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.
I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series so I was really excited to get started on her Guild Hunter series. Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors with her complex characters and story lines and Angel's Blood did not disappoint. Nalini Singh's take on angels and vampires is very unique and I loved the world.
Elena is a vampire hunter. She isn't just a vampire hunter by choice,she is hunter born which helps her in tracking vampires through their scent. Elena is hired by the archangel Raphael which just complicates things. I loved Elena. She was a kick ass heroine who still had her vulnerabilities. I also found her whole tracking by scents thing really unique. The scent descriptions were simply beautiful.
Now it is no surprise that I love every single one of Nalini Singh's heroes from her Psy-Changeling series but Raphael was in a league of his own. Unlike the good guys he was actually portrayed as a negative character who slowly regains his humanity or at least a parts of it because of Elena. I loved how slowly we saw different facets of his personality. He definitely won me over by the end.
Raphael and Elena have chemistry. This was a completely forbidden relationship but both Elena and Raphael knew what they were getting into since the beginning. There was loads of action which brought home the point that everything is not picture perfect in their world. It was all very well done.
I also loved how we get to meet a few of Raphael's Seven who are his trusted men. I hope each and every single one of them gets a book of their own. There are also games of politics being played among the archangels which gives the book a strong plot. I am definitely very happy with the solid start to this fantastic series.