Wednesday, January 4, 2012

[NetGalley Review]: "Avenger's Angel"

Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
Publisher: Signet (November 1, 2011)
Series: Lost Angels Series, 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary (
When four female angels were created for the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael, a chaos spurned by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia. But for Uriel, the former Archangel of vengeance, the search ends the moment he lays eyes on Eleanor Granger, his one true archess. Can he protect her from the danger lying in wait for her - and win her heart?

Other Books in the Series:
Click on the covers to buy from; the title links to the book's page on the author's site.

Book 2: Messenger's Angel
(June 2012, cover not yet revealed)

Book 3: Death's Angel
(November 2012, cover not yet revealed)

Where to Buy*: Amazon | Kindle |
More Info: Author's Site

My Review:

What do you get when you mix wickedly sexy (fallen) angels, high-paced (and vivid) action, to-die-for romance (in bed and out!) and a very unique and interesting storyline together? One hell of a ride—and a book you won't want to put down! Pray for your soul now because after reading Avenger's Angel, you'll want to sin—with an archangel, no less!

Avenger's Angel is the first in a new series; if this book is any indication, it is going to be a favorite series of mine! I couldn't stop reading, the characters and unique storyline kept me glued to the edge of my seat .I had to know what was going to happen next, how everything was going to end—and of course I was anxious to see how Uriel and Ellie's first intimate encounter was going to go! What? It is a romance novel!

But as much as I enjoyed this tale, I was upset about one thing—the end. Why did it have to end—and why must I wait so long for Gabe's story? In regards to any book, this “problem” is a good thing; it meas the author has successfully grabbed your attention, made you want to step inside the book's world and never come out. Congratulations, Ms. Killough-Walden, you succeeded with this reader!

The descriptions in this novel are superbly done—very vivid, very lush and detailed. All the action scenes seemed to pop right out of the pages. Suddenly the characters were in front of my eyes, battling to the death, as if I was watching it rather than reading it. They were as dramatic as any movie, the scenes full of enough action to keep my heart racing till the very end!

And the romance—oh my! I never thought an archangel could be so wicked, yet still so angelic and good, at the same time! The love between Uriel and his long-lost archess was tangible, building as the story went along. And while the sexual tension ran high (almost from page one) their passionate night didn't occur until much later in the book. Despite the fact that they were destined to be mates (Ellie was literally created for Uriel), they didn't simply meet and then jump into bed—or into love. This helped to make the romance not only enjoyable, but believable.

I also appreciated the light humor in this tale. It wasn't heavy, nor constant, but it still showed up and made the book that much better. I couldn't help but chuckle every time the phrase “the Old Man” showed up in the book (their nickname for God). I know, I know—I'm a bad person for doing that, I'm sure laughing at the nickname is sacrilegious. But I liked this name, as it fit the story being told and didn't make it sound like a religious tale in any way.

4.5 STARS! A breathtaking look into the world of the archangels, Avenger's Angel is an amazing start to a new series, and one that I will be putting on my auto-buy list! I especially look forward to Gabe's story (Two words: Scottish Accent!), as well as learning more about Samael—who doesn't appear to be as bad as everyone believes... If you enjoy unique paranormal stories, then Avenger's Angel is the right book for you!

Thanks to NetGalley, where I received this e-book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!)


Until Next Time,
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