It was nice getting to see a glimpse of the Guild Hunter world from the sidelines. There were enough details about Raphael and Elena to perk my interest in reading their stories again, but I also got a deeper look at a few characters I have wondered about for a while. Namely, Jessamy/Galen and Ashwini/Janvier. Though I didn’t love every story in this collection, I never out and out disliked any of them. And it whet my appetite for more from this series.
A vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless…
This was my second favorite story of the collection. I have been wondering about Ashwini and her crazy Cajun vampire ever since I first met her in Angels’ Blood. It was great to finally get some detail on their unique relationship. I don’t think this story will be quite as pleasing to those who are completely unfamiliar with the glimpses we have seen of them in the main books, but I think it will still give a solid taste of what the overall world is like.
I liked that the author didn’t tie everything up neatly in a bow when the story ended. If you’re current in the series, you know that Ashwini and Janvier still aren’t together, so although the plot is wrapped up, the romance ends without a HEA or even a HFN. It was just a peek at their unconventional relationship. Foreplay, you could say. 🙂 Some may not be pleased with that, but I thought it fit perfectly. We’re left with the impression that they will one day end up together, but that day definitely isn’t today.
A hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all…
This story made me realize that I had never really thought about Sara as an object of interest in Elena’s books. She was always there in the background, ready to stand for Elena, but I never really thought about her on an individual basis. Maybe because she already seemed so grounded? I don’t know. Regardless, it was interesting to get a closer look at her. I liked that we jumped into the story before Sara was even the Guild director. For one thing, it gave us a chance to see an early Raphael as the cadre discussed what the change in position would mean to them (yay!). For another, it gave us a chance to see her struggle with her decision on the director position.
Deacon’s job was interesting. If his past as the Slayer was mentioned in the main books, or even the existence of the Slayer at all, then I don’t remember it. But I thought it added an interesting level to the Guild world. They are serious about policing their own, and if you’re the boogieman that the rest of the hunters keep a wary distance from, then chances are that you’re quite a badass.
Although there was heat, the romance itself felt rushed and rather perplexing. It just didn’t feel natural to the circumstances or the characters. The crimes were interesting, although the eventual reveal of the bad guy made me cock a brow. It seemed random. And has Sara always called Elena “Ellie” so incessantly? That grated on me a bit.
A vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.
*Since I read this story just a few months ago in the Angels of Darkness anthology, I didn’t read it again this time around. The review below is taken from the Angels of Darkness review.*
Despite not loving this book, I enjoyed getting to follow a female angel this time around. Well…a natural born angel, I mean. 😉 I was a little surprised to see how nice she was, though. I didn’t want her to be cruel but every other angel out there (except for Illium) seems to flirt with a lack of care for those weaker than them. I expected Nimra to have that edge of inhumanity as well and was a little disappointed to see that she didn’t. It aided the romance development in such a short story, I know, but I was looking forward to seeing a female version of a toned down Raphael.
Noel fell pretty easily for a guy who had the issues that he did, but I enjoyed watching the fall. I felt that he was the more emotionally healthy of the pair, despite the intimacy issues he struggled with. Both Nimra and Noel were dominant personalities, but when they came together they were surprisingly sweet. Especially Noel. 😉
An angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
So here it is, my favorite story in the anthology. We have been given glimpses of these characters throughout the series, and I have always been intrigued by the sweet teacher and the surly warrior. I was surprised to realize that Jessamy was so much older than most of the other angels we have spent time with in the series. She has an air of sweetness and innocence that makes her seem younger than she is. It turns out that Galen is the young one. For all his strength and grumpy ways, he is barely a fraction of her age.
I really liked the way Jessamy’s lame wing was treated. She struggled to come to terms with it the way any other normal person would. She may have been sweet and nice, but she wanted to fly just as much as any other angel did. The beginning of Galen and Jessamy’s courtship is a little bumpy due to Galen’s blunt speaking, which manages to insult poor Jessamy. Both of them struggle to mesh their personalities and lives together, while Jessamy fears for their future together. In addition to having a wonderfully sweet romance, the story managed to feel much longer than it actually was, pleasing me with its well-rounded feel.
I loved that we got to see so many quality details about so many other characters. We got to see some of Jason, some of Aodhan, and some great details about Raphael. Being the teacher, Jessamy has some nice mentions of his change from a child to a man. And…we also got to see the story behind Illium’s nickname! I love little details like that. Even if I wouldn’t have enjoyed the romance, they make the story worth reading. For me, at least. 😉
“What makes you think I’d let you within a foot of me?” Her voice held the rough edge of desire, but it could as easily have been anger.
“What makes you think I’d ask nice?”
“Try anything and I’ll cheerfully gut you with your own knife.”
Deacon smiled. And it turned him from sexy to devastating. “This’ll be fun.”
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