USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she s the best but she doesn t know if she s good enough for this job Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear failure is not an option even if the task is impossibleBecause this time, it s not a wayward vamp she has to track It s an archangel gone badThe 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 doesn t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael s seductive touch just may For when archangels play, mortals break So let me tell you what I ve noticed and what s really getting on my nerves You won t believe it, but the idiot that I am, I did not write any reviews before 2015 ish Can you believe it And everytime I now want to go check out to see how I found the book when I first read it, I of course can t do that Seriously, I m so mad at myself right now UghBut anyway, now that I got that of my chest lets get to the actual review.It s no secret that Nalini Singh is one of my all time favourite autho So let me tell you what I ve noticed and what s really getting on my nerves You won t believe it, but the idiot that I am, I did not write any reviews before 2015 ish Can you believe it And everytime I now want to go check out to see how I found the book when I first read it, I of course can t do that Seriously, I m so mad at myself right now UghBut anyway, now that I got that of my chest lets get to the actual review.It s no secret that Nalini Singh is one of my all time favourite authors I love her stories and the way she writes them They are super addictive and I simply cannot stop reading them Seriously, my obsession with them even progressed so far that I m now collecting all her books in hardcover, although I already have all the same books in paperback Crazy, I know But I m always saying to myself what if they rip or get wet or something else horrible happens to them I need back up So yeahIt s therefore no wonder that I love this story Simply amazing This author has such incredible imagination, also a smart and compelling way to bring the story to life for the reader I always get lost in the characters and the new world I love all the details that make me believe in everything that I m reading Not many authors have that talent but Nalini sure does and that s why I m such a huge fan of hers Each character is super unique and gives the story a small piece of the bigger picture The main characters, Elena and Raphael, are of course my favourites in this whole series They are a power couple and although I always want to seeof them,of their feelings for each other, I know that that s exactly what makes them so compelling and addictive to read about I love that we get to know each character Like Bluebell or Sara or any other importand character They are simply a joy to read about Besides that, we also get just the right amount of action, violence and questions answered The author always keeps us up on our toes To all PNR fans, read this series You so won t regret it A number of child angels gather around their mother up in heaven somewhere, each taking a seat on a fluffy cloud of perfection to eagerly await the forbidden story How Mum and Dad Met Mother the eldest, almost a teenager, chirps Tell us, please A chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells Yes, mother Tell us Please tell us The mother laughs, her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit quietly Very well then, ch A number of child angels gather around their mother up in heaven somewhere, each taking a seat on a fluffy cloud of perfection to eagerly await the forbidden story How Mum and Dad Met Mother the eldest, almost a teenager, chirps Tell us, please A chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells Yes, mother Tell us Please tell us The mother laughs, her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit quietly Very well then, children, she replies serenely, gazing at each of her children in adoration Your father was an angel, and I was a Guild Hunter which means that I hunted vampires for Angels He had a very special job for me Now, back in these days, your father was a very scary man He almost killed me several times Elena chuckled at the joyous memories He was a cold blooded, ruthless monster yet there was a strange, inexplicable attraction to him that I fought against At first The teenage daughter squeals involuntarily and interrupts her mother How romantic I m going to find a man who wants to kill me Then I m going to marry him Elena looks concerned Erm Well, says her next eldest daughter, I m going to find a man that ACTUALLY tries to kill me, and then he s going to fall in love with me and then we ll get married Elena shakes her head in confusion Wait Hmph, scoffs the youngest daughter, not to be outdone Well, I m going to find a man that wants to kill me, and then tries to kill me, and then changes his mind BUT, while I m with him I m going to get so badly injured that he has to sacrifice who I am in order to save me so that we can still be together in some form or another she bursts out, almost turning red from the exertion How romantic the other two croon before all three turn and begin to compete over who can come up with the most romantic scenario.Finally, the youngest and Elena s only boy chirps in, Well, when I meet a girl, I m going to keep reminding her how much better than her I am and then hit on her relentlessly, even if she shows not sign of wanting me at all His older sisters stop You are such a sweetheart They swoon Every girl s going to want you another says with dreamy eyes Stop Elena says, finally managing to settle the children down Son You can t act like that When you find someone you love, you need to treat them with respect and be in partnership with them Sure, you can be attracted to them and make advances I m going to find a man that can t keep his hands off me, no matter how many times I tell him to leave me alone the first daughter says, interrupting her mother again as her face glowed in eagerly awaited anticipation Well, I m going to find a man that can t keep his hands off me, even if I SHOOT HIM Well, I m going to find a man that can t keep his hands off me, even if it could mean his own death Yeah the little boy says, his voice rising above the rest with his enthusiasm Well, when I meet the girl of my dreams and her association with me eventually gets her grievously injured, I ll choose to die with her rather than continue my lonely and forever altered existence Elena sits and stares at her squabbling daughters in shock and confusion until she eventually breaks in Girls Girls You need to find someone safe Someone you can love, who loves you without threatening or manipulating you Can t you see These fantasies aren t healthy, girls Why not the eldest daughter asks in shock Yeah, mother Why can t we the middle child adds It worked for you, didn t it her youngest asks Don t you see Elena begs It simply isn t realistic or healthy to fantasize about these things And son, your life doesn t stop with the death of a woman She wouldn t want you to give up and dramatically sacrifice everything, just because she died Her son scratches his head Why not Then Arnold Schwarzeneggar rushes in and starts break dancing while telling everyone to, Run Run to the chopper Before dashing out after her sisters, brother and Arnold Schwarzeneggar, the youngest daughter stops and reassures her mother, It s okay, Mum Really We re bound to have a dues ex machina ending where everything works out perfectly Just like you THE END You know how if you eat too many sweets you eventually throw up Well, I think that s where I m at with the paranormal romance genre It just isn t for me any Angels Blood is listed as an urban fantasy with romance well, I m here to tell you that if this is urban fantasy, I m Donald Trump needlessly living out my writing fantasies by having a GR account as a girl named Lora It is ridiculous to call Angels Blood an urban fantasy It has all of the classic PR traits an oversexed, dange You know how if you eat too many sweets you eventually throw up Well, I think that s where I m at with the paranormal romance genre It just isn t for me any Angels Blood is listed as an urban fantasy with romance well, I m here to tell you that if this is urban fantasy, I m Donald Trump needlessly living out my writing fantasies by having a GR account as a girl named Lora It is ridiculous to call Angels Blood an urban fantasy It has all of the classic PR traits an oversexed, dangerously attractive hero whose past issues account for his boorish attitude and make him oh so mysteriously erotic a cookie cutter heroine with nothing interesting about her except that every male within a ten mile radius wants to bonk her a romance between said hero and heroine that wouldn t even exist if they both weren t so horny a paranormal story that is seriously overshadowed by myriad scenes of near sex encounters, sexual innuendos and double entendres and the aforesaid are all just the prelude to The Real Thing.Any chance that Singh might have had at writing a good, entertaining, well thought out UF series went right out the window when she chose to go the paranormal romance route at least, IMHO I was na vely hoping that this series would be reminiscent of the Fever series a flawed heroine with a lot to learn but equal amounts of potential a hero that is mysterious and, yes, rude, but that has good reason for the way he is albeit unknown to the reader as of yet and, most of all, a world that is intriguing and maybe dare I hope semioriginal IMO, you get none of that with Singh s Angels Blood.In Singh s Guild Hunter series, the entire world s population is not only aware of angels, they are also ruled by them Angels are Top Dog All government officials be they mayors or presidents, ambassadors or prime minesters are just for show, apparantly.This idea actually sounded appealing to me except it is all abandoned for countless scenes of sexual tension and talk of how panties melting Raphael is It also bothered me that it is set in our current world for some reason I ve never been able to like something where the author has created a completely different existence for people in the present I don t know what you would call this besides an alternate universe, but it seriously irritates me.Also, there is no explanation for where the angels come from, their origins, who made them only that they are all powerful and have been in existence for eons And if you extracted all of the passages dedicated to fawning over Raphael s menacing gaze and the sentences about how lethally attractive Yes He s so attractive you ll DIE if you look at him too longHelp me I m dying and swooning at the same time It s a horrible juxtapositionhe is, you d literally end up with half of Angels Blood There is that much page time spent on how he looks and the affect he has on Elena.The thing is, I sincerely tried I tried to ignore the endless sexual interludes and references to Raphael s scorching masculinity in order to attempt to find an actual plot somewhere in the mess I tried to give Angels Blood the benefit of the doubt because I figure that the urban fantasy genre will only becomesex oriented as people women continue to purchase this type of literature But, in the end, I have to be honest and say that I m looking for an actual story with some depth and world building and character development as apposed to just a sh tload of halfway sex scenes that lead up to The Real Thing.And, whenever the story does finally start to gain some focus, it s basically just a lot of macabre scenes with people strung up with their entrails taken out It was like I kept getting slapped in the face with sex sex sex and then gore gore gore And there s even a reference to necrophilia Bottom line, Angels Blood just wasn t for me Reread 2 12 2020 Just want to make a side note I listened to this book on audio the first time and I didn t really connect to the book It was good but not great I read it with my own eyes this time round and it was much better I am changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars 4 Making you Human Stars I knew after reading Nalini Singh s Psy Changeling series that I would want to readfrom that author, so when I seen she had a angel series I started buying books Here I am book one, and I a Reread 2 12 2020 Just want to make a side note I listened to this book on audio the first time and I didn t really connect to the book It was good but not great I read it with my own eyes this time round and it was much better I am changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars 4 Making you Human Stars I knew after reading Nalini Singh s Psy Changeling series that I would want to readfrom that author, so when I seen she had a angel series I started buying books Here I am book one, and I am really glad I started this series I will say it took a bit for me to warm up to Raphael, but by the end of the book he owned my heart Elena was awesome and kicked some serious ass I loved her from the start She was smart, sweet, and bad ass all in one Elena was very relatable and lovable She was brave and she did well even when she didn t get a choice in her own life Raphael was much harder to connect to for most of the book He was so closed off and cold I understand he was powerful old Archangel and so he lost almost all his humanity, but it was hard at times to see what Elena liked in Raphael other than his looks This was a really slow burn as far as the relationship between Elena and Raphael go They didn t get together until almost the end but the sexual tension was thick from the start I love that even though they didn t care for each other in the beginning, they both were fascinated with the other You could feel the pull between them even when Raphael was at his coldest By the end of the book Raphael was really starting to change and I loved the new side to him The second half of the book was a lot better for me I thought that at some point Elena would become vampire but I was really surprised at were Nalini Singh took Elena I really can t wait to see what happens next