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Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
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***original review posted at Romancing Rakes***

Gah! I grabbed this book off of Netgalley and boy howdy! I'm glad I did.

This is a new spin on a tale as old as time involving archangels and the fight for good. The 'Old Man's' four favorite archangels: Uriel, Michael, Gabriel and Azrael were given archesses, their soulmates. Something big and nasty went down and their soulmates were tossed to the winds, falling somewhere on earth. This series chronicles their journeys of finding the one woman in all the world, that was made for them. Until then, they must fight against the forces of darkness and other archangels on the same quest as them, trying to prevent them from finding 'The One'.

Uriel and his brothers have been wandering the earth for two thousand years trying to find their counterparts. Only then, can they go home (heaven). In present day, Uriel is Christopher Daniels, major movie star, Azriel is a rock star known as the Masked One, Michael is a cop and Gabriel is a firefighter. All my favorite types of yummy men. Oh, and Samael or the Dark Prince or whatever you want to call him, is a media mogul. How appropriate. Yeah, he's a wickedly sexy seductive big bad who looks like he might have a trace of humanity deep down inside.

Anywho, Uriel finds his archess in the bathroom of a bookstore in the middle of some podunk town in Texas, helping a sick little girl. He's drawn to her and immediately knows she's 'The One' and her healing the little girl with just the touch of her hand confirms it. Eleanor Granger can't believe THE Christopher Daniels is in the ladies room hiding from his adoring fans nor can she believe that he asked her to accompany him to an event in Dallas. She's just a bookseller, no one special if you don't count her super ability of healing, moving things with her mind and making the weather change.

Samael is also on the hunt for the archesses and wants them for himself. After Uriel finds Eleanor, Samael moves in and knows that with a snap of his fingers, she would be his. Uriel signs a contract with Samael to spend one week with Eleanor to counteract the affects Samael has on her. Well, when you make a deal with the devil, there are hidden clauses when signed in blood. Between keeping Eleanor away from Samael and a new danger closing in, also wanting a piece of the archess, Uriel must convince her that she was made for him.

The action is fast paced, the danger is heart pounding, the chemistry sizzles off the pages and there's a TARDIS-like mansion that the archangels live in. This book definitely surprised me, in a very good way. Richard Armitage gets a shout-out, which I spent a good full minute squealing about. And Rockdale, Texas? Really?

FAVORITE QUOTE: "This was more than vengeance, which, in and of itself, was deserved. This was more than jealousy, self-preservation, and love. This was hatred, at its finest, at its core, and it fueled his body beyond all sense of pain, sound, or vision." (***subject to change in finished copy***)

OVERALL: Wow, wow, wow! This is a series I am looking forward to reading. Between pop culture references, a new spin on the archangel mythology and cinematic worthy fight scenes (like on a Jerry Bruckheimer scale with lots of explosions) comes a story of love, loss and discovery. There's just so much going on in this book and it's totally understandable since it's the beginning of a series, a lot of world building but, it flows so well. A few times I was like 'Where the Sam Heck did this person come from?' or 'Where did this thread start?' but then I had that 'ohhhh' moment and my eyes sped faster down the page and my thumb kept pushing that > button on the side of the Kindle. Could these archangels be the answer to Larissa Ione's Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Maybe.

***requested off Netgalley***
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10/25/2011
75.0% "Wow. Love the mythology of this series. Rockdale? How random. Richard Armitage namecheck? Squee! Now is Henry Cavill hiding in here somewhere? lol."

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