Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter Series #2)

Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter Series #2)

by Nalini Singh

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Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter Series #2) by Nalini Singh

In this Guild Hunter novel, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world...

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority...

They’ve barely begun to learn each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits. For ancient and without conscience, Lijuan’s power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

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ISBN-13: 9780425233368
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Series: Guild Hunter Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 106,641
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guild Hunter series and the Psy-Changeling series.

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Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 517 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series four times now and unlike other books it just gets better with the rereading. The world building is just amazing, and the relationship between the main characters is different, but it makes sense in the context of the story and where these two people are comming from. The books have to be read as a series to really appreciate the story and kind of like the darkest of chocolates, it should be savored.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh in a giveaway hosted by JoJo’s Book Corner. Now I’m a big fan of Nalini Singh but have been putting off this book for quite some time. I had a bit of trouble connecting with the characters in Blaze of Memory, which made me a little leery of this book, and typically read series which have different couples each novel. The combination was a bit offsetting. After passing the novel over one too many times, I finally settled down for a read. Well, it turns out, my misgivings were unfounded. I enjoyed this book. Oops, I guess I shouldn’t have saved that declaration until the end. Too late now. First up, Raphael. I started off disliking the prick. I wanted to plant my fist in his mouth so many times in the beginning. Things he said to Elena like “You’re no more my equal now than you were before I Made you immortal” and “You can call me ‘Master’” had me spitting mad. It’s one thing for others to treat her like she’s nothing more than a pet to Raphael, another for the bean head to support that belief. GRRR! I’m not sure when, why, or how, but somewhere along the lines his personality tempered. Instead of treating Elena like a child, he encouraged her to be strong and mask her weaknesses. Though Raphael presented a strong front to all, even in his mind, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. The idea of never being able to show weakness less those around you attack seemed like such a horrible existence. Everyone needs peace from time to time. I hope in the next novel he gets an opportunity to experience and truly relax. Elena, on the other hand, was forever strong and determined. She refused to let others tear her down, not even Raphael with his snide comments. Despite being tormented by her past, she knew who she was: the hunter-born, brave even when deathly afraid. I loved her strength and willingness to confront her fears. For Elena, the book was also about revelations. It gave insight to her past–a past she’d repressed because it was too painful to bear. As Elena said, “Some secrets hurt too much.” <sigh> As to the story line, there were some areas I liked and some I liked not so much. The mystery I really enjoyed. So much speculation, I was never quite sure whodunit until the villain stepped up to the plate and said, Idunit! The archangel politics also had me intrigued. Ms. Singh presents the angels as inhuman creatures, it makes me wonder where they came from. Elena and Raphael had a lot of sexual chemistry. Ms. Singh really made it shine. However, it brings up a matter I didn’t understand and didn’t like. Raphael constant denied Elena sexually because apparently her body was too weak for the event. That was just odd. How can a body be too feeble for sex but strong enough for combat training? I didn’t get it. When they finally got around to doing the deed it left me with the thought “What’s the big deal?” Anyway, I just felt like it was false sexual tension and unnecessary. This is more of a nitpick thing, but I wondered why the color of Raphael’s eyes were constantly mentioned. It got to the point I mentally screamed, okay already! I know he has blue eyes. I get it! Reading this book has rekindled my passion for Ms. Singh’s novels. I’m looking forward to her newest release which came out a couple of days ago.
long-time-readerLG More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series of books. Intersting point of view on Angels and how vampires came to be. I liked the strong characters and the action in the book. Of course, there was the necessary romance also. A good read and can't wait for the next book in the series.
giuseppa More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Elena and Raphael story is fantastic. I recommend you read the first book Angel's Blood to make sense of the second book Archangel's Kiss.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Elena Deveraux wakes up to see an odd alien city with angels in the sky. Archangel of New York Raphael fell in love with the human hunter and changed her into an immortal. After being in a coma for a year, she has been awake for three days. They argue over their relationship as he insists he is he master and she says they are equals. He says she must fly or die in the next two months as they have been invited to a ball by the oldest archangel Lijuan that they cannot afford to miss gong. Lijuan considers the hunter as Raphael's pet and the other living members of the Cadre of ten want to test her power too after what she did to one of them in New York and her being the first made human in millennia. Raphael and Elena while flying over Refuge see a body near where Raphael's land touches that of Elijah. Loyal vampire Noel was battered and left to die with a warning to Elena as a Hunter Gild weapon was buried inside the severely injured man's chest. The trail is cold. Raphael wants to kill the violator who harmed Noel but needs proof as he knows the games to test him and his soulmate have begun and the danger increases with deaths and torture. Although the terrific Archangel's Kiss is a direct sequel to Angels' Blood readers will have some problems during the first few chapters catching up with the back-story unless you read the previous tale recently. However, that will pass quickly as the exciting story line grips the audience while taking place entirely on the Archangel plane. The mystery is deftly handled as is the relationship between the archangel and the hunter he made while the strong support cast contains distinct different personalities. Fans will relish this engaging romantic fantasy as everything converges at Lijuan's ball. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this authors other series but I can't seem to get into this one. It doesn't have the same level of romance as her other books. It's so heavy on descriptions of the world and the fight to come etc it doesn't ever give the romance between the two leads enough time to grow like her other books. If you like Urban Fantasy this is a great book but if your a romance lover you will probably find it lacking. I am going back to the Wolves.
iamjennro More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed the first book alot more than this one. it was a bit disappointing because i kept finding myself lose interest with the story line. Nothing captivating about it AT ALL. :T time to search for something new. Angels just dont cut it for me..
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: Hunter-turned-angel Elena struggles to find her footing with her new status amid the threat of her consort's covetous fellow Archangels Book two in the Guardian Hunter series wins the award for "less cheesiest cover." In fact, I think this cover is kind of bad*ss. I can't say that about any of the others, unfortunately. Archangel's Kiss picks up more or less right off where book one left us, plot-wise. Elena wakes after a year-long coma to find that she's not a) dead (yay!) and b) a vampire. Instead, she's sporting a pair of kickin hot wings. Turns out her dear Raphael managed to turn her into an angel, a rare, if not unheard of, concept. Which makes Elena one hot commodity. And a huge target to Raphael's enemies. The main conflict in this book is the rising distortion of power of the Archangel of China, who has been reanimating the dead. Lujian, the aforementioned villan, isn't necessarily your average evildoer. In fact, she's not always bad. She's just a, a common side effect of having lived thousands of years. Lujian invites Raphael & his consort to her Bejing home, a cunning dare disguised as a ball. Elena works her butt off to re-train her newly formed body. What we get is a lovely treat of some familiar faces, recurring supporting characters that demand our individual attention. There's Illium, the stunning blue winged angel with a charming sense of humor. Venom, the vicious and poisonous vampire with snake like eyes and movements. Galen, the grey winged angel that re-trains Elena with her blades. Jason, the dark and mysterious tattooed angel who serves as Raphael's spymaster. Aodhan, the quiet and diamond like angel that doesn't like to be touched. And of course, Dmitri, Raphael's right hand and confidante, a vampire several hundred years old that is constantly tormenting Elena. The main points of book two are 1) Elena's recuperation and 2) Lujian's confrontation by the Cadre of Ten. For some people, the focus of Elena's orientation into immortality may drag or seem boring. I saw it as time well spent among Raphael's infamous Seven. We get glimpses into their lives and their pasts, as well as delving into the horrific event that shaped Elena into who she is today. Generally, the dark and morose tone continues on from book one, but this time Elena is an immortal. And of course, there's Raphael. The pompous, gorgeous, and utterly terrifying Archangel that is slowly but surely evolving into something altogether different with his love for Elena. It's lovely to watch. Hilarious, even, at times. I enjoyed book two. In fact, it deepened my affection for the series as a whole. Jammed packed with action, humor, and some super smutty angel-time, Archangel's Kiss makes a great sophomore book to the Guild Hunter series. Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh, 323 pgs, 2/2/10 Rating: B Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3.5/5
romancemistress More than 1 year ago to talk about book 2 of the Guild Hunter series without giving away too much info to those who haven't read book 1...and why haven't you read Angel's Blood? (Get it - NOW!!!) As in Nalini Singh's other splendid and totally original Psy/Changeling series, the Guild Hunter books are set in a seemingly futuristic world where such things as angels and vampires roaming the streets are, if not exactly normal, then certainly accepted. We met the best of the Guild Hunters in book 1 when Elena was hired to hunt down what was basically a serial killer angel. The wonder of Singh's extraordinary talent is that though we are not filled in with such details as where the angels came from (are they the Fallen, or nephilim, or God's lieutenants finally placed in permanent physical form on Earth because we can't be trusted to police ourselves?)or even all of the fascinating Elena's horrifying backstory in book 1, the writer's gift at world-building is so intricate that we really don't mind other than to scan every line for something we might have missed during a careless sneeze. Book 2 fills in some of the holes of Elena's tragic past whilst putting some pretty tasty icing on the relationship between our heroine and her angelic consort, Raphael. When initially introduced to this character in the first book, the reader might ask how such a merciless creature could l) be an angel, and 2) be a hero. By that book's end, the questions are answered and if you haven't fallen for Raphael, you may be one of the devil's spawn or completely lacking in red blood cells. Even his vampire minions, though powerfully sexy in their own right and really pretty nasty dudes, pale in comparison to the (okay, I can't resist) heavenly Raphael. But the plot of this book continues to paint the powerful Angelic Cadre in an increasingly bad light. One of them is reanimating the dead, and as we know from every good and bad zombie movie ever made, nothing good can come of that. That's the dangerous and deadly part of the book. More fascinating is Elena's problems interacting with the angels and vampires surrounding her in her, er, new position. (No spoilers here - read book 1.) Elena continues to be, along with Patricia Brigg's Mercedes Thompson, my favorite paranormal heroine. She's got spunk, skills, a fatally bad-ass case of sass, and if you mess with her, 6 Feet Under might just be your new address. As a matter of fact, you better hope you die, because if Raphael or his vampires got ahold of you, well, that whole fluffy concept of guardian angels would be knocked clean out of your head...probably along with your brain...and the skull encasing it. I'd say to start humming "my boyfriend's back," but Elena doesn't really require the assistance. I worried about Nalini leaving the Psy/Changeling world to create a new one, but the compelling and sensual Angels' Blood put that fear to rest. And now she's done the nearly impossible by surpassing that one with Archangel's Kiss. I award it a perfect 5 stars. P.S. And, of course, this summer we can expect the next book in the Psy/Changeling series...hurray!
bookwormCA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is a great continuation to Angel's Blood, which is the first book featuring Raphael and Elena. I would totally recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal romance!
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Ever second was full of action, comedy, and overall great read!
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tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 4.5 Archangel’s Kiss Stars ~ Archangel’s Kiss is book two in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Outstanding! Wow! Loved it! I’m in love with this series and can't get enough. I keep devoured the books from beginning to end. I couldn’t put this novel down. The characters are interesting and deep, the world is unique, and the action is outstanding. Archangel’s Kiss follows Raphael and Elena who is a newly Made angel. This book focuses on Elena and Raphael's relationship and the romance that is building between them. They must learn to trust each other on a deeper level. Raphael is the Archangel of New York. He’s powerful and controlling. Elena is no cowered and won’t let anyone control her, so for things to work between them they have to find that middle ground. This novel takes the time needed for these two to really develop their relationship. Of course that is not all that goes on. Elena is newly Made and must develop her skills again, become stronger, and deal with her past. We are also treated to glimpses of Raphael’s past and appearances from other amazing characters too, that just pull you in and make you want to know more about them. I’ll admit, I can’t wait to read Dmitri, Venom, Naasir, Galen and IIllium’s stores. They draw you too them and each has their own past, secrets, and issues to deal with. Archangel’s Kiss was another amazing read in the Guild Hunter series. We are treated to amazing characters who end up growing/developing, along with loads of action and all at a nice pace for the story. Reviewed by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
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Nalini Singh has officially become one of my favorite SciFi/Romance writers
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
I am soooooooo thrilled Nalini Singh decided to continue on with Raphael and Elena’s story. Absolutely overjoyed. I think I squeed aloud. My new current favorite is Raphael. I love him. I want to roll around with him and his wings and angel dust. Seriously. The Good: The world-building that Nalini Singh does is abso-freaking-lutely amazing. I mean hands down one of my favorites now! Plus the chemistry between Elena and Raphael makes one seriously hot. It whets your appetite and leaves you hungry for more. The love between these two, an archangel of imaginable power and a once-mortal newly born angel is one of the more beautiful I’ve read in my urban fantasy novels. I am just in awe of these two and want so much more. The Bad: You want more! Sooo, soo much more! 5 stars! Or more!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
We pick up shortly where we left off in ANGEL’S BLOOD. Raphael gave his Elena immortality in order to save her life. Her transformation is nothing that has ever been seen in recorded existence. While Elena is considered a baby in immortal terms, Raphael’s enemies would like nothing more than to destroy his happiness by killing her. Not wanting to be a weakness to Raphael, Elena throws herself into training and getting used to her new body.  Thankfully, Elena’s hunter born tracking abilities stayed with her after the transformation. They are needed here. A series of unfortunate events have been staged in order to create dissention between the archangels. With a seat open in the Cadre of Ten, some nefarious, power hungry beings are playing a deadly game.  If that wasn’t enough, Lijuan—a batsh*t crazy archangel with some super scary abilities—is throwing a ball in Elena’s honor to welcome her into the immortal world. To decline such an invitation would be unwise. Everything comes to a head at the ball and you definitely don’t want to miss this explosive second installment to the series! The brilliance of Nalini Singh always amazes me. Her stories are finely crafted with engaging plots and extraordinarily complex characters! I loved reading about Elena’s transformation and I admire the strength she possessed. Despite the past she still suffers from and her current status as a weak, baby immortal, Elena’s determination is off the charts. I want to be Elena! I also love the shift of background in the book. The story is set at the Refuge, a safe, hidden land where younger immortals are protected. We also get page time with the rest of Raphael’s Seven, including Galen, Aodhan and Naasir. There is nothing about the story that I didn’t like. I can’t recommend this series enough!
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