Archangel's Storm, by Nalini Singh, is the fifth book in her Guild Hunter series. While it wasn't my favorite it's definitely a nice edition to the saga as a whole.
With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha's consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.
Earning Neha's trust comes at a price--Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.
With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare... and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.
Our main character Jason is known as the Spymaster, he's pretty much like a ninja Angel the dude's a force to be reckoned with. He's not a typical in your face, hear me growl, arrogant alpha male. His style is more along the lines of walk quietly and stab you through the heart with a knife when you least expect it. Sexy! The man's a legend among his kind and feared for his infiltration expertise. The whole Guild Hunter world is one of the darker PNR's out on the shelf today and I love it. These guys and gals are not fluffy winged folk, they get down and dirty!
Princess Mahiya is a new character to the world and while new people must be introduced into a series to keep it fresh, I did not find myself really attaching to her. She's lacking a little something as a character. For me I think it was a combination of too much of the sugar nature she had or how accommodating she was with Jason. With her abusive and damaging background I get that Nalini really wanted the reader to care for her but something about it was a bit off for me. When it came to the heat and connection between our lead pair it felt more like a nice booty call rather than two people who love/care for each other. Jason is very honest with Mahiya about where he stands emotionally and she's all fine and dandy with it, but for myself as the reader I wanted a bit more passion.
Despite the problems I had with the lead pairs chemistry, these stories and this writer are beyond amazing. Nalini could write about under water basket weaving and I'd read the Hades out of it! She puts so much thought into each role, and though she branched out to give Jason and Mahiya completely different personalities than the ones we are used to I just didn't connect well this time. You do get updates on some of the other couples and more building for the next story, so the book's not a total loss by any means.
The saga as a whole is a buffet of masterful depth and I'll continue to enjoy every new addition as Nalini delivers them. This world is such a vivd masterpiece one tiny hiccup is nowhere near enough to send me packing!
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