Excerpt & Review: Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 381
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Raphael’s response was silent, his wing brushing hers as he . . .

“Raphael!” The damn archangel had dusted her.

Glittering, sparkly stuff stuck to her, delicious beyond compare when she parted her mouth and it licked onto her tongue. Her thighs clenched. “This is not funny!” She glared at him even as arousal flooded her system, but he was laughing too hard to care.

Her heart, it just stopped.

Even now, the Archangel of New York rarely laughed and never like this. Until she could see the youth he must’ve once been, with eyes of a wild, astonishing blue that asked a woman to laugh with him. She’d never before seen him as truly young. How could she? He had so much power that it pulsed in his every touch, burned in his skin.

Hauling him close to her with her hands fisted in the cream linen of his shirt, she took a kiss, took him. He sank into her, his wings sweeping up to wrap around her until all she could sense was Raphael, all she could taste was him. And angel dust. The special blend he’d created just for her.

He pushed one hand into her hair, fisting it as he wrapped his other arm around her waist and backed her up against a wall. Something fell with a dull thud. Maybe the vivid painting of wildflowers that had just been put up, all the art having been taken down during the repainting.

Elena loved that simple piece Honor had found in a thrift shop, but right now, it could’ve been a priceless artwork by the Hummingbird and she wouldn’t have cared. She was far too happy to be pressed up against the hard warmth of her archangel tip to toe after spending the previous night on watch. No time for shenanigans with Dmitri away and Illium off-shift, Aodhan assigned to patrol the sea border, and Raphael dealing with the overall security situation.

She’d flown a proper defense grid, both to stay in practice and because none of them could afford to be blasé with the Cascade an unpredictable foe that could unleash itself at any moment, smashing the world back into chaos and, possibly, war.

Today, however, the others were on‑shift and she could kiss her lover. He burned hot, Raphael, but he was a crashing sea in her mind, a tumultuous, passionate storm that swept her up and thundered through her veins.

We can talk to Dmitri later, she sent to Raphael, sliding her hands up the ridges and valleys of his chest. Let’s go upstairs to our suite.


She tried to ignore that pointed cough that held a biting amusement.

Raphael’s lips smiled against hers. I think my second has other ideas.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin

Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.

This is by far one of my top two favorite book series’ of all time. Elena, Raphael, Illium, and all the rest of the characters in the Guild Hunter universe have swept me off of my feet and romanced me into a mindless, senseless, passionate love that only we share. Well, I’m sure the millions of other Nalini Singh fans feel the same…and if not, they totally should!

ARCHANGEL’S HEART is an amazing new book in this exquisitely and lovingly crafted Guild Hunter world. Raphael and Elena are at the center of the story, but it’s not entirely about them. So many secrets are revealed! So many questions are formed! Some are answered while others have us salivating for the next Guild Hunter book! And unfortunately, yet again I have to restrain myself from spilling those secrets! A self-imposed muzzle is necessary I’m afraid.

What I can reveal is that this is a story full of danger, excitement, intrigue and the sexiest angels ever written! What I can also say without it being too spoiler-y is that while Raphael and Elena are the center, we get to spend a good amount of time with a certain Sparkle-y angel as well as being introduced to several new characters. We are also treated to some updates on previous characters in the series that haven’t been mentioned much in the last few books. Vague much? Yes, I know, but I just can’t bear to spoil this book for you and the rest of the readers. I do hope you’ll understand and forgive me :-)

ARCHANGEL’S HEART is…magic. No other way to explain it. So many adjectives would be adequate in description but the bottom line is, it’s magic. I usually spend most of my Nalini Singh reviews babbling on, waxing poetic about this or that, but it’s the magic of the story that keeps me coming back.

This book could possibly be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend you start from the beginning. The story building is what also makes this series magical.

Now if you’re still reading the review and don’t think I’m a total weirdo, I whole-heartedly recommend you pick up this or any Nalini Singh book and read till your heart’s content…then schedule a reread!

I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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