By Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter series, book #7
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 3.8
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 3.5
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 3.5
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
Captivation: Though the prior books in the series grab and hold the attention start-to-finish, this book was a little more laid back. This one didn’t grab my attention quite as strong as the priors.
Sizzle: The sizzle in this book is okay, not the best I’ve read, certainly not Singh’s best, and a level of out-of-place emotion for what an intimate scene generally triggers for some good spine-tingling (at least for me).
Romance: The development of Ash and Janvier’s relationship hints at great entertainment and humor in prior books of the series, though a lot of that is lost in their actual book. Not a bad thing, as this book starts at a point where emotions are high.
Enjoyment: There was just a feeling out out-of-place for this book until toward the very end. There was an oddity in how “young” Janvier is in combination with the respect he is given by the other main characters in the series. The story just felt a little off and not quite as up-to-snuff as other books by Singh and/or the series.
Literacy: Caught a few errors, but nothing too distracting.
Overall, This is a good book, but not quite the same par we see with a great many other Singh books. The story is unique and interesting, but just doesn’t quite hold the same value or captivation of other Singh books.