Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)

By Nalini Singh

53,075 ratings - 4.2* vote

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, t New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the

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Book details

Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Sensation

(first published February 1st 2010)

ISBN
0425233367 (ISBN13: 9780425233368)
Edition Language
English

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession


Reread on 2/15/2020
I'm going to leave my old review below, because it still amazes me that a narrator can make or break an audio book. The first time I tried this series I listen to them on audio. I found Justine Eyre reading of the book a bit boring and I found myself not really getting into the series. So I gave up. Then my brother who is a huge fan of the series demanded I reread them, but this time I had to read them myself. Wow what a different it made. I loved this book this time around. I wasn't bored a bit. I loved Raphael so much more this time around. Most of all I have really connected this time to the series. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens. I am so glad I let my brother talk me into giving it another try. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars.






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3 Meh stars





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.

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.

"The only way to learn to fly, is to fly." He pushed her off the edge of the cliff.
...
"That's your idea of teaching? I could've been splattered from here to Manhattan!"

"You were never in any danger." His eyes gleamed with laughter. "That's how young angels learn to fly..."

"You push babies out into thin air?"

"How do you think birds learn to fly?"

"Okay, push me again."



Raphael, is that you?

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.


This would be my luck!

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".

He'd fed ambrosia into her mouth, changed her from mortal to immortal, given her wings - wings! - all because of love. For her, a hunter, a mortal...no longer mortal.
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"What do I call you? Husband? Mate? Boyfriend?"

he shot her an inscrutable look. "You can call me Master."


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.


these angels play pretty seriously with their mice!

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.

Blacky *Romance Addict*


Loved this one, especially Raphael <3 he gets better with each book :)


Some of my favorite quotes:


"“Do you think you have the right to give me orders now?”

The Archangel of New York, a creature so lethal that part of her feared him even now, lifted the hair off her nape, brushed his lips across her skin. “Of course. You are mine.” No hint of humor, nothing but stark possession."


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"“I won’t watch you die again, Elena.” The Cadre had chosen her because she was the best, relentless in her pursuit of her prey. But then, she’d been disposable. Now, she was integral to his existence."


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"The old ones saw Elena as exactly that—Raphael’s creation, his possession. They didn’t understand that she held his heart, held it so utterly that there was nothing he wouldn’t do, no line he wouldn’t cross to keep her safe."


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"Because in all his centuries of existence, he’d never before taken a lover he considered his on every level. He’d kill for her, destroy for her, savage anyone who dared attempt to take her from him."


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"“Teasing, Archangel?”

Teeth grazed over her lips. “Know this Elena—you’ll never wear another man’s knife.”

She blinked. “He wanted to give me a blade? What’s wrong with that?”

“Blades,” he whispered, “and sheaths go together. And your sheath will only ever hold my blade.”"







Raphael <3 <3 <3 <3


Choko

*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF Support Group at BB&B!!!


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...

" ... " ... “Do you ever worry?”
“Yes. Cruelty seems to be a symptom of age and power.” He thought of Lijuan, raising the dead, playing with them as a child would with toys. “I look into my heart and see the abyss looking back at me.”
“I won’t let you fall.” A fierce promise.
He held her close, his immortal with a mortal heart...."


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...

" ... " ... “I’ll give you my hunger, my heart,” she said, fighting to retain her independence, and more—to build a foundation for their relationship that would last an eternity. “But my mind is my own. Accept that.”
“Or?” The cool question of a being used to getting exactly what he wanted.
“I guess you’ll have to wait and see.”..."


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!!!

Robin (Bridge Four)

“The longer you live, the more mistakes you make. And the more sorrows you carry.

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.

What I Enjoyed:

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.
“He wanted to give me a blade? What's wrong with that?”
“Blades,” he whispered, “and sheaths go together. And your sheath will only ever hold my blade.”

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.
“Fathers and mothers,” she found herself saying, “leave their mark, no matter if we’ve known them a lifetime or only a day.”

What Annoyed Me:

It isn’t much but there are some issues. There is a lot of repetition of the ’Come here little hunter...Taste’. 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.

Nicole

I honestly considered not finishing the book. The first half was boring to tears. Lots of Elena and Raphael being "sensual" aka sexual and talking and thinking and talking and blah and I was bored out of my mind.

Luckily the book picked up eventually and the mystery was introduced saving the book from a 1 star rating –that and Illium. I won’t be continuing with this series, I don’t like how some things are over the top, like how much eyes talk (from one look, Elena knew what somebody wanted to do to her –throwing her out of the window + plus lots of details. Like why not simply stab you?! Please give me an eye reading lesson).

What’s up with chapters almost finishing in mid-sentence?! It never happened but it was damn close! The chapter literally finishes in the middle of a scene often enough and the new chapter resumes the same scene from where it was cut off. AND SAME POV, most of the time. It’s stupid and does nothing to the story but make it worse. That’s not unheard of and I didn’t mind it before but here it was too frequent and unnatural.

I skipped Elena and Raphael scenes because I had enough already. The first book was a lot better. Not sure what went wrong here.

I’m glad Elena is in very bad angelic shape and needs to train a lot and she doesn’t magically have all the power naturally. YET, I did not need to read about those training. The only fun thing was the last 20%.

If you loved the first book, you might love this one too. If you didn’t or was “meh” about it, don’t even bother with this book. Won’t be any good.

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 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

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 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.

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 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!

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