I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh but I’ve long put off this series for a variety of reasons. After finally deciding to give it a shot, I have to say that it didn’t work for me — too dark, too many power plays between H and h, and just overall not my thing.
I loved the concept of this story and the unique world that Nalini Singh has created. You have the archangels who rules over everyone and have the ability to create vampires who must then serve the angels for a 100 years. The humans are at the bottom of the power structure but can petition to be turned and you have the Guild Hunters who are in charge of keeping the vampires in line and returning them when they skip out on their contract. There were so many cool elements to this world and I would have loved to learn more about.
Elena is a strong, independent, and confident woman and I enjoyed her as the primary narrator. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and she’s incredibly loyal, devoted, and compassionate. However, there was too much of a power disparity between Raphael and Elena and for most of the book Elena is afraid of Raphael and positive that he will maim, torture, or kill her once she’s completed her mission. At one point she even goes into deep hiding to get away from him and arms herself to stay protected. I’m sorry, but fear isn’t sexy to me.
Dimitri was just awful! I really didn’t like this side character and he bothered me so much. There’s no way I would have been able to read his book were I to continue with this series. I personally am not into the pain/pleasure scene but what really bothered me was his attitude toward Elena. He’s constantly pushing his scent/pheromones at Elena (which creates an physical reaction in Elena) even when she repeatedly asks him to stop. Just NO! This is basically rape and not cool. Just because he’s creating a pleasure physical experience for her, doesn’t justify doing it against Elena’s wishes.
Content Note: dubious consent
••• Book Details •••
Guild Hunter #1 • Romance, Fantasy • Berkley • March 3, 2009
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.
Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.