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Death's Angel (Lost Angels Series #3)

Death's Angel (Lost Angels Series #3)

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by Heather Killough-Walden

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Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love. When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia...

As the


Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love. When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia...

As the Angel of Death, Azrael could never be like his brothers. While the others fell to Earth in human form, Azrael descended as a vampire. Today, as the lead singer of a popular rock band, he keeps his true nature hidden--a powerful darkness constantly at odds with his angelic self. Beneath his mask, Azrael holds onto the hope that he will one day find the archess who will complete him.

At his brother Gabriel's wedding, Azrael set his golden eyes on Sophie Bryce, the maid of honor. He is certain she is his destined mate, and will do anything to make her his. But Sophie is unaware of her archess identity, and is haunted by unspeakable demons of her own.

When supernatural forces emerge from the shadows, threatening Sophie, Azrael is the only one who can protect her. But to do it, he must reveal his true, savage self.

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"Good story pacing, believable characters, and sizzling sex add up to an author and a series to watch!"—Romantic Times
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Archangel Azrael, the former Angel of Death, has been on Earth for thousands of years searching for his destined mate, so he's surprised when finding Sophie makes him more vulnerable and frustrated, not less; they'll both need to exorcize some demons--actual and psychological--before they can find happiness. After thousands of years on Earth searching for true love with their destined archesses, four archangels--Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael--believe the time is at hand. Uriel and Gabriel have found their mates, and at Gabriel's wedding, Azrael meets Sophie, the maid of honor and a woman so compelling, he knows she's meant for him. The angels have been fighting for good during their time in this realm, and the sudden union of these mates appears to be a threat to darker forces on Earth. Ancient enemies are rising and forming sinister alliances, hoping to weaken the angels' power by threatening the things they cherish most--the loved ones they've been searching for for millennia. As the former Angel of Death, Azrael's reconciliation is particularly problematic. Unlike his brother angels who came to Earth in human form, he fell to Earth as the first-ever vampire. His destined love, Sophie, has unwittingly been hounded by shadowy forces from a young age and left to survive a troubled, painful childhood. Before they can come into their fullest individual powers as a couple, they must overcome self-doubts, mistrust and some fundamental crises of faith. The third installment of The Lost Angels series is an interesting, intriguing blend of vampire myth and archangel legend, with an intense romance reinforced by taut sexual tension and a fast-paced adventure that succeeds through dynamic writing, its well-drawn characters, and the "good triumphs over evil, love conquers all" theme. Some small plot elements and character motivations don't ring quite true, and a vague underlying religious/spiritual thread depends on some suspension of disbelief, but in general, the complicated mythical and theological backdrop works fairly well. With numerous nefarious villains, fascinating supernatural abilities and details, and an action-packed plot all serving the sweet yet sexy romantic core of the story, this book will keep its intended paranormal-romantic-suspense audience entertained and engaged.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Novel of the Lost Angels Series , #3
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Azrael smiled, flashing perfect white teeth that sported incisors slightly longer than the norm. Some people naturally looked like that, he knew, but on him it looked different enough that he didn’t smile often. On him, it seemed to fit too perfectly and only served to reinforce the otherworldly impressions people often had when looking at him.

He was a starkly charismatic individual. He was taller than anyone he knew, save perhaps Samael. His voice could literally mesmerize. He was also uncommonly, almost painfully handsome. He wasn’t certain why the Old Man had seen fit to bother with such a thing while simultaneously making him a vampire. It was like the curse of Beethoven, who created the most beautiful music in the world and couldn’t hear it. What good was a beautiful face when placed on a monster?

But Sophie didn’t seem to mind the hint of fang he exposed. In fact, as he brushed her mind, unable to help himself from drawing nearer to her in any way possible, he was surprised to find that she found it attractive. My God, she thought. He really does look like a vampire.

This was the second time she had thought such a thing. If he’d been capable of choking, he would have done so the first time her mind had muttered the impression. Hearing it now had nearly as strong an effect on Azrael. Sophie wasn’t repulsed by vampires. And the idea that he resembled one was appealing to her.

Of course, Azrael was no fool. A lot of girls believed they would enjoy the company of a vampire – if vampires existed. In reality, he knew they would cower or scream or run, or most likely all three. Still… he found himself hoping.

“Sophie Bryce, right? The maid of honor?” he asked, his smile utterly disarming. He’d had millennia to practice.

Sophie blinked and he read her thoughts. She was desperately trying to find her head in the wake of his sudden presence. She’d been torturing herself over the last few days, and he knew it. He’d watched her every night. Listened to her. He knew damn well that she was drawn to him – and that she hated herself for it.

He sensed it when a slight pain twinged up her arm and Sophie realized that her friend was holding her tight. Taylor’s fingers curled into Sophie’s forearm in utter distraction, her hazel eyes glued to Azrael. He knew she couldn’t help it and wasn’t aware of what she was doing, but the fact that she’d brought his archess even the slightest discomfort was difficult for Az to ignore. It upset him.

And with practiced control, he tamped down the anger.

Sophie, on the other hand, appeared to be glad for the pain. It shot through the dazed fog that Az’s appearance had caused. It also cleared her senses enough to allow her to pull her arm out of Taylor’s grip, clear her throat, and say, “Yes.” He tried not to smile when her voice cracked halfway through the single syllable. She cleared her throat some more and forced a smile to her lips. “That’s me.” She was so fucking cute with half of her glorious golden locks tucked up underneath that Penguins cap. Wisps of it fell about her face, framing it and caressing it the way he wanted to.

He chuckled softly, watching her carefully to gauge the effect his laugh had on her. Sophie’s gold eyes brightened, her lips parted, and her cheeks flushed ever so slightly. Az’s monster reared its head and he felt his vision begin to heat up. If he wasn’t careful, his eyes would begin to glow. “We never got the chance to actually meet the other night,” he told her, forcing himself to continue with the charade.

“No,” she agreed, relieved that she was finally finding her voice. “We didn’t.”

He cocked his head to one side and slid his gaze from hers to regard her friends. He needed to look away – just for a moment. Long enough to get himself under control once more. His gold eyes slowly scanned the faces of her companions – and then stopped on the pair of men who sat behind them.

A quick scan of their minds told him they were recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon University. The one on the right was the son of a wealthy factory owner here in the city. His name was Richard. And he’d been thinking all sorts of biblical things about Sophie that night.

Azrael grew very still and something dark flickered across his face. He knew it was there; he knew he was failing to hide his sudden fury. But he barely cared.

Richard fell back into the curve of his seat and swallowed hard as the blood drained from his face. Below him, Sophie cleared her throat, at once drawing Azrael’s attention. Sophie slowly stood and turned to face him. “Az, these are my friends, Taylor and Emily.” She gestured toward them and they smiled nervously, but politely, nodding in his direction.

Emily and Taylor’s eyes were still a little glazed over at his presence, so, Az allowed some of his vampiric influence to snake around and through the girls, easing them into a more comfortable state of relaxation.

It worked like a charm. Within seconds, Taylor was smiling easily and standing to greet him properly. “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” she said, extending her hand.

“Likewise,” Az agreed, and with a slight bow, accepted the offered hands of both Taylor and then Emily, who quickly followed suit.

While he shook hands, Sophie’s thoughts echoed through Az’s mind.

She couldn’t believe that her friends weren’t guessing he was the Masked One. It seemed so obvious to her now that she knew his secret. Everything about him screamed of the kind of rock star charisma that it took to hold millions of fans in sway.

Meanwhile, Sophie’s gaze traveled over Azrael’s form, and he tried not to visibly crow with the triumph he felt when she shamelessly took in the way the black button-up shirt under his sports coat stretched taut across the muscles of his chest. She was particularly fond of the curve of his neck where it met his shoulder.

Azrael released Emily’s hand, straightened again, and heard Sophie’s heart rate speed up.

He looked up to see that her sunshine eyes were glassy with unabashed desire. And, as if it would hide the way her mouth watered for him, she had pressed her bottom lip between two perfect, white teeth. Azrael’s gaze locked on the plump lip. He quickly slipped his hands into the pockets of his trench coat as they tightened into fists at his sides, and his nails began to cut into his palms. He imagined her pressing hard enough with her teeth to draw blood.

If she did… it would all be over.

“Juliette mentioned you live in Pittsburgh,” he said, trying to break through not only his tension, but hers. “I’d forgotten.” His tone was gentle, personal. He knew that to her, it was as if they were the only two in the arena.

“For now,” she told him flat-out. She didn’t want to bore him with the fact that she would only be there for two more days, but he was well aware.

“But what are you doing here?” she asked, honestly curious. It was quite a coincidence to her that she had never seen him before in her life – and then, suddenly, she’d seen him twice in the space of a week. She wasn’t stupid; she was wary.

That was okay with him. He had a story and he would use it, but even this lie was too much of a secret for him to share with her friends. Az glanced at Taylor and Emily and smiled an easy, even somewhat shy smile. “It’s a personal matter actually,” he said. “However…” he paused, turned, and glanced up toward the private booths up above them. His band awaited him in one of them; they had a bird’s eye view of the entire arena from their vantage point. He knew because he’d been watching Sophie from it all night.

He also knew that Sophie had never been in one of those suites herself, and he was hoping she’d be tempted enough by what he was about to offer that he could pull her away from her companions at least for a little while. “Second period will begin in a few minutes,” he said, looking back down at her and scorching her once more with stark eyes. “And there is plenty of room in our suite for another guest.” He chanced another glance at the men seated behind Sophie – especially Richard – and was smugly satisfied when the young man looked as though he wanted to piss himself. “Perhaps you would care to join me?” he asked, turning his gaze back on his archess.

He could hear her blood rushing through her veins. He was scaring her and thrilling her at the same time. She was finding it hard to think.

He wasn’t opposed to working with that; he had no desire to stand here and play the good guy much longer anyway.

A gentle push of his power, and it surrounded Sophie. In a few moments, she not only found it difficult to think, she found it impossible. Seconds ago, she’d had a thousand reasons why she should keep away from Azrael. And the fact that he belonged to – was destined to be with – another, was the most powerful.

But just then, every reason she’d had, and in fact, reason itself, fled from her consciousness and she found herself saying, “Yes.” She’d barely whispered it, but it was enough.

Azrael’s smile broadened.

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"Good story pacing, believable characters, and sizzling sex add up to an author and a series to watch!"—Romantic Times

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Heather Killough-Walden is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series (available in eBook form). Heather's educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let's go Pens!)

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Death's Angel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
PrettiestThorn More than 1 year ago
Those of us familiar with this author all wait with baited breath the next installment of one of HKW's on-going sagas. As always, she's delivered this with a deliciousness all her own... and left us wanting more. The singular thing I can think her works could use are more fans. I've praised her to family, I've praised her to friends. Now, I praise her to amazon. You can not go wrong adding this author to your list of anticipatory releases.
cbrew More than 1 year ago
Death's Angel is riveting and attention grabbing from the get go. Azreal is the Angel of Death and finally after 2000 years has found his Archess, Sophie. Their love story is, as always with Heather's writing, fast paced and suspenseful at once. I highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a new author.
Barb112082 More than 1 year ago
The THIRD (technically, fourth) book in The Lost Angels Series left me wanting more! I need to know what happens in the next book!! Talk about a cliffhanger! I was waiting for Azrael's story the most, because as the former Angel of Death, he was changed like no other angel. He became the world's first vampire. Who doesn't love a good vampire story? His Archess, Sophie, and her life story left me heartbroken. As a child I was in foster homes, and could relate to the feeling of loneliness. I am BEYOND grateful that I didn't have to endur all the horrible things that she did. As Sophie and Azrael learn to battle their inner demons, we're introduced to more mystical creatures. Dragons and Phantoms and Incubi (Nightmares), I was really thrown for a loop. But it was a good, fast moving upside down and spiraly kind of loop. :) I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read... but highly recommend that you read the other books in this series first. Warrior's Angel needs to hurry up and get here!
JessicaLWard More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth waiting for! I haven't even gotten through the entire book and already am loving it! It follows the previous books seamlessly as well as stays true to the authors writing style. Anyone looking for a new author will definitely enjoy any of Heather's books, especially this original plot line story! Will be back to review more once I finish! Thanks Heather for another great one!
Amanda-Sue More than 1 year ago
Five stars is merely NOT enough to rate this book! I have been waiting and anticipating Death's Angel for months and words fail me to describe how delicious this book is. Attention grabbing, loaded suspense, creative storyline & plotting, unforgettable & darkly & dangerously delicious characters are but a few of the description I could conjure up. Heather is a brilliant author that never seizes to deliver! Death's Angel is a riveting and passionate love story. A love so strong that it crosses the boundaries of everything. Azreal, the Angel of Death has searched for over 2000 years for his beloved Archess, Sophie. But before Azreal can claim his Archess, he must go through the darkness battling the many dangers that threatens their love. I highly recommend Death's Angel. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and all night up. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. Having followed this series from the begining, I was very happy to see this book was as good as the others. There was a lot of introductions to new charactors and creatures in this one, which i assumed was to give some extra plot points to the next installment. While I love the Archangels, I also love the villians and find myself hoping Sam finds a happy ending as well as the new bad guy. I recommend you start at the beginning of the series to get all of the book, but it can easily be read as a stand alone too:) Couldnt put it down:)
Tracy516 More than 1 year ago
I really love where Heather Killough-Walden is taking her Lost Angels! I read in 5 hours. She builds her characters up and really makes you want to know what will happen to them. I can't wait to read more.
Graisyn More than 1 year ago
I really liked Death’s Angel. I give it 4.5 stars instead of 5 only because of all the Lost Angels books; this one wasn’t quite as captivating as the rest to me. I fell for Azrael during the first two books in the series. So I was excited when I learned that he would finally get his own story in book 3. Death’s Angel did not disappoint. Who knew that not only was he a charismatic vampire but a softy too. While reading I felt like I was in his head, experiencing his conflicting emotions. Fighting the monster the vampire side wanted him to be while still showing Sophie compassion and love. I also loved all the new characters and supernatural beings introduced in Death’s Angel. It gives the Lost Angels series so many possibilities for future books. I also really enjoyed how Death’s Angel ends. I loved how it leaves me wanting more, but that also means that I have to wait for Michael’s story in Warrior’s Angel. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really have enjoyed this series of books. I now look for and read all books by this great aurthor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Az's story at last, and well worth the wait! My favorite of the Angel series so far. Tense and sexy from the first page to the last. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Enjoyed the added new struggle for the heros and heroines. Look forward to the next book. Hope the wait is not too long.
Maryanne99 More than 1 year ago
Heather You have DONE IT AGAIN. This to Heather's Fans comes as no surprise Death's Angel (Azreal"s Story) Was kick ass. So many things going on and there's a love story with plenty of problems. Not to mention all the side drama. This is the fastest pace and most revealing books about the Angels I think. Great job and I wanted to add more stars because they only have five * * * * * * * * * * *. Maryanne Harris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't have asked for such a riviting book in a series. The plot continues to thicken and gives us a wonderful look into the next one. I dont want to give spoilers so please just start the series and you won't regret it. Thank you Heather for another wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in about 2 days...it took me so long because I have a job and family! This one was the best so far! I absolutely love the dynamics between the light and dark that Heather incorparates within Az and then between Az and Sophie. I also love how the drama is building, leading to something that is ultimately going to be a fantastic finale! Heather is amazing at releasing bits and pieces of the puzzle, just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Can not wait until Michael's story comes out!! Absolute must read!!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Cant stop reading these books Se
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Can't get enough
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I have enjoyed all her writings. I hope she keeps it up!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its rare to run across a great author I have few favorites . I am very hard to please and I have to like the females in all stories ...Im picky. After reading Death Angel .....Heather killough Walden is now one of my favorites. She did not dissapoint me with sophies personality and the men are sexy and who wouldnt want a hot angel made especially for them. I loved the story line and I couldnt put the book down. I am off to read more by this author......she rocks.
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Cannot wait until the next one.
denisewg More than 1 year ago
A must read series for everyone.
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