Title: Avenger’s Angel
Author: Heather Killough-Walden
Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
When four female angels were created for the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael, a chaos spurned by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has last millennia. But for Uriel, the former Archangel of vengeance, the search ends the moment he lays eyes on Eleanor Granger, his one true arches. Can he protect her from the danger lying in wait for her-and win her heart?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I found this book while looking through NetGalley one day and the summary really grabbed me. I loved the idea behind this story and the possibility of the four favored archangels coming to earth looking for their mates. The four archangels have been together on Earth for over 2,000 years searching for their archesses and as a result they are a tight knit group devoted to one another. So when Uriel finds his archess all the brothers stick together to help Uriel battle the many challenges he faces trying to win her heart. Since they are together constantly it could have been difficult to distinguish between them, but Heather did a nice job of making sure they all have very distinct personalities making it easy to tell them apart from one another. This also helps set up future books so we will have some information about each angel to go on before his story is told.
While reading I did wish that Uriel and Ellie got a little more time to themselves. It felt as if they had hundreds of obstacles thrown their way. In paranormal romance I am used to the two main protagonists meeting, connecting then having obstacles they need to overcome arise and end up together in the end. In Avenger’s Angel every single thing that could have possible gone wrong did, and it left Uriel and Ellie apart for the majority of the book. When the two did have private moments together, they were precious and very tender, but they were so few and far between that I did not feel the emotional aspect of their relationship as much as I wanted to.
My favorite part of this book though, was the mythology. The reason behind the angels decent to Earth and how they came to be was explained very well. Since the book is based on angels Heather could have pushed the religious aspect of it, but I appreciated that she didn’t. The creator in this story is even referred to as just “The Old Man” so anyone who would have religious hesitations because they see angels are involved don’t need to worry.
One of the many villains in this story is Samuel and even though we are supposed to hate him he ended up growing on me towards the end. His methods are very sadistic and he is cruel most of the time, but I think his vengeance comes from being so lonely and his desire to have companionship. I know he will continue to be trouble in future books, but I am looking forward to seeing what he will do next.
We are also introduced to a person briefly in the book whose identity is never revealed. She chats online frequently with Ellie, but her screen name is “Angel” so you truly don’t know who it is. From the way they chat with Ellie I am assuming it is a girl, but again I have no idea. I am wondering if maybe it is another archess that has not been discovered yet, but it is all just speculation at this point. I am hoping it will come up in a future book, but only time will tell and reveal that person’s identity.
Overall, this was a good book and I’m interested enough to read the next book in the series. I am hoping that the next couple might not have so many obstacles to overcome or just more time together so we can just connect with them as a couple. The next book Messenger’s Angel, will be out next year and focuses on Gabriel. I am eager to see how his story will go and what else Heather has in story for these angels.
FTC: I received this ARC through from the publisher through NetGalley. (Thank you!)