Publisher - Headline Publication Date - 24th November 2011 Paperback - 432 pages Genre - Paranormal Romance
Source - Received from publisher for review
Rating - 5 out of 5: It was amazing!
Book Info - Four thousand years ago, four archangels were cast down to Earth in human form. God's favourites, they came to find their mates, the other half of their souls made only for them, without whom they will ever be complete.
Uriel, Gabriel, Azrael and Michael, however, were not alone. They were followed by another, determined to find the archesses for himself, and whose power cannot be underestimated. But after centuries of fruitless searching, the archangels - and their enemy - have all but given up hope.
Until one day beautiful and gifted Eleanore Granger crosses paths with Uriel, the Angel of Vengeance. And as a storm rages, outside forces conspire together, initiating an age old battle of good versus evil to win the first archess.
My Thoughts - I was absolutely thrilled when a copy of this came through my door for review! I had seen it being mentioned on other blogs and was really looking forward to the release date, when all of a sudden I had a copy of this incredibly beautiful book in my hands! I immediately put the other books I was reading to one side and made a start on Avenger's Angel. And I was not disappointed in the slightest.
I loved the two main characters - Uriel and Eleanore. Uriel was possibly the sexiest angel I have read about (and I do have a thing for angels at the moment *swoon*). He was strong and protective and I did fall in love with him just a little bit!
But Eleanore was definitely my favourite character. She has had healing abilities since she was born - this is part of being an archess but she doesn't realise this until Uriel tells her what she is - and has been on the run for her whole life as she knows that some kind of government organisation knows about her abilities and are willing to do anything it takes to get their hands on her. As a result of this she is incredibly strong and independent, having to move around the country at the drop of a hat if she thinks that she has been tracked down. But Eleanore doesn't ignore the powers she has because of this. She will help anybody she can even if she knows there is a risk of being found out and it is this selflessness that really endeared her to me. Rather than see someone suffer she would much rather heal them and deal with the consequences after. And she is obviously very lonely because of having to move around all the time and because she can't trust anybody else in case they find out her secret.
The chemistry between Uriel and Eleanore just jumps off the page at you and there are some very steamy scenes between the two of them. But even though it is insta-lust between them, I loved watching the relationship grow as they learned to look past the fact that they are meant to be together and they took the time to really get to know each other and fall in love for reasons other than the fact that she is his archess.
Quite a lot of this book is written from the point of view of the "bad guy" Samael and this really added more insight into the storyline and the history of the archangels. But I have to say that although Samael is bad, he isn't all bad. The reader gets to see some of his softer moments and I have become very intruiged by him and look forward to reading more about him. I'm not sure if Samael will be getting his own book as he isn't one of the four archangels but I would love to see him get his happy ending too.
The storyline is fast paced and full of romance and once I started reading Avenger's Angel I just couldn't put it down. My only criticism would be that there were a couple of parts of the storyline that just completely came out of nowhere and were almost a bit too strange to be believable. For example (this is a huge spoiler so only highlight if you have read the book - you have been warned!): when Uriel and Eleanore are halfway through a conversation and Uriel just suddenly turned into a vampire! I know that the reason for this is explained later on but when you are reading it you can't help but think "Huh, what the...". But this didn't really spoil my enjoyment of the book - it just threw me for a few pages.
Summary - One of the best paranormal romance novels I have read this year and I am so excited about reading what else is in store for the four sexy archangels! This book really is a must for any fans of the genre.
Other books in the series:
1. Avenger's Angel
2. Messenger's Angel (released June 2012)