Another book with a hero of Angelville, uh, I mean Sent Ones-land, and here we meet Koldo the Mysterious, and Nicola the Twin. I liked them both. KoldAnother book with a hero of Angelville, uh, I mean Sent Ones-land, and here we meet Koldo the Mysterious, and Nicola the Twin. I liked them both. Koldo was a good and delicious mix of strength and vulnerability which is something that always attracts me. There's just something with big strong men being vulnerable in one way or another that I can't resist, and let me tell you, it's quite hard to resist this guy. So if anyone asks, I put up a little bit fight. Although he was a gentleman for most of the book, if you're anything like me, you'll be glad to know he had his caveman moments. And I mean this in the sexiest, and well, nice way possible. Apart from all this, Koldo was also a man with a tortured past, and oh how I love those. He had a lot on his plate, great many obstacles in his way, and quite a few skeletons in his closet. But even with all this, he comes off as a true hero.
Nicola was similar to Koldo when it came to a tortured past. She had her own obstacles to get through, she also had a sister to take care of, and I can always relate to that. She's the kind of character that first appears weak but as you get to know her, you realize she's much stronger than you realized. She had some pretty messy situations she had to face and hats off to her, she passed those ugly tests with flying colors.
I also very much liked the romance, as opposed to my opinion for the first book this was better paced in it. There was enough interaction between the two for me to believe in their love and how they came to care for each other. There was action too, plot and subplot, enough to engage me and keep engaging me. We met more of the Army of Doom for which I'm glad, and some others for which I was not so glad.
A book that was good in its emotions, plotline and characters, not to mention it was a step closer to one of the books I was most looking for. Observe how I said, one of the books. ...more
There's a certain kind of wonder and beauty to the world Nalini Singh had created that it surprises me every time I read it. I pick up the books and aThere's a certain kind of wonder and beauty to the world Nalini Singh had created that it surprises me every time I read it. I pick up the books and all at once I want to both be a part of that world but also feel like I don't belong in there. It's hard to explain, so I'll just keep to my review of the beautifully written story of Jason the Spymaster and Mahiya the Princess.
It's been a while since I last read a Guild Hunter book, and I wasn't sure how much I could remember from the little pieces we got about Jason, but thankfully once I started reading it I quickly picked up on everything. That's how much Nalini's writing has an impact I guess, no matter how long it has been, all is embedded in your mind.
I don't know if I even have to say this but I loved Jason. A lot. More than I think I can describe with words. There was some kind of vulnerability to him that was very much endearing if you can believe it. He was the right combination of tough, dark, dangerous and caring. I think the biggest reason why I love these heroes is because of their darkness. There's a certain attraction in the way they carry that darkness within them, and the way you always know they will never change that, even with you, but they're willing to merge it with their relationship with you. Do I even make any sense? Well, I'm hoping I made some sense at least to Mahiya.
Now Mahiya was the opposite of Jason. In fact, she was pretty much the opposite of almost every character in this world. She was most caring, she was kind and very nice, she was filled with a hope for a future where she had a family, something she wasn't allowed to have so far. But don't let this deceive you, Mahiya was also very strong, very determined, after all, you don't grow up under Neha's *care* and be anything else. And in her bright personality, she was the perfect fit to Jason's darkness. I cannot tell how much I loved the two together.
Everything other than Jason and Mahiya was also very engaging and wonderful. We got our usual dose of the other characters, for which I'm glad because it makes me sad when others get forgotten, and the plot just kept thickening and thickening. Makes you wonder how it could possibly end, or where it could ever go and how, but I'm hoping there's still time and perhaps a few books more to think about all that.
A beautiful, beautiful book in this series. ...more
It's been a while since I last read a book by Gena Showalter, meaning, it's been a while since my last Lords of The Underworld book. I knew she wroteIt's been a while since I last read a book by Gena Showalter, meaning, it's been a while since my last Lords of The Underworld book. I knew she wrote a series based on the delicious angels that popped up in those books but somehow I never had a chance to pick them up. The other day I changed that fact and boy, am I glad.
In the first of this series, the leader of the Army of Doom, or, you know, the army of angels who're dangerously close to falling, Zacharel meets the woman who'll melt the ice around his heart in Annabelle, a mental patient who's been locked away for saying a demon killed her parents, when everyone of course believed it was her, and that she lost her mind. Think again, clueless humans!
Zacharel is the usual cold, cold and some more cold hero that's quite expected in a PNR. He's a no nonsense guy, an angel who lost his ability to feel long ago. Not to mention the fact that he has to deal with the most badass and unwanted angels with attitude problems. So it's kinda hard to blame the guy for his tough love act. Even though it had been a long time, I remember I liked Zacharel even then, when he appeared in the Lords' books. I'm glad Gena decided to write a series solely for the angels because let's face it, they're always intriguing, and they're certainly no cherubs. These are big muscled men who fight for humans, even though they may not be all that on board with the caring part, and they do fight dirty. The few members of Zacharel's army, we meet in this book, and I'm very curious to know their stories, you can tell every single one of them has something dark lurking in their background. I, for one, am a sucker for tortured pasts, what that tells you, I don't wanna know.
Annabelle was a good heroine, a good mix of badass and vulnerable. She was good enough to defend herself and take no crap from no one, but faced with demons there's only so much a girl can do. And I'm glad that Gena is one of those authors who can pull off the tough girl character writing, otherwise this book could've turned painful for me. But thanks to this lovely author, I got to like and cheer for Annabelle all the way through.
Perhaps my one tiny bit of complaint could come in the form of Zacharel's transformation from the cold and unfeeling angel leader to the caring and loving hero. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but there were times when I was a bit taken aback by his show of emotion, and of course it's quite natural since how else is he supposed to fall in love, but it's difficult to describe, I just felt it was sudden at times. One thing I'm sure of though, is that he won't let his men to give him a hard time for his show of devotion to his woman. Not to mention, they'll all get theirs.
The plot was a good mix of interesting trivia and action, it can be nothing but engaging when angels and demons are concerned after all. ...more