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Book One of the Angel Assassins Series, release date 4/28/14
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher for review through Net Galley
Synopsis from Goodreads:(Thought I would start pasting a copy of the book synopsis in my reviews for those not wanting to bother clicking on a link to go check out what the book is about before reading the review. Also by using the text already associated with the book I am not going to give away anything that the publisher isn’t already telling you. If you don’t care to read the synopsis, my opinions start after the italicized text.)
While channeling Robin Hood’s “steal from the rich and give to the poor” attitude at a local politician’s house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn’t deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn’t an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.
When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: “You’re next.”
It’s a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he’s falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both
I liked this story quite a bit, there were a few points that I will make later that held me back from giving it a five star rating. I would call this an Urban Paranormal novel, with some romance thrown in because that isn’t the main focus of the story. It centers around angels and half angel decedents or Nephilim. There are plenty of other creatures or types of beings in this world, but them main story centers around this group of Nephilim who are all part of this group called The Bound Ones lead by a fallen angel. This world has tons of promise and I can’t wait to see what the author does with these men in future books.
There was quite a bit that I enjoyed about the story. I like that being an angel doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good guy in this world. These characters have all been dealt a hard hand thanks to their parentage and have lost much. They are left with some issues, but you can tell they are good guys and are just trying to make the most of their abilities and do right. I liked the sense of camaraderie among them, even if I wish we could have gotten to know the other Bound Ones a little better. At the end of the book I will still trying to place who was who. I also appreciated that Katie and Cain didn’t jump right into the sack together, well not until around half way through the book at least, relationships tend to move fast in romance or paranormal stories. It was nice to have one that moved at a closer to normal pace. Another point I found interesting is the author’s approach to the Cain and Abel story as well as other twists to the typical doctrine associated with Angels and their role for God.
There are a couple of points I didn’t care for or more like wished the author had included in the book to make it a five star rating for me. I already stated how I wish we could have gotten a little more background for the other Bound Ones. That could also be said for Katie’s friends as well. They were a major driving force for her actions, but I felt like I knew little to nothing about them except for the band. It was hard for me to see how she was so connected to them that she would put herself in such jeopardy. After all we got quite a bit of history for Cain and Abel. Some of the connection and background knowledge for The Bound Ones was also missing, making this book feel a bit like a second in series rather than a first. I think though that would probably found in Angel Bait that is labeled as 0.5 in the series. I tried to find it because I really want to read how this series started off, but was unable to find the book for sale on either Amazon or B&N. I read something on the author’s website about just getting the rights to her book back, so I hope it will be available for purchase soon!
Bottom line this was a great read and I have already marked future books as to-read over on my Goodreads account. The story moved at a good pace there was plenty of action and some romance with at least one good steamy scene. The story reminded me of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Kim Harrison’s The Hollow’s Series, Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series, and Alexandra Ivy’s series Guardian’s of Eternity. So if you enjoyed those authors and series you probably will like this one too.