Redonk Nutshell: An ancient and powerful vampire teams up with a damaged Guild Hunter to track down the culprit responsible for ritualistic murders of vampires around the city

Here it is, ya’ll.  The reason I got into The Guild Hunter series.  Don’t judge by the cover – look past the dude and his entrancing six -pack.  Or as Spaz from WLP puts it the guy “ that looks kind of like a buff Kevin Nealon.”

The rom bloggers I follow all had something to say about Dmitir, which more or less sums up to: Nasty byatch be hot.  How could I not be intrigued?

Having plowed through (and enjoyed) the first three books in The Guild Hunter Series, I was excited to finally get to Dmitri’s story.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Briefly here’s what we got: Dmitri, the right hand to the epic Archangel of New York, is on the case of a murdered vampire bearing a strange archaic tattoo.  The Guild has assigned one of their hunters specializing in languages to assist him.  Honor accepts her task begrudgingly.  She’s only barely recovered from a vicious vampire assault, but she’s determined to get herself back out there and conquer her fears.

Who else to help her get over her fear than one of the scariest, most renowned vampire in the world? Ha effing ha.

What makes Dmitri so intriguing is he has no qualms about being a dark and disturbing individual, and at times, jack ass.  He purposely pushes people’s buttons, constantly toeing a line between what’s acceptable and what’s not.  He has no qualms about who he is and why he does what he does.  The only other person to truly know him is Raphael, the Archangel.  Dmitri has a horrific past, events that have carefully honed him into the beast of a man he is today.

You can imagine his reaction when he meets the Guild Hunter he’s been assigned, a woman battered and utterly terrified yet fiercely committed to meeting his unspoken challenge to control.  Dmitri is not an easy man to face, yet Honor forces herself to do so, earning herself the spotlight of Dmitri’s interest.  They work together to solve the case of the strange tattoo and the dead vampires piling up around them.  In the process, Dmitri helps Honor to overcome her fears, taking it upon himself to track down the vampires that had abducted, tortured and violated her.

In the process these two form a unique bond, and Dmitri finds himself struggling to come to terms with his past and what’s being offered to him presently.  Without giving spoilers, Honor and Dmitri’s story is resolved in a manner that may leave some with a flat taste in their mouths.  I personally am not the biggest fan of…this sort of plot device…but in this case it worked.  Dmitri and Honor are SO damaged that the manner in which they finally find peace seems appropriate.  It’s the only way for them to have their Happily Ever After.

Overall, I enjoyed Archangel’s Blade.  It was worth delving into the series – I’m so glad I did!  I can’t wait to read more.  And seriously, Ms. Singh?  I need me some more Illium.  Pronto.

Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh, 310 pgs, 9/6/11

Rating: B

Romance: 2/5          Raunch: 3.5/5


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