Angel Kin

Angel Kin

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by Tricia Skinner
     
 

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While channeling Robin Hood's "steal from the rich and give to the poor" attitude at a local politician's house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn't deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn't an option. On the run from the police and the murderer,

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While channeling Robin Hood's "steal from the rich and give to the poor" attitude at a local politician's house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn't deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn't an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.

When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: "You're next."

It's a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he's falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622664931
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Series:
Angel Assassins , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
787,835
File size:
2 MB

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Angel Kin

An Angel Assassins Novel


By Tricia Skinner, Robin Haseltine

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Tricia Skinner
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-493-1


CHAPTER 1

Katherine Logan understood irony. Only a desperate thief dared steal from a notorious crook.

She drifted through Raymond Washington's study and dropped carefully chosen treasures in her backpack. She skipped the jade dragon bust, the ivory elephant with ruby eyes, and the diamond-crusted bowling ball. Her gaze narrowed on the gold football encased in glass with up lighting. That she skipped as well. Wasting time on museum knockoffs would land her friends in the morgue.

The councilman's house was stocked with a few valuables for her purpose. Once pawned, the loot would make a dent in the protection fee hanging over Raina, Sprocket, and Frazzle. Her musician friends were in deep — five grand — and the Black Fangs were the last vampire gang anyone wanted to piss off.

Katie surveyed Rip-Off Ray's palace of undeserved wealth and privilege. The snake shifter drove a gold Cadillac, had a chef come in twice a week to sauté his rats, and owned a wardrobe allergic to nondesigner tags. He was also as dirty as the vamps hounding her buddies.

The heft of her haul felt promising and eased some of her worry. She passed through a set of French doors and scanned the dining room. Apart from an ornate china cabinet the room was a junk hoard. She swore and moved on.

In the home office, she walked to the desk and skimmed the loose papers and stacks of file folders bearing the official seal of Detroit's Council for Supernatural Affairs. Katie shoved away the temptation to spit.

Ray was a bastard and voters shouldn't have elected him to tackle issues specific to Others, the nonhumans in the community. Anyone with half a brain knew politicians like him had a steady second income provided by underworld organizations like the Black Fangs. The councilmen should have been drafting guidelines to benefit Detroiters; instead they took bribes and left honest humans and Others to suffer protection rackets. Don't pay, and you or your loved ones end up hurt or six feet under.

Spurred by her hatred of Ray and his rich pals, Katie left the study empty-handed and found the game room. She'd finish there and head to the next house on her list. Ray's place didn't have five thousand dollars worth of good stuff, and if she stayed longer than planned, she'd give in to the temptation to set his animal-print rugs on fire.

Two more houses and she might have enough. God, it had to be enough. Raina, Sprocket, and Frazzle didn't deserve this shit storm after they'd worked so hard chasing their music dreams. Katie couldn't hold a tune, but she was the band's manager. As soon as the vampires had demanded a payoff, which was inevitable if Collapsed Star expected to play around Wayne County, she knew only her sticky fingers would get her friends out of their mess. But this was a one-off. She'd pay those bloodsuckers and then get her friends safely out of Detroit. A risky plan, but worth it. Nobody threatened people she cared about. Nobody.

Snick.

A noise no burglar wanted to hear broke the silence, the sound of a locked door clicking open. She froze. Her heart stuttered, and she didn't dare to even breathe.

She clutched her backpack, and her gaze darted around the game room. The space was crowded with a pool table, a Skee-Ball machine, and a miniature putt-putt golf course complete with pink flamingos.

When the front door banged shut, she dove into the carved mahogany coat closet and drew it closed, a thin gap providing a sliver of light from the exterior. Her breath hitched as heavy footsteps tapped a cadence of doom across the hardwood floor.

Katie's muscles trembled as she waited. She'd studied Ray's routine for weeks. He never arrived home before ten. Now, the night she'd picked, he switched his pattern. What a snake. If you couldn't trust a politician to stick to a schedule, how could you trust him at all?

Even with her obstructed view through the French doors she picked out Ray's stubby profile. He wore his signature coat, a blue wool monstrosity with a fur-lined collar. His green-and-black, mottled skin glistened, his bald head a shiny globe. Snake shifters couldn't grow hair but he seemed like the kind of man who polished his dome.

"Can I take your coat? I'd offer you a drink, but I don't want to insult you," came Ray's wheezy — and nervous? — voice.

Coat? Shit. He turned toward the closet, and Katie fought to keep herself from bolting as fear-fueled adrenaline rocketed through her veins. Could he see her? He stopped and turned away.

"Insulting me would be unwise," answered a deeper voice out of view. "And I won't be here long."

"I know the Renegades are impatient." Ray shifted his posture and glanced at the game room door as if planning an escape route. "I've done what they demanded, but I can't force the votes."

Renegades. Figures. Katie knew Ray was a scaly weasel. Now he was a scaly weasel who hung out with a bunch of fallen angels from Heaven's Most Wanted. If Renegades were involved, that was the same as hanging with the mob.

"You promised results, not votes, for our reelection assistance." The stranger's voice dipped and turned icy. "Your patrons are disappointed."

The thump of apprehension she'd ignored increased in volume, jackhammering in time with her heartbeat and pounding against her temples. Then the stranger partially stepped into her line of sight.

A black hoodie cast his face in shadow, but he had a body like Conan — broad and muscled and unmissable. Giant Guy had to be almost seven feet tall. Short, blond hair spiked from under his hood like a gold crown. She squinted through the door, but couldn't see his face.

Ray's fingers twitched at his sides and his skin gleamed with natural oils. He was scared. Real scared.

"There are eyes everywhere. I've approached the most — flexible — of my colleagues. Sure, the Renegades can keep the heat off from the cops, but they can't protect me from Heaven's wrath — or their fatal punishments."

Fear exploded through Katie, forcing her to swallow a few times to clear her throat. For once, Ray wasn't lying. Everyone whispered the Directorate, the angel's ruling board, doled out tough justice to anyone who broke their laws. What those laws consisted of was anyone's guess.

What the hell have you stepped in, Ray? She wanted to swear. What the hell have I stepped in?

Giant Guy moved away from the councilman and beyond Katie's sight. A tremor of dread coiled deep in her chest. Scratch her earlier thoughts. She didn't want to see his face.

"You admit failure." Not a question. Giant Guy's rough, low voice stated fact.

"N-no." Ray retreated a step, adding more space between them. Katie didn't blame him. Right now, the urge to blast past both men and run screaming from the room primed her muscles.

"Give me more time to work on the others." Ray wiped his forehead with his coat sleeve. "I-I promise I can deliver results."

Giant Guy's massive body moved into view once more. Katie stared at the dagger in his hand as he turned the hilt toward Ray.

I am not seeing this.

"No, wait. Please. I only need more time," Ray begged. His body shook the way hers wanted to.

"You've had enough time." Giant Guy's voice was cold.

Fear cramped her gut and her muscles drew impossibly tight. She locked herself into place in hopes the position would keep her still and silent. Hell, she'd bite a hole in her tongue if it meant staying alive. The view through the door blurred as her eyes watered.

"Take it," Giant Guy ordered in a firm tone. Katie blinked and focused on Ray's trembling body.

He reached shaking hands for the dagger and grasped the hilt. "Oh no. Please. Please."

Giant Guy lowered his empty hand and tipped his head at Ray. "Stab yourself."

The councilman's body stiffened, and Katie slapped a hand over her mouth to squash the "oh shit" threatening to escape.

"Sweet Jesus, someone help me," Ray babbled, his voice high-pitched like a girl's. The air filled with a tear-inducing musk, the stench nearly triggering her gag reflex.

Giant Guy stepped closer to Ray and waited.

No one had the power to make you kill yourself. Right?

Ray raised the dagger to his stomach.

The world Katie understood shattered in slow motion. The roar of her frantically rushing blood dominated her hearing. She clearly heard the councilman's sobs as he plunged the blade deep into his gut; the squishy, wet sounds of torn fabric and flesh, the patter of blood striking the hardwood, and his agonized screams filled the closet where she cowered. She clenched her pelvic muscles, afraid she'd piss herself.

"Again." Giant Guy hadn't turned away. Blood dripped off the hoodie, but he didn't move out of the spray. "This time without the scream."

Oh, God.

His body shuddering and swaying, Ray struggled to tug the dagger from his lacerated midsection. The councilman managed to raise the blade once more. He didn't hesitate, but slammed the bloodstained dagger into his mangled stomach and this time, his mouth clamped shut. His eyes went wide, his gaze wildly darting around the room. His legs wobbled a moment before he crumpled to his knees.

"Reach in and pull out your intestines."

Katie screamed inside her head, loud and long. She tightened her body, desperate to stop the spasms crashing into her rigid spine.

One sound and she'd share Ray's fate.

Don't move. Don't breathe. Don't move. Don't breathe. The chant was a silent prayer in a room devoid of mercy. She closed her eyes, not wanting to watch Ray's arm come down.

A cough, followed by a gurgle, persuaded her to peek. The councilman's body convulsed, and then he fell to the side, his grip still tight on the dagger. His entrails were sliced open, and the stench of shit drifted to Katie. She worked her throat in a frantic bid to hold down the vomit roaring up, seeking an exit.

Ray twitched, then stilled.

Giant Guy hovered over the councilman despite the grisly scene. He seemed to consider the body, and then he crouched next to it.

Fabric ripped. Giant Guy leaned over Ray's corpse, engrossed in carving something into the councilman's exposed chest. His attention was singular. When he finally finished, he stood and pushed the hood off his head and all Katie could do was gape in silence.

Giant Guy was handsome in an unearthly way. Silver eyes as cold as forged steel, strong cheekbones, and a broad forehead. Her gaze passed over his shapely lips and the faded tan that warmed his skin tone. His stance showed off torso muscles barely concealed by a tight black shirt.

In any other circumstance, this man would have been hot enough to burn down Victoria's Secret. A slow, contented smile curved his mouth.

Stab yourself ... This time without the scream.

The words he'd uttered to Ray blazed in her memory. They were ruthless. Heartless. Soulless.

Giant Guy studied his carving job and nodded as if he approved, and then he casually strode from the room.

Snick.

The front door clicked shut. Katie didn't move, her body remained pole straight behind the closet door; even as her muscles throbbed, her mind struggled to process what she'd seen.

Time to call the police. Whatever mojo he used, Giant Guy was still responsible for the councilman's death. Before she could twitch, another thought froze her heart midbeat.

I burglarized Ray's house.

Katie's gaze roamed over the area near the body. Of course, Giant Guy had taken the dagger, so who'd believe Ray stabbed himself? No one. She swallowed the sudden burn of bile, and envisioned how the cops would play this. Katie Logan, a former juvenile delinquent, had broken into the house and killed the nonhuman city leader when he'd caught her.

And how could she ignore one last fact: probation. She was weeks away from finishing without another mark on her record.

Clink. Bars shut. Slide my food through the cell door.

She couldn't involve the band, they had enough shit to deal with. Maybe Jon? Her brother had always listened first, and then formulated a plan. God, she needed him now.

Katie waited, craning her ears for the slightest sound. She flexed her cramped leg muscles and stamped her feet to circulate her sluggish blood, then opened the closet door and stepped into the room, careful to keep a wide radius from the corpse.

Pooled in his own blood and shit, Ray's body had shifted in death. Now, his man-sized snake form lay on the floor, turning gray. Earlier tonight she'd hated him, now she pitied the guy. An image of Giant Guy floated into her thoughts and she shuddered, then ran for the back door.

She never wanted to see his face again.


* * *

Katie stumbled into Lafayette Coney Island, crammed her chin farther into her light jacket, and found an empty high- back booth in a distant corner. Normally the landmark's homey smell of boiling hot dogs, diced onions, and toasty buns caused an impatient grumble in her stomach. Now the extra saliva in her mouth warned she was dangerously close to vomiting.

"What you have, lady?" asked the waiter bussing the table beside her.

"Faygo Red and water."

He nodded and disappeared with his arms full of empty plates and dirty utensils, then returned with her drinks, dropped a straw on the table, and left her alone.

Katie eyed the fizzy pop and her stomach churned. The bright red liquid phased out, replaced by her mind's eye. Blood red, like the stuff sprayed from Ray's body, coated his killer's black hoodie, pooled under his dead body. Tremors racked her and she pushed the glass away.

"Excuse me," she said to another passing waiter. "Can I get orange instead?"

The guy removed her drink. Katie picked up the straw, twisting the paper off. She shrugged off her backpack, tossing it next to her in the booth. She eyed it for a full minute, wishing the damn thing would disappear. On instinct, her hand had closed on the bag when she'd sprinted from Ray's house to reach her car.

How is this my life?

Stupid question. This was exactly her life, the one she'd created. An ex-burglar with a screwed up inclination to help her buddies. A witness to a murder that involved a supernatural bad guy. A kid sister who prayed her brother would know how to fix her mess. Hollywood didn't create reality shows for this crap.

The backpack was a problem. The stash of stolen goods placed her at Ray's house, but even if she'd had time to replace every item where she'd nabbed it, she couldn't be certain they wouldn't hold clues for the police.

Come on, think. She tapped the table with her fingers. The waiter returned and placed a glass of orange pop in front of her and she tried to smile, but her lips wouldn't cooperate. Instead she raised the glass in her shaking hand and managed a minor miracle — she took a sip without spilling the liquid down her front.

Eventually her adrenaline drained away. Katie grabbed her cellphone and called Jon's mobile number. Four rings later, his voice mail picked up.

"It's me. Call me back ASAP. Uh, please." The "please" would tip her brother off that she was in trouble. She hung up and resumed tapping on the table.

What if she skipped town and headed to the family cabin in the Upper Peninsula? March winter would soon succumb to spring. The place wouldn't be half-bad with groceries, possibly a Rottweiler.

She peeked at the wall clock. "Crap, crap, crap." Fumbling with her phone, she dialed Raina and fiddled with her straw. "Come on. Pick up. Please pick up."

"Hey, I was just about to head over to your place," her friend replied.

Movie night with her bestie was the weekly norm, but she wanted to kick herself for nearly forgetting. "That's why I'm buzzing you. Can I get a rain check? Something came up."

"Aw. I drove all the way to Sprocket's to pick through his DVDs," Raina griped. "What's more important than Thor and Loki fisticuffs?"

A murderer on the loose and a bag full of stolen knickknacks, Katie was tempted to say, but her second line beeped before she could answer. "I'm helping Jon with work junk. I'll make it up to you, 'k? Gotta go."

"Totally cool. Tell big brother hi for me."

"I will. Bye Raina."

Her heart slammed in her chest as she thumbed the talk button, disconnecting her friend. "Hello?"

"I could get used to calling you at home," Jon said. "No one-phone-call requirement."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner, Robin Haseltine. Copyright © 2014 Tricia Skinner. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

I'm Tricia Skinner and I write Urban Fantasy Romance. I'm a former journalist who discovered my inspiration to write fiction as an escape from "real life." When I'm not writing, I'm a newbie "green" practitioner, fitness procrastinator, and a technology geek. I'm a mother and a wife. My family includes two Great Danes. I'm also a gamer. I enjoy inter­acting with my fellow geeks and helping other writers, especially through the Fantasy, Futuristic&Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors. I'm repre­sented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

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Angel Kin (The Angel Assassins) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Ren_Puspita More than 1 year ago
Angel Kin is the first book of Angel Assassins series, but I got a feeling that there was prequel from this book. And I'm right. So before Angel Kin, there was Angel Bait, but it from another publisher. I don't know the complete story, but my feeling when read the first part of Angel Kin is I'm overwhelmed with the world building. The story start with a gruesome detail, so a little warning if you want to read, do not eat while read this. The world in Angel Assassins series is a world we know, but human and supernatural creatures (called Others) are life together. Our heroine is Katie Logan, an ex-buglar that somehow become a witness to the Others council's murder. When her brother introduced her to The Bound Ones, a merry band of half angel half man (aka Nephilim) assassins that have BDB vibe, she accused Cain as the murderer. Turn that Cain have a twin, named Abel (yep like in Bible. And, I'm not Christian, FYI), and Abel want to take his revenge to Cain because Cain left him suffer. Abel is a little bit nut, he's from Renegade, a fallen angel that fall from Heaven, and he's stronger than Cain because Cain's Grace (his angel power) was bound by Heaven. So, Cain and Katie must race with time to find Abel, especially after Abel and his twisted cohort, dark Elf Dravynn threat people Katie loved. Like I said before, I kinda overwhelmed with the worldbuilding. It's like Ms Skinner expect reader will familiar with the world she write. I think maybe because she didn't want to make her story have too much info dumping, but a little bit information will be nice. Also, there was some cliche, like The Bound Ones which so much like BDB. Ugh, can we move forward from this? I also don't know, why Cain and his brothers are have a huge body. And I mean it, HUGE. Like 7 feet tall huge. I don't mind if my heroes are under 6 ft or just average height. What make a hero dangerous is not his physical appearance, but his attitude and his strength. This is just my pet peeve, but it kinda girrated my nerves to see cliche like this. Anyway, I appraise the story. It fast packed and full action. Ms Skinner also do not shy away from writing a gruesome detail. She also make an interesting twist with angel mythology, and especially about tale of the first twins ever existed, Cain and Abel. We know that Cain is evil, Abel is good, and Ms Skinner switch them in Angel Kin. With the story flow, we will see the other side of Abel, and I want to know more about him and Cain. As for Katie, while she looks like damsel in distress in the first time, I like that she become a kick ass in the end. Cain himself is a archetype of heroes in paranormal story. But I love a fact that he's a virgin (even he's a quick study). Yep, I'm a sucker for VIRGIN Heroes. Sue me :P. The other member of The Bound Ones like Nephilim Jarrid (which have his own story told in Angel Bait), Kasteja (Kas), Nestaron (Nesty) and their father, an angel named Tanis also have a large role. The ending kinda hint about what next Nephilim that will have his story, and I suggest you to not read the blurb of book #2, if you don't want to read spoilers. For a paranormal romance, I recommend to read Angel Kin, especially if you want a complicated world building with action, ass kick heroine and a dangerous hero that happen to be half angel. e-ARC provided by Entangled for honest review
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
I received a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. What would you do if you had to choose between the faily who saved you and the one you thought gone forever? Cain is a nephilim who has suffered thru many tragedies in his long life as have his other brethren. His biggest loss is his brother he feels he failed centuries ago to protect him and has lived with the all-consuming guilt all this time. He and his brethren are part of an elite force known as The Bound. Katie is a little wisp of a woman who has had way to many brushes with the law. To help her friends she decides to take a chance and do some law breaking again. While in the mist of said unlawful act she witnesses something horrendous. She fears for her life and is soon led to The Bound ones for protection. Cain and Katie are not what you would expect it takes a while for Katie to even trust Cain. This is a wonderful story filled with Angels, Dark warlocks, Shifters Nephilim and more. If you are a fan of the supernatural this book has a little of something for everyone with a good dose of action and romance thrown in as well. This was a spectacular read I highly recommend it. 
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Katie is at a dirty politicians house stealing items to sell and pay off a demand for the band she is helping to promote. While she is there someone comes home and she hides in the closet. Then she witnesses a murder, but the murderer never touches the victim. The murderer uses mind power to make the victim kill himself. She goes to The Bound ones and comes face to face with her murderer Cain. Cain knows he didn't murder anyone, but he did have a twin brother who was thought to be lost when his villiage was burned to the ground. Little does he know that Abel his twin has joined the dark side and is seeking revenge. Where the bound have limits and pay for using their powers, Abel doesn't have the same limitations that the bound do. This was a great book full of excitement, romance and it was hard to put the book down. I just wanted to skip to the end and see if Abel won or if the bound win in the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie Logan is a former burglar who unwillingly witnesses the murder of a politician. Through blurry eyes the killer’s face is burned into her memory. Alive, for the moment, she turns to the only people who can protect her, The Bound Ones. This quasi-family of Nephilim are Katie’s only hope to survive, but what Katie doesn’t expect is coming face to face with the Killer. Cain, one of the brothers, has the face of the killer and Katie’s sure as heck not sticking around to end up like the murdered politician. Cain knows he didn’t murder the politician, but Katie’s story of events is solid, which brings back memories Cain has been repressing for most of his life. Abel, Cain’s twin brother who he was certain had died when the Angels came to purge the world of the half-breeds, is alive. The author keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. You tell yourself, "just one more chapter," which turns into two and then three chapters. Almost everyone has read a book or watched a movie where the hero gets the girl, but everything between the beginning and end of the book or movie is just filler; you won’t find that here. Angel Kin is a story that keeps you reading and is so much more than the hero and damsel in distress themed stories you’ve read in the past. This is an action and suspense story with characters who have their own personalities, quirks and flaws. You’ll find a rich world of humans, and “Others” (Supernatural beings), in a gritty setting of Detroit. The question you all want answered, does the hero get the girl? Or maybe you’re wondering what happens to “evil twin” Abel? You’re going to have to read the book to find out. Disclaimer: a free copy was provided for me in exchange for an honest review
Claudia_love_books More than 1 year ago
4 stars for a worthy read This is the first book in this series, although there is a novella about one of the borhters. This book is about Cain. Katie feels she has to help her friends in a difficult situation and tries to get money by stealing from a politician. while she is there, he is murdered!. As a burglar she can't go to the police and decides to get help somewhere else ... only, while recounting her tale, she discovers that a man who looks exactly like the murderer is part of the team. As they try to figure out who is behind the murder, Katie and Cain get closer This was an interesting set-up. The idea about half angels is not new, but here there were severe repercussions for the actions of the angels and the Nephilim are those who suffer through it. The bound ones are all that is left and each of them has his own story and his own scars. Supernaturals are well known in this world and are part of the society - but unfortunately they are not really well described. I would have loved to discover more about the different groups Cain was a brooding, tortured alpha hero. but in contrast to many other heros, he is able to let Katie in rather quickly.he is also torn about his actions and has a lot of difficult decisions to make. I felt for him katie is not the typical kick-ass heroine but she is able to make her stand and I liked her for that. I liked also the connection between Cain and his brothers and would have enjoyed to get more details about and more page time with them. But I missed a bit the same dephts for Katie and Cain - yes there is a building of trust and feelings, but it could have been a bit more Abel was an interesting and complex character and I really hope to see more of him all in all it was a very good book and I am looking forward to the next in this series Disclaimer: a free copy was provided for me in exchange for an honest review
MicahPersell More than 1 year ago
Tricia Skinner is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors--a list that includes Kresley Cole and J. R. Ward.  Skinner somehow blends the brotherhood feeling of Ward with the amazing plot lines of Cole and creates sexy-as-hell books that I can't wait to read. I was obsessed with Skinner's first book, Angel Bait, and somehow, she managed to top herself with Angel Kin. Cain is the hottest Nephilim I've ever read, and the sexual tension between Katie and him is off the charts.  From the first moment he runs her braid through his hand, I knew they were going to be amazing to watch.  Their journey from near-enemies to lovers is breathtaking and full of plot twists and turns.  I can't wait to see which Nephilim Skinner focuses on next!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Whoa. The beginning of Angel Kin immediately drew me into this story. It was a great way to introduce our heroine, Katie, and the crux of the plot. I'm a sucker for angel stories, so I was drawn into this new world wondering what Heaven and Hell were up to.  Katie is the only girl in her firefighting family and a black sheep by her own admission. She got in trouble for having sticky fingers. But I quite enjoyed that Skinner made her a 'noble' thief. Katie was, after all, trying to get some loot to sell in order to save her friends. She is an extremely loyal and caring woman, which are traits Cain find very appealing.  Katie finds herself enmeshed in the latest battle between good and evil, after witnessing a murder. She can't go to the police because the reason she was in the position to witness it would cause her some trouble, so her brother takes her to The Bound Ones. They promise to keep her safe but sparks really fly when Katie meets Cain - partially because of an attraction and partially because he looks exactly like the murderer. Cain is one of The Bound Ones, a Nephilim whose powers have been bound. He and the three other Nephilim, all have different powers, which they refer to as their Grace. They use these gifts to protect innocents. Cain has kept his emotions locked down for centuries, never allowing anyone, outside of his brethren, in. Katie, however, brings out his possessive and protective instincts unlike no one else ever has. Ms. Skinner did a great job of world building, weaving biblical mythology - angels, Nephilim, and even Cain and Abel - with human and Others - demons, lycans, shifters, and vampires. It was fascinating to see how they lived among one another and fought for political dominance as part of the proverbial battle between Heaven and Hell. The history Skinner built around the Nephilim and The Bound Ones is unique and I quite enjoyed it. The explanation of the powers, or Grace, how it manifests, was interesting as well.  Angel Kin revolves around trying to find Abel, before it's too late, and understanding why he's not found Cain before. Of course, Abel's actions are part of a bigger agenda - that of the Renegades, or the surviving Fallen Angels, and others who've joined their fight against the Directorate, or Heaven. In all, I'm so happy with this recommendation. With great world building and compelling characters, action, and a touch of romance, Angel Kin was an exciting start to the series. The only issue I had was with the pacing. I thought the beginning, despite a whopper of an opening scene, was a bit slow. But I'm eager for what promises to be the intriguing and possibly gruesome battle that is brewing between Heaven and Hell. I'm also eager to learn more about each of the other Bound Ones as the series continues, as well as what the Renegades are after and what the Directorate and Heaven intended when they started this.
LoreLush More than 1 year ago
One of the best feelings to me is to find a great paranormal romance series and The Angel Assassins series by Tricia Skinner is definitely one of the best new ones this year! I adored this book (hence the five stars :)). This is one of the stories that you read and get excited because you know from the start that it's going to be great and there is only more to come in the other books. I loved the mythos of the nephilim and the different take on Cain and Abel. When the villain is just as sexy and powerful as the hero, you know you've found a great book. I highly recommend it!
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I haven't read very many paranormal romances that center on angels, God, or demons. The ones I have read are phenomenal. Angel Kin is one of those. Katie's loyal to a fault, reverting to old habits to help out her friends. Though I don't condone stealing to solve her friends' problem, I do admire her willingness to put herself in jeopardy to help them out. It was just too bad she ended up witness to a murder in the house she decided to rob. Cain's loyalty lies only with his adopted family. He will do whatever needs to be done to protect his Nephilim brothers and angel father. His duller-than-dull life comes to a stuttering halt when Katie comes to him and his family for protection from a man who looks just like Cain. And just like that, his life is turned upside-down with the daunting realization that his twin brother Abel, whom Cain thought dead all this time, is alive, well, and coming for him. Cain and Katie's relationship is rocky from the beginning. She thinks he's the killer while he thinks she's a pest. Forced to stick together until Abel is found, their distrust and dislike for each other shifts onto toward mutual ground, eventually giving way to attraction that's been simmering between them since their initial meeting. But Cain can't afford a distraction like Katie, no matter how much he enjoys her kisses, her breathy sighs, and the way she molds her body to his. Too much is at stake, not just for his family but for Katie as well. And she means too much to him at this point for him to risk putting her in danger while he goes after Abel. There are dynamics to this story I didn't except, like the past that robbed Cain and Abel of the chance to grow up together, like the freedom that Cain enjoys that Abel does not, like Cain's willingness to suffer Heaven's wrath to undo the damage caused by his brother on Innocents. But what exactly is going on? Hints are dropped that something big is coming, something evil, something unexpected. Ms. Skinner's take on good vs evil with paranormal beings is sensational to read. She's crafted a world where half-breed angels fight to protect Innocent humans from dark paranormal creatures, where bonds are formed that run deeper than blood, where love finds a place to exist in the hearts of two very different people. Cain and Katie found their happy ever after ending, but what about Cain's Bound brothers? What about Abel? I can't wait to find out more about Ms. Skinner's Angel Assassins! ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Katie is trying to help some friends out and that means she has to go back to stealing. She has to get them enough money so the vampire's after them will leave them alone. While robbing a snake shifters house she becomes a witness to a murder. She can't go to the police because she shouldn't have been there. Her brother takes her to the only place he knows she will be safe The Bound Ones. Cain is a half angel in the Bound Ones and he immediately is intrigued by Katie. The only problem is she thinks e is the killer she saw. She says it was him and Cain only knows one person who looks like him. His twin who died a long time ago. Cain's brother Abel sends him a message letting him know he is next to die. While Cain and Katie fall in love they have to try and stop Abel and those who command him, hide from the police and try to stay alive. I really enjoyed reading this book as it has lots of action. There is no slow parts and the book keeps a great pace all the way through it. There is several characters in it as it I the first book in the series but you don't get over whelmed by all of them. The focus stay on Cain and Katie. You do get to see and understand who they are and just enough to make you want to see more of them. Katie is a great character as she goes somewhere she thinks she will be safe yet thinks she is near the killer. She has a freak out moment and I liked it. To many times a character has just drooled over another even when they think they are bad. Not so here. Once she finds he isn't the one then she starts to have some series lusty thoughts. Cain is a half angel with some amazing powers. I loved seeing him in action. Plus I have to say I love how innocent he is at times as well as a fast learner. If you like stories with angels, danger and some steamy parts be sure to try this one. I look forward to the next book in this series.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review When I first read the blurb for ANGEL KIN and saw half-angel assassin I was intrigued. Then I saw Cain and Abel and that intrigue continued to grow. Cain is a half-angel assassin??? Now I fully admit to not being any kind of biblical expert, but I do know the basics of that story…Cain was no angel…not even half…nope not at all! So just what exactly was this twist going to be? AHHH!!! You know I can’t resist reading a book that puts a new and unusual spin on well known story! OK, so I’m in…and ANGEL KIN had my full and unwavering attention from page one. You’ll quickly realize that this isn’t the story about the original Cain and Abel. Oh no, this world is much more complex. Populated not only by humans, but also by Others: Vampires, Dark Elves (damn those dark elves!), and then there’s the angel contingent. On one side you have the Renegades…yep the fallen who want ultimate power and control. And then there’s The Bound Ones…a group of four Nephilim “brothers” lead by their angel “father” and charged with the task of defeating the Renegades by the Directorate, that would be the Heavenly Host. Of course the Directorate have decided that the Nephilim shouldn’t have access to their full powers…seeing as they are an abomination and all being the sons of angel father and human mothers…and have bound their Grace so that there are some pretty major consequences if they use their powers too much. Mmmmmm….The Bound Ones: Cain, Nesty, Jarrid, Kas, and Tanis! Each one is a sexy warrior with unique skills that combine into a whole lot of bad-ass. They protect the innocent and each other…with just the right amount of humor, snark, and gruffness to make you fall in love with all of them. In fact, my only complaint with ANGEL KIN is that I would have loved to spend more time with the guys as a group. Hopefully that’s something to look forward to in books to come. Sometimes when there’s a strong group of alpha guys, the girls get downplayed. Not so with Katie. I thought she had a lot of spunk. Katie would definitely do anything she had to in order to protect the people she loves. I enjoyed the world that Tricia Skinner has created. She does an excellent job in relating the history of The Bound Ones and Cain and Abel’s personal tragedies and integrating them seamlessly into the flow of modern day story. ANGEL KIN is my first book by Tricia Skinner, but it definitely won’t be my last…especially with the rest of those sexy brothers just waiting for their stories to be told! Fans of JR Ward’s BDB and Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed won’t want to miss out on this fantastic new series.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read to this suspenseful action packed romance.  ~ 4.5 Angel Stars ~  This is my first experience with Tricia Skinner and I loved it!  I am going to be reading the prequel Angel Bait and will be checking out the next book in the Angel Assassins series Angel Lover. Angel Kin is a re-launch and a fabulous read! I enjoyed every minute, the characters are interesting and the world is remarkable. We get murder, action, suspense, sibling rivalry and romance to name a few things brought to us in this amazing first book. I was blown away within the first chapter and sitting on the edge of my seat until the very end. The world is made up of all types of creatures and humans know about them. Angel Kin is about Cain, a Nephilim assassin (half angel/half human) and Katie, a not-so reformed thief. Cain is oh so scrumptious with his tortured past and bad boy attitude. Katie is an oddity. Not sure how I feel about her, but I did enjoy reading about her. Katie witness a murder and is lead to The Bound Ones for protection, but she finds a man who looks just like the killer with them. (Can we say freak out!) Who is this mysterious look a like? The emotions between Cain and Katie where realistic from tenderness, trust, acceptance, intimacy, to love. It was nice to watch/read their relationship bloom.  The Bound Ones are an interesting bunch and I can't wait to learn about each brother. It would have been nice to see more of the brother's bond in this story. Each of The Bound Ones have a past that is not pleasant. We learn some interesting things about them, but it is not clear as to why. I'm hoping more is revealed in the rest of the books.  Angel Kin is a fantastic fun adventurous read! The story moved at a good pace there was plenty of action and some romance with at least one good steamy scene. I recommend reading this series if you enjoy Angels as well as any urban fantasy/paranormal romance fans. I look forward to continuing this series. Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC copy free of charge from the author with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own opinion.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher for review through Net Galley I liked this story quite a bit, there were a few points that I will make later that held me back from giving it a five star rating. I would call this an Urban Paranormal novel, with some romance thrown in because that isn’t the main focus of the story. It centers around angels and half angel decedents or Nephilim. There are plenty of other creatures or types of beings in this world, but them main story centers around this group of Nephilim who are all part of this group called The Bound Ones lead by a fallen angel. This world has tons of promise and I can’t wait to see what the author does with these men in future books.  There was quite a bit that I enjoyed about the story. I like that being an angel doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good guy in this world. These characters have all been dealt a hard hand thanks to their parentage and have lost much. They are left with some issues, but you can tell they are good guys and are just trying to make the most of their abilities and do right. I liked the sense of camaraderie among them, even if I wish we could have gotten to know the other Bound Ones a little better. At the end of the book I will still trying to place who was who. I also appreciated that Katie and Cain didn’t jump right into the sack together, well not until around half way through the book at least, relationships tend to move fast in romance or paranormal stories. It was nice to have one that moved at a closer to normal pace. Another point I found interesting is the author’s approach to the Cain and Abel story as well as other twists to the typical doctrine associated with Angels and their role for God. There are a couple of points I didn’t care for or more like wished the author had included in the book to make it a five star rating for me. I already stated how I wish we could have gotten a little more background for the other Bound Ones. That could also be said for Katie’s friends as well. They were a major driving force for her actions, but I felt like I knew little to nothing about them except for the band. It was hard for me to see how she was so connected to them that she would put herself in such jeopardy. After all we got quite a bit of history for Cain and Abel. Some of the connection and background knowledge for The Bound Ones was also missing, making this book feel a bit like a second in series rather than a first. I think though that would probably found in Angel Bait that is labeled as 0.5 in the series. I tried to find it because I really want to read how this series started off, but was unable to find the book for sale on either Amazon or B&N. I read something on the author’s website about just getting the rights to her book back, so I hope it will be available for purchase soon! Bottom line this was a great read and I have already marked future books as to-read over on my Goodreads account. The story moved at a good pace there was plenty of action and some romance with at least one good steamy scene. The story reminded me of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Kim Harrison’s The Hollow’s Series, Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series, and Alexandra Ivy’s series Guardian’s of Eternity. So if you enjoyed those authors and series you probably will like this one too.
CJ8 More than 1 year ago
Angel Kin, the first book in author Tricia Skinner’s Angel Assassin series is another thrill ride urban fantasy starring The Bound Ones, a brotherhood of half-angel assassins bound to serve Heaven’s orders to eliminate misbehaving supernaturals in the streets of Detroit. Katie, a not-so-reformed, spitfire thief, witnesses a politician’s murder, and her only safe haven while the murderer remains free and searching for her is the Bound Ones—more specifically the arms of charming assassin Cain. Yeah, that Cain, as in Cain and Abel, only Abel’s the bad bro. And I loved Abel in all his angst and damaged emotions. He needs his own story…but I digress. Angel Kin rocks a blend of action and humor, politics and conspiracies, bromance and heat—a great beginning to a promising series for both urban fantasy and paranormal romance lovers.      
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just another paranormal romance with angels. Not poorly written, but nothing original or special. I lost interest halfway through. There are so many others I'd recommend first, especially from Entangled. Also, this doesn't contribute to my rating here, but it's worth saying it's unprofessional of the author to 5-star her own book on goodreads. The author has neither imagination nor class.