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Archangel's Kiss

(Guild Hunter #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  53,439 ratings  ·  2,355 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, t
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Sensation (first published February 1st 2010)
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Vanessa No, in the first two books thereis only a couple. I didn't read the last book yet so i can't tell you if there will be a love triangle but i don't thi…moreNo, in the first two books thereis only a couple. I didn't read the last book yet so i can't tell you if there will be a love triangle but i don't think so. (less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

Reread on 2/15/2020
I'm going to leave my old review below, because it still amazes me that a narrator can make or break an audio book. The first time I tried this series I listen to them on audio. I found Justine Eyre reading of the book a bit boring and I found myself not really getting into the series. So I gave up. Then my brother who is a huge fan of the series demanded I reread them, but this time I had to read them myself. Wow what a different it made. I loved this book this time around.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I guess I'm a sucker for amusing banter. Especially when I love both characters and the world that these books are set in.

"The only way to learn to fly, is to fly." He pushed her off the edge of the cliff.
"That's your idea of teaching? I could've been splattered from here to Manhattan!"

"You were never in any danger." His eyes gleamed with laughter. "That's how young angels learn to fly..."

"You push babies out into thin air?"

"How do you think birds learn to fly?"

"Okay, push me again."

Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*This Book Is So ‘Meh’*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Third re-read: 30.03.2019
Okay, okay, I think I've figured out my problem with this series. Elena. Yes, Elena is actually my problem with it :O Why, you ask? Well, I like how badass she is, of course, however, I find it so impossible to believe that a human - though a hunter - can hurt creatures that are hundreds of years older than her and ten times stronger than her. It seems to unbelievable.

Then there's the big fact that I can't ever relate to her.
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Loved this one, especially Raphael <3 he gets better with each book :)

Some of my favorite quotes:

"“Do you think you have the right to give me orders now?”

The Archangel of New York, a creature so lethal that part of her feared him even now, lifted the hair off her nape, brushed his lips across her skin. “Of course. You are mine.” No hint of humor, nothing but stark possession."


"“I won’t watch you die again, Elena.” The Cadre had chosen her because she was th
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF Support Group at BB&B!!!

What ever happened to the fluffy, cuddly, benevolent Angels we all grew up believing in? You know, the ones whose pictures your spiritual aunt has all over her house, the ones that come out when a loved one goes away and we need the comfort their image gives us??? The ones that are supposed to be the messengers and enforcers of G-D's will??? I most certainly did not find them in this series of The Guild Hunter, written by the
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sexy, uf-pnr, buddy-read
“The longer you live, the more mistakes you make. And the more sorrows you carry.

Nalini Singh (NS) has given us an unusual world with Angels, Vampires and maybe some new big bad coming our way. It is interesting and unusual. Most of this story I like Elena has her new life as an Angel and the Consort to an Archangle but there is so much to learn. One does not simple get wings and learn to fly in a day.

What I Enjoyed:

Elena is a little more timid that she was in the last book but I ap
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I honestly considered not finishing the book. The first half was boring to tears. Lots of Elena and Raphael being "sensual" aka sexual and talking and thinking and talking and blah and I was bored out of my mind.

Luckily the book picked up eventually and the mystery was introduced saving the book from a 1 star rating –that and Illium. I won’t be continuing with this series, I don’t like how some things are over the top, like how much eyes talk (from one look, Elena knew what somebody wanted to do
Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.

In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read very many PNR books, but I have been sucked into the Guild Hunter Series! With its world building of Archangels, vampires and angels existing with us mere mortals, I just can’t get enough. Of course, it doesn’t hurt we have a kick ass heroine, Elena who is also battling her own demons. She is in love with Raphael, one of the strongest Archangels who also controls New York. I also enjoyed the distinct personalities of the side characters, most of them are allies or are part of a sp ...more
I still love this book and the whole series. I don't know how Nalini Singh does it but she always sucks me into this amazing world, where angels fight for a life of (mostly) peace and amazing adventures. I love Raphael and Elena, they are one of my all time fav characters and couples. They simply know how to capture my attention with how the balance out their relationship and how they work together as a team. Also the secondary characters are to die for. Especially Bluebell, Sarah and even Dimit ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Ms. Singh has created an incredible, yet dark world here with the Guild Hunters. There is a mix of the sublimely beautiful and awe-inspiring and the deeply chilling and sometimes revolting. Although I prefer the traditional biblical angelic storylines, she has taken most of what I find alluring about angels and paired it with a storyline that features a race of angels who are sensual, primal, dark, and dangerous.

Archangel's Kiss is definitely urban fantasy romance on the dark edge. Singh doesn't
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hark! If 't be true thee has't not yet readeth the first 'r second booketh in this s'ries then begone from h're f'r spoileth'rs abound.

Elena wakes up from a coma and is thrust into a role she is unprepared for, that of being an angel. As if being involved with the archangel of NY does not come with enough problems, she has to now cope with being part of an entirely different race. Being an angel also comes with a sharp learning curve. Learning to fly. Fighting with wings. Angel history. Soc
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of totally over the alpha-animal-male-hero and tough-chicks-who-wear-thigh-high-leather-boots kind of literature, so it's a testament to this author that I really loved this book. I mean, there's a bunch of hot angels and vampires running around, this should be silly, right? But I loved the first book in this series and the second one was equally enjoyable. Even though this is definitely a romance book, and has a lot of genre tropes, I just always enjoy reading Nalini Singh. She's at th ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Archangel's Kiss picks up right where book one left off. Raphael has accomplished something incredibly rare by making Elena into an angel. She's vulnerable right now and anyone who wants to get to him will now try to go through her.

I don't really get why the Archangel's can't trust each other. As a small group, you would think that they would protect each other. They do seem to stick together, but any sign of weakness and they strike against each other. They seem to be power hungry and very self
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
More violence, more archangels, more intrigue, more sex, and new creatures to kill. Yay.

I think I liked this book better because Elena is more confident in herself and her relationship with Raphael. Sure, she's not sure what kind of relationship they have exactly, but just being in a relationship with Raphael seems to bolster her. She finally has someone not a friend who wants her and is there for her. Ever since the tragedy happened with her family, it seems like she's been adrift and has only
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
i am trash for this angel smut
Duchess Nicole
I like this one even more than the first. We learn about Elena's past, and she unexpectedly has to deal with more than one showdown. Also, all of Raphael's seven are finally introduced, and boy, Ms. Singh could sure spawn another series with just those boys! Love to hear more about Dmitri and Ilium. I love the romantic words between Raphael and Elena. They don't seem forced or contrived, just poetic and sigh-worthy. ...more
Deborah Obida
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance, paranormal
This book is awesome, the events in this book happened a year after book one. This book is bit slow in my opinion, it suffered from middle book syndrome. It was so slow unlike book one that was fast paced. What happened here were important but still I wish it was faster.

The world building improved, the setting is a new location called the Refuge, a place where young angels live till they mature. The writing is still good, to me it’s average. Raphael has as many POV as Elena in this. The magic is
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
*There are spoilers in here! I tried to hide them but it doesn't seem to work for the phone app.*
First off, can I please exchange my boyfriend for the men in this series? Venom or Dmitri preferably but anyone will do really...


Secondly, I FOUND OUT HOW ANGELS WEAR THEIR SHIRTS! As you know from my last review this concept is really important to me and now that I've figured it out I need not read another word. Just kidding, this world is addicting.

I was a little unsure going into this book espec

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First time round I gave it 4 Stars now it is worth 5 Stars.
5 “We die...... We die together. That's the deal.” Stars.

This book picks up shortly after the battle between Raphael and Uram. Where nearly both died but where Raphael used a loophole making Elena the first made angel in history. An angel with a mortal heart.

Elena spent the last year in a coma and has to adjust to her new life. A life where her friends and family will die as she is no longer mortal. Elena is at the Ref
September 2016 Re-read - Buddy read with Maru, Aly, and Sarah: I'm always caught up in the story that's unfolding in Nalini Singh's books - and that hasn't changed here. Though I am getting a little less ... accepting of all the sexy times going on. I don't know, it's just not my thing. I skim and skim and skim those sections. And I can't blame Elena for being attracted to Raphael, but I want more story and less obsessing over him. I'm not complaining, really I'm not. I love these books, a lot. ...more
1st Read - May 2011
2nd Read - March 2013
3rd Read - September 2016
4th Read - September 2020

Original Review

When Elena wakes up after a year long coma she is like a different person, her new abilities will only make her stronger in the long run but for now she is even more vulnerable than she was before. Raphael has taken her to the Refuge so she can continue her recovery but his enemies see her as his weak point and seek to destroy her. When mysterious murders start to occur it is Elena who has th
The story begins with Elena awakening from her coma after a year, learning she's now an angel, mated to Raphael. As she works to regain her strength, Elena must also adjust to her new circumstances, including her new body form, relationship with Raphael and a host of new enemies. And, Elena's memories of her family's devastation resurface throughout the story, sometimes at the most inopportune moments.

I loved the story's honesty. Yes, Elena and Raphael bring the heat but when things cool down,
Stacey is Sassy
The life and times of an angel made...

Another winner from the Romance Package and a great opportunity to visit with my favourite hunter, angels, vampires and archangels.

This instalment shows us that the strong can be temporarily incapacitated but can't be held down for long. The Hunter, Elena, wakes from a year-long nap with a few additional features and appendages. It takes a wee bit of adjustment, but she is determined to be strong and a hunter again...just one with wings. With a little help f
It’s too horror for me: torture, mutilation, ripped intestines… too much. Plus the nightmares, OMG, they’re even more horrible. It’s measured well though, keeping the reader intrigued and in suspense.

Raphael managed to get closer to me in this book, Elena not so much. You get more of the secondary characters, and that’s great. I loved Dmitri.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
This was a great continuation of Nalini Singh's guild hunter series. Elena awakes after a year-long coma having been transformed into an archangel by Rafael in order to save her life. But now she must learn to live and fight in her new body--and fly, which is something of a disaster--all while the danger of LiTuan looms, an ancient archangel who has been raising the dead and wants Elena to die.

I loved the continued romance between Rafael and Elena, and it was also great to see more development
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with this book :)) Review to come ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Another reread and I raced through this in record time.
This deals with the aftermath and fallout from the first book when Raphael and Elena after that epic violent showdown fell together and their fates were forever entwined.
What happens when an Archangel loves with all of his heart and soul he becomes a little bit human and makes a baby Angel. His willingness to die for Elena producing ambrosia a very rare phenomenon and triggering Elena's metamorphosis.

Elena awakens here from a year-long sleep
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In the mood for a dark, intense and smoldering sexy read that may have you gasping for breath? Nalini Singh delivers this in ways you can’t imagine with Archangel’s Kiss, the second book in her Guild Hunter Novel series. The first book, Angels Blood introduced vampire hunter Elena Deveraux, who lives in an alternate New York City universe where angels rule and are things of wonder to bow down to and be very afraid of. Elena was ordered to hunt down a supernatural serial killer than ended up bein ...more
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, favorites
WOW! This is PNR at its absolute best!

So well-written, well-developed, a shade macabre, very sensual, and completely swoon-worthy. If you haven't read this yet, I urge you to get on it! :-)

Raphael and Elena's journey continues after the 'life-altering' events of book 1. If I was smitten with the story before, I'm now thrilled with the direction the story took.

Everything about this series appeals to my romantic, adventure-loving nature, especially Elena's need to maintain her sense of self in th
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