Series: Deadly Angels #2
Published by Harper Collins on 11/27/2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
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It’s not easy being a Vampire Angel
No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger...even a sheik. But now he’s the baddest of them all: a kick-butt Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hotter-than-Hades female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso—whom Trond dearly hopes to “partner” with very shortly in a whole different way.\r\nIt’s not easy being a Vangel’s lover\r\nThe “cop” part of Nicole tells her there’s something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. But her “all-woman” side can’t help wondering how great it would be to have a virile Viking in her bed. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out—and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.
This is the second book in a new series by Sandra Hill. I still haven’t decided where this series ranks with me, but I did enjoy the first two books. If you can get past a couple of flaws they are enjoyable to say the least.
Synopsis for those of you that haven’t read the series. God is angry at the Vikings for their terrible ways. All they do is sin and cause trouble so he has decided to end the Viking lines. The whole culture is about to become a speck of dust when the angel Michael steps in and intervenes on their behalves. Michael feels that with the right help they could be redeemed. God gives him the worst of the worst to prove that he can fix them. A family of 7 brothers, the Sigurdssons, each more wicked than the last and each committing a different sin (ie 7 deadly sins) are given a new life. Turned into vampires and given a sentence of 1000 years of servitude they go out into the world and rid it of evil.
Now this is where I have my first issue. Hill names them Vangels, yup Vangels, Viking angels. I know I couldn’t stop laughing at the name either, but it gets worse.
So they now work for God and can’t sin, but they are Vikings and some things are hard not to do. The boys all end up with extended sentences due to their various sins. So they spend their days trying to be good and saving humans from the, ready for it, Lucipires. See worse than Vangels, Lucipires or Lucifer’s vampires. So the Lucipires basically infect humans who have sinned and the Vangels come and remove the tainted blood and keep them from being taken to Hell. Oh did I mention they also have the ablility to bring more Vikings into their ranks and time travel. The time traveling thing though gets squashed in the first book. Mike, the boys all call him that to piss him off, feels that they are better off staying in the present as that seems to be where the Lucipires are doing their worst.
I really struggled with this concept in the first book. It just seems so hokey and I can’t help but giggle whenever I read Vangel or Lucipire. That said I enjoyed the first one enough to pick up the next one in the series and most likely will keep picking up the books. So in this book we meet the next brother Trond. He has been many things, but for this story he is a SEAL. He has been sent here due to a couple of people have become tainted by the Lucipires and he is there to sort it out. During his time there he meets, Nicole Tasso, she is part of the female SEAL initiative. Nicole is a smart woman who was a former cop and she can tell that something isn’t right with Trond. She thinks he is lazy and crude.
The lazy thing is what got him into trouble in the first place, as it is his major sin. Mike thinks its funny to send him to SEAL training since it is the last thing that one would consider easy.
Trond thinks that she might be one of the tainted ones, but alas not so much. She doesn’t carry the distinctive smell that the tainted have. Oh did I not mention that’s how the Vangels find them. Apparently once bitten a person smells like lemons. See again, I can’t help but giggle. Mainly due to the fact that every time I read this, all I could think was Consuela, the maid from Family Guy, saying “lemon pledge.” I just couldn’t take it seriously. So he goes about trying not to think about her and find the ones he was sent to help. The rest of the story some nice twists and turns, but the love part between Trond and Nicole is straight forward.
If you enjoy the vampire aspect of books, this one is nice as it’s a little different from most of the other ones out there. For me there was a good amount of steaminess. Since the boys can’t have sex, it’s a sin outside of marriage; they find plenty of creative ways to burn off some of that sexual tension. What girl doesn’t like foreplay! This series is not one that I would shout from the rooftops about, but it does keep you entertained.
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