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Angel Bait

(Angel Assassins 0.5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  62 reviews
He's not that kind of angel.

Jarrid is a “Bound One”: half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven’s laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can’t resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down…u
Kindle Edition, Reissued, 236 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Strange Fuse (first published February 18th 2013)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Tricia Skinner set the bar ridiculously high with her debut novel, Angel Bait . I even searched under the assumption that she was potentially a seasoned writer publishing under a pseudonym. Her writing style was remarkable. I felt engrossed throughout the entire story mostly due to her ability to generate a varying amount of clarity, pace, and flow – but mainly it was her extraordinary vivid descriptions. The author never broke stride in the story; the character and world development came natur ...more

This book reminds me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.

Decent writing, but the characters fell flat, which is a pity, because I think the story had potential. I was more interested in the history of the nephilim and the angels than in Jarrid and Ionie's relationship.

I found it weird that there were only 2 women in this book, and unfortunately (view spoiler). Why only one woman? Why 5 or 6 guys?

Also, the way Ionie was described, it
Cathy Yardley
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It had a great action/UF vibe, with some very smexy angels and some steamy escalating tension. I also loved the world building. It's set in an alternative present Detroit, and you can feel the grit -- nothing pretty or safe here, folks! It gives it a nice sense of groundedness, instead of a fictional Gotham-esque city. Her take on Angels and Nephilim is a neat twist, too. I see this being a fun series, sort of like BDB by J.R. Ward, or Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. I' ...more
Tricia Skinner
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
I loved writing the story of Jarrid and Ionie. This book took me back to my hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and my days as a reporter. Of course, there weren't any sexy half-angels hanging around. At least, none that I saw. ;)
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
Angel Bait, while so like a lot of things on the market right now, still blew me away in parts and will have me talking about it for some time. I love a good paranormal romance, especially one with memorable characters and unique aspects. Angel Bait gave me everything I wanted and though it did drag until about 30% in with a huge informational dump, after that it blew me away with the action, emotion and intricate story line! I’m really glad I stuck with it.

A news reporter in a world where many
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I was very surprised at how much I ended up liking this book. It has the fun paranormal elements that I like, with a great story. I was not even aware of what age group this is for, but think now after reading it, its for sure got to be adults. It does have some very explicit sex scenes, but at least it does not take over the story like sometimes will happen in books. Something I do not like.

Anyway, overall its written very well. I really got to care for the characters, especially Jarrid and his
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

ANGEL BAIT is a really fascinating story packed full of gripping action and sensual romance. That aside, I loved the exploration of the nephilim (half angel half human) and the world in which they exist. The plot is thick and juicy with stunning revelation after revelation. While the story is serious and has life altering consequences for the characters, there is also a sweet silliness to ANGEL BAIT in the interactions between Jarrid and his brothers. T
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start this review I must admit that I don’t generally read romance novels. Ever. Unless you count reading the occasional paragraph, out loud, for the amusement of others. In that case, I’d have to admit that I have read the odd passage from a romance novel, but never one from start to finish.

(Personally, I find this rather impressive, as I work in a public library and romance novels make up a large chunk of our paperback collection. We have them all: Vampire romance, Scottish-Highlands
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to be offered the chance to say, “I received an ARC of the novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.” With that being said, Angel Bait, the first in hopefully a long line of novel is worth your time and attention. It did take a chapter or two to get me hooked and wanting to sit down and read, but when it did catch me, I felt like someone had locked me down with daggers. Yes, I did look up the world nephilim.

I’m not normally browsing books with angels or vampires
Let me start off by saying Paranormal UF is usually not my cup of tea. I also generally stay away from Romances. Paranormal Romance? That is another thing entirely as I do not read them at all (unless someone persuaded me to). Because of that I'm a bit wary about Angel Bait. Would I like this? Hell, would I even make it halfway through?

All that worrying proved to be stupidly useless, however, because as soon as I read the first couple of paragraphs I'm hooked. It's dangerously addicting and hone
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was very curious to read Angel Bait, prequel to the Angel Assassins series whose first book (Angel Kin) I read few months ago and very much enjoyed. It wasn’t exactly was I was expecting though. I thought Angel Bait would be more about the origins of The Bound Ones (the nephilim brotherhood Jarrid is a member of), how their leader, Tanis, rescued all these nephils, and why angels consider them as “abominations”. Because isn’t it what prequels are usually about, giving some extra info abou
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I love discovering new Urban Fantasy series, and Angel Bait reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but with badass, gun-wielding angel assassins in leather. In her debut novel, Tricia Skinner created a complex urban fantasy with refreshing twists on the ancient Nephilim. Werewolves and fey openly live and mingle with humans. The fey, though hidden, are also known to man. Pure angels are unforgiving and terrifying, killing their brethrens' concubines and their ha
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

Welcome to a world of Half-breed Angels that go after their sires and also are assigned to assassinate anyone who dares to not abide by the laws of Heaven and the Directorate. They are apart of the Eternal Order and they are not to be messed with.
Jarrid is one of the Nephilim who has a new mission. He is actually keeping a part of the mission quiet form the Directorate because this mission may help get him to Ascension and his brothers.
He has to track down
Amy Softa
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
I received a copy of this for an honest review.

After reading this book, the next one, Angel Kin (that I read for review previously) make much more sense. So for all of you that are new to this series, start with this book. This one reads much more like a first in series then a prequel, it does a better job of setting up the world and introducing The Bound Ones and I now want to go back and read the next book because I think I will appreciate it more. Both books though are equally great and perfe
A.D. Starrling
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angel Bait is a delicious package of fabulous heroes, a feisty and sexy heroine, and a great plot set in a dark Detroit where humans live side by side with supernatural beings, from vampire and werewolves, to elves and ancient forest gods.

Jarrid is one of the four assassins of the Eternal Order, an elite team of Nephilims whose lives were spared by Heaven. Under the guidance of their saviour, Tanis the angel, Jarrid and his three brothers Cain, Nestaron (Nesty), and Kasdeja (Kas) are forced to d
Shawn Ketcherside
So, I've found that books in the Urban Fantasy genre fall on a continuum in terms of "Romance." Angel Bait falls farther on the “Is Romance” scale than I’m used to reading. Why is that bit of information pertinent to this review? Because I was given an ARC of the text in exchange for an honest review; and I intended to stick to that.

Now, because the romantic elements of the book fall so far outside of my familiarity, I don’t feel comfortable really diving into the details in that arena. Was it g
Mariel Concepcion
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Jarrid and his brothers are nephilim, half-human and half-angel who work for Heaven as assassins. Jarrid and his brothers are also members of The Eternal Order. Their job is to hunt down the criminals who break Heaven's laws and go against the Directorate. Being half-human Jarrid is not allowed in heaven. He wants more than anything and will do whatever it takes to
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Angel Bait Review is
by Linda Hays-Gibbs
Angel Bait by
Tricia Skinner
Ionie Gifford is a reporter for a newspaper. She is smart cunning and a biracial beauty. She is covering a string of murders for a story in her newspaper. Her world consists of humans and others. The others are vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, angels and etc. She thought she knew all about her world in this futuristic Detroit and only wanted the next big story.
When she meets Jarrid she is not prepared. Jarrid is
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Angel Bait, the first novel of the Angel Assassins series, Tricia Skinner has created a rich, gritty world populated by vamps, weres, shifters, angels, and their half-human offspring, the nephilim.

Jarrid is one of only four nephilim to have survived Heaven's genocide against the women who coupled with angels and the children they bore. He and his brothers are an elite team of assassins, tasked with taking out Heaven's enemies. While carrying out an assignment, Jarrid catches wind of the prese
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tricia Skinner has crafted an exciting, action-packed story with endearing and fully fleshed-out characters which made Angel Bait a wonderfully memorable start to what promises to be an intriguing mythological journey towards redemption. After a slightly slow start the story picks up and perfectly balances both the romance and life or death circumstances these characters get put through and races towards a completely satisfying conclusion that leaves you clamoring for more.

Set in the dark and gr
Diaries of 2 Thick Chicks
New author Tricia Skinner just continues to Wow me, turn me upside down and leave me panting for more with her incredibly engaging new series Angel Assassins. Angel Bait is the prequel to the amazing Angel Kin and features the stoic Nephilim Jarrid and the spirited Ionie.

After getting wind of a Renegade in the city, Jarrid makes it his top priority to bring the bastard in to grant him and his brothers the one thing they have wanted for ages......ascension. To do so, he must dangle innocent and
T.A. Moorman
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Being re-published on Halloween, what better was to unwind after peeling kids out of costumes, washing off layers of face-paint and kids bouncing off the walls with sugar highs than curling up with a fun, short, blood supernatural read that puts a whole new twist in the Fallen Angel genre?

Many who have read Angle Kin without having had the benefit of reading Angel Bait may have wondered who the mysterious Ionie was, and how she
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 4.5 Angel Stars ~

Wow! I loved it! Angel Bait is the prequel to Angle Kin . Yes their are some discrepancies between the prequel and the book Angel Kin, due to the author being with a different publisher for Angel Bait. The discrepancies do not take away from the story. We get action, adventure, incite into Heaven, the brother's and love that heals old wounds.

Jarrid, a Nephilim, an assassin is closed off from his emotions. He see's his job as a way to show Heaven that he and his brother's
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
**4.5 Stars**

I was once again impressed with the world Ms. Skinner created and the unique ways in which she created an angel mythology all her own.

Angel Bait focuses on Jarrid, the broody of The Bound. He's tasked with solving the mystery of multiple charred corpses. When he learns a Renegade, or a fallen angel, may be involved, he's eager to take on the case as he has a plan which would result in Ascension for himself and his brethren. All he has to do is find his bait and his plan will fall in
Paula Millhouse
5 Stars (Yeah, it’s that good).

Trish Skinner’s debut novel ANGEL BAIT riveted me to the page and converted me into an Urban Fantasy connoisseur.

Skinner paints a world with her imagination that explodes onto the page, and doesn’t let up until the end of the story. I felt grounded, and identified instantly with this fictional version of Detroit.

I’ll try not to drop any spoilers. This is a story for adults.

Jarrid, a half-angel assassin starts his journey with one thing in his sights: destroy the Re
Stacy Reid
I absolutely enjoyed this story. I was engrossed from the first page to the last. I love it and I want more…give me more, give me more. Tricia is now on my auto buy list. I am a lover of paranormal and fantasy romance, and this book did not disappoint. Fast pace, edginess, sexual steam and humor….all wrapped in one amazing package that was Angel Bait.
I read Angel Kin and enjoyed it. And I had been dying to read Jarrid’s story, so when I saw Angel Bait at the amazing price of .99 cents I snapped
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first need to say that I received an ARC copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I also have known Tricia for several years and know first hand about her passion for writing.

Angel Bait is a great story that leaves you wanting more; this is a great thing for new series. The story unfold quickly and gives you a view into the world the author has envisioned. It starts off showing you the dark side of living in a big city among "Other"; and what happens when you cross He
Kevin Fanning
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really fun. I've known Tricia for years and years but this was the first time I ever got to read something she wrote, and it was such a thrill to see a friend totally on top of her game, kicking so much ass. It's not even fair to mention this in a book review but if you ever meet Tricia in person you'll see how much of her voice and character and passion are in this book. Seeing how much of herself she put into this book was an extra layer of fun for me.

The plot concerns group of half-
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A renegade angel is wreaking havoc in Detroit, and Jarrid, a half-angel assassin, is ordered to stop him. Success means Jarrid and his nephilim brothers will finally be allowed Ascension. Ionie Gifford, a human reporter the renegade is hunting, is the perfect bait for drawing out Jarrid's target. The only problem is, Ionie's pulling in more than just the renegade angel - Jarrid's finding he can't resist her, either.

Probably the best-paced book I’ve read recently, not to mention surprising in its
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Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy (represented by Fuse Literary co-founder Laurie McLean) and an Associate Agent at Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne

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