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message 1: by Aly is so frigging bored (last edited Sep 07, 2020 03:05PM) (new)

Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
I didn't know what to choose and I can't believe I haven't done this author before... But even if I did, I love her very much and it wouldn't hurt to read her again :D
This is the 1st meeting between the hero and the heroine. Enjoy.

The archangel clearly didn’t believe in putting his guests at ease.
But HEROINE wouldn’t call him a bad host—a table set with croissants, coffee, and orange juice sat in solitary splendor in the middle of the wide open space. Another look and she saw that the roof wasn’t bare concrete. It had been paved with dark gray tiles that glimmered silver under the sun’s rays. The tiles were beautiful and unquestionably expensive. An extravagant waste, she thought, then realized that to a being with wings, a roof was assuredly not a useless space.
HERO was nowhere to be seen.
Putting her hand on the doorknob, she pulled open the glass door and walked out. To her relief, the tiles proved to have a rough surface—the wind was soft right now but she knew that this high, it could turn cutting without warning, and heels weren’t exactly stable at the best of times. She wondered if the tablecloth was bolted to the table. Otherwise, it would probably fly off and take the food with it sooner rather than later.
Then again, that might be a good thing. Nerves didn’t make for easy digestion.
Leaving her purse on the table, she walked carefully to the nearest edge . . . and looked down. Exhilaration raced through her at the incredible view of angels flying in and out of the Tower. They seemed almost close enough to touch, the temptation of their powerful wings a siren song.
“Careful.” The word was soft, the tone amused.
She didn’t jump, having felt the push of wind engendered by his near-silent landing. “Would they catch me if I fell?” she asked, without looking his way.
“If they were in the mood for it.” He came to stand beside her, his wings filling her peripheral vision. “You don’t suffer from vertigo.”
“Never have,” she admitted, so terrified of the sheer power of him that she sounded absolutely normal. It was either that or start screaming. “I’ve never been up this high before.”
“What do you think?”
She took a deep breath and a step backward before turning to face him. The impact hit her like a physical blow. He was . . . “Beautiful.” Eyes of such pure undiluted blue it was as if some heavenly artist had crushed sapphires into his paints and then colored in the irises with the finest of brushes.
She was still reeling from the visual shock when a sudden wind swept across the rooftop, lifting up strands of his black hair. But black was too tame a word for it. It was so pure it held echoes of the night, vivid and passionate. Cut in careless layers that stopped at the nape of his neck, it bared the sharp angles of his face and made her fingers curl with the urge to stroke.
Yes, he was beautiful, but it was the beauty of a warrior or a conqueror. This man had power stamped on every inch of his skin, every piece of his flesh. And that was before she took in the exquisite perfection of his wings. The feathers were a soft white and appeared dusted with gold. But when she concentrated, she saw the truth—each individual filament of each individual feather bore a golden tip.
“Yes, it’s beautiful up here,” he said, breaking into her fascination.
She blinked, then felt her face color, having no idea of how much time had passed. “Yes.”
His smile bore a hint of mockery, of male satisfaction . . . and of pure, lethal focus. “Let us have breakfast and talk.”
Furious at having allowed herself to be blindsided by his physical beauty, she bit the inside of her cheek in reprimand. She wasn’t going to fall into the same trap again. HERO clearly knew how striking he was, and he knew the effect it had on unsuspecting mortals. Which made him an arrogant SOB she should have no trouble resisting.
Pulling out a chair, he waited. She halted a foot away, very conscious of his height and strength. She wasn’t used to feeling small. Or weak. That he could cause her to experience either sensation—and without any apparent effort—made her angry enough to chance reprisal. “I’m not comfortable with anyone standing behind me.”
A spark of surprise in those blue, blue eyes. “Shouldn’t it be me who fears a knife in the back? You’re the one carrying concealed weapons.”
The fact that he’d guessed at her weapons meant nothing. A hunter was always armed. “The difference is, I’ll die. You won’t.”
With a small, amused wave of his hand, he walked to the other side of the table, his wings brushing over the squeaky clean tiles to leave behind a shimmering trail of white gold. She was certain he’d done it on purpose. Angels didn’t always shed angel dust. When they did, it was immediately collected up by mortals and vampires alike. The price for a speck of the bright stuff was more than that for a flawlessly cut diamond.
But if HERO thought she was going to get down on her knees and scrabble, he had another think coming.
“You don’t fear me,” he said now.
She wasn’t stupid enough to lie. “I’m petrified. But I figure you didn’t make me come all this way just so you could push me off the roof.”
His mouth curved, as if she’d said something funny. “Take a seat, HEROINE.” Her name sounded different on his lips. A binding. As if by speaking it, he’d gained power over her. “Like you said, I have no plans to kill you. Not today.”
She sat with the elevator cubicle at her back, aware of him waiting with old-world chivalry until she’d done so. His wings draped gracefully over the specially designed chair back as he followed suit. “How old are you?” she found herself asking before she could nip her curiosity in the bud.
He raised a perfectly arched eyebrow. “Do you have no sense of self-preservation?” It was a casual comment but she heard the steel beneath the surface.


Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1243 comments I'm pretty sure I know it but I haven't read the whole series. One day soon...ish.


message 3: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2079 comments Mod
I have no idea


Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
Dls wrote: "I have no idea"

If you read her, you'll def recognize the writing style whenever you see it. It's very distinctive to me.

Stacey is Sassy wrote: "I'm pretty sure I know it but I haven't read the whole series. One day soon...ish."

She's my favorite author and this one is my favorite series of hers.


message 5: by Chocolatesoup (new)

Chocolatesoup | 364 comments I know this book, it's by one of my favorite authors :D


message 6: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1149 comments Ooh I know because I’m re-reading lol
Good choice! I was thinking of using it next week!! :)


message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1002 comments No idea. I have read fallen-angel books before and loved them, so I'm interested in this one.


Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "No idea. I have read fallen-angel books before and loved them, so I'm interested in this one."
They aren't fallen. It's my favorite world building series regarding angels and I haven't found any that compare(to me). Hope you'll give it a try.

Leigh-Ayn wrote: "Ooh I know because I’m re-reading lol
Good choice! I was thinking of using it next week!! :)"

Great minds :)) I know I'll reread it, don't know when yet :D

Chocolatesoup wrote: "I know this book, it's by one of my favorite authors :D"
<3


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1002 comments Ooooh. Fun!


message 10: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2079 comments Mod
So what is it?


message 11: by Leigh-Ayn (last edited Sep 11, 2020 12:47AM) (new)


Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
Leigh-Ayn wrote: "It is Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh"

LOL, I just remembered that I only thought about writing the answer and not actually did it


message 13: by Stacey is Sassy (new)

Stacey is Sassy (staceyissassy) | 1243 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Leigh-Ayn wrote: "It is Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh"

LOL, I just remembered that I only thought about writing the answer and not actually did it"


Crack up! I really do have to get back to this series, soon...ish. ;-)


Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
Stacy I know what you mean LOL


message 15: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1149 comments Aly is so frigging bored wrote: "Leigh-Ayn wrote: "It is Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh"

LOL, I just remembered that I only thought about writing the answer and not actually did it"


I gotcha back ;)


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