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USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires Vampire 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 option even 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 other and 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


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  1. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    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 Met Mother the eldest, almost a teenager, chirps Tell us, please A chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells Yes, mother Tell us Please tell us The mother laughs, her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit quietly Very well then, ch 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 Met Mother the eldest, almost a teenager, chirps Tell us, please A chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells Yes, mother Tell us Please tell us The mother laughs, her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit quietly Very 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 first The teenage daughter squeals 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 him Elena 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 married Elena 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 exertion How romantic the other two croon before all three turn and begin to compete over who can come up with the most romantic scenario.Finally, 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 anticipation Well, I m going to find a man that can t keep his hands off me, even if I SHOOT HIM Well, 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 squabbling 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, girls Why not the eldest daughter asks in shock Yeah, mother Why can t we the middle child adds It 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 chopper Before 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 you THE END


  2. Lora Lora says:

    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, dange 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 Thing.Any 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 na vely hoping that this series would be reminiscent of the Fever series a flawed heroine with a lot to learn but equal 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 Blood.In 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, apparantly.This 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 me.Also, 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 longHelp me I m dying and swooning at the same time It s a horrible juxtapositionhe 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 Elena.The 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 becomesex oriented as people women continue to purchase this type of literature But, 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 sh tload of halfway sex scenes that lead up to The Real Thing.And, 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 necrophilia Bottom line, Angels Blood just wasn t for me


  3. Jessica& Jessica& says:

    Reread 2 12 2020 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 stars 4 Making you Human Stars I knew after reading Nalini Singh s Psy Changeling series that I would want to readfrom that author, so when I seen she had a angel series I started buying books Here I am book one, and I a Reread 2 12 2020 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 stars 4 Making you Human Stars I knew after reading Nalini Singh s Psy Changeling series that I would want to readfrom 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


  4. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    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 c 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 book.Nalini 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 havethan a business relationship with this powerful warrior woman that s his type, you see.Raphael 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 dark edgy 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 himhumanlike just by reaching that core of him that yearned to be truly loved and to love someone Eventhan 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 for.Elena 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 aside.Ms 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 theso for his unearthly angelic beauty.I 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 wasto be told about Raphael and Elena s relationship I wanted to knowand seeof this world she created, and all the fascinating characters she has introduced I am already invested in this series, because I craveof this world of alluring and lethal creatures This was a book that grabbed me and did not let go


  5. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    Amaaaaaaaaazing I ve been getting a lot of recommendation requests 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 opiniAmaaaaaaaaazing I ve been getting a lot of recommendation requests 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 again.My 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 after.And 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 picture.Maybe I should rave about the unique, 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 beon 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 angels And 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 nowI m certain you won t be disappointed


  6. Jennifer Kyle Jennifer Kyle says:

    I was born to be what I am A hunter A tracker A lonerElena Deveraux is a vampire hunter and has been requested to work a job for the Archangel of New York, Raphael This story has an equal amount of action, attraction between Elena and Raphael, great cast of supporting characters and a lot of excitementThe man wants you but I m not sure if he wants to fuck you or kill youThe attraction and chemistry between Raphael and Elena was steamy as they work towards catching a rogueI was born to be what I am A hunter A tracker A lonerElena Deveraux is a vampire hunter and has been requested to work a job for the Archangel of New York, Raphael This story has an equal amount of action, attraction between Elena and Raphael, great cast of supporting characters and a lot of excitementThe man wants you but I m not sure if he wants to fuck you or kill youThe attraction and chemistry between Raphael and Elena was steamy as they work towards catching a rogue Archangel and save innocent human livesIf I fail, if I fail, the vampires go completely free, and New York drowns in the blood of innocentsOverall, 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 Raphael.Thank you Anjee for gifting me this story


  7. Jo ★The Book Sloth★ Jo ★The Book Sloth★ says:

    5 Deserves All 1.000 Re reads I m Gonna Do StarsSo after I read this book for the millionth time I decided that it deserves a review.Let me begin by saying THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST EVER This book and generally this series is a 10 5 stars It isn t just one of my favorites It is one of MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE fantasy romance series This 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 5 Deserves All 1.000 Re reads I m Gonna Do StarsSo after I read this book for the millionth time I decided that it deserves a review.Let me begin by saying THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST EVER This book and generally this series is a 10 5 stars It isn t just one of my favorites It is one of MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE fantasy romance series This 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 cause.NS has created a world where angels and humans live together but it is obvious that angels hold all the power.Angels 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 Elena.Elena 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 life.Nalini Singh develops her universe in such a masterful way that you never get overwhelmed When dealing with UF or Fantasy books especially 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 attack.This book is the beginning of an addiction Everything from the setting to the story to the heroes to the secondary characters is unique and beautifully done I recommend it without a moment hesitationI 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 questions 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 chase How, exactly, did you decline his offer By slitting his throat


  8. Kristen Kristen says:

    4 Stars I didn t realize this series wasUrban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance I m not a huge fan of the Urban Fantasy genre the focus centerson 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


  9. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    Nalini Singh This book Raphael Amazing series, but after reading the other books, this one still remains my favorite Just brilliant


  10. Maya Maya says:

    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 review.It s no secret that Nalini Singh is one of my all time favourite autho 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 review.It 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 unique 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 seeof 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 questions answered The author always keeps us up on our toes To all PNR fans, read this series You so won t regret it