I wasn’t sure how I felt about Nalini Singh’s decision to return her focus of the Guild Hunter books back to the original couple of Raphael and Elena. Far too often, I find myself bored with long running couples. They lose their fire and I lose my interest. But I can promise you that is not the case here. Not only did Singh reel me back in, I am loving this series now more than ever!
As the story begins, a deadly virus is hitting the vampire population in Raphael’s territory. This is a huge problem, not only because it’s killing Raphael’s people, but because vampires are supposed to be immune to illness. It seems someone is doing this on purpose, and Raphael and Elena must figure out who it is and how to stop it. An emergency of this magnitude could cause panic or show weakness on Raphael’s part, so they need to maintain the facade that everything is fine, while they root out the source.
If that weren’t enough, the Cascade is moving into full swing. That means major shifts in the powers among the archangels. And everyone seems to be getting a huge new offensive power… except for Raphael. If one or more other archangels were to challenge him, he’s not sure if he could win. Something IS happening with his abilities, though, and it may not be changing him for the better. If he lets the power in, Elena fears she could lose the man she loves. But if he turns away from it, he could lose his people –and even his life– to a stronger enemy.
This book grabbed a hold of me and never let go. The characters are so well drawn. I felt their emotions, believed in their turmoil, their insecurities, and most importantly, their absolute and unwavering love and loyalty for each other. Elena and Raphael have lost none of their fire with the passage of time. The romance just gets more engaging and the sex is molten hot. The secondary characters give extra layers of depth and emotion. It’s a world that is utterly compelling and complete.
Perhaps what made the book so impossible to put down was the fact that the momentum just kept building. Everything just got bigger and bigger until the storyline virtually exploded on the page. The ending was exhilarating and satisfying. And I absolutely cannot wait for the next book.
*ARC Provided by Berkley