*I received a free copy of Archangel's Viper from Berkley via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #10
Published by Berkley on 26 September 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.
Archangel’s Viper was a whirlwind of plot, action and feels! Fast paced, with a lot at stake, I was taken for a trip I won’t soon forget.
Archangel’s Viper is about Holly and Venom, and the attraction between them. It’s also about the voice Holly hears in her mind, and how she’s grown extremely strong and fast in a short time. She needs discipline, which Venom has in spades. But she needs more than being a fighter, too.
Venom and Holly go on a dangerous trip to figure out what is happening to her, and not one, but two Archangels are needed to deal with some of the things that come up on that trip.
I loved getting to know these characters better, they worked well together. They also had chemistry in spades, which hellped the strange case they were working on. Finding clues in unlikely places, they helped more than one broken person on their way.
The overall plot of the series moved forward while still being Holly and Venom’s story.
Holly had been mostly in the background in former Guild Hunter books, and I enjoyed seeing more of her in Archangel’s Viper. Venom has always intrigued me. His eyes. The mystery behind what he is, exactly. And the strength of his loyalty towards Raphael and Elena, and the Seven.
Other characters from the series were present, even if they weren’t among the main characters in this story.
Writing style :
Third person pas tense narration, with a lot of very humorous dialogues. The pace was fast in the action scene, and more sedate in other places.
As always, all the feels! Singh knows how to bring it!
Holly squeezed the steering wheel and tried to think of the calming exercise Honor had taught her in an effort to foster mental and emotional discipline at a time when Holly had been tearing herself apart. She hadn’t needed that exercises for a while, Venom hadn’t been in the city for a while.
Venom prowled closer, causing Kenasha to scramble back until he was a hairsbreadth from the edge and a fall that shouldn’t be deadly to an anger of his age – except that Kenasha had made himself so weak that it was highly probably he’d turn to red paste intermingled with rivers of fat when he hit the ground.
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