Book #2 in the Angel Assassins series:Release 6/30/15
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
There’s no danger greater than falling for your enemy…
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.
Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.
For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.
I must confess that I have been avoiding this review for most of two days. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but I’m not sure what I feel about it. Perhaps I just need to sit my ass down in front of this laptop and work through my thoughts about the book. My reading time was really broken up for most of the reading of this story. Between work and chores that needed to be done while dodging rain showers I ended up struggling to follow what was happening in the beginning of this story. It also didn’t help that I read the other books out of order, so I was left off after the novella Angel Bait and needed a bit to work out what all had happen and when. So for other potential readers of this series I suggest starting with Angel Bait and reading in order. It will make everything easier to keep straight.
This is still a kick-ass series and world that I plan to stick with til the bitter end. I so have to see the Directorate get their asses handed to them by the Bound Ones. Their day of reckoning for all the bull shit they have forced upon the other paranormal species in this world is something I need to witness. We spent more time learning about the Renegades in this book. I’m under the impression they aren’t any better than the Directorate, just as arrogant only with black wings instead of white. I kind of wished the Bound ones would put up their hands and tell each group to solve their own damn problems, but they are better individuals than I and hold more honor than the whole flock of Angels in heaven that I’ve seen.
Angel Lover is Kas and Mariel’s book. Kas was a lot of fun to read about. I loved the tech/geeky side that isn’t typical for a romance hero. Mariel took a bit to win me over. I didn’t trust her for the first half of the book, like Kas I wasn’t sure about this outcast angel’s intentions or loyalties. She stepped up though when things counted and I eventually grew to respect her and approve of her pairing with Kas. The book left off a bit unfinished in regards to their pairing though. I felt as if there should be more. More assurance that they had a future, that they would be safe from the Directorate, and where they both stood with the Bound Ones.
Speaking of the Bound Ones… I missed them for most of the book. I missed their comrade and the fun dialog between the brothers. I understand how it didn’t work for them to be there for much of the plot, but still I missed them. I was thrilled when they showed up near the end. There was some explanation to what happen to Tanis in this story, and we got to see just how important he is to the Nephilim. We also got to meet one of the Nephilim’s sires in this book. It was interesting to watch the interaction between the two of them. I think it gave a deeper understanding to just what a crappy hand these boys have been handed.
I’m glad I read this one and am still a fan of the series. It ranks right up there with other greats in the paranormal genre; J.R. Ward (with less swearing), Jeaniene Frost, Chloe Neill, D.B. Reynolds. I look forward to the next book and hope it picks up right where this one lets off cause I want to know what happens with Kas and Mariel! Great read.