Book Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Paperback: 339 Pages
Series: Guild Hunter #1

Publisher: Berkley

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It might be the number of urban fantasy books I’ve read so far, raising me to the status of absolute expert, it might be because of Singh’s predictable writing, it might just mean I’m psychic, I’m not sure. But I was 99% sure I knew how this book was going to end three lines into chapter two. Still I gave it a shot and read it ’till the end and while I did like some parts, the scale tips in favor of the parts I didn’t like.

I’m beginning to think that some time ago all romance novel authors got a short memo saying women are most attracted to homicidal, arrogant a**holes. So, naturally, all books that have an underlying romance theme have to have this kind of character for it to be a “beautiful love story”. Yeah, well, wrong.

The book is about Elena Deveraux, who’s a vampire hunter/bounty hunter for the Guild, in a world governed by angels and archangels who Make and keep vampires as pets/companions/servants/whatever else you can think of. All’s well and good until she’s hired by the Archangel Raphael to hunt  an archangel gone bad.

The way the vampires get made and how the archangels are in charge of different continents or areas in a country was definitely something interesting and new. But that’s about it.

From the first chapter, Elena is described as being beautiful, blue eyes, blonde hair, perfect figure, you name it. Also, the writer hints to the fact that she’s single – very, very, completely, totally, for ever and ever single. Alrighty Captain Obvious, so she’s definitely getting together with Raphael by the end of the book, right? Right.

Raphael is, of course, amazingly and out of this world gorgeous, but also very dangerous. She knows nothing about him, he knows nothing about her ( apart from what he gathers from his secret file he keeps on her uuuuhh) and who cares that he’s trying to kill her or frighten her or threaten her half the book? We all know he loves her deep down. Obviously! She’s totally attracted to him and in love with him too.

I mean, seriously now, who in their right mind wouldn’t stay away from a cruel being who threatens their existence every step of the way? Not Elena. He’s pretty so, hell, let’s have sex.

Maybe I would have had no problem with the obvious ( creepy and deranged) budding romance of theirs if the book had an actual plot, some meat to it. 75% sexual innuendos, awkward scenes between the two, playing cat and mouse, 20% of the book we get to meet  prettier ( not prettier than Raphael) angels and archangels and the rest (yes, 5%) gore, gore, bodies, blood and oh, did I mention gore?

Further on, maybe I would have liked the book more if those damn 75% were written well. Alas..Miss Singh, a piece of advice for future reference: vulgar and dirtier does not (necessarily) a better sex scene make.

Hopefully you’ve got my drift so far. No, I will not be reading the next book in the series.

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