Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Archangel’s Shadows
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Hero/Heroine: Ash & Janvier
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
This story picks up a little bit after the war and Raphael and Elena trying to rebuild the city. But when a new threat hits the city, Ash and Janvier do their best to stealthy uncover it. Unfortunately, that proves harder than they thought. But as they spend more and more time together, the feelings that have been brewing for years finally come into light. Ash has her own issues, though, ones she doesn’t want to drag someone else into but Janvier won’t take no for an answer. Will Ash be able to let Janvier in completely or will the time they spend trying to find the cause of the city’s new threat push Ash way past her breaking point?
O. M. G. Can I just say how HOT Janvier is?? I absolutely love this cajun and his charming ways!!! He’s so opposite from Ash, who’s really only carefree with her friends that it sometimes amazed me how well they worked and fit together. As individuals I adored them but as a couple I could not get enough! I loved how loyal and possessive Janvier was of Ash and how much Ash’s feelings for Janvier tore her up inside. It was interesting seeing more of Ash and why she’s so distant sometimes but also how Janvier reacts to it. I couldn’t get enough of his devotion towards Ash; he’s the alpha male I absolutely love – completely faithful, will do everything in his power for his love and will follow her into death if need be. *sigh*
I have two minor complaints about this one, though. I felt like the resolution to the overall climax was too tame and quick. I expected a little more effort into dragging it out and making it maybe more suspenseful… or even settled. I also felt a little disappointed that Ash’s psychic ability wasn’t used more. Yes, she uses it but I wanted to see MORE of her control, her power, to see exactly what she can do with and is capable of.
In the end, this was definitely one of the better stories in the series. I loved finally getting to see Ash and Janvier together, they were SO CUTE and ADORABLE. I loved them so much!!!! I also liked getting to see more of the previous couples and how they’re doing while visiting some of the future (hopefully!) pairings. I can’t wait to see what comes next for this series and seriously hope it includes Illium and Aodhan getting their story!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*