie/angel ball where there will be multiple attempts on your life? You don't want your ass to look big while you're running in terror. Am I right, girls?)

    The last thing I need to mention is how awesome all of the other male angels in Raphael's group are. There needs to be stories involving these guys. They all have seemingly cool backstories that I need to hear.

  • Choko

    What ever happened to the fluffy, cuddly, benevolent Angels we all grew up believing in? You know, the ones whose pictures your spiritual aunt has all over her house, the ones that come out when a loved one goes away and we need the comfort their image gives us??? The ones that are supposed to be the messengers and enforcers of G-D's will??? I most certainly did not find them in this series of The Guild Hunter, written by

    What ever happened to the fluffy, cuddly, benevolent Angels we all grew up believing in? You know, the ones whose pictures your spiritual aunt has all over her house, the ones that come out when a loved one goes away and we need the comfort their image gives us??? The ones that are supposed to be the messengers and enforcers of G-D's will??? I most certainly did not find them in this series of The Guild Hunter, written by the very imaginative and creative Nalini Singh.

    The angels we get here are ancient, immortal, if not indestructible, have the required wings, can fly, and are eons older and stronger than any other creature on Earth, thus giving them the top spot of the food chain. So they rule all with an iron fist, sword, angel-fire, or just pure power, which emanates from the strongest of them - the Archangels of the Cadre of 10. Those 10 have split the Earth into arias of influence, and Raphael is the one ruling over the Americas.

    We got acquainted with Raphael in last book, when he hired our hunter Elena to catch a maddened Archangel, who had devolved into insanity and blood lust. Raphael is a perfect specimen of manhood and Archangelic power. He is as far from human as it could get, although he has not yet crossed into the Ascension territory his Cadre companion, Lijuan, the queen and demigoddess of China... This woman IS the furthest away from a human or a living creature you can possibly get. She is becoming a pure representation of power and energy... - a very scary creature, merciless and incapable of anything close to a human emotion.... She is old beyond remembrance and only rumors of her childhood are spoken as myths among angel kind...

    This is the playground Elena awakes in after a year of recovery from near death, and finds herself a made angel and the talk of the world... See, there has not been an angel made, created by another angel, in the memory of those living. So she is the new curiosity, and in keeping with the angelic inhumanity, most of the powerful ones want to break her and enjoy the fall-out from her destruction - did I mention, those ancient creatures have very little that amuses them anymore - live couple of thousand years and I guess you would have problems staying entertained as well. After all, there are only so many times an angel can watch "I love Lucy" reruns before getting vexed from boredom ...

    For some reason, Raphael finds himself in love with Elena and decides he wants her and he will keep her. Only she has something to say about that - he can not keep just making decisions for her, or fancy himself her Master and Owner... It has to be a willing give and take, and this is a very difficult task for the Angel, who is used to not work for anything, but just claim... Interesting situations ensue...

    So, on top of learning how to be an Angel, how to deal with her wings, how to fly (apparently this is hard work!), and how to be in a relationship with a powerful Archangel, there is a string of terror and murders going around, as well as attempts on her life, and disturbing nightmares plaguing her daily and nightly hours.... And her Archangel can only keep her safe so far...

    This is a very intense book and I would definitely recommend it to all UF and PNR fans! Some violence and sex, so maybe not for the very young... PG at least... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my fellows at BB&B and I am forever grateful for finding them and calling this group a home!

    I wish all of you Happy Reading and may you never lose your humanity!!!

  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    Elena wakes up from a coma and is thrust into a role she is unprepared for, that of being an angel. As if being involved with the archangel of NY does not come with enough problems, she has to now cope with being part of an entirely different race. Being an angel also comes with a sharp learning curve. Learning to fly. Fighting with wings. Angel history.

    Elena wakes up from a coma and is thrust into a role she is unprepared for, that of being an angel. As if being involved with the archangel of NY does not come with enough problems, she has to now cope with being part of an entirely different race. Being an angel also comes with a sharp learning curve. Learning to fly. Fighting with wings. Angel history. Social Norms. Being born an angel means that they are taught these things from a very young age, however as Elena is a Made angel as opposed to a born one, she has much less time to master these basic skills. Unfortunately for her, she is on a bit of a countdown timer.

    Firstly, someone is murdering vampires and angels and leaving death threats aimed at Elena with the bodies. Or at least, what is left of the bodies. Elena with have to help catch this killer before he catches up with her. She still has her “hunter born” skills, but for all other purposes she is a new born babe in the angel world and needs to navigate the shark infested waters with care to avoid becoming a victim.

    Secondly, Lijuan, the eldest living archangel has taken an interest in her and that is a very bad thing. Lijuan… has decided to go over to the dark side, for lack of better expression coming to mind. After thousands of years of living Lijuan has become so far removed from everyone and everything else that she is not of this world anymore and I would venture to say, almost alien in her existence. The mild case of Thanatophilia she is suffering from does not help and could be devastating combined with her new power. (Some background on archangels - they seem to develop intrinsic powers as they age with the older angels being the most powerful.) Lijuan is so far beyond anyone else in the power stakes that there is no-one powerful enough to stop her from doing what she wants, even if it breaks all the rules that the angels govern themselves by. To her Elena is but a toy, easily replaced on a whim. Lijuan is not to be ignored though, as she is part of the cadre of ten and one of the most respected angels in existence. If not

    most respected.

    So, survival is the name of the game.

    There is also of course quite a bit of romance. It is not secondary to the plot though, as a large part of the story concerns the still developing relationship between Raphael & Elena and how she fits into this new world and the hierarchy. Whilst it was one of my slight complaints in the first book that I wanted more story and less romance (No, I am a romantic at heart so I DO enjoy romance), that was only due to the worldbuilding that was fascinating yet very jealously guarded by the author and doled out in minuscule quantities. This book however reveals quite a bit more, so even though the romance is more prevalent, the balance was good and my fantasy monster was fed in due time and sufficiently.

    Overall a worthy second installment in this series. I had a good time with the first book, but I enjoyed this one more due to the expanded worldbuilding and fantasy elements.

  • Diana

    I haven’t read very many PNR books, but I have been sucked into the Guild Hunter Series! With its world building of Archangels, vampires and angels existing with us mere mortals, I just can’t get enough. Of course, it doesn’t hurt we have a kick ass heroine, Elena who is also battling her own demons. She is in love with Raphael, one of the strongest Archangels who also controls New York. I also enjoyed the distinct personalities of the side characters, most of them are allies or are part of a

    I haven’t read very many PNR books, but I have been sucked into the Guild Hunter Series! With its world building of Archangels, vampires and angels existing with us mere mortals, I just can’t get enough. Of course, it doesn’t hurt we have a kick ass heroine, Elena who is also battling her own demons. She is in love with Raphael, one of the strongest Archangels who also controls New York. I also enjoyed the distinct personalities of the side characters, most of them are allies or are part of a special group of 7 that protect Raphael at all costs. Of course, there are a few that are up to no good.

    If you are looking for a PNR series, I highly recommend this one. I should also mention that I listened to the audiobook for both books 1 & 2, and although I did struggle with the narrator, I was so invested in the plot and what was going on, the narrator’s voice didn’t seem to bother me as much.

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    Okay, okay, I think I've figured out my problem with this series. Elena. Yes, Elena is actually my problem with it :O Why, you ask? Well, I like how badass she is, of course, however, I find it so impossible to believe that a human - though a hunter -

    hurt creatures that are hundreds of years older than her and ten times stronger than her. It seems to unbelievable.

    . She's so closed

    Okay, okay, I think I've figured out my problem with this series. Elena. Yes, Elena is actually my problem with it :O Why, you ask? Well, I like how badass she is, of course, however, I find it so impossible to believe that a human - though a hunter -

    hurt creatures that are hundreds of years older than her and ten times stronger than her. It seems to unbelievable.

    . She's so closed of from even her readers. It's impossible for me to put myself in her shoes. I understand that she feels the need to keep Raphael at arms length when it comes to emotions, but how else is Raphael supposed to know when she refuses to let him in. So he does the only way he knows, he enters her mind without permission which ends up in a fight because Elena feels like it's mind-rape.

    Sure, I agree with that, but it's how he's been for over a thousand years, and if she refuses to let him in, how are they actually supposed to get to know each other? I mean, she doesn't even let us readers in, and we're in her mind. In a way, I wish we could've switched Elena with

    . I can relate to her, I can

    for her and

    her. So yeah, that's my problem. Elena. I love Raphael though. And I love that he's in a way an anti-hero, but I dislike how Elena wants to change him. Raphael is perfect. One of the best male characters ever made.

    . This made the read much less enjoyable than I remember. Though I do remember that I found it the book quite ‘meh’, which I did this time around as well. Hell, I have taken me 5 days just to finish this book. Why? Because I couldn't find the interest to pick the book up again and continue it. Ugh, now I have to struggle to continue my re-read of this series to read the new ones. How many books are there planned in this series? Last I checked it was only supposed to be 12, will there be now more?

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    , Archangel of North America. Consort:

    aka

    , Archangel of China and surrounding areas; and Cadre; aka ‘Angel of Death’ or ‘Goddess of Death’; creates the Reborn.

    , the Archangel of India and Cadre; Queen of Poisons. Consort:

    , Archangel of North Africa—one of the Cadre; Lijuan's ally; a pedophile.

    , Archangel of Persia and Cadre—is an ally to Raphael. Consort:

    , Archangel of Persia; can control the winds.

    , Archangel of Central Europe and Cadre; is beyond arrogant: think snotty top model.

    , Archangel of the Pacific Isle and Cadre—dominates the sea. Reservedly friendly with Raphael; believes in honor.

    , Archangel of Southern Africa and Cadre—has gained power over the earth.

    was the Archangel of Russia—and an Ancient. He was the antogonist in

    . As an Archangel he was a member of the Cadre of Ten. He and Michaela had been in a long term relationship—about fifty years. Uram was the first Archangel to become Bloodborn in many centuries. Status: dead—killed by Raphael with the help of Elena in book one.

    (900), an angel of Lijuan. As long as Lijuan lives, Xi will continue to gain power. Without her, his body wouldn’t be able to hold what it does. Which is why he isn’t an archangel, but the only angel able to share power is Lijuan.

    , Neha’s daughter—wants to be Cadre but can never become an Archangel—causing death and destruction.

    , a very young angel-child, a student at the Refuge.

    (over 3000), the ‘teacher’ at the Refuge and mate of Galen. One of her wings was deformed at birth leaving her earthbound (cannot fly). Jessamy is beloved by all of the angel children that she teaches. Besides being a teacher, Jessamy is a Scholar and a Historian—the Historian—recording the histories of all angel-kind.

    , Astaad’s second, from the Pacific Isles. He trained Andromeda with the sword and to be a warrior.

    , angel spy for Jason—infiltrated Dahariel domain under Raphael's orders.

    , a powerful and sadistic angel with territory of his own within Raphael's territory. He is one of the strongest angels under Raphael. Nazarach is considered by many to monstrous.

    , an Ancient and powerful angel but appears unutterably young. He is the greatest healer and commands a great deal of respect from angelkind even from archangels. He works mainly from the Medica in the Refuge, but occasionally flies to the Tower in New York City, or other regions, when there is a serious need. Keir is a kind and compassionate angel, akin to his best friend Jessamy whom he tried relentlessly to 'fix'.

    , one of Lijuan’s reborn.

    , an Ancient, she is thousands of years old and Raphael’s mother with power of the earth. Raphael believes she Sleeps.

    , vampire; serial killer; went on a killing spree 20 years ago; among his final victims were

    and

    ; tormented a young Elena Deveraux.

    : - (Adult) Paranormal Romance (M/F).

    : - Series, Book Two

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    - Archangel Raphael (always).

    - Yes, she made Raphael after all.

    - Sure, it has Raphael.

    - Unsure, I love Raphael...

    - 2.5 stars.

    I still like it. It's not as good as the first book, not even close, but still... It's good. Good enough that I know that I'll do another re-read in the future... :P

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  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    Nalini Singh (NS) has given us an unusual world with Angels, Vampires and maybe some new big bad coming our way. It is interesting and unusual. Most of this story I like Elena has her new life as an Angel and the Consort to an Archangle but there is so much to learn. One does not simple get wings and learn to fly in a day.

    Elena is a little more timid that she was in the last book but I appreciate

    Nalini Singh (NS) has given us an unusual world with Angels, Vampires and maybe some new big bad coming our way. It is interesting and unusual. Most of this story I like Elena has her new life as an Angel and the Consort to an Archangle but there is so much to learn. One does not simple get wings and learn to fly in a day.

    Elena is a little more timid that she was in the last book but I appreciate that she has to grow into this new role. Just because she is changed into an Angel it doesn’t mean that she knows how to be an angel and just walking around with Wings is harder than one would think. Plus just because you have those wings doesn’t mean that you automatically get the muscles that make them work. A lot of this book is Elena learning how to deal with a very aggressive Raphael and how to be an Angel If that means going to school with the other young angels so be it.

    Illium was also a character I really enjoyed. He is freaking adorable and might even have a little crush on Elena. But do not worry it isn’t in a love triangle kind of way. It is simply that he will take care of her if Raphael is unable to accomplish the dead. However Elena is learning that there are some certain etiquettes that shouldn’t be overstepped if you are an angel.

    I also liked the plot line for this book and how someone is trying to mess with Elena. They are working really hard in the background to create dissention be different Archangels and trying to break apart long standing peace. If Elena doesn’t find the culprit fast it looks like more and more people will be hurt or killed.

    I like the building relationship between Raphael and Elena. It is a growing thing and doesn’t happen all at once. But even though they are so far apart in age each has had an experience in their childhoods that shaped them and maybe is one reason that they found something within the other.

    It isn’t much but there are some issues. There is a lot of repetition of the

    . Which is finally revealed but it takes multiple flashbacks to get there and that line runs through the story A LOT.

    Also a ton of characters are introduced. Yes I get that they will be important later and some even get their own stories but man did I really need to meet them all in this book. I can’t even count the number of characters that were introduced with just a sentence or two to let you know that they have some deep seated past haunting them and I’m sure eventually will get a story of their own. It would have worked better if just one or two were focused on a little more so I could care about them. As is it is all a blur.

    And the last nitpicky thing I have is how many times Elena mentioned any of her girl parts tingling or something like that. Even when they weren’t getting hot and heavy her parts were wet, tingling, heating up etc….etc… I could have done with less of that too.

    Still overall the world, characters and story are interesting enough that even though I liked the first one a little more I see good things for this series.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Okay no one jump me, but I'm not feeling this book, or this series like I thought I would. Here it is the 4th of December, and I started this book on Nov 22. That is how long it has taking me to finish this book. I just kept walking away. It' makes me feel sad because I really wanted to love this series. I love Nalini Singh, but this series isn't grabbing me. When I read book one I didn't love it but I did like it alright. It had some potential, but there was something about it that

    Okay no one jump me, but I'm not feeling this book, or this series like I thought I would. Here it is the 4th of December, and I started this book on Nov 22. That is how long it has taking me to finish this book. I just kept walking away. It' makes me feel sad because I really wanted to love this series. I love Nalini Singh, but this series isn't grabbing me. When I read book one I didn't love it but I did like it alright. It had some potential, but there was something about it that was off for me. I figured I would read the second book and it would get better. Nope.

    I have been trying for a few days to figure out why this series isn't doing it for me. Why everyone loves it but me. Trying to put into words what wasn't working for me, but why I'm not wanting to fully give up on the series. The only things I can think of is 1. This series doesn't really have a clear point. No clear case of good vs evil. I can't tell who is a good guy or bad guy. They exist but they have no real purpose. They all remind me a little of Greek mythology. A bunch of god and goddess with a ton of power no real purpose. Boredom causing them all to be big backstabbing assholes. Add all that to no well defined plot(for the series not each book), and tons of purple prose and repetitiveness. I was bored to tears. Still there is something about Raphael and Elena that I kinda like. So maybe I will stop with this book and come back to it later when I'm in more of a mood for it.

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