Recently, I’ve been on a romance-novel kick. Don’t ask me why. I didn’t plan my To Be Read pile that way, it just kinda happened. Having said that, I’m grateful to know that there are some writers out there who can tell not only a steamy romance, but a compelling story as well. I’ve recently become obsessed with the Angel Assassins series by Tricia Skinner. At first glance, it’s easy to pass these books off as straightforward cliche romance with a broody lead and a tragic female leader. While there are cliches in each of the books, trust me when I say: Do not pass them up based on that. Each novel and novella has been a wild, wicked, and super thrilling ride. The romance was a key part of the story, but it was central to characterization, not the plot, which made a huge difference. Of the three novels in the Angel Assassins series, Angel Lover is by far my favourite. The characters are fantastic, the story is exciting and suspenseful, the romance heart-pounding, and the action scenes intense. I could not be enjoying these books more, and recommend them to all romance fans and hopeless romantics with a love for action movies. You will not be disappointed!
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.
Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.
For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.
While Angel Lover is clearly intended to carry on the series, it could also be read as a standalone, which I appreciate (though the experience will be enhanced way more by reading the previous two stories). Every story has been well-written and interesting enough to keep me wanting to know more, but Angel Lover unquestionably had the best tale to tell. There were dozens of twists, secrets and betrayals around every corner, until I didn’t know who was trustworthy and who wasn’t. The hooks and surprises were well thought out and unexpected, and I couldn’t wait for the next one. As invested as I was in the romance and characters, the plot was what held my interest to the very end. Anyone with a craving for love for a spy-thriller will find a lot to enjoy here.
Before Angel Lover, I was never that big a fan of Kas. I just didn’t know enough about him to really care. Now, he’s easily one of my favourites of the broody, hulking Nephilim! Kas has a serious attitude and a savage past, and in some ways he can be considered the most dangerous of the Bound Ones, which is saying something considering all their powers. I loved reading about his backstory and was shocked at its connection to his present. He’s definitely not your typical geeky-guy.
Mariel was also fantastic. Her backstory was awful, and by awful I mean: WOW! After all she went through, it’s amazing she’s alive! She’s tough and I loved seeing her tough demeanour falter when arrogant Kas enters her life. She’s definitely someone I want to know more about as the series continues, which I seriously hope it does! The ending can’t happen like that without another addition!
The action scenes were awesome, way more intense than I was anticipating. Okay, so I wasn’t actually anticipating many at all, which made me even happier when they happened and they were fantastically executed. While they aren’t overly graphic for the most part, they’re thrilling enough that you’ll be speed-reading to get to the next line just to see what happens, and ensure you don’t miss a move.
The romance was exactly what I expected, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Kas and Mariel have great chemistry and their romance felt genuine. I loved the intensity of it, the intimacy and uncertainty. There were some truly beautiful moments between these two, which led to some pretty steamy sex scenes.
Just goes to show that you should never assume anything with a book. I was expecting nothing but cliche romance involving angels. While I did get the cliches stereotypical of the genre, I wasn’t bored of them and didn’t think they were misused. I got amazing characters, a passionate romance, and wild action. All things considered, I’m thrilled that I made this choice, and vastly recommend this book and its predecessors to anyone looking to spice up their summer reading.